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The History

of Adare

Adare in Irish is pronounced ‘Áth Dara’ which translates as “ford of oak”, as previously mentioned Adare is renowned as one of the prettiest villages in Ireland and it certainly lives up to this herald, the Irish Government even agree having given Adare the designation ‘Heritage Town’.  Situated on the river Maigue, a tributary of the river Shannon, Adare is steeped in history dating back to the 12th Century.

Adare originated as a settlement on the eastern side of the crossing point over the River Maigue some 16km from the Viking forged City of Limerick.  Historically a market town, in the Middle Ages, Adare was a major settlement with three monasteries and a castle.

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