Carrick-on-Suir has a lot to offer to both the tourist and the casual day tripper. From early Celtic history throught the Viking and Norman invasions, to the English Plantations and finally through the famine and onto the Celtic Tiger that Ireland is now sometimes called. All these eras have left their mark on Carrick and helped to define the town that is here today. Click on a location on the article menu to find out more about that place.
Mahon falls is a must see for all visitors to the area. This area provides breathtaking sights in the most tranquil of settings. As well as the magnificent waterfall visitors are also treated to an experience which can only be described as magical, which is described below. This drive from Carrick-on-Suir offers some sensational views of the mountains, and the many high viewing points on the way provide excellent panoramas over the green countryside below.
Turn right at the sign for Mahon Falls About 150 metres further up the road you will go down in a small incline. This part is known as the Magic Road. Stop at the fairy tree situated a few yards from the road to your left and turn off the engine. You will find to your amazement that the car will travel backwards up the hill.
A few hundred metres further on you will come to a car park and a signpost tells you that the footpath will bring you to the Mahon Falls. It is a pleasant and easy family walk and will take about 15 minutes. The best time to visit the falls is after a heavy rainfall when water is cascading with immense force down the steep rock face to the pools several hundred feet below. This is sheep country; but the wild feral mountain goats with their impressive curved horns are easily spotted on the precipitous slopes.
The Comeragh Mountains
The Comeraghs are located just 10km from Carrick-on-Suir and there is hardly a week in the year without mountaineers, climbers and hill walkers of some description out enjoying them. They are one of the finest ranges in the country and have a great mix of mountain features.
There's the long and precipitous Knockanaffrin Ridge, the shadowy depths and glacial amphitheatre of Lough Coumshingaun, the magnificent plateau, the falls in Coum Mahon, the tremendous variety of the Nire Valley as well as the wealth of flora and fauna. The Comeraghs are well covered in the Ordnance Survey of Ireland's Discovery Series No.75 Map and a number of good walking routes are described in "East and South".
Blarney Woollen Mills, Carrick-on-Suir, County Tipperary, Ireland
Only just opened in June 2003, the store in Carrick-on-Suir is positioned in a beautiful part of Tipperary in the valley of Slievenamon. Located about three miles west of Carrick-on-Suir and housed within two authentic thatched cottages in Dove Hill, Blarney Woollen Mills lies close to the banks of the famous river Suir, opposite the legendary Dove Hill castle. The castle, a 14th century tower, now a ruin, is steeped in wonderful Celtic history.
Ahenny High Crosses
The two Ahenny crosses are impressive, both about four metres tall and dating from the 8th century. They are somewhat unusual in that they're almost exclusively covered in an interlacing design. Only on the bases are there any panels depicting the more typical religious scenes.
They are said to represent the transition from the older abstract designs of high crosses to the pictorial scenes found on later crosses. Another odd feature are the removable cap stones known as mitres (bishop's hats).
The Old Bridge Carrick-on-Suir
The Old Bridge is situated at the end of Bridge Street, off the Main Street. This seven arched bridge dates back to the mid 15th. Century. It predates the voyage of Columbus to the New World. Originally built in c.1447 by Edmund MacRichard Butler it was for centuries the first bridge above the estuary and hence strategically important as a link between south Leinster and east Munster.
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Ormond Castle Carrick-on-Suir
This castle of the Butlers - Earls and later Dukes of Ormond - stands above the Suir on the east side of Carrick. It was acquired in 1315, though the oldest part of the castle is a mid-fifteenth-century walled bawn with a tower house in each of its northern corners.
Sometime after 1565 the tenth, or "Black", Earl of Ormond, who spent many years in the court of his cousin Queen Elizabeth I, added a Tudor manor house of a type common in England but like no other in Ireland. The low U-shaped range of this house forms three sides of a small court attached to the north of the old bawn, whose towers rise behind it. It has two storeys with a gabled attic, rows of mullioned windows with curved-headed lights, and steep brick gables with slender finials. There are few defensive features save for small firing-holes either side of the front door.
The house was a favourite haunt of the Great Duke of Ormond, but afterwards it was deserted by the family, although they continued to own it until the present century. Fortunately, it was never allowed to fall into complete ruin and in 1947 was taken over by the State, which subsequently conserved the building. The most notable achievement was the restoration of the long gallery on the first floor of the front elevation, whose ceiling had largely collapsed.
This delightful room, once hung with tapestries, has a magnificent limestone mantel bearing the date 1565, and stucco representations of Queen Elizabeth flanked by Equity and Justice. The Queen would have felt at home in this room and in the rest of this house, which was probably intended, for she is believed to have promised favourite cousin "Black Tom" that she would one day honour Carrick with a visit.
Carrick-on-Suir Heritage Centre
This former Protestant church, now restored as a heritage centre, was once part of the Pre Reformation burial ground and church site of Carrick Mor. Its interesting gravestones include a memorial to Thomas Butler, died 1604, an illegitimate son of Thomas, tenth Earl of Ormonde.
Buried here too is Dorothea Herbert, 1770 - 1829, daughter of the eighteenth century rector and author of "Retrospections". Many local artefacts and photographs are on display. The Heritage Centre also houses a Tourist Information Office and the Butler Church plate collection. The centre is situated on the main street of Carrick-on-Suir.