Nenagh is a market town with a long and proud history; nearly every street salutes an Irish patriot in its name and other greats from ... more »O'Connell to De Valera were frequent visitors on the way to their constituencies. It's a colourful past that deserves to be heard and with this innovative audio app, we are delighted to have Councillor Kevin Whelan as our audio guide along the way.
Nenagh is the administrative capital of North Tipperary with a population of around 8,000 people. The town is easily accessed off the M7 Dublin-Limerick motorway. It's a town with a long tradition of trading and today is an excellent place for shopping, offering a wide variety to the discerning visitor.
The streetscape is dominated by the impressive round keep of Nenagh Castle, which rises high above the roofline onto Kickham and Pearse streets. Often referred to as the Keep, the castle rises 100 feet high and forms a landmark property in the town. This fortification was built by the great Butler family around 1200. Nenagh Castle was the ancestral home of the Butler family until 1385 when they moved their ancestral residence to Gowran in county Kilkenny. A few years later in 1391, they once more moved the seat of the family to Kilkenny Castle.
The history of Nenagh town is inextricably linked to the O'Kennedy's, who were the Gaelic chieftains of the local region, then known as Ormond. This family was responsible for the construction of the Franciscan Friary around 1250, the ruins of which can still be seen at the bottom of Friar street.
To those venturing beyond the town, the pretty shoreline villages of Terryglass, Ballinderry, Dromineer, Garrykennedy, Portroe and Ballina/Killaloe are only a short drive from Nenagh. these villages located near to the shoreline of Lough Derg offer the visitor an opportunity to discover the beautiful and captivating countryside of North Tipperary. less «