About the Area
– Explore The Shannon Region –
Silver Spruce Lodge is an ideal location to explore the Shannon region and is within easy driving distance of The Burren, Cliffs of Moher, Bunratty Castle, The Rock of Cashel, Birr Castle & Gardens, Holycross Abbey, Nenagh Castle and the Brian Boru Trail. Enjoy Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands, the Wild Atlantic Way or Ireland’s Ancient East. It is a haven for outdoor adventure seekers, especially walkers, bird-watchers, nature lovers, golfers, fishermen or anyone with an interest in the rural Irish countryside. Boat lovers can enjoy a cruise on nearby Lough Derg or spend a day on a luxury yacht. Silver Spruce Lodge is about 3km (2 miles) from Dolla and 6 km (4 miles) from Silvermines village where visitors can meet local people, enjoy Ireland’s finest Irish traditional music, song and dance in the local pubs, visit the local churches and graveyards and experience real Irish country living.
Nenagh town located just 8 km (5 miles) away is a thriving commercial town for all seasons. It is the largest town in North Tipperary with a population of about 8,000 people. Visitors can dine in the many excellent restaurants, explore some fine cultural amenities including the recently refurbished old Norman Castle, stroll through the farmers’ markets and sample local artisan food produce.
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History of the Area
– Times Past –
During the 1800s Mucklin village (as this area was known) was home to 170 residents, who lived a very simple life from the land around them. Sunday Mass was the social highlight of the week. They were self-sufficient raising their own animals and fowl and growing their own crops. Agriculture was the main source of income for the people of this area, however it did have an industrial endeavour – the lead and zinc mines at Shallee and Silvermines. Silvermines parish and the residents of Mucklin townland were no exception to suffering the disastrous effects of the Great Famine of 1845-1850. It is apparent that in a few short years, through hunger, fever and emigration to America, Australia, Canada, Great Britain and New Zealand the population fell dramatically. However, on a lighter note many of the descendants of these emigrants have already visited the lands of their ancestors and re-connected with their Irish Tipperary relatives. Hopefully many more will visit and enjoy a holiday in Silver Spruce Lodge. Brendan’s sister Nora is the Genealogist at the North Tipperary Genealogy Centre and would be delighted to assist you in tracing your Tipperary Irish roots. You can contact her at www.rootsireland.ie or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Tipperary – The Premier County –
County Tipperary was the first Irish county to be established in the 13th century and is sometimes referred to as the Premier County. The locals can be recognised by their pronunciation of the name as they silence the “e” as in Tipp-rary. The name Tipperary is taken from the Irish ‘Tiobraid Arann’, which means ‘the well of Era’, referring to the River Ara. The county has been feted in song ‘It’s a Long Way to Tipperary’. Tipperary is famous for its horse breeding industry and is the home of the world renowned Coolmore Stud, which is the largest thoroughbred breeding operation in the world. The County forms a large part of the Golden Vale (or Vein) of Munster, boasting a rich and fertile agricultural landscape. Tipperary is bound by mountains to the south and west with a border on Lough Derg in the north thus offering a superb range of outdoor activities for visitors and locals alike.
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