Tullamore Map and Tourist Information
OFFALY is a gentle, unassuming county so full of contrasts that it defies generalisation. To many people it is somewhere in the middle of Ireland, has a flat landscape and contains bogland. It is an inland midland county, but to dismiss its landscape as uninteresting is to lose an opportunity to experience an area rich in many fields. To the initiated it means a real sense of space, 'strangely but disturbingly beautiful', where one may be at peace with the world and one's self. The Slieve Bloom Mountains, gentle rolling hills with deep valleys, stretch along the south-eastern boundary with Laois. These, the unexplored places of today, are the hills where Gaelic civilisation continued to flourish right on the doorstep of the British controlled Pale.
Things to do...
Walking Trails - There is a wonderful way-marked walking trail in the
Slieve Bloom. The tranquillity of the Grand Canal can be enjoyed on a newly developed towpath trail from Tullamore to Edenderry. Forest walks are developed in the Slieve Bloom Environment Park, Garryhinch, Busherstown, Goldengrove, Durrow, Charleville and Blackwood. There are signposted town trails at the elegant planned town of Birr, the county capital, Tullamore, at lovely Edenderry and at the Lough Boora Parklands outside Tullamore.
Tullamore Town Park
Lloyd Town Park Tullamore includes a spectacular Water Feature, Childrens Activity Playground, Grass terraces and retained walls, Pathways, Meeting performance plaza, Skateboard park & Bowling green. Log onto www.offalytourism.com for further information
Golf - Birr, Tullamore, Castlebannagh and Garryhinch (Portarlington), have lovely
championship courses where visitors are welcome. Pitch and Putt is also available locally, just ask in the tourist office for further information.
Angling - The lack of heavy industry and commercial traffic along the waterways of Offaly ensure that the wild fish thrive in this unpolluted environment. Offaly is an extremely pleasant and interesting place for fishing, situated in the heart of Ireland, renowned for its excellent course fishing with the majestic Shannon its many tributaries, Brosna, Little Brosna, Suck and Grand Canal. For more information contact the Tourist Information Office.
Canals & Waterways - The River Shannon, Ireland’s longest river bounds Offaly’s western edge from Shannonbridge to Banagher and a boat journey along it is a gloriously peaceful way to test the pulse of the countryside. Anglers can choose
from rivers, lakes and a canal. Little Brosna is a narrow slow river which winds its way from Roscrea to Birr and is popular among coarse fishermen. The Grand Canal is one of Ireland’s greatest engineering achievements. In the 18th century it was essential for industry; today it is just as important for leisure. Nowadays both privately owned and hire boats move freely alond its lenght, gliding serenely under bridges, through locks and past glorious old buildings, open bogland and rural landscapes. www.waterwaysireland.org
Other Activities - Facilities for enjoying Gaelic football, the ancient game of hurling, tennis, swimming and horse riding exist throughout the county, just ask for details. Tel: 057 52617.