Local Activities


There are 3 equestrian centres within easy driving distances of the house, Athlacca Polo cross Centre and O'Donnells Horse riding Centre in Galbally who offer guided cross country trails and Cacherconlish Equestrian center offers lessons and 4 hour trecking.

The region is famed for its hunting clubs.

Limerick Race Course at Patrickwell offers a combination of day and evening meetings as does Limerick junction in Tipperary.


The Old Bank Bruff Bed and Breakfast

The house is a golfers paradise, with a number of of highly recommended golf course within close distances.

Ballyneety Golf Club (9 miles)
Charleville Golf Club (10 miles)
Adare Golf Club - Irish open 2007/2008 (14 miles)
Ballykisteen golf course at Limerick junction (13 miles)


Clay Bird Shooting

Lazy Dog Ltd. is a clay bird and indoor rifle range centre located in the Ballintubber, Kilfinanne, Co Limerick and is a perfect way to be introduced to the sport. The centre offers a variety of shooting layouts catering for novice shooter and the very advanced. A qualified shooter is available for tuition, covering everything from safety to gun handling.

 Water Activities

Limerick is ideally located for many water based activities and all centres are within easy car distances.

For fishing Ballyhass lakes offers a catch and release fishing and tackle hire at there fresh spring fed lakes. Castleconnell has long being prestigious for salmon fishing in Ireland.

Also on the Castleconnell river is Limericks wake and ski centre that offers this water adventure sport in a private stretch of the river Shannon. Tuition is offered in sessions or small groups to suit beginners to advances levels and all equipment is supplied.

Close by in Killaloe is UL training activity centre. Activities on offer include sailing, windsurfing, kayaking, power boating, dragon boat racing, archery, orienteering and the impressive high ropes course.

Kilfianne Education Centre located close to home offers a large range of water based activities and adventure sport courses such as cannoning at Lough Gur, kayaking and land activities such as rock wall climbing, orienteering, hill walking, river walking and team challenges.

Local Gardens

The Old Bank Bruff Bed and Breakfast

It's fair to say that at Terra Nova, Deborah and Martin Begley's Co Limerick garden, near the village of Dromin, plants come first - and people fit in wherever there's a bit of free space. Of course, that's not unusual where the garden belongs to keen collectors. Twelve years ago there was little more than a half-acre field with a workaday vegetable plot; now there are numerous interlinked gardens daisy-chaining through the space. Here there is a river of swaying ornamental grasses, there a waist-high bed of liquorice-allsorts auriculas, over there a parade of sherbetty cannas and begonias, while yonder a pair of monstrous, hairy echiums have slipped out of their allotted space to march conquistadorially towards the gate that gives into the neighbour's field.

Terra Nova Garden is open to visitors from April to September. Please phone first on 063 90744. Admission €5 each. Sorry, no children under 12.

Other garden attractions:

  • Boyce's Gardens, Mountrenchard, Foynes, Co. Limerick May - October 10-6pm 069 65302
  • Doneraile Court and Wildlife Park 022 222444
  • Rockbarton Garden Centre Facebook Page