Discover our renowned heritage sites and hidden gems

Carrick-on-Suir owes its origins the River Suir. The name of the town stems from the original settlement of Carrig Mac Griffin and the 14th Century castle which were built on an island in the Suir, and with the first bridge above the estuary dating back to 1447, the town was of significant strategic importance for a number of centuries. Ormond Castle was later extended by Black Tom Butler in the 16th Century, making it the only unfortified Tudor manor house in Ireland.

The town’s close relationship with the River Suir has always been strong, with salmon cot fishing and trading and dredging barges being a regular sight in the past. This close relationship remains to this day with both the swan and the salmon being symbols of the town, the Old Tow Path being a popular walk for locals and visitors alike, and the river men in their cots still a regular sight on the river.

Carrick-on-Suir can also lay claim to being of significant importance in the cultural, musical and sporting history of Ireland, with its famous sons including the Clancy Brothers who changed the face of Irish music, Seán Kelly who is widely regarded as one of the world’s greatest road racing cyclists, and Maurice Davin, one of the founders of the Gaelic Athletic Association. The traditions that they promoted continue to this day and are celebrated in the town by its sporting institutions, monuments, and festivals.

It is no surprise then that Carrick-on-Suir is now noted for its historic sites and offers a unique experience to visitors. With its monuments, churches, parks, castles and estates, Carrick-on-Suir and its hinterland has a rich and diverse heritage with celebrating.

The Heritage Centre was originally the site of the town’s first church, the 13th century St. Nicholas of Myra Church. Located just off Main Street, it is now home to a diverse collection of items telling the story of Carrick-on-Suir and makes a great starting point for any visitor to the area. It is also the location of the Tourist Information Office.

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