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About Munster Vales & Ireland’s Ancient East

As well as being home to Finding a Voice, Clonmel is located in Ireland’s Ancient East with the Munster Vales on its doorstep.
Nire Valley

The Munster Vales is a region of Ireland in which visitors encounter an exhilarating blend of adventure and slowness. Five mountain ranges – the Galtees, the Comeraghs, the Ballyhouras, the Knockmealdowns and the Nagles – across four counties, the Munster Vales reach from the mid-west of Ireland southwards to the sea. The Munster Vales region goes through the magnificent counties of Tipperary, Waterford, Cork and Limerick taking in the patchwork of towns and villages, wilderness and farmland that lies around them.

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Ireland’s Ancient East is a unique touring region taking in an amazing 5,000 years of history in the East and South of Ireland. From passage tombs like Newgrange (older than the Egyptian pyramids) to Palladian Mansions like Powerscourt and Castletown; from Celtic and monastic sites to Medieval castles and high crosses harking back to Early Christian Ireland, nowhere in Europe offers such a wealth of heritage in such an intimate geographical space. 

Connecting the past and present, Ireland’s Ancient East is the perfect opportunity to have a personal journey of discovery in this relaxing, off the beaten track, lush, green, beautiful landscape that has attracted warring settlers for millennia. Meet the locals and get ready to have a memorable experience as they enthral you with stories of a time of contrasts, of empire, rebellion, innovation and industry, as well as local legends.

Cahir Castle

Walk around incredible monastic sites where Early Christians established flourishing communities. Stand inside castles battered by brutal sieges and bloody battles, and wander the gracious manor houses and delightful gardens of the aristocracy. You can do everything from boarding a replica Famine ship to following in the footsteps of Vikings and Normans. Explore a land of living culture which is celebrated in its craft, food, music and festivals. With some of the best storytellers in the world, the intrigue, romance and incredible tales of Ireland’s Ancient East are yours to discover.

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