Cloughjordan has that indefinable air of tranquillity and relaxation
It appeals to those who like to break away for a while from the rush and bustle of modern life -a haven for those who want to enjoy themselves and wind down among places and people who take life at a more leisurely pace.
A small town situated in North Tipperary, Cloughjordan is just a few miles from the main arteries of traffic, and equidistant from the towns of Nenagh, Roscrea, and Birr. The town was the birthplace in 1878 of Thomas MacDonagh, the writer and patriot, who was executed for his part in the 1916 rising.
The student of Irish history will find much tangible material in the area to help trace the course of Ireland’s story. The ancient dwelling places and ring forts, dotted through the countryside, include the great tree ringed fort of Rathurles; the 5000 years old burial cairns at Ardcrooney and Ballygibbon; and the castles of Gaelic chieftains like the O’Kennedys, MacEgans and O’Carrolls, and of their Norman adversaries deMariscos and Butlers.
The area around Cloughjordan is a haven for walkers, from Knocknacree Wood to Scott’s Hill to the panoramic Devil’s Bit and Killaurane Bog; there is something for everyone. The area is also a noted equestrian region, with a number of small stables where horses can be hired out. It is also the home of Charlie Swan, the celebrated jockey and trainer whose stables and Equestrian Centre attract people from many parts. The Ormond Hunt has its kennels here and hunt meets are held regularly.