The town is famous for Portumna Castle and for the lords that lived there. The castle is actually a great semi-fortified house and was built before 1618 by Richard Burke or de Burgo, the 4th Earl of Clanricarde. It was the main seat of the de Burgo family for over 200 years, until it was gutted by fire in 1826.Following extensive conservation and...more
Portumna is currently served with a five-span road bridge over the Shannon. This was designed by C. E. Stanier of London, and completed in 1911, with a central section resting on Hayes's Island which divides the river into two channels. The steel structure of the main bridge and pivotting swing bridge over the navigation channel are of technical...more
The Roman Catholic church and the church of Ireland church (Protestant) stand on opposite sides of the road, seemingly guarding the town like two great big sentinnals as you approach from the west/south.The catholic church is actually only from the 1950's, but seems to look much older. Holding 900 people and with (very unusual in ireland) a...more
Lough Derg is about 30 miles from North to south, with Portumna being the most northerly point.There are the full rage of the normal sorts of activities you would expect on a place, which is almost an inland sea.Boating, sailing and angling all abound as well as walking, cycling -obviously around the lake rather than on it, unless you happen to be...more
If trees are your thing, then you won't be disappointed by the Forest Park. It surrrounds the castle (see other tip) and backs on to the northern edge of Loch Derg.There are a number of well-marked walks and the different types of trees are all labelled.I especially liked the 'yew walk' , only a few hundred yards long between the proddy church and...more
The lady at our B&B told us to go to this restaurant which was recently opened in Potumna and that the food was good. Well she was quite right. We actually wanted Irish Stew, but no-one in town served it. We had lovely fish instead which was really mouth watering.
Favorite Dish: Hope I am spelling it correctly but I would recommend the "Plaice"
Right on Brendan street, the high street of Portumna. This little butcher (and I believe he has a small scale abbatoir as well) has been selling meat for three generations. All the new EC regulations might unfortunately mean an end to businesses such as this. That doesn't mean I'm voting NO! to the Lisbon treaty, but it is an arguement.
The shop is however worth looking at for more than just it's meat - the canopy outside the shop is a beautiful piece of wrought ironwork. Now painted it used yo be where hams and other meats were hung years ago. In those days the shop front just had wooden shutters. These have, of course, now been lost to modern windows.