Banagher is a town in Ireland
, located in the midlands on the western edge of County Offaly
in the province of Leinster, on the banks of the River Shannon. It has a natural focus for many great historical buildings, including a 17th century Martello Tower and a number of important castles
around the town, which were built in the 14th and 15th centuries. Not to mention beautiful lodgings ranging from homely accommodations and vacation rentals to cozy condo rentals and apartment rentals.
A haven for visiting English fishermen since the 1950s Banagher became a major centre for cruise holidays
with the building of marinas in the late 1960s. A modern Marina provides support for river cruisers and watersports facilities and the town is an important angling centre, with particular attraction for pike anglers. The width and depth of the Shannon at Banagher provides excellent and safe facilities for cruisers. The surrounding callows (grassy meadows flood plains), Eskers, and cutaway bogs afford an astonishing variety of bird and plant life.
There is a full range of accommodation in Banagher and visitors can choose from numerous vacation rental, condo rental and apartment rental options.
Martello towers (or simply Martellos) are small defensive forts built in several countries of the British Empire during the 19th century, from the time of the Napoleonic Wars onwards. They stand up to 40 feet (12 m) high (with two floors).
There are two Bow-fronted Georgian houses in Banagher.
One is a detached seven-bay, two-storey building, called Crank House, due to its location on the corner of Main Street and Crank Road. The second of these buildings is a terraced, three-bay, three-storey house with an adjoining four-bay, two-storey coach house, which still has its original limestone carriage arch. It has been used as a hotel since the early 19th century.
Fort Eliza, also known as The Salt Battery, is a freestanding five-sided four-gun battery
, constructed around 1812, and standing on the east side of the River Shannon. The battery is surrounded by a dry moat, with the entrance originally across a drawbridge close to the guardhouse. This fort, combined with Cromwell's Castle, the Martello tower and Fort Falkland would have protected both the town and the river crossing from all angles.
When enjoying a stay in any of the accommodations, vacation rentals or apartment rentals make sure to enjoy some local activities too. A Billiards and Snooker Hall
is located between The Shannon Hotel and the Marina. There is a Pitch & Putt course located adjacent to Cromwell's Castle on the Canal Bank
and part of the river on this bank has been enclosed to form a swimming pool. There is also an active Sub Aqua Club in the town.
The town of Banagher is most likely the source of a phrase that is widely known in many English speaking countries in the world. "That beats Banagher!" is a common reaction to something extraordinary or to describe something that surpasses everything.
There is a rich heritage within easy access of Banagher including Birr Castle, gardens and telescope, Clonmacnoise and Clonfert.
Banagher can be found within 90 minutes of Dublin
, just a short distance south of the N6 from Kilbeggan. In Banagher and surrounding towns visitors will not be disappointed with the quality and homely accommodation, vacation rental and apartment rental choices.