My husband and I have stayed at Castle Carrigeen four out of the six trips that we have made to Ireland since 2006. Our stays have been anywhere from one to eight days. Our first trip to Ireland was undertaken in large part to research my husband’s family roots. We had learned that his paternal grandfather and grandmother both had been born in Tipperary not too far from Cahir. And although we had some genealogical information on his grandmother, we knew very little about his grandfather other than the dates of his emigration and that he had come from Ballyporeen. I looked on line for a B & B near Cahir in Tipperary and fortunately found Castle Carrigeen. It location was perfect as a springboard for our search.
On the afternoon of our first arrival at the Castle, our hostess, Peig Butler greeted us, made us a cup of tea, and then showed us to our room which we were told was used as the judge’s chambers when Castle Carrigeen was a bridewell. Breakfast the next morning (and on all subsequent mornings) was the best Irish breakfast we have had anywhere else in Ireland. In addition to being gracious hosts, Peig and her son, David Butler, have a wealth of knowledge about the entire area. Helping with our search, they directed us to woman who had grown up in Ballyporeen, who in turn pointed us to a couple who have a pub in Ballyporeen and know most of the families who have lived in the area. Through contacts with these people and others, we gathered a wealth of family information.
In 2007, on our second trip to Ireland we stayed again at Castle Carrigeen; this time for more than a week –part of it with our son and his fiancé who joined us. They were thrilled to stay in an Irish castle and to see exactly where our son’s great-grandmother had been born. Then in 2008 we stayed for five days during the 150th anniversary celebration of the Skeheenarinky National School, which my husband’s grandmother had attended. We were honored to stay in the same place where Garret Fitzgerald, a former Taoiseach of Ireland, also was staying for the celebration. Finally, on our most recent trip to Ireland with one of our grandsons in Sept. 2011, we stayed once again at Castle Carrigeen. He came to love Castle Carrigeen just as we do. We are most grateful to both Peig and David Butler for all of our amazing experiences meeting the wonderful Irish people in the small towns of Ireland. None of it would have been possible without them. We consider them now to be cherished friends.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Historic castellated (former bridewell prison) home. Bedrooms are in former cells and keeper's accommodation, with many original features, accessible via a cut-limestone staircase tower. A comfortable, spacious building overlooking the heritage town of Cahir, and encircled by a walled garden and extensive grounds. Architecturally listed and in family ownership since 1919. Centrally located in town: heritage amenities, restaurants and bus/train stations all within 5 minutes walk. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Carrigeen Castle Hotel Cahir