For food, entertainment and atmosphere, the little village of Terryglass is the perfect stopping place for all those looking to experience the famous Irish ‘craic’. The village has won numerous tourism awards and is a five-minute walk from the harbour. The scenery around this area is amongst the most stunning on the Shannon and a sunset witnessed from here is a truly special wonder.
The village has a strong reputation for food and the two award winning Bar and Restaurants located here are well known through out Ireland for their high standards and friendly atmosphere. These are Paddy’s Bar and The Derg Inn. They have both been serving quality locally farmed traditional Irish food for the past 200 years and a trip along this part of the Shannon is never complete without visiting. Open fires, velvet pints, Irish music and friendly banter is what Terryglass is famous for so make sure to stop for and enjoy an evening here.
The village has a long history dating back to the mid-6th century when an abbey was founded by Saint Columba, who was one of the twelve apostles of Ireland (pioneers of Christianity throughout Ireland). The famous Book of Leinster which is a Celtic treasure was scribed here by monks in the mid 12thcentury. Shortly after this time the abbey was burnt down by the ever-present Viking raiders. This book is currently housed at Trinity College Dublin. A wall from the abbey is still present in the town. There are also two holy wells in the area; one is said to cure ailments of the eyes and the other headaches, but sadly not hangovers!
The Old Court Castle is situated on the outskirts of the town. This 13th century castle still allows access for exploring but is located on private land. For the children, there is a playground located next to the harbour.
The Terryglass Arts Festival takes place from the 12th-16th of August and features a wide array of music, street theatre, poetry, dance, storytelling and drama. It is a must-visit for those cruising the Shannon at this time.