Places to Go
Tullamore is the county town and arguably the most central town in Ireland, located half way between Dublin and Galway. And of course any mention of Tullamore wouldn’t be complete without a word about the world-famous Tullamore D.E.W. whiskey and its Visitor Centre at Bury Quay. The old distillery warehouse on the banks of the Grand Canal has been totally re-furbished and now houses an impressive Visitor Centre, where tour-guides entertain guests with a blend of history and storytelling, finished off with a complimentary glass of the beverage itself!
Full of history and hidden treasures, Offaly’s heritage is renowned with castles such as Birr Castle and its beautifully landscaped grounds–home of the largest telescope in the world for over 70 years. Birr was designated a heritage town for its Georgian architecture, it also has an interesting early Christian monastic site and a medieval story to tell. Call into Birr library, a converted Pugin Church, to view a unique copy of the ninth century Mac Regol Gospels originating from the early Christian site at Birr.
Monastic Clonmacnoise, proposed as a world heritage site with its ancient round towers and Celtic crosses offers a special space to feel history and be rejuvenated. Less known, but of significant importance are the monastic sites of Seir Kieran, Rahan, Birr and Lemanaghan.