Visit St Cronan’s in Tuamgraney, a 10th Century Cathedral and
the oldest continuously in use church in Ireland. Brian Boru, High King of Ireland
1002-1014, is recorded as having repaired St Cronan’s church and its long
disappeared round tower. Visitors to the
building therefore enter through the same doorway as Brian Boru did over 1000
years ago. Walk to Reddan’s
Pier where Tuamgraney village meets the Scarriff River where you will see the
reinstated and refurbished hand cut stone of a traditional lime kiln.
Lunch in the nearby small pretty
village of Tuamgraney at the highly regarded family friendly, Nuala’s Restaurant
You can also organise a takeaway picnic from Nuala’s, which you can devour in
Tuamgraney Green. Look out for the
peculiar bedrock formation at the southern apex of the village green where the large
oak growing directly out of the bedrock mound gives Tuamgraney its iconic appearance.
Drop into Wilde Irish
Chocolates - this friendly little chocolate factory in
the village of Tuamgraney, County Clare, and your kids will be in seventh
heaven. Over 80 types of chocolates are made here, and the open plan production
area means you can see the chocolate being created and packed. Entrance is
free, with the added bonus of tasters along the way! At
Mills you will see
the machines, both modern and vintage, in use. Experience the intricacy and
skill that goes into the production of the wonderful woven colourful cloths,
scarves and blankets.
The wildness and beauty of this area has attracted
a number of skilled artists. Wasted Junky’s
up-cycling salvage yard is a lot less strenuous and more creative than that
other form of cycling. Nathalie El Baba,
Nicola Henley, Vivienne Bogan, Ian Kelly, offer a diverse range of crafts,
paintings, bog oak sculptures and mosaics for gifts and take home memories. Soak
up the creativity at Lynn Kenny’s fabulous
studio in Ogonnelloe or call in advance to see if they have a workshop or class
that you can join. Some of these artists offer workshops as well.