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Shannon Local History

Less than 150 kilometres from end to end, situated in the mid-west of Ireland, the Shannon region covers the counties of Clare, Limerick, North Kerry, North Tipperary and South Offaly.

Artifacts of Ireland's ancient history are dotted throughout the region, all telling their own stories of clans and tribes, good times and some extremely bleak times. Home to Bunratty, Knappogue and Dunguaire Castles once the homes of noble medieval lords and stone and thatched cottages, some of which are still standing, the region's history is a fascinating one.

Shannon Attractions

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Ballymorris Pottery Cratloe. Run from a 19th century courthouse, the working pottery has a huge range of products. From domestic ware to individual pieces, anything and everything in 'pottery' can be found here. You can try your hand at throwing on a potter's wheel or sculpting your own piece of art.

Irish Dresden Ltd. outside Limerick City. Watch how these beautiful figurines are made before purchasing to take home.

McKernan Handweavers Lough Derg Drive. Here late 19th century looms are used to create wonderful scarves and shawls in the workshop. A browse through the showroom will have you pondering as to which pieces you are going to buy before leaving.

Shannon Activities

Aillwee Cave Ballyvaughan. This cave will fascinate adults and children alike. Formed in prehistoric times by melting water, today it is lit by colourful lights that give it an atmosphere of fantasy and wonder.

Aqua Dome Tralee. Ireland's largest and most exciting water world with slides and rapids, water cannons and fountains, the fun will keep everyone entertained for hours.

Bunratty Castle and Folk Park Clare. Built in 1425 and restored to its original medieval spendour in 1954, the castle contains mainly 15th and 16th century furnishings, tapestries and art. Be transported back in time as you absorb the atmosphere of this amazing place.

Shannon Parks & Gardens

Celtic Theme Park and Gardens Kilcornan. This park is located on an original Celtic site. The exhibits include stone circles, dolmens, lake dwelling, cooking site and stone church. The classic style garden contains over a thousand roses, lily ponds and shrubbery.

The Dingle Way Tralee. A circular walking route 95 miles long along the perimeter of the Dingle Peninsula has some of the world's best scenery. Crossing through mountain passes, old bog roads, sandy beaches with wonderful views of the Blasket Islands this walk is a never to be forgotten 'must do'.

Curaghchase outside Limerick. A 250-hectare forest plantation incorporates a camping and caravan facility. The ruins of Curraghchase House, the 18th century home of poet Aubrey de Vere is found in the heart of the forest.

Shannon Beaches

Cappa Beach County Clare. A good place for bird watching, this small rocky beach houses its own pier and harbour.

Miltown Malbay County Clare. Good for walks and just absorbing the sheer beauty of the surroundings, this small sandy beach with rocky shoreline is the perfect place to be.

Banna North Kerry. A special area of conservation, this is a long sandy beach in a rural environment.

Shannon Restaurants and Bars

As in all of Ireland, the region of Shannon enjoys rich and nourishing stews, fresh, delicious vegetables and fruit, soda breads and Guinness.

Shannon Restaurants

Brocka on the Water Tipperary. Close to Lough Derg, this family run restaurant with its intimate atmosphere offers great food in beautiful surroundings and genuine Irish hospitality.

Conor's Restaurant Banagher. Overlooking the marina on the River Shannon, Conor's offers a wide range of traditional and international dishes and boasts an extensive wine list.

Croom Mills Croom. This Granary steps back in time to show the working conditions of the millers and blacksmiths of the town at the beginning of the 19th century. Once finished your tour move into the bar for a drink before moving on to one of their two restaurants in the building for a superb meal.

Shannon Bars & Clubs

Aubars Limerick. For an upmarket and expensive night out in stylish surroundings, have a drink at the Italian style cafe before moving to the plush nightclub to dance the time away.

Brogans Bar and Restaurant Ennis. Tuck into traditional dishes whilst listening to the music of the locals and join in the singing when the pub starts to swing.

Unicorn Pub Dooradoyle. Popular with locals and tourists alike, the Unicorn will have you dancing and singing along in no time. The menu is extensive and the prices reasonable.

Dunguaire Castle Galway Bay. For a really good night out a visit to this 500 year old castle is a must. The performers will have you rocking in your chairs with laughter as they irreverently celebrate some of the great Irish literary writers.

Shannon children's activities

Aillwee Cave Ballyvaughan. This cave will fascinate adults and children alike. Formed in prehistoric times by melting water, today it is lit by colourful lights that give it an atmosphere of fantasy and wonder.

Aqua Dome Tralee. Ireland's largest and most exciting water world with slides and rapids, water cannons and fountains, the fun will keep everyone entertained for hours.

Bunratty Castle and Folk Park Clare. Built in 1425 and restored to its original medieval spendour in 1954, the castle contains mainly 15th and 16th century furnishings, tapestries and art. Be transported back in time as you absorb the atmosphere of this amazing place.

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