The town of Mallow is the administrative capital of north County Cork, and is often referred to as the 'Crossroads of Munster'. It 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.
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.
The Spa House, an old English Tudor Revival building erected in 1828, was the focal point of Mallow in the 18th century and this attracted crowds of visitors - crowds whose behaviour gave rise to the well-known song 'The Rakes of Mallow'. The 'Rakes' were wild men who engaged in drinking, gambling and hunting, particularly during the Spa years! The Spa House is now open to the public as an Energy Agency Office which advises the public on energy conservation and renewable energy.
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.
Mallow has many tourist attractions close by such as Paradise Garden, Dromaneen Castle, Barretts Castle, Ballybeg Abbey, Annesgrove Gardens, Kilavullen Caves, and The Donkey Sanctuary.
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