Askeaton goes European Aires De Service
Date: Friday, February 29 @ 14:32:21 EST
Topic: Motorhome Stopovers
A common sight in many European towns are the provision of Aires de Service for motorhome users travelling around the country.
With an increase in motorhomes visiting Ireland, Askeaton town had the vision of providing this service for motorhome users. Mrs. Maud Naylor Chairperson of the Munster Motorhome Club stated in her address that a Mr. Pat Moloney from County Limerick started the first Motorhome Club in Ireland in 1984 and it was a privilege for her to be associated with this aires.
She thanked Askeaton for this service and wished that many more towns around the country would now follow suit. She stated that the club would welcome touring motorhomes, they would be made very welcome to join the clubs get togethers when in the area. The Club can be contacted by e mailing [email protected] Motorhome users, County Limerick has the first Aires de Service in the Republic of Ireland. It was officially opened by the Kevin Sheehan, Chairman of Limerick County Council. There will be spaces available for approx 10 motorhomes.
Like a lot of European Aires de Services it is situated within the Swimming Pool Complex (http://www.askeaton-swim.ie) and close to the Town Park. The Aires is well signposted on all CCTV (You could put in map showing Askeaton Auto Route or OS etc.)
Arrange a guided tour of the town by ringing the Tourist Point, spend some time in the Swimming Pool and Leisure Centre. They have a 25 meter pool, sauna and steam room and jacuzzi and a very nice gym to loosen up those tired muscles after a day behind the wheel of your motorhome. You have the Desmond Castle which was built in 1199 and was the dwelling place of the Kings of Munster The Franciscan Friary in or about 1389 and is one of the most complete ruins of a Medieval Abbey . The Flower Mill/ Creamery was built in 1796 by William Studdert and was a flower mill worked by a water wheel, in 1927 it became a registered creamery under Askeaton Co-Operative Dairy Society.
St. Mary’s Church of Ireland and Knights Templar Tower, the original church was built by the Knights Templar in 1298 and the belfry of the old church still stands today. The present church was built in 1829 and in the cemetery, interned are the remains of Aubrey de Vere the Irish poet. Beal Castle on the banks of the river Shannon had a chequered past and was home to a Viking Prince, a Norman Bishop of Limerick a Cromwellian General and the Knight of Glin. There are many nice Pubs in the town.
There are many tourist attractions within a 20 mile radius, Limerick city, Adare with its thatched houses, Foynes Flying Boat Museum , Glin’s delightful colour-washed buildings and a castle housing remarkable 18th century furnishings. Further along the coast you can cross to Clare by the Tarbert Ferry.
Askeaton Civic Trust have produced a very nice brochure which is available from
Askeaton Tourist Point,
Tel:- 00-353-61– 392149