Ireland’s hidden heartlands offer much more than just outstanding rural tranquillity and a wonderfully relaxed pace of life. Amongst the rolling hills, flourishing countryside and dewy lakes are charming Irish towns and a superb selection of museums, mansions and monasteries which combine in an enchanting mix of the ancient and the mythological. At the very core of this beguiling region, the lovely town of Athlone is the perfect base for touring. Nestled on the banks of the beautiful River Shannon, this Bronze Age settlement offers history, heritage and a warm welcome. The jumble of streets are dotted with antique shops and colourful houses, and this town is also home to a revered institution: Ireland’s oldest pub.
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Squatting robustly in the centre of Athlone and overlooking the beautiful River Shannon, this 12th century fortification has witnessed dramatic battles and sieges during its centuries of history. Fringed with hulking battlements, the exhibitions here are immersive and informative.
The elegant spires of St Peter and St Paul’s Church protrude into the skyline of Athlone, adjacent to Athlone Castle on the west bank of the Shannon. Completed in 1937, this monumental church designed by Ralph Byrne incorporates baroque elements and classical references into its detailed façades, and its copper-domed towers shimmer with verdigris.
Explore the magnificent River Shannon during a boat journey on the River Run, a pleasure cruiser which departs from Athlone. Enjoy tea or coffee with biscuits aboard the luxury vessel whilst admiring panoramic views of this glorious waterway.
Richly historic, the bohemian city of Galway heaves with remnants of medieval history, lively Irish pubs and Gaelic culture. Galway Cathedral and the Spanish Arch are amongst the town’s most interesting sights, and the Galway City Museum tells the story of this colourful port.
Lying on the border of counties Leitrim and Roscommon, this charming riverside town is a lively and popular holiday destination. Lined with graceful buildings, it also has a thriving arts and music scene.
Standing starkly on a peninsula which juts into the vast Lough Ree, this deserted medieval town is enigmatic and fascinating. Its ruined 13th century castle and fortified walls point to its history as a key defensive settlement in the Anglo-Norman conquest. Wandering around the ruins reveals glimpses of ancient plots and the remains of a hospital, a church and a windmill. The thriving town was sacked following a Gaelic resurgence in the 14th century, and subsequently abandoned.
This fine Palladian property was the seat of the Mahon family, and still retains many original furnishings in its regal state rooms. Surrounding the property are 6 acres of walled gardens and lovely areas of woodland. Within the estate is the important National Famine Museum, which chronicles the great Irish famine of the 1840s. Denis Mahon of Strokestown Park was the first landlord to be assassinated due to his response to the devastating social disaster.
This beautifully restored Palladian villa sits within a magnificent estate, peppered with follies and a Victorian walled garden. Built in 1740 for Robert Rochfort, stories of scandal and intrigue surround the property, which has been restored to its former grandeur.
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By Kirsty Holmes
23rd Oct 2019
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