Desmond CastleNewcastle West’s landmark feature dominates the southern of end of the Main Town Square. The banqueting hall of the Desmond Castle, seat of the Earl of Desmond, parts of which date from the 13th century, is the most notable historical feature of the town. The Current Castle dates from the 15th century and has been recently partly restored and is open to the public, for guided tours May to September.
Local folklore always insisted that the castle at one time had been a seat of the Knights Templar. This has been more than likely verified lately while during cleaning of the Old Stone during renovations found the Seals and Crests of the Knights Templar over on old door Threshold of ” The Halla Mor”, which are in the same grounds. Either way, there has been castles of both timber and stone on this ground since the 13th century and the guided tour is a must for locals and visitors. The area in front of the banqueting hall was the site of The Protestant Church, built in 1777.
Castle DemesneAlmost 100 acres of parkland located beside Desmond Castle and Banqueting Hall full of flora and fauna and perfect for a stroll on a nice day. The park also contains leisure and sporting facilities as well as a children’s playground.
Foynes Flying Boat MuseumThe museum recalls the 1930’s and 40’s when the port of Foynes was the folcrum point for air traffic between the US and Europe. The famous flying boats were frequent visitors , carrying on board a diverse range of people from celebrities to refugees.
The museum recalls the era with exhibits and graphic illustrations. You can see original footage of the flying boats. The museum is situated in the original terminal building with it’s radio and weather room. Foynes is located 18km from Newcastle West.
Golf CoursesNewcastle West Golf Club
Idyllically set in a mature woodland and having a backdrop of the gentle rolling landscapes of West Limerick, Newcastle West golf club offers golfers a true test of their golfing skills whilst in the midst of a parkland surrounding. With the area being inextricably linked as the spiritual home of the Aradgh Chalice which is currently on display in the National Museum , the club takes pride in this association so much so that it depicts the chalice in all it’s glory as it’s logo.
Adare Manor Golf Resort: adaremanor.com/en/golf-hotels-ireland
Adare Golf Club: AdareManorGolfClub.com
Dromoland Castle: dromolandgolf.com
Mullaghareirk Walking TrailsThe Mullaghareirk mountains meaning “The Summit of the view” is a range of mountains that stretches from the borders of Counties Limerick, Kerry and Cork. In West Limerick the villages of Broadford, Ashford, Tournafulla, Killeedy and Temleglantine are all set in to this beautiful mountain range. It is said West Limerick is shaped like a saucer surrounded by these mountains hence the meaning of the name- “the summit of the view”. The mountains peek at 408 metres(1339ft).
Needless to say there are some spectacular walks consisting of the Mullaghareirk Walking trails. This majestic landscape of rolling hills and open farmland is ideal walking terrain. Developed in 2000 in the Broadford to Ashford region , 8 looped walks were developed. Each route has been carefully selected to include at least one of the mountain peeks with the bast scenery and interesting pathways. The walks will introduce the visitor to the many natural springs, bird life, wildlife, bogs and historical sites to be enjoyed.
The length of the walks range from 5km to 24km and cover a variety of terrain from open farmland and forest paths to quite country roads. All the routes are signposted with route maps available for rack of the walks providing full directions and information on points of interest.
All of the walks either start or finish in the lovely villages of Broadford and Ashford where the visitor is assured of a warm welcome from the local people.
Horse RacingLimerick Racecourse is located 23km from Newcastle West and hosts 18 race meetings per year. It is the first purpose built race course for 50 year sandbags exceptional modern facilities.
With an eclectic mix of race meetings there is something for everyone at limerick Racecourse.
From family fun to Ladies Day and the Christmas race festival, a great day of racing and entertainment at one of Ireland’s premier race tracks is guaranteed.
Greyhound RacingLimerick Greyhound Stadium is a state of the art facility located 25 mins from Newcastle West. The venue offers four bars, a choice of carvery and fast food or a mouth watering meal in the restaurant and two private suites. Caters for all occasions.