The Welcome Centre in Rathkeale houses the region’s Fáilte Ireland Tourist Point. The friendly staff help visitors with information about West Limerick attractions, events, products, and services. It is located next to the Augustine Abbey ruin at the Community Centre (historic courthouse and borstal) at The Square (upper Main. St.) Rathkeale, Co. Limerick. Summer opening hours are from 9:00 am to 1 pm Monday through Thursday and 9:00 am to 12:30 pm on Friday. For more information email
The Welcome Centre, West Limerick Directory Event Calendar and News feed are happy to serve Abbeyfeale, Adare, Ardagh, Askeaton, Athea, Ballingarry, Ballyagran, Ballyhahill, Ballylanders, Ballyneety, Ballyorgan, Broadford, Bruff, Bruree, Caherconlish, Cappagh, Cappamore, Castleconnell, Churchtown, Croagh, Doon, Dromcolliher, Fedamore, Feenagh, Foynes, Galbally, Garryspellane, Glin, Herbertstown, Hospital, Kildimo, Kilfinnane, Kilmallock, Kilmeedy, Kilteely, Knockaderry, Knockainy, Loghill, Mahoonagh, Montpelier, Moroe, Newcastle West, Nicker, Oola, Pallas Grean, Pallaskenry, Rathkeale, Rockhill, Shanagolden, Sixmilebridge, Patrickswell, Stonehall and beyond.
Mayor Michael Collins and over 25 dignitaries officially opened the Welcome Centre in September 2020. Comments included:
“Sincere well done. It is so enlightening to have such a good news story at this time for Tourism,” said event attendee John Fitzgerald of the Tourism Task Force. “We have to take this time as a once in a generation opportunity to do something different and creative and listening to you guys tonight gives me reasons to cheer. I genuinely believe in community/local driven tourism projects as the secret to success.”
“Rathkeale is the start of the Greenway and will soon be at the corner of the Foynes to Limerick motorway, making the town more convenient to Limerick’s 94,000 people,” said Pat Neville, Chairperson of the Rathkeale Community Council. “We want all visitors to feel welcome and have a place where they can learn about what this friendly town has to offer.”
The start of the Limerick Greenway
The Limerick Greenway, the newly renovated 40km scenic off-road walking and cycling route connecting the three market towns of Rathkeale, Newcastle West and Abbeyfeale, opened to the public 1 July, 2021. Earmarked to be transformative for the region, the €10 million visionary project is the biggest outdoor tourism amenity project ever undertaken in Limerick by Limerick City and County Council. Limerick Greenway Brochure (pdf)
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