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The Heart of the Midlands

Dooly’s Hotel is centrally located in beautiful Mid-Ireland. Well known for its wonderful choice of championship golf courses, it also offers activities such as water sports, cruising and fishing on the Shannon; horse riding and hill walking in the Slieve Bloom Mountains.The region is steeped in history, amongst the must see places nearby are Clonmacnoise, The Bog Train, Lockes Distillery, Tullamore Dew Heritage Centre, Leap Castle, and of course the world famous Birr Castle Gardens on our own doorstep. Birr was laid out during the Georgian period and retains many of its original features such as its wide tree lined walls, pleasant gardens, period houses and Georgian character. The town itself reflects peace and contentment of its surrounding countryside.

Slieve Bloom

Picture this!... soul-stirring mountain bike adventures in the great outdoors through wooded valleys and blanket bogs, past mountains streams and waterfalls in the largely undiscovered territory of the glorious Slieve Blooms.

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Mid Ireland Adventures

Through the passionate and experienced Mid Ireland Adventure team, explore this epic landscape through a wide range of unforgettable land and water eco-based activities from guided mountain bike tours, hiking tours, and archery workshops to stand up paddle boarding (SUP) and kayak safaris.

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Melba's Nightclub

Experience the essence of enjoyment in the cool contemporary surroundings offered by Melba’s Club. Designed to be a haven for club lovers Melba’s has it all and then some. Party all night on the dance floor. Experience an exhilarating atmosphere like no other created by the house DJʼs.

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Birr Castle

One of the jewels in the town’s crown is surely the magnificent Birr Castle Demesne. The grounds extend to over 100 acres of formed layouts, river walks, terraces and parkland. The world’s tallest box hedges are to be seen on the grounds along with many hundreds of species of trees, plants and flowers. Newly built in 2013, the largest tree house in the country is a must see for adults and children alike.


There are a number of top quality golf courses in the region including Birr Golf Club, Nenagh Golf Club, Portumna Golf Club, Roscrea Golf Club, Tullamore Golf Club, Esker Hills Golf Club, Athlone Golf Club and Castle Barna Golf Club, all within 30 minutes.

Special Golfing Offer

Get a room at Dooly's Hotel and a round of Golf at Birr Golf Club. To avail of the offer give us a call or mention it upon check-in.

Only €100 pp

Distances from major cities/ports

• Dublin 120km • Rosslare 160km • Cork 152km • Shannon 100km • Galway 100km • Sligo 180km • Belfast 267km.

Useful Links

Offaly Tourism
Ireland’s Ancient East
Visit Birr

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