About the Region


A market town and parish in the Barony of Lower Connello, County of Limerick, 120 miles S.W. from Dublin, 53 miles N.NW. from Cork and 17 miles S.W.by W. from Limerick on the banks of the river Deel. It was once a corporate town of some importance and successfully resisted many assaults during the reign of Elizabeth I

At a very early age an Augustinian Priory was founded here by a certain Gilbert Hervey. The town consists of one long and wide street running East to West with some respectful houses and a few good shops. The Court-House in the Square is a neat stone building and the bridewell a substantial one. Petty Sessions were held on alternate Thursdays and Quarter Sessions in January, April, July and October. AgricultureIs was the prevailing occupation of the inhabitants. The trade of the town was based on agriculture. There were two flour mills, one of which is of a large size. The places of worship are the established Church, dedicated to the Holy Trinity, erected on a gentle slope at the West end of the town and a Roman Catholic Chapel in Thomas St., both handsome structures, the former has a lofty embattled tower with crocketted pinnacles.

The surrounding country is highly interesting presenting a number of rich and varied prospects embellished with flourishing plantations and many seats of the Gentry.

A prominent object is Matrix Castle which stands on the banks of the river Deel about a mile from the town. It is in a fine situation commanding extensive views of the country including the Shannon river and the Clare and Tipperary mountains. It was besieged by Cromwell, but received little injury from his hands and within a few years had been put in a state of complete repair.

Sites to see & visit –   Palentine Museum    www.irishpalatines.org   ,Augustinian Abbey,  Castlematrix built in 1420 &  The Great Southern Trail

Please see Rathkeale Town website – www.rathkealeonline.ie   for more information


Adare, said to be Ireland’s prettiest Village, is less than 10 minutes away.

Situated on the river Maigue, a tributary of the river Shannon, Adare is steeped in history dating back to 1200ad. Adare has been the subject of many rebellions, wars and conquests, leaving behind a legacy of historical monuments.


In the early 19th century, the Earl of Desmond, laid the plan for the existing streets and townhouses of Adare. These lands and dwellings were rented to tenants, under various agreements, some of which still exist today.Today, Adare village is an architectural wealth of scenic beauty. The mix of centuries is blended into everyday life as some of the thatched cottages are home to arts and crafts shops. The main street of Adare is punctuated with beautiful stone buildings, medieval monastries and ruins and the picturesque village park.Adare’s streets are lined with original thatched cottages survived for hundreds of years. Some of the cottages are kept by local restaurants and Arts & Crafts shops, but many are still privately owned. Take a stroll though Adare’s streets and become transported to a time in Ireland’s history.http://www.adarevillage.com


The golfer is well catered for with numerous superb courses to choose from, including the Robert Trent Jones Snr course set amid the beautiful grounds of Adare Manor.

Locally Newcastle West Golf Club, Adare Manor Golf Club and Charleville Golf Club welcome visitors throughout the year.
The Championship courses of Ballybunion , Killarney, Waterville & Lahinch are all within reasonable driving distance. Coach transport can be arranged.

Discounts are offered to our residents at these local courses.

Equestrian, Fishing & Outdoor Pursuits

The Clonshire Equestrian Centre provides facilities for horseriding & riding tuition. Hunting horses can also be arranged through the Hotel & the local Hunting clubs. The Angler is also catered for with numerous local rivers & The Dohyle Lough offers an excellent challenge for the enthusiast. Boat hire is also available.

Clay pigeon shooting is also close at hand with the Rose-Mount Shooting School only 10 minutes from the Hotel.



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