St Peter's Church of Ireland
North of the centre of town is St Peter’s Church of Ireland , containing the tombstone of Oliver Goldsmith’s uncle Isaac, as well as an...
The restored 19th-century courthouse is home to the sword and mace presented to the town council by William of Orange after the Battle...
St Peter's Roman Catholic Church
Displayed in a glittering brass-and-glass case in the north transept, the shrivelled head of St Oliver Plunkett (1629–81) is this...
Clarke & Sons
This wonderful old boozer is right out of a time capsule. Clarke's unrestored wooden interior features snugs and leaded-glass doors that...
Located in the Highlanes Gallery, this split-level cafe serves a stylish range of bruschetta, bagels and gourmet sandwiches, including...
Magdalene Tower information
Topping the hill behind the main part of town is the 14th-century Magdalene Tower , the bell tower of a Dominican friary founded in 1224. Here, England's King Richard II, accompanied by a great army, accepted the submission of the Gaelic chiefs with suitable ceremony in 1395, but peace lasted only a few months and Richard's return to Ireland led to his overthrow in 1399.
The earl of Desmond was beheaded here in 1468 because of his treasonous connections with the Gaelic Irish; the tower is also reputed to be haunted by a nun.