Info - Terryglass is a beautiful little village on the shores of Lough Derg. Terryglass has an atmosphere all of its own, and is could be quoted as the definitive holiday village. There is a short walk from the village to the small harbour on Lough Derg, where there are always plenty of boats moored. Terryglass has won the national tidy towns competition on two occasions, and is a great place to relax and unwind, or perhaps take part in some water sports on the lake.
History - St. Colman founded a monastery at Terryglass in the sixth century which became an important centre for learning. The Book of Leinster was produced here, which contains tales and poems from the middle ages in Ireland, and can now be seen in Trinity College, Dublin. The Vikings frequently raided the abbey, and it was burnt to the ground in 1264. There is one remaining wall from the abbey in the village.
Our bit - Terryglass lies on eastern shore at the northern end of Lough Derg. There is a large sheltered harbour which proved to be a welcome sight to most of the boats that day. After leaving Portumna that mourning we were intending to head to the southern end of Lough Derg. However the weather turned on us and despite being brilliant sunshine the wind was extremely strong and made the Lough fairly rough. We decided that we would head into Terryglass for lunch rather face a rough crossing of the Lough Derg, as the wind never died down that day we spent the entire day there. By the end of day boats where moored 3 deep in places in the harbour, and the large floating hotel which also arrived added to the congestion. This however did mean we were unable to explore further south as stronger winds where predicted for the following day so I will have to return to Ireland again to explore the south. The upside of all this was that we spent the day at Terryglass, an extremely pretty village over looking the Lough with the best pub we visited this year. (2001)
The Derg Inn
● The Derg Inn Bar and Restaurant is the the fist pub you see in the village after about a
quarter of a mile walk from the harbour. Its a large pub which is divided into several areas. There
is a large bar area as you enter, and a smaller one off to the left. At the front and far end of the
large bar are areas which appear to be set aside for eating. There was also a small shop attached to
the pub off to the right.
Given the rating this pub had last year there it will be of no surprise that we revisited here
again. Unlike last year Lough Derg proved to be in a quieter mode in fact on some days it was
as clam as mill pond.
Terryglass, Nenagh, Co Tipperary Telephone: +353 67 22037
Paddy's Bar is the only other bar in the village that we saw. In fact it is next door to the Derg Inn. Like The Derg Inn it is large with a separate dining area. I feel that I probably did not give the bar a fair chance as we had already visited the Derg Inn and when we returned in the evening we went to Paddy's mainly to check out its menu to compare with the Derg. The bar was certainly more traditional than the Derg, but the seating appeared to be more cramped. The Guinness was excellent as it always appears to be Ireland, and the atmosphere was friendly. Paddy's has won awards for its pub food, but it was pub food as compared to the restaurant at the Derg.
Unfortunately the Derg Inn was next door and as we wanted a more substantial meal. As it had been recommended to us by the Irish people who had moored against our boat that afternoon, we returned to the Derg for the rest of the evening.
Terrryglass, Nenagh, Co. Tipperary. Phone: 353 (0) 67 22147 E-mail: email@example.com
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