(/ ædeɪr /; Irish: Áth Dara , which means “ford of [] oak” [2] ) ( the Population 2454 (CSO, 2006) [1] is a town in County Limerick, Ireland.

General information

Adare origin is a settlement with a crossing point on the River Maigue. It is 16 km (10 mi) from Limerick city. Known as one of Ireland’s most beautiful villages, [3] Adare is designated as a heritage town by the Irish government.Because of the influence of the Fitzgerald family, a large part of the village formally planned.


Adare is a tourist destination and homestead, which gives insight into the history of the village, also hosts a number of craft shops. The city is also a popular wedding and conference venue. Adare has two 18-hole golf courses – the Adare Golf Club, which includes a driving range, which was the site of the 2007 and 2008 Irish Open, Adare Manor Golf Club and a pitch and putt course. Limerick also an equestrian center, Clonshire.


The village has three hotels: the Adare Manor., The Dunraven Arms and east of the village on the way to Croom, Woodlands House Hotel [4]


Tir Na Nog, an historic thatched cottage in Adare, here in 2013. Built as part of the Fitzgerald estate in 1835-1870, it was destroyed by a fire in June 2015.[5]

The main street combines typical Irish architecture with English-style buildings and infrastructure built specifically for Fitzgerald’s nest. Examples of the latter include architectural forms thatched cottages near the entrance to Adare Manor.


There are four primary schools in Adare: St Joseph’s National School (Catholic boys), [6] Our Lady’s Abbey National School (Catholic girls), [7] St. Nicholas’ National School (Church of Ireland, mixed) [8] , and Shountrade National School (Catholic, mixed).

The village’s only high school, Adare CBS, was closed in 1973.


The main Limerick – Tralee road, the N21 passes through the village, which is heavy congestion. In late 2015 a corridor for the long-delayed bypass was chosen that adapts highway 21 north of the village as part of a new dual carriageway is planned to link the port Foynes to Limerick.

Adare is a stop on Bus Eireann’s Limerick-Tralee / Killarney bus and Dublin Coach Dublin-Tralee / Killarney service. Both run every hour.

The abandoned “Limerick-Foynes” railroad crossing half a mil to the northwestern part of the city. [9] Adare railway station was opened July 12, 1856 Limerick and Foynes rail companies, was closed to passengers on February 4, 1963 and freight 2 December 1974. The line Foynes continued to carry freight until it was mothballed in 2001 and has seen no trains since 7 May 2002 when the annual Irish Rail weeds pray train visited the line. The line, named the engineers siding, is still officially open to traffic. [10]


The ancient city lying on the eastern shore of Maigue near the ford (crossing point) from which the village takes its name. Because of the strategic importance of the river crossing Desmond Castle was built at the site, near the Ardshanbally (derived from Ard a tSeanbhaile – “high ground of the old city”), about half a mil from the modern city on the western side. Historically a market town in the Middle Ages, Adare boasted three monasteries. Because of the influence of the Earl of Dunraven, who built Adare Manor (now a luxury resort hotel) a strict plan that was out of town.

August Priory

August Priory was founded in 1316 by John FitzThomas FitzGerald, 1st Earl of Kildare. Priory was suppressed in the reign of Henry VIII. In 1807, the church priory given to the local Church of Ireland parish as a parish church.[11] In 1814, the dining room ceiling and converted into a school. Between 1852 and 1854 there was a second restoration of the church are performed Caroline, Countess of Dunraven.

Franciscan Abbey

The Franciscan friary was founded in 1464 by Thomas Fitz-Maurice, 7th Earl of Kildare and his wife Joan and completed two years later. It is currently a ruin and is located inside the Adare Manor Golf Club. [11] Every Easter Sunday a dawn mass is celebrated in the monastery. [ Citation needed ]

Trinitarian Abbey

The Trinitarian Order established their only monastery in Ireland in Adare in 1230. [11] However, it is likely that the Trinitarian monks who came to Adare may have come from Scotland. The Abbey was restored in 1811 by the first Earl of Dunraven as a Catholic parish church.

Desmond Castle

A castle or fortress is said to have first been built by an ancient ring fort, through O’Donovans, rulers of the region in the late 12th century, and afterwards to have gone into the possession of the Kildare branch of the FitzGerald dynasty, which may be responsible for most of the residues of the present fortress (as occurred with Croom castle, also on Maigue). Desmond Castle, as it is popularly called, is on the north shore of Maigue. An extensive renovation has been going on at the castle since 1996 and supervised tours are offered during the summer months. This is one of a number of significant Desmond properties, which also includes the banquet hall in Newcastle West, another castle in Askeaton and near Castle Matrix Rathkeale, further west in County Limerick.

annalistic references

  • AI982.4 Tree Mag Adar was broken by Leth Cuinn.

Historic surname Adare

According to the census of Ireland in 1901 and 1911 some common surname include: Brennan, Carmody, Chawke, Hickey, McNamara, Kelly McMahon, Ryan Smith, Hogan, Lyons, O’Donnell, O’Regan, Switzerland, Fitzgerald Walsh.


  • Interesting faktaGaelic games, especially hurling, are popular in Adare.The Adare GAA club was formed in 1929. The senior hurling team has won the county championship in 2001, 2002, 2007 and 2008. In football, Adare has been less successful, but in 2002 Adare only narrowly lost the county title in the Limerick senior football.
  • The local football team is called Adare United AFC. They currently play at Deer Park Field, which lies just outside the Black Abbey Road in the village. Founded in 1937, Adare one of the oldest football clubs outside the city of Limerick. Adare United participating in Limerick Desmond Schoolboys / girls League at under 8, U10, U12, U14 and U16 age groups and in Limerick Desmond League Junior (adult) and youth level. 2006/07 season saw the club create its first women’s team, which competes in the Ladies Limerick Desmond League. In the 2009/10 season, the ladies were runners up in the League Cup, losing on penalties to Glin Rovers FC. The team was also Cup finalists the following year, this time in Desmond’s Cup but were beaten by FC Murroe. The Under 10 team was the Division 3 champion in the 2008/09 season and the Division 4 winners in 2010/11. During the eight-team completed a league and cup double in 2010 / 11.Junior team won promotion from Division Two in the season 08/09 and immediately gained promotion to the top division the following year. Adare Desmond won the Ladies Cup in the 2011/2012 season and was second in the league Div. 1st
  • The Irish Open golf championship was held there in 2007 and 2008. There are two 18-hole golf courses in the village: the Adare Golf Club which is due to the Adare Manor Hotel and Adare Manor Golf Club, which is a separate entity.
  • Limerick Cricket Club plays in the manor field complex south of the village.
  • The city also plays a role in West Limerick athletics scene, with the host Adare 10K run every February since 1994.
  • Adare was the national winner of the Irish Tidy Towns Competition in 1976. [12]
  • Cape Adare (Antarctica) was named after Viscount Adare by his friend Captain Ross in January 1841. [13]

Twin cities

  • Buchloe, Germany
  • Buckow, Germany [14]

See also

  • List of towns and villages in Ireland


  1. ^ Jump up to: ab “Census 2006 – Volume 1 – Population Classified by Area” (PDF). Central Statistics Office Census 2006 reports. Central Statistics Office of Ireland. April 2007 Archives (PDF) from the original June 7, 2011.Taken 2011-06-14.
  2. Jump up ^ historical notes at the Adare by Thomas Edward Bridgett
  3. Jump up ^ Tour Shannon Region – Shannon Development
  4. Jump up ^ Fitzgerald’s Woodlands House Hotel
  5. Jump up ^ Woulfe, Jimmy (9 June 2015). “Thatcher’s grief at Adare house fires.” Irish Examiner. Retrieved March 27, 2016.
  6. Jump up ^ Scoil Naomh Iosaf website
  7. Jump up ^ Our Lady Abbey website
  8. Jump up ^ St. Nicholas’ National School website
  9. Jump up ^ Industrial Heritage Ireland – Adare Station photographs
  10. Jump up ^ “Adare station” (PDF). Railscot – Irish Railways. Archive (PDF) from the original September 26, 2007 is taken. 2007-09-08.
  11. ^ Jump up to: abc “History”, Adare Village
  12. Jump up ^ http://www.tidytowns.ie/interior.php?id=74&pid=2
  13. Jump up ^ Lonely Planet Travel Guide: Antarctica
  14. Jump up ^http://www.adarevillage.com/history_and_info/visitor_information