This designated heritage town, located near the mouth of the river Shannon, began as an estate town in the 18th century.
The Vandeleur family established the original estate nearby in the 1630’s. They are known in local history for their participation in massive tenant evictions in the 1800s. Today, Kilrush features a beautiful new marina. The town has great vistas of the Atlantic.
The Kilrush Heritage Centre with informative exhibits on the local effects of the Great Famine and the tenant evictions of 1888.
Things to Do in the Kilrush Area
- Visit the Vandeleur Walled Garden, which displays many unusual varieties of plants that are well suited to the area’s unique climate
- Take the Shannon Dolphin Trail, which leads along the coast road out to Aylevaroo Point, where dolphins are known to congregate
- Visit the Shannon Dolphin and Wildlife Centre, which features informational exhibits about dolphins and local dolphin research and conservation activities
- Visit one of the many nearby beaches, such as Banna Strand or Gurteen