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Árd Fhíonáin
Ardfinnan castle
Ardfinnan castle
Ardfinnan is located in Ireland
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 52°18′35″N 7°53′07″W / 52.30974°N 7.88517°W / 52.30974; -7.88517Coordinates: 52°18′35″N 7°53′07″W / 52.30974°N 7.88517°W / 52.30974; -7.88517
Country Ireland
Province Munster
County County Tipperary
Elevation 55 m (180 ft)
Population (2006)
 • Urban 986
Time zone WET (UTC+0)
 • Summer (DST) IST (WEST) (UTC-1)
Irish Grid Reference S077174

Ardfinnan (Irish: Ard Fhíonáin, meaning "Fíonáin's height") is a small village in County Tipperary in Ireland. It is situated on the River Suir and R665 regional road. The parish of Ardfinnan is made up of three areas: Ardfinnan, Ballybacon, and Grange. It is in the barony of Iffa and Offa West. The village is located 14 kilometres from the town of Clonmel and six miles from the town of Cahir via the R670 road. The population of the village is approximately 1000 people.


During the week it is served five times a day in each direction by Bus Éireann route 245 linking it to Clonmel, Mitchelstown, Fermoy and Cork. At the weekend there are three buses each way.

Places of interest[edit]

The most prominent feature of the village is Ardfinnan Castle which was built by King John around 1186 to guard the river crossing. The 13 arch bridge was started soon after the castle was completed. The castle has a long and varied history of owners, and is inhabited to the present, but it is not open to the public.

In January 2017, 800,000 was allocated for essential works on the bridge by the government, a traffic light one way system has been in place on the bridge since the end of 2015 after significant structural damage was discovered.[1]

The Ardfinnan Woollen Mill which is situated beside the bridge was established in 1869. The mill trading under Mulcahy, Redmond and Co. produced tweeds, serges, friezes, blankets, flannels, shawls and rugs. Around 100 people were employed at the Mill and during the 2nd World War the mill produced army uniforms. At its peak it employed 200 people, it closed in 1973.


Ardfinnan Anglers have cover of approximately 15 km of river bank on the river Suir. Brown trout and Salmon can be caught in these waters. The river banks are maintained annually by club members who perform the work voluntarily before the season kicks off. Most parts of the river banks have plenty of room for Fly Fishing. The stretch of river has some shallow runs but the majority of the river is deep and would not be suitable for wading.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "€800k funding for Ardfinnan Bridge". Tipperary Star. 5 February 2017. Retrieved 3 March 2017. 

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