Prior to the advent of the M8 motorway, Kilcoran Lodge was a very popular lunch stop for travellers on the main road between Ireland's two largest cities, Dublin and Cork (R639). Set amongst mature cultivated woodlands, the building was originally the "hunting lodge" of a peer of the British realm - the Earl of Glengall - see Wikipedia.
My most recent visit was for a lunch stop on a drive from Kerry to Kilkenny. Deliberately avoiding the motorway, the old main Dublin Cork road was very quiet and allowed enjoyment of the views of the countryside.
Kilcoran Lodge lies between the towns of Mitchellstown on the south and Cahir on the North on the southern slopes of the Galtee Mountains, It is close to the world famous Mitchelstown Caves and also near to the ancestral hometown of the 40th President of the United States, Ronald Regan - Ballyporeen.
The Rock of Cashel, a major Irish landmark and very popular and historic tourist attraction, lies about 20km (12 miles) in the direction of Dublin.
A light lunch of soup and a sandwich was ordered and served in good time. The sandwich was more than adequate and the cost reasonable.
The beauty of Kilcoran Lodge lies in its antiquity and location. The building is now a bit tired, but this ads to the charm.
Going North exit the motorway at Junction 12, near Mitchelstown, going South, exit at Junction 11 near Cahir.More
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