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An Port Rua
Portroe, County Tipperary (geograph 1799877).jpg
Portroe is located in Ireland
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 52°53′N 8°21′W / 52.883°N 8.350°W / 52.883; -8.350Coordinates: 52°53′N 8°21′W / 52.883°N 8.350°W / 52.883; -8.350
CountyCounty Tipperary

Portroe (Irish: An Port Rua, meaning "the red port")[2] is a village in north County Tipperary, Ireland. The village is located on the R494 regional road, 3 km from the eastern shore of Lough Derg and 10 km west of the town of Nenagh.


Bus Éireann route 323 between Killaloe, County Clare and Nenagh serves the village and terminates at Nenagh railway station.[3]


Portroe GAA is the local Gaelic Athletic Association club. The Portroe Senior Hurling Team won their first ever North Tipperary Senior Hurling title in 2012 in McDonagh Park in Nenagh. Liam Sheedy, who played his club hurling with Portroe, is the current manager of the Tipperary Hurling team and, also, a former Tipperary player.

On the outskirts of Portroe is an old quarry which is now flooded. This is a popular location for scuba divers with depths to the region of 40 meters available.[4]


On Loughtea Hill, one of the nearby Arra hills,[5] south-west of Portroe, a 20 metre high stainless steel cross was erected in 2002 to mark the millennium and to replace an original cross placed there following the Eucharistic Congress of Dublin (1932).[6]

Rose of Tralee[edit]

Three people from village have participated in the Rose of Tralee festival, with Portroe natives representing the county in the international festival in 2008, 2009 and 2012.

  • Aoife Kelly was the 2008 Tipperary Rose, who then went on to win the international title of Rose of Tralee.[citation needed]
  • Denise Shouldice was the 2009 Tipperary Rose.[citation needed]
  • Lisa Hickey was the 2012 Tipperary Rose.[citation needed]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Census 2016 Sapmap Area: Settlements Portroe". CSO. Retrieved 22 October 2019.
  2. ^ https://www.logainm.ie/en/1166584?s=Portroe
  3. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 12 April 2012. Retrieved 2 January 2012.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ http://www.diveportroe.com
  5. ^ osi.ie
  6. ^ http://www.everytrail.com/guide/lough-derg-way