Ash Hill Experience and Local Interests
This year, Ash Hill experienced its 3rd year of nesting Barn Owls. Guests who stayed with us were able to view the owls from a discreet location within the house, so as not to disturb them. Owls were viewed from between 9:45 - midnight, but have now successfully left the nest.
The Barn Owl is the most threatened species of owl in Ireland and has recently been 'Red-listed' in the 'Birds of Conservation Concern in Ireland'. They are generally seen only at dusk or at night when they hunt a variety of small mammals such as Field Mice, House Mice,Bank Voles and Brown Rats. A nationwide census needs to be carried out to accurately determine the true population of Barn Owls in Ireland, but it has been estimated at between 400 - 800 pairs.
Listen to this Barn Owl as it returns to the nest.
Brown Long-eared bat
The huge ears of this bat are its most distinctive feature – they are almost as long as the body. Although they are probably quite common in Ireland, it is difficult to see long-eared bats in flight because they prefer to forage in woodland flying amongst the foliage, picking moths and other insects off leaves.
Lough Gur is a facinating and magical place to explore with 6,000 years of life. Visitors can tour the newly renovated Heritage Centre, enjoy hours of hiking, and a lovely afternoon picnic. Historical markers spread throughout the surrounding area, explaining the various signs of inhabitants. Don't forget to take along a loaf of bread for the many beautiful swans that are found around the Lough Gur.
Facilities at the trail head include map boards, car parking, toilets, showers and bike wash facilities. There is also state of the art changing rooms and picnic tables. On arrival there is a secure car park 5e in coins charge or annual pass from Coillte available) with monitored CCTV cameras. There is also snacks and tea and coffee also available for a reasonable price. Trail accommodation, bike rental and good food are available locally.
Kilmallock Dominican Priory
Across the river from the town is the ruin of the Dominican priory which was founded in 1291 by Gilbert, second son of John of Callan, Lord of Offaly. It was completed by his son Maurice, the first White Knight.
Adare Manor Golf Course
In 2019, Adare Manor announced that it would host the prestigious golf tournament The Ryder Cup in 2026. Ash Hill is a mere 30 minutes away from a world class course. Golf enthusiasts and pros alike, frequent this course year round.
Ballyneety Golf Club
This 18 Hole championship golf course was co-designed by Ryder Cup player, Des Smyth and Irish Amateur International, Declan Branigan. Ballyneety Golf Club is a parkland golf course with sand-based greens and tees all built to US PGA standards. It is located 6miles south of Limerick City, off the M7, with easy access to Shannon Airport.