- Tel: 052 67246 or visit http://mitchelstowncave.com/
- Hours of Opening:
- April – September (Inc) 10.00am – 5.30pm
- October – March (Inc) 11.00am – 4.00pm
- Adult: €6.00
- Child: €2.00
- Tours: €15.00 every hour
- Distance from Hotel: 55.2 km /55mins
Mitchelstown Caves was discovered on the 3rd of May 1833, by Michael Condon who was quarrying limestone when he accidentally dropped his crowbar into a crevice. He stooped down to pull out a few boulders to retrieve the bar, next minute he found himself looking down into a vast series of underground chambers, passages and caverns.
Michael was determined to explore his discovery, accompanied by two boys named Shelly, using only candles, a rope and a burning turf tied to a string to judge depths of crevasses, they cautiously entered the cave. After spending hours exploring, the cave turned out to be far bigger than they were expecting and in attempting to return to the safety of the entrance their candles burned out leaving them in complete darkness for twelve hours before the father of the two boys found them. This is how this astonishing phenomenon of nature was discovered, which might otherwise have remained unknown forever.
Charleville, Co. Cork:
The town of Charleville is delighted to be a part of The Munster Vales and The Ballyhoura Region.
The gorgeous mountain ranges of The Munster Vales provide a mix of soft outdoor recreational activities (walking, cycling and angling) historic, coastal and rural towns and villages, and numerous heritage and cultural attractions of scale and significance. The area boasts a year-round hospitality offering including a number of established festival and events, many of which celebrate the rich heritage and traditional culture of these mountain areas. Major tourism attractions in the Munster Vales area include, Doneraile Wildlife Park, the Rock of Cashel, Cahir Castle, the Waterford Greenway, Ballyhoura Mountain Bike Park, Glen of Aherlow, Lough Gur & Lismore to name but a few!
“Rejuvenate yourself in Ireland’s richest fertile vales, where your reward will be the treasures you will find from arresting views at the majestic Rock of Cashel, to the ancient university town of Lismore. The stunning landscape in the farming heartland of Ireland will take your breath away from the depths of the valleys to the tops of the mountains.