The unassuming market town of Carrick-on-Suir (Carraig na Siúire), 20km east of Clonmel, boasted twice its present population during the late-medieval period, when it was a centre of the brewing and wool industries.
Carrick-on-Suir was once the property of the Butlers, the Earls of Ormond, who built Ormond Castle, also spelt Ormonde Castle, on the banks of the river in the 14th century. Anne Boleyn, the second of Henry VIII's wives, may have been born here, though other castles also claim this worthy distinction, possibly hoping to boost their own sales of knick-knacks cele brating the beheaded. The Elizabethan mansion next to the castle was built by the 10th Earl of Ormond, Black Tom Butler, in long-term anticipation of a visit by his cousin, Queen Elizabeth I, who rather thoughtlessly never turned up. Some rooms in this Dúchas-owned edifice have fine 16th-century stuccowork, especially the Long Gallery with its depictions of Elizabeth and the Butler coat of arms.
From Carrick-on-Suir, the East Munster Way winds west to Clonmel before heading south into Waterford.
Dominating the centre of town, the Carraig Hotel is one of those classic Irish hotels of an indefinable age that has spread over a few buildings and sprawls from room to room. Its public areas are done up in timeless wood; the 24 rooms are surprisingly modern. Steaks are a speciality at its restaurant.
Farmers Market Carrick-on-Suir's farmers market is held next to the tourist office, reached by a narrow laneway off Main St.
Bus Éireann has numerous services including to Cahir and Clonmel (€6.30, 25 minutes) up to nine times daily. Buses stop at Greenside, the park beside the N24 road.
The train station is north of Greenside, off Cregg Rd. From Monday to Saturday, the Limerick Junction–Waterford train stops three times daily in each direction.