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Ardpatrick, Co. Limerick

For Thoroughbred racehorse, see Ard Patrick. For the village in Scotland, see Ardpatrick, Scotland.

Ardpatrick is a small village in County Limerick, Ireland. It lies at the foot of the north slopes of the Ballyhoura Mountains, on the edge of the Golden Vale. It had a population of 398 in 2006.

On the hill above the village is the site of a 5th-century monastery and round tower or cloictheach, now in ruins. Legend tells of a peal of 7 silver bells which once hung in the tower. The monastery was reputedly founded by St.Patrick himself and is surrounded by earthworks probably far more ancient.[citation needed] From the hill can be seen Castle Oliver, a 19th Century mansion built by the Oliver Gascoignes, an Anglo-Irish family. Its fine stained glass windows, which feature the life of St.Patrick, have recently been restored.

About an hour from both Cork and Shannon airports, the village comprises a small number of houses around the parish church. At the south end of the village is a memorial garden and tourist information. Each summer there is a 3 day Festival na Fianna. The Greenwood, just to the south of the village gives access to walking trails across thousands of acres of countryside.

The official web site of Ardpatrick is www.Ardpatrick.NET
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Ballyhoura Mountain Bike Park

Ardpatrick, Co. Limerick
Ballyhoura Mountain, in the heart of the Golden Vale region of Limerick and Cork, is a natural woodland park of rugged mountains, grouse moor and peat bog, with an abundance of wild berries, flowers, plants and trees. Throughout the area there are waymark

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