Welcome To Charleville

Charleville is a centre for food processing, and it is the name given to a brand of cheese manufactured in the town. Most Irish people will be familiar with the name of Charleville and its association with cheddar and food. Situated in the north of County Cork, in Ireland’s Golden Vale (also a brand name for the foods manufactured in the area) near the border with County Limerick, Charleville sits on a tributary of the Maigue River. After Mallow, it is the largest town between Limerick and Cork.
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Information Charleville Ireland

Originally founded as a town in 1661 by Roger Boyle, the First Earl of Orrery, who had supported Oliver Cromwell during the English Civil War. Boyle was the eldest surviving son of Richard Boyle, Earl of Cork, who repaired Conna Castle, one of the best preserved castles of the period in the area. Built in the 1550s, it was ultimately destroyed by fire a century later. It is located near Tallow. The Earldom of Orrery had been bestowed on Roger Boyle, Richard’s son, in 1660. The name Charleville is from the French for Charles Town. Upon King Charles II’s restoration of the monarchy, the earl – whose loyalties had been with the republicans – saw which way the wind was blowing and named the town in Charles’s honour. The Gaelic for Charleville is “An Rath” or the fort. The Boyle family was steeped in the arts and culture; members of the family were dramatists, counting the likes of Jonathan Swift among their friends. Others, as peers, served in the English parliament. The most famous son of Richard Boyle is Robert Boyle, the noted scientist and one of the fathers of modern chemistry. An old chapel of historical significance stands in Holy Cross cemetery in Charleville. Abandoned during the period of Catholic persecution, gravestones in and around the chapel contain centuries old dedications and inscriptions.

Attractions Charleville Ireland

Argideen Heritage - Clonakilty

Located on a 135 acre Dairy Farm, which is located just off of the R600 between Clonakilty and Timoleague in South West Cork. The Arigideen River Valley is unique as well as being beautiful in that it has a very high concentration of Historical sites and is a great source of folklore. The Valley has connections with Michael Collins, Henry Ford, John F Kennedy, Jeremiah O'Donovan Rossa, Donal Cam O' Sullivan Bere and William Penn to mention just a few

Ballincollig Gunpowder Mills - Ballincollig

Ballincollig Gunpowder Mills Heritage Centre is a unique industrial complex which meanders along the bank of the River Lee. The Mills were established in 1794 by Charles Henry Leslie. Eleven years later when Napoleon's control of France posed a grave threat to the British, the British Board of Ordnance bought the Mills from Leslie. Along with this the Army Barracks was built in the town to protect the supply of gunpowder. By the mid 1800s the Mills were one of the largest industrial establishments in the Cork area.

Barryscourt Castle - Carrigtwohill

Barryscourt Castle was the seat of the Barry family from the 12th to the 17th centuries. The present castle is a fine example of a 15th century tower house with 16th century additions and alterations. The bawn wall with three corner towers is largely intact. The ground floor of the keep houses an exhibition on the history of the Barrys and Barryscourt Castle.

Blarney Castle - Home of the Blarney Stone - Blarney

Blarney Castle is one of Ireland's oldest and most historic castles. It was built around 1446. An ancient stronghold of the MacCarthys, Lords of Muskerry and one of the strongest fortresses in Munster, its walls are eighteen feet thick in places. Located on the parapet of the castle is the famous "Blarney Stone". According to local legend, after kissing this stone, you will have the gift of eternal eloquence, or "the gift of the gab". To kiss the stone, you must first lie on your back, then leaning your head backwards and downwards, you kiss the underside of the stone. The last admission to the castle and grounds is 30 minutes before closing.

Blarney Woolen Mills - Blarney

The presence of the Woolen Mills during the Famine shielded Blarney from the worst effects of the famine, due to its employment of local workers. The success story at the mills continued until a disastrous fire in 1869. By August 1871, the mill was once again operational with a labour force of 222. In 1976 Chris Kelleher, himself a mill worker, bought the old mill property. Within a short period of time Chris and his family transformed the mill into what is perhaps the largest quality craft shop in Ireland.