Carrick-on-Suir, County Tipperary

This historic town has two interesting sites, Ormond Castle at the E end of the Main Street and the town's heritage centre at the W end of the same street. Ormond Castle is a 16th century, Elizabethan manor house, now finely restored. It was built about 1564-8 by the 10th Earl of Ormond to receive his cousin, Queen Elizabeth I, who in the event never came to Ireland.

The heritage centre, in a former Church of Ireland church, has many relics of life in old Carrick, everything from slate and chalk once used in a local school, to old grocery bills and old photographs. A stock and apprentices wage book, used by Stephenson Bros drapery shop in the town in 1846 is on display along with willow baskets made by Joe Shanahan in the town about 1880.

Ormond Castle:
Admission charge.
Open 9:30am - 6:30pm daily, June - Sept.

Heritage Centre:
Admission charge.