Croagh Parish – Steeped in history


Croagh parish was already a significant ecclesiastical centre as far back as 1109, with a thriving seminary attached to the Abbey. The population grew substantially in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries, during which period Croagh was granted the status of corporate town. Over the centuries, Croagh has been known by a number of names, including Moycro (1239), Croch (1416), Croth (1452), Croghe (1586), Croaghstowne (1669) and Cruach (1840). Although no signs remain today, there were once castle ruins to the south west of the Greanagh Stream, and the remains of a second castle near the Abbey grounds. The town’s physical features have remained unchanged for centuries, and the Topographical Dictionary of Ireland (1837) refers to the singular irregular street pattern of the village.

Sport & Recreation

Ballycannon Lodge is an ideal base for a host of sport and recreation activities in the area. Just a short drive away are the superb facilities of the famous Limerick Racecourse, near the village of Patrickswell. Comprising of 400 acres of prime greenbelt farmland in a beautiful panoramic setting, Limericks racecourse has all the ingredients for a great day out. With several golf clubs within easy driving distance, including Adare, Charleville and Ardagh, Ballycannon Lodge is also an ideal base for golfers. There are several museums, parks, gardens, castles, exhibitions and an equestrian centre within easy driving distance, and there is also the opportunity to fish 😊

Bike Hire


Bike Hire is available for anyone wishing to cycle the picturesque and peaceful Great Southern Trail which begins in the grounds of the Irish Palatine Museum just 5 minutes drive from Ballycannon Lodge. Whether you want to cycle 4km or 40km Pedal Pursuits has you covered and can advise on routes and itineraries.


Palatine Museum


The Irish Palatine Heritage Centre is located just 5 minutes drive from Ballycannon Lodge and houses an exhibition that details the Irish Palatine experience ranging from their German origin, to their colonisation and settlement in Ireland, and their subsequent scattering all over the English speaking world. Visit their website to learn more.

Limerick Racecourse


Fancy a flutter? A day out at the races is just a short drive away at Limerick racecourse near the village of Patrickswell. Comprising 400 acres of prime greenbelt farmland in a beautiful panoramic setting, Limerick Racecourse has all the ingredients for a great day out. For more visit


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