Thursday, 14 April 2016

Places to go - Cloughjordan

If you are staying in Nenagh or the north Tipperary region, the small market town of Cloughjordan, just about a fifteen minute drive from Nenagh and is well worthy of a visit with lots to see and do.

Ireland's first eco village, located in Cloughjordan on a sixty seven acre site is well established in community living for the past fifteen years and they welcome visitors and organise guided tours on request.

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Cloughjordan House, a beautiful 400 year old historic house, home to the Baker family, is a welcoming and idyllic Guest House. It also houses The Coach House, a marvellous Cookery School, renowned for courses using the finest of locally produced ingredients. 

Cloughjordan is the birth place of Tomas Mc Donagh best known as one of the leaders of the 1916 Rising and signatory of Proclamation of the Provisional Government. The Thomas Mc Donagh Centre in Cloughjordan, officially opened in 2013, was once the Mc Donagh home where young Thomas, the poet and patriot, spent a happy childhood. Mc Donagh's two favourite places when he wanted to escape the world were Inís Meáin of the Aran Islands and Knocknacree Wood close to Cloughjordan of which he penned the lines....
'The great wood lies below me in the sun
Through all my days it has been still to me
As to the sailor lad the endless sea
Or as her cloister to the happy nun.

The Thomas McDonagh Centre in Cloughjordan
Betty Gleeson
April 2016

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