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Village of the Welcomes

Experience Ireland’s Prettiest Village

County Limerick, Ireland

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A Welcome to All


Explore Adare’s rich past and vibrant present.



The celebrations, both occasional and regular, which showcase Adare’s history, spirit and people.

Visit, stay, or just indulge in some of the fantastic facilities offered by Adare’s hotels, guesthouses and B&Bs.

Culture & Events

An introduction to Adare by Lady Geraldine Dunraven.

Storied Adare


Adare for Activities

Pursuits for all ages whether you want to relax or get your adrenaline pumping.

History & Heritage

Food & Drink



Take a trip into the past and see some of Adare’s fine structures and landmarks.

Eat, drink and be merry! Experience the best of Adare’s restaurants, cafés and pubs.

Adare Heritage Centre

The centre at the heart of Adare Village, providing visitor information, retail outlets and an eatery.


On Adare’s Doorstep



Places to Stay



A guide to Adare’s shopping and some of the independent retailers that make an impression.

More places of interest for all the family, which are only a short distance from Adare.


Useful Information

Information on shops and services in Adare.


Map of Adare Village

Get to know Adare using our village guide.

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Oh Sweet Adare Oh Lovely Vale Oh Soft Retreat of Sylvan Splendour


Gerald Griffin, 1803 - 1840

hese words, written by 19th century poet, one Gerald Griffin, describe the village which my family ancestors chose to live in, arriving here in the early 17th century.

Our  village is amazing. We are approximately 1,500 – 2,000 people living within and trading within its environs

They continue to welcome you, our visitors, as I would also like to do. Adare, Ath Dara “Ford of the Oak” in modern translation. The Ford was an oak passage across the River Maigue, now replaced by a “new” 12th Century arch bridge across which you may pass on your way arriving or leaving. Our family name is Wyndham Quin. The Wyndham came with a lady called Caroline Wyndham when she married and came to live here in 1812. The Quin comes from Corofin in County Clare. The names were joined in 1822. You – our visitor, “did you know” – that you may be one of the hundreds of thousands who have chosen to explore Adare. Our village is amazing. We are approximately 1,500 – 2,000 people living within and trading within its environs. We have small cosy commercial shops, home grown beef,

beautiful clothes, gorgeous shoes, and magical antiques, safe cosy pubs – good coffee and good music and singing. We have three abbeys all dating from the 13th to 15th century. Two in full time use and the third in the middle of a golf course – battle-scarred past – bearing up to modern day golf balls. Into Adare village in the 1940’s came an idea via my mother-in-law, the late Nancy (Yuille) 6th Countess of Dunraven. She brought the idea of the first public Christmas Tree which each year is lit outside our Village Hall in mid-December. It is like a beacon for the remembrance of Christmas and leads visitors up the main street – or onwards to the next village or town. I married and came to live here in 1969 – my husband’s ancestor was Thady Wyndham Quin, the 7th Earl of Dunraven and Mount Earl. We have one magical daughter, born to Adare Manor in 1972. My husbands’ ancestor, Caroline Wyndham, married in 1812 and built Adare Manor as you see it today, however – it took 35 years to build. Today under new ownership it is a hotel and continues to attract you, our visitors, from worldwide. Adare has welcomed some delightful guests over the years—the Monaco Royal family, the Princess Royal of England, Mrs Eleanor Roosevelt, President William Jefferson Clinton and Mrs. Clinton, many musicians, politicians, film stars and many others and we will continue to do so into the future. I sincerely hope you may enjoy our village as much as we love it.

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Storied Adare So much to enjoy...

As the old saying goes “from small acorns, great oaks grow” and that is certainly the case with Adare, which has grown into its renown as one of the prettiest and friendliest villages in Ireland.

Today it is a small village with a big difference. Not only does it have an extremely rich history but in its present state, it has a strong community spirit and a booming tourist trade. Adare in Irish is ‘Áth Dara’, which translates as “the Ford of the Oak” for its setting amid water and woodland. It was founded on a tributary of the mighty River Shannon, the River Maigue, in the 13th century. The lands were originally ruled by the Fitzgeralds—Earls of Kildare. Situated 16 km from the larger Viking settlement in Limerick, Adare was regarded as a strategic stronghold. Much like today, Adare had a good retail sector and became known as a market town. By the Middle Ages, it was a large settlement boasting Desmond Castle and three monasteries—the Franciscan, Augustinian and Trinitarian Abbeys. These still exist, either as ruins or in their entirety. The 1600s in Ireland brought turbulent times and conflict. It is thought that the original settlement on the northern banks of the Maigue was destroyed over time.


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There was a revival in the 18th century when the Dunraven family built the manor. The village sprang up around this estate as it was mostly populated by workers.

A  small village with a big difference

Around the 1820s, the Earl of Dunraven took it upon himself to design a layout for the village. He built a lot of new buildings and houses including the famous thatched cottages on Main Street, which he rented to tenants. The Dunraven family has made an incalculable contribution towards preserving and restoring sites in and around Adare as well as donating a lot of land to this end. The ‘new’ Adare Manor was started in the 1830s and took over 20 years to build. Legend has it that the Earl was hobbled with gout and his wife, Lady Caroline Wyndham, urged him to take on a new project to occupy him. The result was an opulent, neo-Gothic ‘calendar house’. The Earl did not live to see

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it finished but his son completed the project. It remained as the family seat until 1982. It was bought in the late eighties by the Kane family from Florida and they restored it above and beyond its prior glory. Today it is a luxury, five star hotel and part of the estate is occupied by a championship golf course. In early 2015, millionaire Limerick philanthropist, JP McManus, purchased the resort and extensive improvement work commenced in early 2016 and it is expected to reopen later in 2017. Mr McManus has used the golf course twice previously for his pro-am tournament (2005 & 2010). Ireland’s premier charity golf event has raised more than €100 million for good causes in the mid-west region since it was first held in 1990. It is expected that the JP McManus Pro Am will be held again at Adare Manor in the next few years. Modern Adare has much to recommend it. The village has two four star hotels in the form of one-time estate coach house and old world hotel, the Dunraven Arms and the modern, Fitzgerald’s Woodlands House Hotel. Many more guests stay in

Adare is a  multiple winner in the prestigious, nationwide Tidy Towns Competition

high quality bed and breakfast and selfcatering accommodation in the village and surrounds. It has another fine golf course, Adare Manor Golf Club, which was founded by the 4th Earl of Dunraven and completed in 1900. This is just one of many popular activities to do around Adare. Sports of all types are played, particularly Gaelic Games. Other outdoor pursuits such as hiking and fishing are also prevalent. It has a lovely village park, great for a stroll in any weather. It has many bustling bars, shops and restaurants. Adare is a foodie heaven with numerous fine cafés and restaurants as well as several well-known pubs. The Best Of Ireland Series

The stores here are brimming over with everything from fashion to art; there is something for everyone. The village hosts regular events, with particular focus on the culture and heritage of the area. Adare is a multiple winner in the prestigious, nationwide Tidy Towns Competition. It won the overall national title in 1976. A local committee gives time voluntarily to keep the village looking its best. It was the tidiest town in County Limerick in 2016— adding another Gold Medal to add to a considerable haul won over the years. In 2015, adjudicators complimented Adare on over 50 years of “support and dedication” for the Tidy Towns competition which is “no mean feat”, adding “well done to all the community of Adare for their efforts over the decades into making Adare one of Ireland’s Tidiest Towns”. The beautiful village and surrounding countryside attracts many visitors from far and wide. The village aims to extend a ‘Céad mile fáilte’ to each and every visitor and ensure their time in Adare is an unforgettable experience. |7

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Adare Village website helps you plan your visit! Where to Stay: Hotels - B&Bs - Self Catering Camping. Where to Eat & Drink: Restaurants - Hotels - Bars - Off Licences. Where to Shop: Boutiques - Supermarkets - Footwear General Stores.

Where to Visit: Castle Tours - Adare Heritage Historical Buildings - Churches - Visitor Attractions in the Region - Museums Castles - Thatched Cottages Where to Play Golf: Adare Manor Hotel and Golf Resort - Adare Manor Golf Club - Regional courses is a comprehensive online directory for Adare. On your smart phone, tablet and laptop, you will find full details of: Transport and Taxi Services, Medical Services, Historical Information, Genealogy, Arts and Antiques, Spa and Leisure Centres, Bridalwear and Wedding Information‌ just about everything Adare has to offer tourists when visiting Ireland’s prettiest village! Click on for all you need to know about Adare.


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Adare abounds with rich history and strong heritage, which remains ever present in its monuments, its streets and its people.


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Desmond Castle The majestic Desmond Castle has been overlooking the River Maigue from the north bank since the 13th century. The medieval fortified castle—one of the few existing examples of a Norman castle in Europe—consists of a large square keep behind huge walls and a moat. You can imagine yourself supping with lords in the great hall, which has a stunning view of the river through the original windows. In the year 1227, Adare Castle belonged to Jeffrey (or Geoffrey) de Marisco. A Spanish Roman Catholic priest from the Trinitarian Order, Lopez’s account of the Trinitarian Priory states that in the following year, 1228, the Fitzgeralds possessed the castle. Therefore, it may be assumed that Jeffrey de Marisco erected the oldest part of the building before that time.

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There is also reason to believe that the keep was built within an ancient ring fort. The Earls of Kildare owned it for nearly 300 years until a rebellion in 1536, when it was forfeited and granted to the Earls of Desmond, who gave the castle its current name.

One  of the few existing examples of a Norman castle in Europe

There is ongoing conservation work at the castle so public access is restricted. There are supervised tours from June to September, which can be organised through Adare Heritage Centre. For bookings, call 061-396666 or reserve online at

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Augustinian Friary

Augustinian Friary (St. Nicholas Church)

The friary is in good condition because of consistent preservation and restoration; it retains many original features including the 15th century square tower.

This friary dates back to the 14th century and was formerly known as the ‘Black Abbey’ because the friars wore a black habit.

In 1807, it became the local Church of Ireland parish church, St. Nicholas, and is still in regular use today. St. Nicholas National School is now situated in the former abbey’s refectory.


The first Earl of Kildare, John Fitzthomas Fitzgerald, invited the friars to Adare and founded the building around 1315.

The church has several monuments to the Dunraven family, who carried out a lot of restoration work throughout the 19th century. Caroline, the dowager Countess of Dunraven, was responsible for most of the magnificent stained glass windows. Guided tours available.

The  friary is in good condition because of consistent preservation and restoration

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Trinitarian Abbey (Holy Trinity Church) 061-396172

The Catholic Holy Trinity Church is on the site of what was once the Trinitarian Abbey on Main Street, which is nearly eight centuries old.

The  church has some beautiful ornamentation such as a bronze screen designed by Pugin

Founded around 1230, the church underwent significant restoration in the 19th century and is currently raising money towards its restoration fund, a testament to the great community spirit in Adare. The monastery was called the ‘White Monastery’ because of the colour of the order’s habits; after its suppression during the Reformation it descended into ruin. The remains of the tower, nave and part of the choir of the church

were incorporated into the present day structure when the Earl of Dunraven rebuilt it in 1811. Two original ‘piscinas’ (sacred basins) were preserved from the ancient church. In 1852, the third Earl of Dunraven made further improvements like lengthening the nave and adding a porch and new chapel. The church has some beautiful ornamentation such as a bronze screen designed by Pugin, numerous stained glass windows and some striking statues.

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Franciscan Friary The ruins of the Franciscan Friary, sometimes called the ‘Poor Monastery’, are located just outside Adare village within the grounds of Adare Manor Golf Club. Thomas, Earl of Kildare, and his wife founded the friary in 1464. It was consecrated two years later and was dedicated to St. Michael the Archangel. The ‘poor’ label came from the fact that the friars were from the order of the ‘Minors of the Stricter Observance’ and depended on the kindness of others. The friars faced many challenges. The friary was briefly suppressed in 1539 and those who returned in 1573 were expelled again eight years later.

Although the friary is exposed to the elements, the semi-intact structure is in reasonably good condition and a lot of the architectural features have been preserved. It includes a tower, nave, cloisters and living quarters. The site is accessed through the golf club so watch out for flying golf balls and shouts of “Fore!” Visitors should check in with the clubhouse on 061-396204, before going onto the course to ensure it is safe to proceed.

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Adare’s History 12th Century First reports of a settlement in the area. Fortress founded 1230 Trinitarian Abbey founded 1316 Augustinian Priory founded   1390-1410 Stone bridge into Adare built   1464  Franciscan Friary founded   1536 Fortress is surrendered to the Earls of Desmond; it becomes known as Desmond Castle   1811 Trinitarian Abbey is restored to be the Catholic parish church by the Earl of Dunraven   1820s Second Earl of Dunraven redesigns streets of Adare   1832 Building begins on Gothic-style Adare Manor   1852 Major restoration of Augustinian Priory begins   1911 Adare Village Hall built   1987 Adare Manor is sold to American, Tom Kane, who later restores it to become a luxury hotel   1995 Adare Golf Club championship course on Adare Manor grounds is completed   2009 The last time the Adare senior hurlers won the county championship (their fifth time in total)   2011 Seventh Earl of Dunraven passes away, leaving the title to lapse | 13

Adare Guide History & Heritage John Wesley, founder of the Methodist Church, visited the local area on several occasions from the mid 1750s to 1778. It is said that he preached under an ash tree near the ruin of the Franciscan Abbey at least one time and a stone now marks the place. The local Methodist community holds an annual meeting on this spot.

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Black Abbey Road 061-396236 Adare Methodist Church and sister congregation in nearby Ballingrane form the Adare & Ballingrane Methodist

Adare Village Park/ Washing Pool In the heart of the village is a pretty oasis and gathering place in the shape of the public park. The land for the park, like a lot of Adare, was once part of the massive Dunraven estate. It has winding, tree-lined paths to go for a pleasant meander and benches to lounge on.

Circuit, which is one of the most historic circuits in Ireland. The first Methodist chapel in Adare was built around 1794 but the present church dates to 1873 when the Countess of Dunraven laid the foundation stone. There have been several additions to it over the years.

The ‘washing pool’ - beside the park’s entrance - is a small triangular pool with access to a local stream. It was once a watering hole for animals and horses. But in the days before washing machines, the women of the village gathered here to wash clothes and exchange local news (and gossip no doubt!)

Today, there are  an estimated 14 million Methodists in America

Worshippers from this general area emigrated to the United States and established the church there. Today, there are an estimated 14 million Methodists in America. The weekly Sunday service is at 10.15am (Ballingrane at 11.45am). Without the benefit of detergents, they would have had to do their washing on ‘spittle stones’ on the stream bed or by pounding the clothes with wooden mallets. The pool was restored during the European Architectural Heritage Year in 1975.

The park is carefully maintained with trimmed green spaces and colourful flower-beds dotted around. A small tributary of the river Maigue also runs through it.

In  the heart of the village is a pretty oasis

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A Long Line of Dedication A place is nothing without its people and there have been many figures, past and present, who have shaped Adare into what it is today. The Quin family has been instrumental in the history of Adare and the wider area. This true Gaelic family is descended from the Chiefs of the Clan Hy Ifearna and eventually became the Earls of Dunraven. Valentine Quin—an ancestor of Thady Quin—built the first Quin manor at Adare by the River Maigue. His grandson, also called Valentine, was made a Baronet

of Great Britain in 1781—advancing to the title of Baron and then Viscount. He became Viscount Adare and the first Earl of Dunraven and Mount-Earl in 1822. Just two years later, he was succeeded by his son, Windham Henry Quin. The second earl was afflicted by gout and was encouraged by his wife, Lady Caroline, to undertake an ambitious restoration of his home to occupy himself. This little ‘project’ started in 1832 resulted in what is now the magnificent Adare Manor Hotel (due to reopen in the latter half of 2017 after its latest renovation under new owner, JP McManus).

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By that time, the earl was the biggest landowner in the area and his estate was many thousands of acres. Around this colossal estate, the village of Adare sprang up with many of the villagers working there. Successive earls and their spouses have made an unparalleled contribution to Adare. They made generous financial and land bequests to both Catholic and Protestant institutions. They funded many public buildings, houses and restoration projects. The seventh Earl, Thady Wyndham-Quin played an active role in the community until his death in 2011 and his wife, Lady Geraldine, continues to do so. | 15

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dare’s rich history is a treasure trove just waiting to be discovered and the natural first port of call for visitors is the charming Adare Heritage Centre. Conveniently located on the main street, it has a large car/coach park at the rear (parking is free) and restroom facilities as well as the tourist information point, local library, a historical exhibition, restaurant, craft shops and Curran’s Heraldic service. The imposing montages of photographs and depictions of Adare when you walk in the front entrance give an impression of a Village that is extremely proud of its past. The tourist information point to the right offers a free map to visitors and the knowledgeable staff can provide advice on things to see and do, as well as information on nearby accommodation and amenities. The information point also carries a variety of Ireland, Limerick and Adare-themed merchandise. 16 |

Adare’s rich  history is a treasure trove just waiting to be discovered

the historical exhibition located within the centre is open to visitors free of charge and offers a reconstruction of the foundation of Adare and its progress through the ages. It traces Adare’s

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eventful past including the arrival of the Normans, the construction of the abbeys in the middle ages and the instrumental role of the Earls of Desmond. A potted history of Adare Village is also included on the guided tour of the Adare Desmond Castle, one of the few authentic Norman castles in Europe. This tour is available throughout the summer season by shuttle bus from the Adare Heritage Centre. Tickets available online or from the reception desk in the centre. Group rates available.

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Dovecote Restaurant 061-396449

The Dovecote is all about casual dining without compromising on quality of cuisine. The service is fast and friendly. The room is bright and airy with colourful work by local artists adorning the walls. There is a terrace with outdoor seating too.

Bright and airy  with colourful work by local artists adorning the walls

Breakfast is served daily from 9am and lunch menu options are worth checking out. Browse the hot food or salad counters for something scrumptious or select from one of the daily specials. Soup, sandwiches and a variety of salads are available. This restaurant has earned a reputation for its high quality homemade cakes so why not treat yourself to one with a freshly-brewed coffee? The Dovecote also provides a home catering service. Feel free to ask one of the team to discuss your individual catering needs. Menu available for private groups.

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Curran’s Heraldry 061-396961

The family crest experts at Curran’s Heraldry can shed light on family names, histories and coats of arms and this unique knowledge is within your grasp.

A  shop of impeccable quality, Curran’s Heraldry is a family business with its own unique history

Highly recommended on TripAdvisor with comments such as “In all of Ireland I didn’t find such a comprehensive heraldry shop of impeccable quality”, Curran’s Heraldry is a family business with its own unique history. It dates back to the late 1800s when an ancestor of the present owner, G.P Curran, took a special interest in the intriguing field of family name histories and coats of arms. The visitor outlet in Adare Heritage Centre contains the largest repository of Irish, British and European family crests available anywhere today. If your crest is not in the store, they can ship it to you. From their database of over 200,000 Irish, British and European family names, they can print a beautiful family history scroll on the spot.


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Black Abbey Crafts

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Taking its name from a term commonly used to describe Adare’s Augustinian Abbey, this craft shop has a large

It  has built a reputation for having that special item to suit every taste

selection of Irish made gift items. It has built a reputation for having that special item to suit every taste.

Many items have  a Celtic influence but the range is extensive with a great selection of silver and some very unique ceramic pieces

Limerick was once renowned for the intricate production of lace and Black Abbey Crafts stocks a nice selection. The shop also stocks a wide range of Irish linen including doilies, napkins, tablecloths and more. Black Abbey Crafts also has quite a bit of jewellery on display. Many items have a Celtic influence but the range is extensive with a great selection of silver and some very unique ceramic pieces. The shop’s costume jewellery display and amazing Irish-made ceramic figures are definitely worth a look. There is something for everyone here including pottery, food, novelties, soaps, and the full range of Irish souvenirs.

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The tagline on the sign of Adare Woollens reads “Look good, feel good” and how true it is! In walking through you will be greeted by the array of Irish products from the familiar Aran sweater to the more unusual handcrafted leathers and sterling silver.

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children’s clothing, Celtic and dress jewellery and perfumes. Have your purchases mailed worldwide, letting you travel lightly.

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Adare has a variety of festivals and events to enjoy whatever the time of year or your interest, there is something for everyone.

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dare may be small but it hosts festivals and other events throughout the year, as well as a proud history of hosting prominent events. Adare Village Hall, established in 1911 by the Dunraven family, hosts a variety of events big and small all year round. Every Saturday, the farmers’ market takes place around the hall from 10am-2pm. Designed to test body and mind, Adare to Survive—a 7.5 km military style obstacle race in Clonshire Equestrian Centre and the only event of its type in the region—has been running every September since 2013. In past years, the challenging course featured man-made and natural occurring military style obstacles including water, fire, barbed wire, nets and more. The tagline is: “Endeavour, Endure and Enjoy” and this challenge attracts well over 1,000 people to the village. For more information, visit

Adare is a big name in the world of golf. Adare Golf Club’s championship course, on the picturesque 840 acre grounds of the Adare Manor Hotel & Golf Resort, has hosted the Irish Open and the Ladies World Cup of Golf to name but a few. Adare Golf Club also hosted the JP McManus Invitational Pro Am event in 2005 and 2010. It is anticipated that this event will be held again at Adare Manor in the next few years after the course and hotel refurbishment is fully complete. World-class golfers like Tiger Woods, Ernie Els, Colin Montgomerie, Pádraig Harrington Jim Furyk, Martin Kaymer, Sandy Lyle and Paul McGinley have taken part, along with celebrities and

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sports personalities including Samuel L Jackson, Michael Douglas, Hugh Grant, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Michael Flatley and Niall Quinn. For some authentic live Irish music, the bars and hotels in Adare host trad sessions on most if not every night of the week—especially in high season. It’s best to ask at the bar to find out who is playing and when. The Adare Heritage Centre also hosts Irish music evenings during the summer. More information on festivals and events in Adare and Limerick City and county, see and

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There is a lot to see and experience in and around Adare, so make sure to explore and enjoy this unique place where you’ll never be short of something to do.


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s the old saying goes “idle folk have the least leisure” but that should be no problem with all the activities in and around Adare.

There are two golf courses here. Adare Manor Golf Club (061-396204) on the Limerick Road is a fine 18 hole parkland course and golf has been played here for well over 100 years. It has several unusual features such as the ruins of a 15th century Franciscan Friary and the green for the 15th hole and tee box for

the third hole are close to the imposing 13th century Desmond Castle.

Adare Golf Club (061-605200) at Adare Manor Hotel & Golf Resort is an awardwinning, internationally-acclaimed championship course. The entire resort is currently undergoing refurbishment and the course will be closed for the majority of this year but it is hoped it will reopen in the autumn/winter season of 2017. A fun game at Adare Pitch & Putt (061-396078) is a great way to pass some time too. The proverbial dark horse of activities around Adare is the superbly equipped Clonshire Equestrian Centre (061396770). Located roughly 2 km outside the village, the centre provides tuition in horse riding, training camps/holidays and therapeutic riding for all levels of experience and ages. Adare Recreation & Community Complex (ARCC), or The Manor Fields, is a 25 acre complex, This community-owned, multi-functional, recreational facility has a range of sports pitches and the first all-abilities playground in Limerick is located here.

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The beautiful landscape in the area presents many opportunities to enjoy the outdoors such as walking, hiking, orienteering, birdwatching, boating, canoeing along with some good oldfashioned country hobbies like hunting, archery and clay pigeon shooting.

The  beautiful landscape in the area presents many opportunities to enjoy the outdoors

Fishing is another favourite. The River Maigue is right at Adare’s heart and is teeming with the likes of trout, pike and bream. The nearby Camoge River is another option for fly-fishing and the Shannon estuary is not far away for sea fishing expeditions. There are restrictions in place according to season and general regulations and a lot of the land along the banks is privately-owned. Always be sure to enquire first and fish later! Information on booking and permits is available from Inland Fisheries Ireland on 061-300238.

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Adare Pitch & Putt Golf Course Killarney Road 061-396078

If a lengthy round of golf sounds too much like hard work, Adare boasts a charming pitch and putt course. The well-maintained course has 18 holes and is open all year round. Pitch and putt is ‘miniature golf’ and golfers use the course for working on their short game.

Adare boasts a  charming pitch and putt course

But it stands on its own as an outdoor pursuit that is family-friendly and fun for people of all ages. There are also several local lakes. Bleach Lough, between Kildimo and Pallaskenry, is stocked annually with brown trout and rainbow trout and both bank and boat fishing are allowed. For more information, call 087-1845736. Dohayle Lake is a 45 acre lake about 10 km from Adare. This stocked fishery has primarily brown trout and some rainbow trout. Dromore Lough—off the Limerick/Tarbert (N69) coast road— offers accessible bank fishing for pike and rudd. It is also possible to launch a small boat here. For details on fishing at Dohayle and Dromore, call 061-300238. There are experienced local fishermen such as Paddy Dunworth of Celtic Angling (069-68202/087-6525687), who act as guides, run tours and give lessons.

Adare Pitch & Putt Golf Course

The holes are a lot shorter (because the course cannot exceed 1,000 metres in size) and the rules are simple. Players play with two clubs, one of which must be a putter. There is a standalone putting green there also. Visitors to the course can bring their own clubs or rent clubs there at bargain rates.

There are special rates for groups and year-long memberships are available too. Adare Pitch & Putt course was established in 1991 and every year, attracts many nationalities to play there. As well as the manicured course, the facilities include toilets and a small shop for snacks and refreshments.

number of looped way marked trails in the park for walking and cycling to suit all abilities. Opening times vary and there is a charge for parking.

Aside from the many family activities in and around Adare, there are some tailored specifically to children. At Stonehall Visitor Farm & Wildlife Park in Kilcornan (061-393940), there is a multitude of flora and fauna to interact with. There are picnic facilities, tearooms, nature trails and a play area. Buttercup Farm in Ballygrennan, Croom (061-397556) has a large collection of tree-trails and natural paddocks as well as farm equipment on display. Visitors can sit at the picnic tables, enjoy some tasty farmhouse refreshments and there is also a kiddies’ play area. Seasonal opening times vary for both farms.

Sit  at the picnic tables, enjoy some tasty farmhouse refreshments and there’s also a kiddies’ play area

For adrenaline junkies, there is gokarting close to Adare in Kilcornan Karting (061-393733). For a true taste of the great outdoors, feel free to wander around Curraghchase Forest Park in Kilcornan (061-337322). Managed by Coillte, the 777 acre park is located between Adare and Askeaton and offers picturesque scenery and walks galore. It includes a children’s playground, gardens and the remains of Curragh Chase House. There are a

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pavement walk is very easy and is suited to all levels of walkers. It is reccomended that you bring comfortable walk or trekking shoes, raingear, fluids and mobile phone. Many services are located along the walk.

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Map Reference: Adare Heritage Centre/ Tourist Information Point 2. Village Fountain 3. Trinitarian Priory (1230) 4. Parochial House (1852) 5. Thatched Cottages (1825) 6. Augustinian Priory (1315) 7. Desmond Castle (1202/1226) 8. Church of St Nicholas & Chantry Chapel 9. Franciscan Friary (1464) 10. Courthouse (1840) 11. Village Hall 12. Methodist Church 13. Christian Brothers School 14. Washing Pool & Public Park

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The Adare route is particularly convenient because it is easy to follow, well-lit all year round, caters for all fitness levels and there is adjacent car parking. The IHF recommends 30 minutes of physical activity at a moderate intensity, such as brisk walking, five days a week to keep your heart in good shape.



This ‘path to health’ (which is the English translation) is a 500 metre long loop walk around the grounds of Adare GAA Club. All Slí na Sláinte routes are marked at 1 km intervals to help walkers know what distance they are covering.

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Adare is a pleasant location to eat, drink and be merry with a great choice of fine restaurants, cosy cafés and vibrant pubs with a world of ‘ceol agus craic’.

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Pat Collins Bar and Restaurant

Pat Collins Bar and Restaurant Main Street 061-396143

Whether it’s golfers relaxing after a round, natives discussing local news or tourists taking a break from sightseeing, Pat Collins Bar makes everyone feel at home. Popular for its good pint and homemade dishes, it retains its character with a plethora of wall decoration

Aunty Lena’s Bar Main Street 061-396114

This bar is steeped in tradition and has been a fixture in Adare since 1806, keeping the locals fed and watered since then. You can’t miss its distinctive mustard and black frontage and the inside does not disappoint with its solid wood bar furniture and decorative stained glass.

Popular for its  good pint and homemade dishes

­Owner, Michael Collins, has cultivated a great sporting pub and the air is alive with conversations about the future of Munster Rugby and the trials of the county hurling championship. representing key parts of its history. Striking pictures include one of the entire staff of the tobacco factory formerly located in the village. The owner is Charlie Chawke, a well-known Limerick native and a great supporter of the local Adare hurling club, who owns a chain of pubs including the famous Goat Bar in Dublin. He was born in the village and named the bar after his aunt, Lena, who was the original owner.

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The staff is attentive in every sense but particularly to settle a playful argument over who won what and when. Food is served every day from 10.30am - 9.30pm. It does a bustling lunchtime trade with gourmet sandwiches and full lunch menu which includes Irish favourites like bacon and cabbage and Irish stew beside modern fare like a lovely sizzling house stir fry. By night, the bar’s traditional Irish music is on Wednesdays from 9pm.

Bar manager, Dave and his staff members are a friendly bunch who are always on hand to serve drinks and food. The menu is varied with sandwiches and traditional Irish classics like bacon and cabbage, bangers and mash, and crispy, beer battered fish and chips. Food is served from 9am until 9pm each day. By night, there are live music traditional sessions on Fridays and on weekends.

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Seán Collins and Sons Bar Main Street 061-396400

Seán Collins and Sons Bar Adare is a most traditional style bar run by Sean and Bridie. The carefully selected menu features locally-sourced fish, meat, vegetables and salads and is available every day from 12.30-9.30pm. With the increasing interest in Irish craft beers, Sean has carefully selected five of his favourites with an Irish pale ale, two ales and two lagers. The pub has a large selection of Irish whiskey from the big and small distilleries. With awards for ‘Irish Music Pub of the Year’, their music sessions on Monday and Friday night at 8.30pm are very popular. It is advisable to book a table for meals on these big nights.

Bill Chawke’s Bar Rathkeale Road 061-396160

Bill Chawke’s Bar is a homely bar with a lively twist, which is spacious inside and out. Chawke’s (also owned by namesake, Charlie) has beautiful signage and a neat exterior—a common trait with bars in Adare. A framed Adare GAA jersey to the left as you come in the door makes

Tables can be configured to cater from two to 50 people. If you like, you can have a barbecue in the garden area. The menu includes homemade fish cakes, steamed and baked salmon and cod, their famous Irish stew, chargrilled steaks and homemade 8oz burgers, great salads, pizzas and gourmet wraps. There is a large gluten-free menu available too.

With awards for  ‘Irish Music Pub of the Year’, their music sessions on Monday and Friday night at 8.30pm are very popular Seán Collins and Sons Bar

it clear that sports fans are welcome and there are several screens inside for watching. The décor is modern with nice touches like fireplaces. Manager Alan, stamps his personality on this pub so it is regarded as a friendly spot by locals and visitors alike. It has a cosy little pool room to enjoy a pint and pool combo.

Bill  Chawke’s Bar is a homely bar with a lively twist

It celebrates being the “only bar in town with a large beer garden”. Chawke’s has a special barbeque area, which comes into its own in good weather. Whether you’re looking for a small or large meal to satisfy your hunger, the all day food menu has a good selection. Sandwiches and paninis feature, as do dishes like the tasty Bill Chawke’s gourmet burger. Food is served from 10am to 9pm every day. There is traditional music here on Tuesday nights and live music on the weekends.

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The Blue Door Restaurant

Main Street 061-396481 The blue door into the restaurant of the same name leads back in time but strangely, to high quality, modern cuisine.

comfortable while each dish is being freshly made to order. The eatery is open daily from midmorning so visitors can stop in for a hot beverage and in high season, for afternoon tea. It serves lunch and dinner. The early bird runs every day and some dishes feature on the evening menu with appealing choices such as deep fried king prawns in katafi pastry,

beechwood smoked duck breast salad, fillet of cod with chardonnay sauce and sirloin steak. Dinner options include trio of warm St. Tola’s goat’s cheese and cranberry parcels, confit of duck and grilled Connaught lamb cutlets. The homemade dessert menu sweetens the deal with such classics as sticky toffee pudding, warm chocolate brownie and vanilla panna cotta.

A  cosy bistrostyle ambience sure to leave an impression

The Blue Door is based in one of the iconic thatched cottages built in the 1830s. Although it has moved with the times, it still has a cosy bistro-style ambience sure to leave an impression. Under the able guidance of host Brian Hayes, the staff makes customers

The Wild Geese Restaurant

Main Street 061-396451 Acclaimed chef, David Foley, has tamed the unpredictable art of fine dining with ease in The Wild Geese Restaurant. Looking onto Main Street opposite the Dunraven Arms Hotel, its sunny yellow exterior yields to smart, country house style décor. There are early bird, a la carte and vegetarian menus available.

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The thinking behind the food is to capture the vibrancy and flavour of fresh ingredients by cooking them simply. The suppliers are mostly local and regional and organic where possible. This philosophy is reflected in dishes such as the parcel of Kenmare smoked salmon stuffed with crabmeat, baked Bluebell Falls goats cheese in a curry crust, terrine of chicken liver parfait and smoked Limerick bacon, pan-fried medallions of monkfish, roast rack of Irish lamb, pan-seared scallops and chorizo and roast breast of barbarie duck. The vegetarian menu and dessert selection is equally delectable. They

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The  thinking behind the food is to capture the vibrancy and flavour of fresh ingredients

have a wide selection of hand-picked wines so you can experience new tastes to complement the wonderful food. With Mr. Foley and co-proprietor, Julie Randles, at the helm since 1999, the restaurant has garnered recommendations from the likes of the Bridgestone Top 100 Restaurants Guide and Georgina Campbell’s Jameson Guide from 1999 to date. It was short listed for the Gilbeys Gold Medal for Fine Dining in Ireland Awards. The eatery was also a finalist in the best chef category and was awarded best restaurant in Munster by the Restaurant Association of Ireland. It is listed in Frommer’s, Foder’s, Karen Brown’s and Lonely Planet Guides. The Wild Geese Restaurant opens for breakfast, lunch and dinner Tuesday to Saturday inclusive and for formal lunch on Sundays.

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1826 Adare

Main Street 061-396004 1826 Adare is not just a Limerick food story but a Munster and Irish food story, with husband and wife team Wade and Elaine Murphy at the helm. The award-winning restaurant in a rustic cottage setting in one of Adare’s iconic thatched cottages with chic country décor is paired with food offering freshness, simplicity and keen pricing to match. Seasonal local produce is the foundation of Wade’s food philosophy, so menus change with the seasons along with daily changing blackboard specials. 1826 Adare was awarded the Best Restaurant & Chef in Limerick & Munster by the Restaurant Association of Ireland & at the Food & Wine Magazine Awards. It was recognised in the Michelin Guide to Britain and Ireland 2016 & 2017 with a coveted Bib Gourmand, which indicates the inspectors’ favourite establishments offering good cooking at moderate prices.

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Wexford native, Wade, has worked in some of the top kitchens in Ireland, London, Chicago, New York and Egypt. With a passion for food from a young age, there was never any doubt what career path Wade would follow. He is now recognised as one of Ireland’s leading chefs.

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Houfu Chinese Restaurant

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experience all the better. The warm atmosphere makes Houfu an ideal spot for any occasion—whether a special occasion or a casual get together. The menu offers a huge range of dishes and there is something to suit every palate. Starters include the very popular grilled aromatic lamb, salt & chili chicken, prawn yak sung and much more. Soups include hot and sour soup and won ton soup. The generous main courses bring the best of Thai and Chinese cuisine—with lots of options in chicken, duck, beef, pork, seafood and vegetables. Favourites like chow mein, curry, Szechuan and kung po feature as do specialties like Amber Fire Hennessy beef, steamed king prawn with garlic and roast duck with ginger and spring onion to name but a few. Houfu Chinese Restaurant welcomes bookings and you can order food to take-away here too. Opening hours are Monday to Saturday, 4pm-12am and Sundays/Bank Holidays, 2-11pm. | 29

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The Good Room Café Main Street 061-396218

The Good Room Adare opened in 2008 and is located across from the famous Dunraven Arms Hotel. The café combines a light and airy feel with a really relaxing atmosphere both inside and out. It’s a key meeting place for many locals, serving only homemade products from its own kitchen. The scent of fresh baking drifts onto the street. The menu is constantly changing and adapting to customer tastes. The new bakery stand allows customers to take away baked goods like loaves of bread, tarts, cakes, tray bakes such as flap jacks,

brownies, biscuit cake and handmade muffins—a treat to suit every palate! Breakfast is served from 8.30am-12 noon (Monday to Saturday) and 10am12 noon (Sundays). With lighter options such as porridge/crunchy homemade granola with yogurt and fruit or the traditional full Irish breakfast with free range eggs and homemade brown bread

It’s  a key meeting place for many locals serving only homemade products

or for the health conscious, there is a no carb option or free range poached eggs, bacon, and grilled tomato. Lunch includes homemade soups, various organic salads or for something more filling, options include gourmet hot sambos, homemade quiche or fish cakes, hand-pressed mince burger or pasta dishes and fresh seasonal fish. The Good Room pays close attention to dietary requirements, providing a wide range of gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan and dairy-free options. This family friendly café offers something for everyone including free Wi-Fi, a large outdoor seating area and a phone-in take-away service. Evening opening is seasonal; please just ask to find out more.

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Fond Memories of Adare Composer and champion of Irish music, Seán Ó Riada, was born on August 1, 1931 in Cork City. His family moved to Adare when Seán was a young age and while living there, he started to learn the piano and violin. He was quoted in a newspaper in the mid-sixties praising Adare: “I have loved music for as long as I can remember. 30 |

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Both my father and mother were traditional fiddlers and we often had local musicians in our house—that was when we were living in Limerick, where there was a very good school of traditional fiddlers.” Ó Riada produced the musical score for the film, Mise Eire and his creative use of traditional music along with his compositions in this and later work, made him a household name. Between 1961 and 1969, Ó Riada was leader of a group called Ceoltóirí Cualann and they performed widely as well as making recordings. Ó Riada is credited as one of the most influential figures in the revival of traditional and the ‘Sean Nós’ style. He passed away in 1971 and there is a small memorial to him in Adare.

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Whether you have a passion for fashion or are scouting for special gifts and souvenirs, you can shop to your heart’s content in Adare.

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Draíocht Art and Gifts

ADARE GAA Adare GAA Club was founded in 1929 although its history goes back to the late 18th century. The village has enjoyed and continues to enjoy success at all levels. At the time of publication, Adare has won the Limerick Senior Hurling Championship five times, the County Intermediate Football Championship once; the County Junior B Football Championship once, the County Junior A Football Championship twice, the County Junior Hurling Championship once, the Limerick Under-21 Hurling Championship four times and the Limerick Minor Hurling Championship three times. This is only the beginning of the honours with school-age teams having won no less than 14 other titles! Adare clubman, Mark Foley, played in two all Ireland finals and won two all-stars with Limerick. He captained the county team many times and in 2009, became Limerick’s most capped player with a record 47 senior championship appearances. Adare players, Declan Hannon and Wayne McNamara were, in 2013, members of the Limerick senior hurling team when the county won its first Munster title in 17 years. Adare also has camogie (ladies’ hurling) and Gaelic football teams at various levels. Many players have represented Limerick in the past and the present. Adare is the only club in Limerick to have dual senior status in both hurling and football. The club colours are red and black and the home clubhouse and pitch are located 1 km west of Adare on the Blackabbey Road. For further information, see

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Draíocht Art and Gifts Station Road 061-395539 / 087-7853295

Draíocht, as its name suggests, brings a little touch of magic to Adare village with a wealth of original art by internationally-recognised Irish artists and many aspiring talents. It’s new spacious gallery on Station Road houses diverse artworks, sculptured bronzes and wonderful ceramics. Draíocht’s adjoining retail outlet boasts eclectic, affordable Irish gifts in crafts, jewellery, candles and carved bogwoods and is undeniably different, appealing to everyone’s taste. With careful selection of the art for display, the shop itself is a constantly changing canvas with new works almost daily. The ever-popular Jane Hilliard and Sheila Richardson are permanently on

Did you know? Olympic athlete, Niall O’Shaughnessy, was born in Adare in 1955. He competed at the Montreal Olympics in 1976 at just 20, running in the 800 m and 1,500 m events. There is a running trail in Adare to mark this achievement, following a 2.3 km loop of Adare Village. He also set a number of Irish and European running records in the 1970s. He attended the University of Arkansas, graduating with a degree in civil engineering, and is currently still the ninth best collegiate mile The Best Of Ireland Series

exhibit joining Charles Harper RHA, Syra Larkin, Mary Neville and Adare’s Henry Morgan. Their works depict the colour and sheer diversity of the art featured on the walls. Noted highlights include beautiful raku sculptures by Liz Burgess and the bronzes of Eleanor Swan and Elisabeth O’Kane. Draíocht stocks an extensive selection of the Irish handmade glass and jewellery by the original Waterford glass blowers. The award-winning works of Ian Carty Ceramics are genuinely show stoppers and the locally based Barrett sisters Ailbhe, Ester and Louise are artists of ever-increasing repute at home and abroad. Draíocht is truly supportive of Irish art, Ireland’s own indigenous craft makers, the quirkier and more welldesigned the better. Professional artists, Henry Morgan, Peter Lunn and Sheila Richardson hold weekly classes for the beginner and beyond to let your untapped talent shine through.

runner in history in America. He settled in the USA and sadly passed away in Georgia in September 2015.

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Catherine Mc Cormack International Collections

Catherine Mc Cormack International Collections Main Street 061-395509 catherinemccormackadare

Established in 2006 Catherine Mc Cormack International Collections is the boutique of choice for women who value quality and stylish clothing from some of the world’s most elegant and trendiest designer collections. Catherine opened the store in the centre of the beautiful town of Adare 11 years ago and it is now one of the most loved luxury boutiques in Ireland.

The store currently stocks the following ready to wear, runway and accessories collections - Carven Paris, Courreges Paris, Chinti and Parker cashmere, Emporio Armani, Joseph, Kendall and Kylie, Paule Ka, See By Chloe, Sonia Rykiel, Versace, Wolford clothing, hosiery and lingerie.


One  of the most loved luxury boutiques

The store has a loyal client base locally in Adare, all over Ireland and abroad. Many clients first discovered the store whilst staying at the Adare Manor or the Dunraven Arms Hotel and now never miss an opportunity to visit.

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The store itself is very luxurious, furnished in 19th century French antiques with spacious fitting rooms, plenty of seating and soft carpet under your feet; it is a lovely shopping experience. Understanding and meeting the customers needs without pressure and with discretion is priority whether it is a cashmere jumper and jeans for a beautiful casual look or an elegant and sophisticated ensemble for racing and weddings, all occasions are catered for. Every visitor, male and female, younger and older are welcome to browse and enjoy the surroundings and the exquisite product. The store is open seven days a week from 10am to 6pm and private viewings outside of opening hours can easily be accommodated.

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Adare Health Foods & Wellness Centre Station Road 061-395064 adarehealthfoodsandwellness@

A shop which is a case of ‘by name and by nature’, Adare Health Foods & Wellness Centre stocks products to improve the wellbeing of all who visit. The store offers a broad variety of fresh and frozen foods as well as delicious local artisan produce— delicious granola, fresh salad leaves and in season vegetables, juice and jams. They stock locally produced raw milk which is produced without being homogenised or pasteurised. Their supplier John Liston was the first farmer in Ireland to be regulated to sell it. There are healthy choices for coeliacs and diabetics with gluten and wheat-free products and you will find lots of quality goodness to serve up at home here.

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Main Street 061-396147 The team at Adare Pharmacy prides itself on providing a friendly, caring service to the community and visitors passing through and on meeting all health and beauty needs. The pharmacy has been owned and run by husband and wife, James and

It also stocks an extensive range of high quality supplements with free expert advice to help you get the right solution. Irish organic soaps, cosmetics and cleansers feature on the shelves too in the store, which is located near the Adare Heritage Centre car park. The highly experienced staff team is happy to advise customers on the most suitable products. Manager, Sinéad Dundon, a Nutritional Therapist, is also known as ‘The Tummy Tamer’ and businesswoman, Anne Windle, has worked in healthcare since 2010.

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Carmel Collins, since 1997. They and their team do everything in their power to provide advice on any medical requirements visitors to Adare might have. Both pharmacists, the Collins’ offer all the regular services including filling prescriptions and giving advice on medical matters. They can also assist visitors who have forgotten their medication, for example. There is a room for private consultation.

Adare Pharmacy sells travel accessories and travel-size toiletries as well as a vast range of health and beauty products, including skincare (Vichy, Neostrata, Clarins), make-up (Rimmel, Isadora), perfume and more. The spacious store also supplies photographic material including batteries, memory cards, disposable cameras, baby supplies as well as hosiery. The pharmacy has gift products such as photo frames, photo albums and jewellery.

Providing a  friendly, caring service to the community

The store has a health monitor which measures weight, blood pressure and body mass index. There is also a digital photo printing machine. The pharmacy has been a long-term fixture in Adare; the building dates back to the late 1940s. The tradition of helpful and informative service continues to this day. Adare Pharmacy opens Monday to Saturday, 9am-6.30pm.

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The Wellness Centre is going from strength to strength with practitioners in the treatment rooms including Adare Hypnotherapy and Just Be with Reflexology, Reiki and Hopi Ear Candling. To help restore balance after travelling try Kinesiology with Sheila O’Hanlon. For bookings the team can be contacted at 061-395064 MondaySaturday 9.30am-6pm. For regular information and updates, see Health Foods Store and Wellness Centre and Twitter @AdareHealthFood.

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To experience true Irish hospitality, visitors should relax, indulge and stay in any one of the fine hotel and guest accommodations in Adare village and its surrounds.

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Dunraven Dunraven Arms Hotel Main Street 061-605900

Dating back to 1792, the Dunraven Arms combines four star luxury with old world charm to make it one of the most popular country house hotels in Ireland. The hotel was awarded the 2017 Restaurants Association of Ireland’s Overall Customer Service Award for the Maigue Restuaurant, Georgina Campbell’s ‘Hotel of the Year 2014’ and ‘Value Hotel of the Year 2014’ in the Hotel & Catering Gold Medal Awards to name but a few. Originally a coaching inn on a vast estate owned by the Earl of Dunraven the hotel now boasts 86 bedrooms, the Hunters’ Bar, the Maigue Restaurant, a separate Conference Centre and a Health and Leisure Centre. The Dunraven Arms is renowned for its wonderful staff and attentive service overseen by proprietors Louis and Hugh Murphy. The luxurious bedrooms are each individually styled with period fabrics and furnishings with private dressing rooms and en-suite bathrooms. The six suites and 24 junior suites have the added indulgence of authentic, antique four-poster and canopied beds. The award-winning Maigue Restaurant has a wide-ranging menu with a focus on Irish classics with a modern twist. Famous for its roast beef 36 |

and baked Limerick ham carved from the trolley, it seeks out locally sourced, seasonal produce. The hotel also provides the options of private dining experiences and banquets. The beautiful, chandelier lit ballroom, with private bar and bathroom facilities, is the ideal location for your wedding, ball or special event.

Four star  luxury with old world charm

The Hunters’ Bar has the ambience of a private club of old with solid oak paneling, leather banquettes and fireplaces with an extensive cocktail menu and delicious food served all day.

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The Health & Leisure Centre includes a 17 m swimming pool, Jacuzzi, sauna and a gym. Special classes such as aqua aerobics or yoga can be arranged for guests and aqua fun and games for younger guests. Guests may also indulge in a range of beauty and body treatments with an in-house specialist in The Beauty Rooms. A stand alone, state of the art, conference centre suitable for 10 up to 200 delegates with bright, naturally lit rooms, hi-tech facilities, free Wi-Fi and free car parking will ensure high productivity. The hotel is also renowned for equestrian holidays. With the Murphys being keen horsemen they can make arrangements for fox-hunting, cross-country riding in Clonshire Equestrian Centre or racing at the nearby Limerick Racecourse.

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Woodlands Fitzgeralds Woodlands House Hotel & Spa 061-605100

The four star Fitzgeralds Woodlands House Hotel & Spa is a luxurious, family run hotel that boasts stunning facilities and an unrivalled air of tranquility. Set on 44 acres of ‘Golden Vale’ countryside, the hotel’s modern exterior comes into view after the tree-lined driveway. The Woodlands has 89 spacious deluxe bedrooms, family rooms and suites in addition to an award winning spa, a White Flag leisure centre, a bar and two restaurants. Guests can avail of complimentary parking, free Wi-Fi and morning newspapers with lots of outdoor seating. Visitors are also in a constant stream, whether for a work-out, a meal in Timmy Macs Bistro or to get a pampering in Revas Spa & Hair Gallery. The spa offers a true haven away from the stresses of everyday life with some unique features and treatments, which include; a Turkish Mud Rasul Chamber, two romantic duet treatment rooms, an outdoor heated rock pool and a luxury thermal suite. Eighteen treatment rooms are dedicated to every type of pampering paired with a beauty, nail and hair salon makes this an exclusive retreat. From massages to facials, there is something for everyone. Timmy Macs Bistro is the epitome of old country Ireland with a rustic hearth

in the centre of the room and filled with memorabilia such as restored bicycles. With fresh daily home baked breads and desserts and dishes such as bacon and cabbage or a thick juicy Irish Angus sirloin, it endeavours to host the finest food the region has to offer. The recently refurbished, plush interior of Fieldings of Adare restaurant offers unrivalled table d’hôte and a la carte menus offering fresh and exciting modern dishes. Seasonal, local, and fresh ingredients are used to enhance the flavour and attentive waiting staff will ensure quality of service at every sitting. Dick’s Bar always has a mix of guests and locals in its relaxed surroundings modern decor, soft lighting and lots of comfortable sofas. It has the latest sports action on show and live music most Saturday nights. The leisure club has a 20 metre pool, sauna, Jacuzzi, steam room and fully

equipped gym. Trained staff can provide individually tailored fitness assessments and programs. The hotel is naturally family friendly—with a separate kiddies pool and play room. The Leisure Club also operates Woodys Kids Fun Club during school holidays and most Saturdays (which is free to residents). They say that from ‘little acorns, great oaks grow’ and the Fitzgerald family is a testament to that. Owners, Mary and Dick (RIP), opened a four-bedroom guesthouse in 1983 and today, the Woodlands has transformed into a four star hotel. Second to none for hospitality, the hotel is part of Irish Country Hotels and is one of the few hotels with a ‘Guaranteed Irish’ award. For more information and updates see, facebook. com/woodlands.adare or Twitter @ WoodlandsHouse.

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Adare on the Big Screen

Adare Manor house and grounds was one of the locations used in the 1977 American comedy film, The Last Remake of Beau Geste. The film is a satire loosely based on the novel Beau Geste—a story of brothers and their misadventures in the French Foreign Legion. Although the film got mixed reviews, it had a star-studded cast including Marty Feldman, Ann Margaret, Michael York, Peter Ustinov, James Earl Jones and Spike Milligan.

The Prettiest Village in Ireland

Adare is widely referred to as “the prettiest village in Ireland” and a lot of work has been done to keep it that way. A designated heritage town, it was the overall national winner of the Irish Tidy Towns Competition in 1976. It has maintained a stellar record in the competition. Adare won the award for Ireland’s Best Kept Small Town in 2008. It was the tidiest town in County Limerick in 2014, 2015 and 2016— winning a gold medal in 2016.

Adare’s influence reaches to Antarctica

Cape Adare in Antarctica was named in honour of the third Earl of Dunraven, Edwin Richard Wyndham-Quin. It was so named by his friend, naval officer and explorer, Captain James Clark Ross, in 1841. It is in the furthest northeastern peninsula in Victoria Land and the inhabitants are hundreds of thousands of Adélie penguins.

Adare’s Famous Thatched Roofs There are many fine examples of thatched cottages in Adare. Thatching is the craft of building a roof with dry vegetation like straw, water reed, sedge, rushes or heather—whatever material is easily available. In Adare’s case, some of the roofs are made from reeds cut from the banks of the River Shannon. It is estimated that there are between 150 and 226 thatched buildings in County Limerick, which is one of the highest volumes in Ireland. A thatch roof is typically between three and four feet deep and can last up to 15 years.

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Coatesland House

Coatesland House

Bed & Breakfast (3 star) Tralee Road (N21), Graigue, Adare V94A592 061-396372 / 087-2477351 Since its establishment in 1990, Coatesland House B&B enjoys continued success and popularity with its many guests over the years. It is a Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence since 2013 to 2017 inclusive to its many other credits and awards in hospitality—putting it in the top 10% of businesses on the popular tourist review website. Coatesland House boasts many glowing reviews too! They specialise in walking tours, golf groups, wedding groups, families etc. with seasonal special rates and an eco-friendly ethos, pet-friendly classifications. Coatesland House B&B is located just a 10 minute walk to the beautiful village of Adare, with all its wonderful scenic walks, golf courses, restaurants and pubs. The six bedroomed B&B, all ensuite, offers much more than just a just a facility; it’s a home away from home. The Hogan family takes pride in their very high repeat business, all due to the comforts, warmth and hospitality of the proprietor, Florence Hogan.

Flexibility and the acknowledgement of guests’ special requests are both a given. Some of the many extras include an ample monitored, secure and well-lit parking area to the rear of house, enabled free Wi-Fi, fridges in all rooms, satellite TV and an outside covered smoking area.

Relax in the  tranquility of landscaped gardens

Guests are encouraged to relax in the tranquility of landscaped gardens after a day’s travelling. The breakfast menu incorporates all Irish produce and is prepared specifically for all guests to include a varied buffet, continental and traditional full Irish breakfast. Early bookings are advisable during peak holiday seasons to avoid disappointment. Open all year. All bedrooms are upstairs.There is a bedonly option also available with short and long-term stays welcome.


Additional B&B facilities Berkeley Lodge B&B Station Road, Adare 061-396857

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Carrigane House B&B Rienroe, Adare 061-396778

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After enjoying the spoils Adare has to offer, broaden your horizons by visiting some of the highlights in Limerick city and county and the neighbouring counties.­

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More to Enjoy! Limerick City and county, as well as neighbouring County Clare, boast a huge variety of sites and experiences not to be missed, most only a short drive away. Lough Gur (Co. Limerick; 061-385386) lies 21 km south east of Limerick city and is one of Ireland’s most important archaeological sites. Aside from its glorious scenery, there are stone circles, ancient dwellings, megalith tombs, crannogs and more to see here. There is a visitor centre and guided tours are available. The medieval village of Askeaton (Askeaton, Co. Limerick) was once a stronghold of the Munster Geraldines, the Anglo-Norman Earls of Desmond. Today, the impressive ruins of Askeaton Castle are an imposing sight in the town, as are the remains of the well-preserved 14th century Franciscan Friary and the 17th century building which hosted Askeaton’s Hellfire Club. Tours are available. Kilmallock Museum & History Trail (Kilmallock, Co. Limerick; 063-398097) takes you through the rich history of the ‘crossroads of Munster’—an important Norman town, which was at the centre of Ireland’s political development from the 13th-17th centuries. The rich 40 |

architectural heritage includes the well preserved remains of a Dominican Friary, the medieval walls, along with a castle and gates.

The  castle’s life is illustrated with the help of the interactive touch screen technology

Ballyhoura Country (east Limerick/ north Cork; 063-91300) features 1,500 km of National Loop Walks and Way Marked trails and the largest mountain bike trail network of its kind in Ireland with 98 km of track. There is also an exceptional offering of other activities such as kayaking, wakebording, clay pigeon shooting, zorbing and more. King John’s Castle (King’s Island, Limerick City; 061-360788) has been an imposing fixture on the banks of the River Shannon since the 13th century. The castle’s life is illustrated with the help of the interactive touch screen technology, 3D models, discovery drawers, computer generated imagery, The Best Of Ireland Series

animations and projections. In peak season, the courtyard bustles with activities as costumed characters interact with visitors. You can see archaeological excavations on-site and there is a spectacular 360 degree view from the tallest turret. The Hunt Museum (Rutland Street, Limerick City; 061-312833) holds the important private art collection of the late John and Gertrude Hunt, gifted to the people of Ireland. It is housed in the former Custom House of Limerick. The collection includes over 2,000 antiquities and pieces of art. Limerick Museum (Limerick City; 061-417826) illustrates the history of Limerick and its people. Its displays include archaeological artefacts, sporting memorabilia, Limerick silver and lace, exhibits on the struggle for Irish independence and much more. Limerick City Gallery of Art (Pery Square, Limerick City; 061-310633) has one of the finest municipal art collections in the country outside Dublin. LCGA has a selection of Irish 18th to 21st century art in all media and several other collections. It runs a constantly changing exhibition programme.

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Lough Gur

At the University of Limerick Sports Arena (Castletroy, Limerick City; 061213555), visitors can enjoy the 50 m swimming pool and state-of-the-art gym. The University Concert Hall (061331549) in the same location has a yearround programme of events as does the Lime Tree Theatre (Mary Immaculate College, South Circular Road, Limerick City; 061-774774) and the Belltable (O’Connell Street, Limerick City). Bunratty Castle & Folk Park (Bunratty, Co. Clare; 061-360788) is one of Ireland’s premier visitor attractions, where you can explore three wonderful experiences—the spectacular 15th century Bunratty Castle, the 19th century Bunratty Folk Park and the

Village Street. There is also a Fairy Village for little ones, and regular events in the park itself.

Craggaunowen is  Ireland’s original award winning pre-historic park

Also at Bunratty and a neighbouring castle in Clare, Knappogue Castle, you can enjoy various evening entertainments (061-360788) like medieval banquets and a Traditional Irish Night. Guests can enjoy all the pomp and ceremony of the

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occasion—mingling with characters in period dress before partaking in food, drink and traditional music and dance fit for a king. Craggaunowen (Co. Clare; 061360788) is “Ireland’s original award winning pre-historic park” and allows visitors to step back over 1,000 years ago to explore the roots of our Celtic ancestors. Immerse yourself in the traditions and dwellings of the Celts and Bronze Age people and see the magnificent, leather hulled ‘Brendan Boat’. For more things to do around in and around Limerick, see

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One of a Kind Foynes Flying Boat & Maritime Museum Foynes Flying Boat & Maritime Museum Foynes, Co. Limerick 069-65416

The role played by the west Limerick village of Foynes in the establishment of passenger flights across the Atlantic is excitingly captured in this museum, located in the original Airport Terminal Building. The story is told by way of original film in a 1940s style cinema and the museum showcases the war

Wild Atlantic Way The Wild Atlantic Way is Ireland’s spectacular coastal driving route, which stretches 2,500 kilometres all the way along the west coast from Donegal to west Cork. The pretty village of Foynes—situated on the N69 road—is featured on the longest defined coastal drive in the world. You can access it driving west from Limerick City, east from Kerry or even by taking the ferry from Killimer, Co. Clare to the nearby terminal at Tarbert.

years, airline memorabilia and uniforms from that era. You get the opportunity to board the world’s only Boeing B314 Flying Boat and you can step back in time to 1943 and watch a 3D holographic exhibition show recreating the night the in-house chef, Joe Sheridan, invented the first Irish Coffee. The Maritime Museum depicts the history and personality of the River Shannon from Limerick city to Loop Head. It features many artefacts and exhibits including charts and maps. Information on the river pilots, dockers, the tragic story of the ‘Colleen Bawn’, transportation, emigration, exports, notable ships and more is explored. You can try your hand at flying the new Boeing B314 flight simulators and if you’re feeling adventurous, why not take in the majestic panoramic view from the top of the Control Tower? The village of Foynes, situated on the Wild Atlantic Way and on N69 Scenic Route, offers stunning views of the Shannon Estuary. Enjoy lunch in a beautiful 1940s setting in O’Regans Restaurant and after, explore the quaint harbour village of Foynes which offers wooded walks, a picnic area, and new playground. Foynes Flying Boat and Maritime Museum open 9.30am-6pm

The Foynes Flying Boat & Maritime Museum (see above) is a big part of the reason why the village features but there are more delights to sample. You can try an Irish coffee where the popular drink was invented or try the Foynes Wood Walk with excellent views over the Shannon Estuary. The picnic area is the perfect spot to stop off for a bite. More information on 42 |

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daily, mid-March to mid-November (closing at 5pm March, April, October and November). The exact sat nav co-ordinates are: 52.6115, -9.1097.

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Crescent Shopping Centre Limerick

061-228560 Limerick is home to premier retail destination, the Crescent Shopping Centre, which is the biggest and most successful shopping complex outside of Dublin. Celebrating 44 years in operation this year and covering a massive 37,000 square metres of space and 2,400 free parking spaces, the Crescent is a mecca for fashionistas and families alike. There are over 90 outlets, including big brand and independent stores, a 12 screen Omniplex cinema, numerous eateries, a drop-in crèche and much more. The centre’s main anchor tenants are Tesco, Penney’s, Shaw’s Department Store, Heaton’s, Argos and Boots to mention a few. Some of the hottest trends in ladies’, men’s and children’s fashion are to be found here in stores such as Next, Zara, H&M, River Island, Quiz, Monsoon, Tommy Hilfiger, Jack & Jones, Pamela Scott, Mego, Diesel, Carraig Donn and Mothercare to name but a few. From jewellery outlets, health & beauty outlets, shoe emporiums, hobby shops to bookshops, giftware stores and don’t forget the sports outlets, there is The Best Of Ireland Series

truly something for everyone. There is also a range of services on offer including hairdressers, a locksmith, banks, ATMs, a post office and a travel agent. The qualified staff in the drop-in crèche located inside the Shannon Mall entrance will look after your little ones while you take that well-deserved break for some retail therapy and coffee. The Crescent Playground also proves very popular with children and parents. If you’re in need of a boost after shopping, there is a selection of food outlets from BBs Coffee and Muffins, O’Brien’s Sandwich Bar, Costa Coffee, Quigley’s, McDonald’s, Subway, KFC, Butler’s Chocolate Café, Sorrento Restaurant and Franklin’s Restaurant. It also hosts events like Inspire— Munster’s biggest fashion event—and a spectacular arrival of St. Nicholas to Santa’s Grotto during the festive season. There is also a Crescent gift card available, which can be used in all stores. News and special offers regularly appear on Crescent Facebook & Instagram pages @crescentshoppingcentre. With an emphasis on value, comfort and choice, the Crescent Shopping Centre is well worth a visit. Opening hours are Monday-Wednesday and Saturday, 9.30am-6pm, Thursday and Friday, 9.30am-9pm and Sunday 12 noon-6pm. | 43

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Limerick Racecourse

Limerick Racecourse Greenmount Park Patrickswell, Co. Limerick 061-320000 for bookings

Horse racing in Limerick dates back to 1790 and in 2001, Limerick Racecourse opened at Greenmount Park, Patrickswell and has since been noted as one of the top three racecourses in Ireland. Horse racing is known as the “Sport of Kings” and a visit to the horses is a must for anyone visiting the region. Limerick Racecourse is set on 250 acres of land with stunning panoramic views across the surrounding Limerick countryside with easy access to the M20 motorway, not too far a distance from anywhere! Limerick Racecourse stages 18 fixtures per year—both flat and national hunt racing. The flat and hurdles course is a right-handed oval measuring approximately one mile three furlongs. The whole track is visible from the grandstand, which is quite unique in Ireland creating an exceptional racing experience. The state-of-the-art venue caters for all occasions – family events, sports & social groups, team nights, corporate outings, hen and stag parties, active retirement groups and many more. There is a distinct Adare connection with Limerick Racecourse. David and Conor Fitzgerald of the Fitzgerald’s Woodlands House Hotel have been 44 |

the resident caterers at the racecourse since 2010! From tasty treats to hearty dinners to whet many an appetite, there is something for everyone. Relax and let the experienced Woodlands Catering team look after your hospitality needs on a race day.

A  host of great racing dates to enjoy

There are a wide selection of catering options including a fast-food outlet, Woodlands Catering Carvery Restaurant In 2017, there are a host of great racing dates to enjoy including: • Sunday 21st May – NH racing from 2.30pm • Saturday 17th June – Flat racing from 5.30pm with live music after racing • Friday 23rd June – Flat racing from 5.30pm with live music after racing • Sunday 9th July – NH racing from 2.30pm • Saturday 22nd July – NH racing from 3.30pm with live music after racing • Thursday 27th July – NH racing from 5.30pm • Saturday 7th October – Flat racing from 2.30pm • Sunday 8th October – NH racing from 2.30pm featuring the Munster National • Friday 1st December – NH racing from 12.30pm • Tuesday 26th – Friday 29th December – NH racing from 12.30pm

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and for a VIP day at the races, the Panoramic Restaurant Package allows you to enjoy the racing from the comfort of a reserved table in the Greenmount Suite. This racing package includes admission, race card and deluxe fourcourse lunch. Waiter service and tote facility are also included, making the Greenmount Suite the perfect place to enjoy the races. The summer Twilight Racing evenings is very popular, as is the Munster National – known as the oldest race in Munster. There are a host of themed family fun days throughout the year and the four-day Christmas racing festival attracts an audience of over 40,000 each year. Visit their website www.limerickraces. ie to check out the latest offers. No matter how the betting goes, Limerick Racecourse always provides a winning experience.

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Useful Information

Useful Websites For Adare Village

Useful Numbers for Adare Village Adare has many other shops and services and here is just a selection...

Adare Tourist Information Point 061-396666

Emergency: Adare Garda Station 061-396216 Adare Medical Centre Rathkeale Road 061-396561 Adare Family Doctors Station Road, Adare 061-396999 Limerick Doc (Out of Hours GP Service) 087-7551570



AIB Bank Adjacent to Adare Heritage Centre 061-396544

Lohan’s Centra Main Street 061-396211

Rathkeale & District Credit Union Station Road 069-64444

Costello’s Butchers Main Street 061-396207

Public Transport:

Post Office Main Street 061-396120

Bus Eireann 061-313333

Boyle Sports Bookmakers Rathkeale Road 061-605009

Iarnroid Eireann 061-315555 / 1850-366222

Adare Pharmacy Main Street 061-396147

Dublin Coach (M7 Express Service) Dublin to Ennis/Killarney/Tralee (via Limerick) stops in Adare. 01-4659972

Adare Veterinary Clinic Station Road 061-396390 John Noonan (Vet) Gortnagrour, Adare ­­061-396775 Adare Physiotherapy Clinic Castleroberts, Adare 061-396888

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Adare Guide Map Map Reference: Section A • Adare Heritage Centre • Adare Woollens • Black Abbey Crafts • Curran’s Heraldry • Dovecote Restaurant • Dunraven Arms Hotel • Public Restrooms Section B • 1826 Adare • The Blue Door Restaurant • The Good Room Café • The Wild Geese Restaurant Section C • Adare Health Foods & Wellness Centre • Draiocht Arts & Crafts • Berkeley Lodge B&B Section D • Aunty Lena’s Bar Section E • Adare Pharmacy • Catherine Mc Cormack International Collections • Pat Collins Bar & Restaurant • Houfu Chinese Restaurant • Bill Chawke’s Bar • Seán Collins and Sons Bar N21 (Limerick) • Bunratty Castle Riverbank Walk • Craggaunowen • Crescent Shopping Centre • King John’s Castle • Limerick City • Limerick Racecourse • Shannon Airport N21 (Kerry) • Adare Pitch & Putt • Coatesland House Bed & Breakfast • The Manor Fields N69 • Curraghchase Forest Park • Foynes Flying Boat & Maritime Museum Black Abbey Road • Adare Methodist Church Croom Road • Fitzgerald’s Woodlands House Hotel & Spa • Carrigane House B&B

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