Tullow – the second largest town in County Carlow

Second largest town after Carlow town in County Carlow, Ireland is Tullow.

Tullow in irish An Tulach, meaning ‘The Mound’, formerly Tulach Ó bhFéidhlim.

It is a small market town located on the River Slaney Valley in the midst of rich, fertile agricultural land, where the N81 road intersects with the R725. Tullow is located ten miles east of Carlow.

It is known locally as the granite town because of its magnificent stone approach roads as well as its granite public buildings.

In the centre of Tullow in the market square stands a statue of Father John Murphy, one of the leaders of the 1798 Rebellion, who was captured near Tullow and executed in the Market Square on 2 July. There is also a small museum with information about this period and other local history.

Tullow Museum features a splendid collection of artefacts reflecting local history, in particular Fr. Murphy’s connection with the town, including what are alleged to be his last vestments. Tullow Museum is housed in an attractive, stone built, former Methodist church at the River Slaney Bridge.

Tullow is also the ancestral home of the famous Wolseley family – Viscount Wolseley (one of the Britain`s most important military leader) and Frederick York Wolseley, who gave his family name to the Wolseley car. I 1994 the estate was sold to the Morrissey family who developed the current four star Mount Wolseley Hotel, Spa and 18 hole championship golf course. Now it is one of Ireland’s top Luxury Resorts.

In Tullow town there is a Tullow Parish Church of the Most Holy Rosary. This church was built by Bishop Daniel Delany in 1805 and the fine tower and spire were added in 1833. It is catholic church with granite ashlar Gothic Revival tower having traceried belfry, pinnacles and needle spire.

St. Columba’s Church appears to occupy the site of Tullow’s original Anglo-Norman Parochial Church which formed part of a complex that included Tullow Castle. Built in 1830-31, the current St. Columba’s Church is the third of three churches to have existed on this site. It is a four bay Gothic Revival building designed by Thomas Cobden who also designed Carlow Cathedral.

In the heart of Tullow is situated famous The Tara Arms – a family run Bar & Restaurant, in existence for the last 150 years and is lucky enough to enjoy a very healthy local patronage.

The others attractions in Tullow are: Bishop Daniel Delany Museum, The Abbey Graveyard, Tullow Bridge, Water Bailiff`s Hut, Tullow Courthouse and Tullow Town Park.

Ring of the Rath is about 6 km east of Tullow in County Wicklow. It is one of the largest and most impressive stone hillforts in Ireland.

Location of Tullow:

Tullow town in County Carlow
Tullow town in County Carlow
A statue of Father John Murphy
A statue of Father John Murphy
Tullow – tourist information board
Tullow – tourist information board
A statue of Father John Murphy
A statue of Father John Murphy
Street of Tullow
Tara Arms Bar
Tara Arms Bar
Tullow town in County Carlow
Tullow – street art
Tullow town in County Carlow
Tullow town in County Carlow
St. Columba’s Church
St. Columba’s Church
St. Columba’s Church
Tullow Parish Church of the Most Holy Rosary
Tullow Parish Church of the Most Holy Rosary
Tullow Parish Church of the Most Holy Rosary
Tullow Parish Church of the Most Holy Rosary

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