This prosperous town owes its origin to the monastery founded here in the seventh century by St. Cronan. Roscrea is a good centre for walking and climbing in the Devil's Bit and Slieve Bloom mountains. Roscrea castle (sometimes known as King John's castle) dates in its present form from the thirteenth century. In the centre of the castle is Damer House. http://www.roscreaonline.com/
Built c. 1715 and restored by the Irish Georgian Society. The house contains a magnificent carved wooden staircase, an elegant carved stone doorway, paintings, furniture and local heritage exhibits.
Templemore lies on the plain beneath the western slopes of the devils bit mountains. In the 70-acre town park are the remains of Templemore Abbey and Black castle, both of which are believed to have been founded by the knights templar. There is good fishing for brown trout on the upper reaches of the siver Suir near the town, and the lake in the town holds pike. Perch and tench. http://www.templemore.ie/
A well laid out town built across the river Suir. Bounded by the silvermines and the devils bit to the northwest and the Slieveardagh hills to the southeast the visitor here is offered rich and varied scenery. Thurles is the cathedral town of the archdiocese of Cashel and Emily. http://www.thurles.ie/
One of the finest natural limestone caves in the country, Dunmore Cave has a large number of chambers with magnificent dripstone formations. Most spectacular is the 'Market Cross' stalagmite, which is over 20 feet high. The cave is reputed to have been the site of a massacre in Viking times, and numerous bones have been found there. http://www.familyfun.ie/dunmore-cave/
A beautiful medival town situated on both banks of the Nore. It has many historical points of interest including Kilkenny Castle, St. Canice Cathedral, Rothe house and many more. The cat laughs comedy festival and the Kilkenny Arts Festival are held annually in Kilkenny. http://www.visitkilkenny.ie/