Glen of Aherlow

Coordinates: 52°25′08″N 8°11′35″W / 52.419°N 8.193°W / 52.419; -8.193
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Glen of Aherlow
Glen of Aherlow is located in Ireland
Glen of Aherlow
Glen of Aherlow
Length13 km (8.1 mi) east-west
Width3 km (1.9 mi) north-south
Areaabout 40 square kilometres (9,900 acres)
Native nameGleann Eatharlaí (Irish)
English translationFrom Irish eatharlach, "land between elevations"
CountryRepublic of Ireland
StateCounty Tipperary
Borders onSlievenamuck (north); Galtee Mountains (south)
Coordinates52°25′08″N 8°11′35″W / 52.419°N 8.193°W / 52.419; -8.193
RiverRiver Aherlow

The Glen of Aherlow (Irish: Gleann Eatharlaí) is a valley located between Slievenamuck and the Galtee Mountains in the western part of County Tipperary in Ireland. The principal village is Lisvarrinane (sometimes spelled Lisvernane). There is also a hamlet at Rossadrehid, where Aherlow creamery was located before its closure in the late 20th century. Other adjacent centres of population are the villages of Galbally (on the western fringe), Kilross (on the north west front) and Bansha (on the eastern approach).[1] Across the northern flank of Slievenamuck lies Tipperary Town.

The tradition of Geoffrey Keating still lives on in the folklore of the Glen of Aherlow.[tone] Keating preached sermons there, receiving refuge and, according to tradition, lived in a cave for much of the time while on the run and compiling his magnum opus, Foras Feasa Ar Éirinn (c. 1634).[2]


A statue, titled 'Christ the King', overlooks the valley in which the Glen of Aherlow is situated. The statue, constructed in 1950, is situated on Slievenamuck on the approach road to Tipperary Town.[3][4] The car park at 'Christ the King' is sometimes busy during the summer, as it offers views of the glen and valley on a clear day.[citation needed]

Panoramic view above the Glen of Aherlow from the 'Christ the King' statue area


  1. ^ Behold Aherlow by Michael Lynch. ISBN 0957026005.
  2. ^ Breandán Ó Buachalla, '"Annála Ríoghachta Éireann" Is "Foras Feasa ar Éirinn": An Comhthéacs Comhaimseartha' in Studia Hibernica, No. 22/23 (1982/1983), p. 90.
  3. ^ Back Roads Ireland - Page 91 1848368801 2010 "Within the valley, the Christ the King statue is a major landmark and the starting point for a network of hiking trails in the ..."
  4. ^ Fionn Davenport Ireland - 2010 Page 343 1742203507 GLEN OF AHERLOW & GALTEE MOUNTAINS South of Tipperary are the shapely Slievenamuck Hills and Galtee Mountains, separated by ... A popular lookout and historic statue of Christ can be found 1.6km north of Newtown on the R664.