Fethard in County Tipperary is one of medieval Ireland's best preserved Norman towns. Some ninety percent of its’ town wall are intact, and three gates remain. The town is not a big tourist destination so you are guaranteed a quiet time.
Medieval bridge at Fethard.
Fethard is located 16 km from Cashel, and
16 km from Clonmel. From Clonmel follow the R689 which is signposted for Fethard. From Cashel follow the 692.
For those without their own wheels, the Thurles to Clonmel private Shamrock Bus
Company stops at Fethard a few times a day Mondays to Saturdays.
The 15th century Watergate House next door to Edmond's Castle.
Fethard- A Medieval Market Town
The Rock Of Cashel (16
km from Fethard)
(29 km from Fethard)
Learn how to build a medieval castle, how to attack and defend one, enjoy the medieval castle lifestyle (Phew!) and learn castle vocabulary.
A walk around Fethard is a treat. Fethard
is a well kept secret that is worth an afternoon’s visit on a fine day.
Drop into McCarthy’s Pub for a cuppa before
you head on. McCarthy’s is an original pub from the olden days which is also a
restaurant, and an undertakers. No
conflict there for the ancient mindset!
If you meet any townspeople on your walk,
do talk to them. We found them to be very approachable and friendly.
Ask at a tourist office in the area (Cashel, Clonmel, Cahir) about
dates for guided tours of Fethard. These are delivered by locals many of whom
still bear the old Fethard family names and are directly descended from the
medieval townsfolk. If you can join a
guided tour, it will enhance your experience.
The other half of your day could be a visit
to any number of attractions in the area. You could visit the town of Clonmel
(14 km), the Rock of Cashel (16 km),
or Knockgraffon Motte and Bailey, an original Norman site, or you could follow
the trail of the Butler family venturing to Cahir to visit the stunning castle or Swiss cottage.
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