Mitchelstown, just 30 miles from Cork City, is set at the foothills of the Galtee Mountains, in
the beautiful countryside of Ireland's Blackwater Valley. The town's name
derives from St.
Michael, the patron saint of the Condon Family, who lived hereabouts in medieval
It is an important example of a planned town and was laid out
primarily by the 1st and 3rd Earls of Kingston in the late eighteenth
and early nineteenth centuries. Their family, the King family, had
acquired the town through the marriage of Sir John King, 1st Baron
Kingston, to the heir of the Earl of Desmond's estates. It was a very
busy maket and fair town in olden times with trading in butter, corn
and cattle, sheep and pigs and the setting up of mills and silk
production. Take some time
out and explore the town, starting in the Market Square and working
your way up to the beautiful tree lined King Square, and see a fine
example of Georgian houses, King Pump & Kingston College. King Square
could be found at the entrance to Mitchelstown Castle in olden times
but now only the entrance wall remains of the Castle. They introduced
several industries to the area one of these being silk manufacturing
Georgian style houses in King Square.
King Square Pump Mitchelstown
St Fanahan's Holy
Well, is located just a short distance from Mitchelstown town centre,
just walk down the beech linked path to the Holy Well, where you will
find a Penal Cross depecting St Fanahan, it is a wooded area with
little streams running, a peaceful area to take some time out.
St Fanahan was a warrior monk highly regarded, and people prayed at
the well for cure's for illnesses and recited the rosary.
Mitchelstown is the ideal base from
which to explore a wealth of activities available within the 'Three Counties' region of
Cork, Limerick and Tipperary at the confluence of which the town lies. The town' s
charming and picturesque 18-hole golf course is set at the foot of the Galtee Mountains.
Pitch and Putt is on offer in part of the old grounds of the castle and at the lovely old
village of Castlelyons.
The extensive local river network offers a wide choice of game and
coarse fishing. Riding Tuition, Trail Riding and Pony Trekking are
available at local equestrian centres. Mitchelstown lies in the valley
between the Galtee and the Knockmealdown Mountains. Both offer
spectacular scenery and can afford both the dedicated hill walker and
the 'Sunday stroller' a huge variety of walks. The drive along the Blackwater Valley and around by 'The Vee' is one of the most beautiful drives in the
country and lies at the town's doorstep.
Forest Park and Ballyhoura Mountain Park both offer marked walks, nature trails and
orienteering combined with plenty of fresh air and splendid scenery. If it's castles you
want, the locals can offer some real gems. Visit the towering heights of Lismore Castle,
cross the moat at Cahir Castle or enter the exquisite Swiss Cottage by the narrow,
subterranean passage. Cashel, 'home of the High Kings of Ireland' is a 30-minute drive
away, as are the sandy beaches of Clonea, Ardmore, Youghal or
Garryvoe. Another afternoon's pure pleasure can be had by visiting the glorious gardens at
Anne's Grove or the finest limestone caves in Europe, Mitchelstown Caves.