Heritage Highlight Galtees
Unlock the Hidden Historic Wonders of the Galtees
Discover the ancestral settlements and structures surrounding the Galtee Mountains region.
Cahir Castle is widely known as one of Ireland’s largest and best-preserved castles. Dating back to the 13th century, the castle was built for the reputable Butler Family. Perfectly positioned in the heart of the town overlooking the River Suir. An imposing 13th-15th Century structure, Cahir Castle was skilfully designed by Conor O’Brien to be a state-of-the-art defensive castle. Appearing to grow from the actual rock on which it stands, the castle has been the scene of sieges and bombardments for centuries.
The powerful Anglo-Norman family, the Butlers, came into the possession of the castle in 1375.
Glen of Aherlow
North of the Galtees lies the Glen of Aherlow, one Ireland’s most beautiful lush valleys nestled between Limerick and Tipperary. The Statue of the Christ King raises his hand “blessing the Glen and all who pass by”, originally erected in the mid-1900s. This friendly welcome extends to the Glen locals that share the same hospitable nature.
Glengarra Wood is an ideal location for young explorers and Sunday strollers. There, you will find guided paths, an accessible car park and picnic spots. Walk along the trails at your own pace and take in the natural beauty of this woodland area.
Tipperary Excel Centre
Tipperary Excel Centre offers Family History Research service based on access to the Baptismal and Marriage records of the Catholic Church in the Archdiocese of Cashel & Emly. The Archdiocese covers most of County Tipperary and part of County Limerick and it contains 46 Parishes (map). Visitors will receive advice on research within the Archdiocese and Tipperary in general, contact information, useful links to other resources, maps relevant to your research, details of our services and the associated costs and the opportunity to commission research directly by completing a research request form.