Old Irish Beauty of Ballyhoura Country

Old Irish Beauty of Ballyhoura Country


  1. Charleville Park Hotel

Its imposing presence at the outskirts of Charleville town on the border between Cork and Limerick makes the Charleville Park Hotel the perfect location for business or pleasure right in the heart of Munster.

The perfect base to visit both Cork and Limerick Cities and to explore the beauty of the Ballyhoura Countryside with its Mountain Bike Trails, Walking Trails, Heritage Hub and Garden Experiences.

The town centre of Charleville, where guests will find a variety of shops, restaurants, bars, nightspots and links to the public transport network, is a 15-minute walk from the hotel. It is a mere 20-minute drive from Limerick and a 50-minute drive from Cork.

Book your stay now and Explore the Old Irish Beauty of Ballyhoura Country https://www.charlevilleparkhotel.com


  1. Doneraile Park

Opening Hours

Summer 9.30am – 7pm

Winter 10am – 4pm


Car park, Picnic areas, toilets.


Tearooms Open

The Park comprises approximately 166 hectares and is an outstanding example of an 18th century landscaped park in the ‘Capability Brown’ style. Mature groves of deciduous trees, several restored water features and a number of deer herds can be viewed along the many pathways within the Park. The pathways are generally accessible for people with special needs. Doneraile Court, the former residence of the St. Leger family, is situated within the Park



  1. The Donkey Sanctuary

Opening times:

Monday-Friday, 9.00 am to 4.30 pm

Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays, 10.00 am to 5.00 pm

Free admission.

Free parking.

The Donkey Sanctuary is set in the beautiful rolling countryside of County Cork just outside the village of Liscarroll in Ireland. Over 5,200 donkeys from all parts of Ireland have been taken into our care here in Ireland since The Donkey Sanctuary in Ireland was set up.

Knockardbane Farm is our Open Farm and it is home to 134 donkeys. This farm is open to the public 365 days a year from 9am until 5pm. There are beautiful walkways to enjoy with stunning scenery and donkeys and mules to admire. There is a Visitor Centre and picnic area on site and we are proud to welcome over 50,000 visitors per year.



  1. Ballyhoura Trailhead Loop Walks, Kilfinane

The Ballyhoura region is renowned for its beauty and provides a range of walks to suit all abilities. Explore the Ballyhoura Walks and trails, read more here:



  1. Lough Gur

Lough Gur is located in the South East of Ireland within the Ballyhoura region. Visitors enjoy the rural unspoilt beauty that is easily accessible 21km’s from Limerick City. The area of Lough Gur is officially part of Ireland’s Ancient East.



  1. JJ’s Craft Brewery

Enjoy a tour and tasting in this fascinating brewery in Kilmallock and sample craft beers and local produce. Tours need to be prebooked and cost €10 per person and at the end of the tasting you can take home a free bottle of your favorite beer!



  1. DeValera Museum Bruree

The De Valera Museum and Bruree Heritage Centre is dedicated to Eamon de Valera [1882-1975], former president of Ireland and one of the country’s most famous statesmen, it houses a unique collection of personal belongings of this historic figure, as well as a wide range of articles which record life in Bruree in the early 20th century.



  1. Old Irish Ways Museum, Bruff

Old Irish Ways is a folk heritage museum located near the east Limerick town of Bruff. The museum was started back in 2008, with an idea of preserving the past for future generations. We started off with only a hand full of piece in our collection, but now our collections ranges into the thousands for all to enjoy. We take great pride in restoring and preserving the memorabilia from our past



  1. Kilmallock Abbey

The proper title for this abbey is St Saviour’s Priory. It was established in 1291 on land acquired with Royal consent from the landowner John Bluet. The monastery with it’s nave and chancel church was built by Gilbert Fitzgerald. It was extended in the early part of the 14th century by Gilbert’s son Maurice. He added a tall bell-tower, halfway along the length of the church, a south transept with a west aisle and also added an aisle to the south side of the nave.