Introducing Nenagh & Around
Pretty Nenagh was a garrison town in the 19th century and before that, the site of a dominant castle. Today it looks like the prototype for the rook in chess and is surrounded by cawing crows. The tower dates from the 13th century and has impossibly thick walls.
Nearby, the civic centre is an imposing complex of dark-stone buildings from the 19th century, including an old gaol. Next door stands the 1840 Round House, a charming stone building that holds the Nenagh Heritage Centre, where you can get tourist information.
It's worth planning your visit around lunchtime to catch Nenagh's excellent delis and cafes, particularly Country Choice, a lavender-painted place of pilgrimage for lovers of really great Irish artisan foods, with homemade preserves, farmhouse cheeses and myriad other treats.
Nenagh is the gateway to the eastern shore of Lough Derg, a popular swimming, fishing and boating area – enquire at Shannon Sailing. An interesting, scenic lakeside drive from Nenagh is the 24km R494 that winds around to Killaloe and Ballina.
Frequent Bus Éireann services include Limerick city (€8, 50 minutes). Nenagh's train station has four services daily to Limerick city (€12.20, one hour); connect in Ballybrophy for Dublin, Cork and Tralee.