Galbally & Glen of Aherlow

Galbally (Irish: An Gallbhaile, meaning ‘town of the stranger or the foreigner’) is a village in southeast County Limerick, Ireland, on the border with County Tipperary.

It is located at the foot of the Galtee Mountains and at the western approach to the Glen of Aherlow. The Aherlow River, flowing down from the Galtee mountains, runs by the village, to meet the Suir at Kilmoyler a short distance north of Cahir.

Galbally is in quite a picturesque location, in a valley overlooked by the Galtee Mountains. Just outside the village is an historic abbey, the Moor Abbey.

It was a Franciscan friary, founded in the thirteenth century by Donach Cairbreach Ua’Briain, but only the church survives, built in 1471. The site had a tumultuous history, matching the ebbs and flows of Irish politics and religious freedoms, and was inhabited until 1748, though with periods of desertion.

Present in the church is the remains of a tomb, which is perhaps that of the founder.

 

GLEN OF AHERLOW

The Glen of Aherlow is a stunning valley nestling between Slievenamuck and the Galtee Mountains in the western part of County Tipperary in Ireland.

The principal village is Lisvernane where Aherlow creamery was located before its closure in the late 20th century. Other adjacent centres of population are the villages of Galbally on the western fringe, Kilross (on the north west front) and Bansha which commands the eastern approach. Across the northern flank of Slievenamuck is Tipperary Town.

The tradition of Geoffrey Keating still lives on in the folklore of the Glen of Aherlow. Keating preached sermons there, receiving refuge and, according to tradition, lived in a cave for much of the time while on the run and compiling his magnum opus, Foras Feasa Ar Éirinn (c. 1634).

‘Christ the King’ statue overlooks the valley that the Glen of Aherlow is situated in. The statue is situated on Slievenamuck on the approach road to Tipperary Town. As Aherlow is quite scenic, the car park at ‘Christ the King’ is often full during the summer and offers beautiful views on a clear day.