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Mallow, County Cork

county corkThe town of Mallow, (Irish Magh Eala "valley of the swans") is known as the 'Crossroads of Munster' and is the administrative capital of north County Cork, in Ireland. Hotels in Mallow offer luxury accommodation to visitors to Mallow.

During the 18th and 19th centuries Mallow was an important spa town, with crowds of visitors frequenting it - crowds whose behaviour gave rise to the well-known song 'The Rakes of Mallow'. The 'Rakes' were wild men who engaged themselves liberally in drinking, gambling and hunting, particularly during the Spa Years! The Spa House, an old English Tudor Revival building erected in 1828, was the focal point of Mallow in the 18th century. It is now open to the public as an Energy Agency Office which will advise the public on energy conservation and renewable energy.

Mallow is the largest town along the lovely Blackwater Valley, and a good centre from which to explore that river and many interesting locations in the neighbourhood.

The old ruined Mallow Castle in the middle of the town is a National Monument and one may visit the ruined Castle and view the unique white fallow deer in the grounds. Behind it stands the 'new' castle, a fine baronial building privately owned and superbly maintained.

Mallow is a magnificent location with tourist attractions and places of interest including Mallow Golf Club, Mallow Racecourse and a number of equitation centres. Mallow is an excellent coarse and game angling centre and visitors can enjoy angling on the river Blackwater during their stay in Mallow.

While staying in Mallow accommodation you can visit many tourist attractions close by such as Paradise Garden, Dromaneen Castle, Barretts Castle, Ballybeg Abbey, Annesgrove Gardens, Kilavullen Caves, and The Donkey Sanctuary.

Amongst the well-known people born in Mallow were Canon Sheehan and Anthony Trollope, both famous authors and the birthplaces of both of them are still visible in the town today.

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