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Nenagh is the most populous town and county seat of the county of North Tipperary (formerly Tipperary North Riding).

Get in[edit]

Nenagh Castle is the town's main attraction

By car[edit]

The town is accessible on the M7 which goes from Dublin, the capital of Ireland to Limerick, which passes through towns such as Portlaoise, Kildare and Roscrea. The same route from Limerick to Dublin is also done on the R445.

The R497 connects Nenagh to Tipperary which further expands to Waterford.

The R498 connects Nenagh to Thurles, Borrisoleigh and Bouladuff.

The N52 connects Nenagh to Birr, Dundalk, Mullingar and Tullamore. Some of the destinations include you going on the M4 or the M1.

By bus[edit]

Bus Eiréann operates services from Limerick to Dublin Airport called the X12/12 which stops off in Nenagh approximately every two hours, passing through Limerick, Dublin, Nenagh, Roscrea and Portlaoise. They also operate a service from Tralee to Athlone called the 72 which stops in Nenagh three times a day.

JJ Kavanaghs operate a service from Shannon Airport to Dublin Airport which stops off in Nenagh. While this journey takes longer, it stops off at more stops which might interest people such as Moneygall, where Barack Obama's ancestors came from.

Regional buses also run to many other places such as Thurles.

By train[edit]

Nenagh has a train station called "Nenagh Train Station". It operates routes to Limerick from Ballybrophy. This service was cut back in recent years due to the fact that not many people use this service. You change at Ballybrophy train station for the Dublin to Cork line.

By plane[edit]

  • Shannon Airport is a 45 minute (69 kilometer) drive from Nenagh. Shannon Airport serves destinations in the UK, Europe and the US.
  • Cork Airport is a 1hr 45 minute (156 kilometer) drive from Nenagh.
  • Dublin Airport is a 1hr 40 minute drive (166 kilometer) drive from Nenagh. Dublin Airport is the biggest airport on the island of Ireland with over 20 million people using it in 2013. It serves destinations in the US, Europe, Africa and the Middle East.

Get around[edit]

The town is small enough to explore by foot, with the towns main sights all within a walking distance of another. There are several taxi services in Nenagh so if your feet are tired you can give them a call.

See[edit][add listing]

  • Nenagh Castle, is a 13th century castle which has undergone restoration and is now open to the public.
  • Friary, is a ruined 13th Century Friary church in the town center was once the principal friary in Ireland. It carries a fading memorial erected with great solemnity in the 1070s to martyrs allegedly killed in Cromwellian times. Later it was discovered the whole story was a 19th century hoax!
  • Banba Square, is the towns main square. It is named on account of the legend that the Goddess Eiru (or Ireland) appeared to Amergin leader of the Milesians in the form of Banba of the herds near where the town now stands to bless the milesian celts in their enterprise to take over Ireland. It is dominated by the mid 19th century Doric Magnificence of the recently restored County Courthouse complete with a (slender) bronze statue of lady justice on the pediment. She replaces her portly predecessor who had to be removed in the late 19th century as she was causing cracks in the stonework!
  • Nenagh Town Jail & North Tipperary Genealogy Center is in the town. It has the remains of the old jail in Nenagh, which is no longer in use and also avails of genealogical services, so if you wish to find out about your North Tipperary ancestors, this is the center to do it in. It is free of charge.

The town prospered in the 19th century and consists of the Church of Ireland (protestant/episcopal) and Roman Catholic Communities erected highly regarded Gothic masterpieces of their time. Much of the town has well proportioned buildings albeit somewhat disfigured by modern shopfronts and signage.

Do[edit][add listing]

Nenagh Castle is open from April to November on Tuesday to Saturday from 10:00 to 13:00 and from 14:00 to 16:30. Tours are available in English and Polish.

There are many shops in Nenagh, filling up "Pearse Street". There are many shops from bookshops to clothes shops to restaurants.

Nenagh Town Park was recently opened and has a nice minature park along with a swimming pool. The park is opened during daylight hours.

Buy[edit][add listing]

One of the best delicatessens in County Tipperary is Country Choice located on Kenyon Street. The farmers market is on every Saturday on Kenyon Street also which has a selection of local craft to food.

Eat[edit][add listing]

There are places in Nenagh to eat that can be several things. Nenagh has several Chinese and Italian, an Indian and fast food restaurants. During the day-time visit Café-Q located on Kenyon Street. Many pubs in Nenagh often serve food until 9PM, so if you want a bit more traditional feel go to a pub. If you just want some fast food there are places to tickle your taste buds including Supermacs and Mama Pizzeria's, both on Pearse Street.

Drink[edit][add listing]

Nenagh has a variety of pubs, the majority of which are not too expensive. Some pubs in Nenagh include

  • Una Powells 067 32820 Summerhill
  • The Kenyon Bar 067 43195 Kenyon Street
  • Andy's B&B 067 32494 Sarsfield Street

Sleep[edit][add listing]

There are not many places to stay in Nenagh, but there are a few which are quite renowned.

There are also several B&Bs and inns in the town and surrounding area.

Stay Safe[edit]

Nenagh is a small town with barely any crime. Be careful of drunk people though, especially at night.

Contact[edit]

While there are no embassies in Nenagh there are emergency numbers, as well as websites where you learn more about the town.

  • To get the Gardaí (Police) you can dial 067 50450.
  • To get emergency services (police, fire, ambulance) you can dial either 999 or 112. It is a free call.
  • The website of Nenagh is www.nenagh.ie

Get out[edit]

  • Dromineer is a mere 12 minute (10.4 kilometers) drive from the town, which has amazing views of Lough Derg.
  • Portumna is a 30 minute drive from the town. Portumna has a great wood.
  • Limerick is 35 minutes away on the M7. Limerick is one of Ireland's biggest cities, and it has a wide variety of shops and has interesting history.



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