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From: TerryMosel@aol.com
Date: Thu, 25 Sep 2003 19:40:34 EDT
Subject: Great lecture, WSP

Hi all,

We had a real treat for the opening lecture of the new IAA season! Dr J Kelly 
Beatty, Exec Editor of Sky & Telescope gave one of the best lectures we have 
ever had, to one of the biggest crowds we have ever had - a brilliant evening 
- thanks Kelly!

The even better news is that Kelly is one of the speakers at the Whirlpool 
Star Party in Dooley's Hotel in Birr this weekend - don't miss it.

Details on < http://gofree.indigo.ie/~sdbell >. 

I'll be there myself, & not back on-line until Monday evening, so no more 
from me till then.

I attach the latest list of accommodation in Birr & the surrounding area: be 
prepared to stay in some of the surrounding towns & villages, as Birr itself 
is booked out. 

Good luck & clear skies,

Terry Moseley


IAA:  Birr Accommodation List, incl. Surrounding Area. From NI dial: 00 353, then drop 1st 0. Prices are in € (Aug 2002 or 
Sept 03); or £Ir (2001) 'NEW' = a recent addition to the list, not necessarily a new property. All are Co. Offaly, except where 
stated.

Guest Houses in Birr:  (Hotels & GuestHouses can all be booked by Freephone (00) 800 3698 7412)

1.	Spinners Town House & Bistro, Castle Street, Birr. T 0509 21673, Fx 21672. 13 rms, 6 ensuite. €45 - 55 pps. 
www.spinners-townhouse.com 

2.	The Maltings, Castle Street, Birr. Tel 0509 21345, Fx 22073. 10 rooms, all E/S. Breakfast, lunch & evening 
meals. From €35 pps.

3.	The Stables Town House & Restaurant, Oxmantown Mall, Birr.  Tel. 0509 20263 Fx 21677. 4 rooms, all E/S. 

B&B's in & close to Birr:

4.	Quinn's Townhouse, Emmet Square, Birr: Tel. 0509 21607. 4 rooms, all ensuite. From £20 pps.

5.	Mrs Hoctor, Walcott B&B, Rosse Row, Oxmantown Mall/Castle Street, Birr. Tel. 0509 20615.  Private parking. 
5 rooms, all en suite. From €50 per double room. walcot@hotmail.com

6.	Mary Kinsella, Aonach, Syngefield, Kinnity Road, Birr. (On LHS just before you reach the new Syngefield 
roundabout: about 1m). €30. Bungalow,  4 rooms, 3 ensuite. Tel. 0509 21333, Mob: 088 265 6668.

7.	Carmel Carroll, "The Ring", The Ring, Birr. (about 2m) £16. Bungalow, 4 rooms, 3 ensuite. Tel. 0509 20976, 
Mob: 087 228 3772. Turn Right at Syngefield Roundabout on Kinnity Road, then L at first junction (X-roads), 
then about 0.5km on Rt.

8.	Minnock's B&B, Clonkelly, Roscrea Road, Birr (about 3 miles from Birr). Tel. 0509 20591, 21684. Fx: 21684. 6 
rooms, all ensuite. Direct dial phones in bedrooms. Recommended: 300 best B&Bs. Customer Service award 
winner. Private parking. www.minnocksfarmhouse.com . From €32 pps. 

9.	NEW: Townsend B&B, Townsend St, Birr. 8 rooms, all E/S. €35 pps, or €40 single. Tel. 0509 21276, Fx 20574

10.	Mrs Gertie Spain, Ardnagreagh, Hillside, Roscrea Road, Birr. (2-3 miles) T  0509 20256. 3 twin rms, NOT E/S

11.	Mrs Vaughan, Emmet Square, Birr. Tel. 0509 20395. 5 Doubles, all ensuite, with TV. £25 pps. 

12.	Mrs Enright, Emmet Square, Birr. Tel. 0509 20291. 1 Twin, 2 Double, 2 family rooms, all E/S. £20pps 

13.	Mrs Hunt, Moorpark Street, Birr, Tel 0509 20232. 1 Double, & 1 double + a single bed, all E/S. £30 per room, or 
£15 pps. 

14.	Mrs Kelly, Main Street, Birr. Tel. 0509 21128  4 rooms, each with a double & single, en-suite. €30 pps. (Email: 
Kello@indigo.ie)

15.	Mrs Pardy, Poulnagannie, Syngefield, Kinnity Road (Dublin Rd), Birr. (~ 1 mile) Tel. 0509 20631.

16.	Mrs Maura Garahy, Glencor, Woodland Park, Tullamore Road, Birr. On North edge of town. Tel. 0509 20234. 
£18 pps, NOT E/S.

17.	Mrs Mary Murray, Riverstown, Nenagh Road (N52), Birr. (~1.5 miles) 2 doubles, NOT ensuite, but with private 
bath & shower in private corridor.  £18 pps. Tel 0509 20462

18.	Mrs Therese King, Seffin, Roscrea Rd, Birr, Tel. 0509 20580. €30 pps (Not E/S?)

19.	NEW: Thelma Whitten, Skehana House, Mossfield, Clareen, Birr. ~ 6 miles. £15. Bungalow, 3 rooms, 1 E/S. 
On the R421 from Kinnity to Roscrea. T. 0509 31057.

EXTRA ACOMMODATION IN THE AREA ROUND BIRR:

20.	Hayes B&B, Main Street, Banagher, Co Offaly. T. 0509 51360. ~ 8 miles from Birr. £20 pps en suite.

21.	Mrs Finneran, The Gables: Castle Street, Cloghan, Co Offaly. Tel. 0902 57355. Two storey, four rooms 
ensuite, open turf fire, large garden, private lock-up car park. Town & Country Houses member. (Cloghan is on 
the N62 from Birr to Athlone ~ about 10 miles from Birr). €27 pps En Suite.

22.	Honey Lodge, Lusmagh, Banagher, Co Offaly. Tel. 0509 51316. Central Heating, Private Car parking. About 8 
miles from Birr.  Rural location. £19 pps En Suite.

23.	Denan House, Birr Road, Cloghan, Co Offaly. Tel. 0902 57161. Modern house near Cloghan village on the N62. 
Central heating, private car park, garden, licensed to sell wine. 4 Rooms ensuite: 1 Family, 3 singles, 1 Double, 
1 Twin. Town & Country Houses member. About 10 miles from Birr. €28 pps en suite.

24.	High Pine Farm, Annaghmore, Kinnity, Co Offaly. Tel. 0509 37029. 1 Double standard, I family standard, 1 twin 
ensuite. Modern Farmhouse (dormer bungalow), on working dairy farm, 3km from Kinnity Village. About 11 
miles from Birr. €32 pps en suite.

25.	The Old Forge, West End, Banagher, Co Offaly. T. 0509 51504. Old forge house, extended & modernised 
Central heating, open fire in guest lounge. Parking. Tea making in bedrooms, In village. About 8m from Birr. €35 
pps E/S.

26.	Ashling, Cuba Avenue, Banagher, Co Offaly. Tel. 0509 51228. Modern detached bungalow in quiet residential 
area. Central heating, private car park, garden. Rural location? €28 pps en suite.

27.	Christina Byrne, Ardmore House, The Walk, Kinnity, Co Offaly. £17-25; (10 miles) 4 rooms, 1 ensuite: €35pps 
E/S. T. 0509 37009.  www.kinnity.net

28.	The Glendine (Restaurant with Rooms), Kinnity. Tel. 509 37076. €64 per double room.

29.	Beech Lodge, Beech Avenue, Knockbarron, Kinnity. Tel 0509 37952. €32 pps Ensuite

30.	Mrs Evelyn Dooley, Cherryfield House, Boora, Parkland, Tullamore, Co Offaly. Large house, out in the country. 
(About 15 miles from Birr) 4 rooms, 3 ensuite. €26 pps. T 0506 45141, M: 087 2871960

31.	Mr & Mrs Rodder, Dancer Cottage, Curraghmore, Borrisokane, Co Tipperary: T./Fx 067 27414. 4 rms, 4 
ensuite. email: dcr@eircom.net or dcr@eircom.ie  €32 pps E/S (2 miles West of Borrisokane, which is on the 
N52 from Birr to Nenagh: ~12 miles from Birr)

32.	Mr & Mrs Darcy, Lake Land Lodge, Terryglass, Nenagh, Co Tipperary. Tudor style house, 3 rms, 2 ensuite. 
Tel./Fx: 067 22069 £20 (~ 16 miles from Birr: Terryglass is on the shore of L. Derg nearer to Birr) 

33.	Mr & Mrs Dolan, Shannon Villa, Bridge Rd, Portumna, Co Galway. (~16 miles from Birr) 5 rms, 4 ensuite. 0509 
41269 £18 - £20 

34.	Mrs Ryan, Auvergne Lodge, Dominic Street, Portumna, Co Galway. (~16 miles) 0509 41338. £19 

35.	Mrs Mae Fallon, Cregganbell, Birr Rd, Roscrea, Co Tipp: (~12 miles) 4 rms, 3 E/S. 0505 21421. £17-19. 

36.	Clair Moore, Highfield House, Rosfaraghan, Ferbane, Co Offaly, 2km from Ferbane.  (About 16m from Birr). 
Modern bungalow, private car park.  3 rms: 1 twin ensuite, 1 Double Standard, with private bathroom, 1 single 
standard. €25 pps for E/S. T. 090 645 4387.

37.	Cnoc Ban, Gallen, Ferbane, Co Offaly. (about 14 miles). 1 km from Ferbane on Athlone-Birr Rd. Two-storey 
house, Central Heating, Private Car Park. Table d'Hôte meals available. Tel. 0902 54175.

38.	Daragh, Ballyclare, Ferbane, Co Offaly. Bungalow, gardens front & rear. Lounge for visitors. Central Heating, 
Private Car Park, Garden for guests. ~ 14 miles from Birr. €25 pps en suite. Tel. 090 645 4196.

39.	Dealbhna Eathra, Gallen, Ferbane, Co Offaly. Two-storey family home, walking distance to Ferbane. 2 Twin, I 
Family, 1 Double: Rooms E/S, with TV, Hair dryer. €25 pps. ~ 14 miles from Birr. T. 0902 54044.

40.	Mrs Lang, Ballycormac House, Aglish, Borrisokane, Co Tipperary. 300 y.o. farmhouse in rural setting, about 9 
miles from Birr. Tel. 067 21129. Fax: 067 21200. €60 pps, ensuite. Licensed to sell wine, Table d'hôte dinner 
available. Email: ballyc@indigo.ie

41.	Mrs Moeran, Kylenoe House, Terryglass, Co Tipperary. About 12 miles from Birr. Tel. 067 22015. Fax 067 
22275. Mob: 088 2756000. Award winning farmhouse, recc. by Good Hotel Guide. £30-35 pps.

42.	Fairview B&B, Kinnity (no tel number available; on right, exiting Kinnity towards Dublin; seems small)

43.	Mrs Cora Flaherty, Kinnity Tel: 0509 37210,  Ensuite. (on RHS as you enter Kinnity from Birr)

44.	Slighe Dala, Dublin Road, Roscrea, Co Tipperary. Tel. 0505 23270. €32 pps, E/S. www.slighedhala.com

45.	NEW: Mountain View House, Newtown, Kinnity, Tel. 0509 31053, Mob 086 1577 048 Catherine & Seamus 
Browne: www.mountainviewhouse.net 3 dbls e/s, €30pps; family room/jacuzzi €40 pps; ~10mls:

46.	NEW: Forest View, Gloster, Brosna, Birr, Tel 0505 47262; Mob: 087 633 7642; E: ccordial@eircom.net. s 1 
family E/S, 1 standard. €28 pps E/S. On main Birr to Roscrea Road, about 7miles from Birr.

47.	NEW: Somerset B&B, Vera O'Meara, Lorrha, Nenagh, Co Tipperary, Tel 0509 39058: 
www.specialplacestostay.com/places/ir2708 3 rms, 2 E/S, + 1 twin with bathroom across landing. Rooms €64 
per night. On road to Portumna, about 4 miles from Birr. E: somerset@unison.ie , somerset@pop.unison.ie 

48.	Sleepy Hollow, Taylor's Cross, Banagher. Tel 0509 51273. NOT E/S. About 5m from Birr, on the road to 
Banagher. €23 pps.

49.	NEW: Dun Cromain, Crank Rd, Banagher. 3 rms, all E/S. Tel 0509 53966, Fx 53992. €35 pps E/S. About 8m 
from Birr. www.duncromain.com

50.	NEW: Monaincha House, Roscrea, Co Tipperary. Tel 0505 23181. About 12m from Birr. €40 pps E/S.

51.	NEW: Coolnagatta, Kilgarvan Quay, Ballinderry, Nenagh, Co Tipperary. Abt 18m from Birr. 

52.	NEW: Cashlawn House, The Square, Eyrecourt, Co Galway. Tel 090 967 5469. €25.50 pps E/S. About 15m 
from Birr

53.	NEW: Wilmount House, Portumna, Co Galway. Tel 090 974 1114. 1 dble, 2 family with private bathrooms.  N of 
Galway on R355. About 17m from Birr. €25 pps E/S

54.	NEW: Ardcroney B&B, Ardcroney, Nenagh, Co Tipperary. Tel 067 38240. On the N52 about 4m N of Nenagh. 
About 18m from Birr. €25 pps E/S.

55.	NEW: Ashview Meadow,  Screggan, Tullamore. Tel. 0506 29907. New B&B, on Left leaving Tullamore towards 
Birr, in new development just set back from the road. About 15m from Birr.

56.	NEW:  Derriebawn House, Screggan, Tullamore. T. 0506 51122. M: 0877 564 756. Big new house, in new 
development, set back from Birr road. 3 Rms, all E/S; 1 Family, 2 Double. €30 pps, no single supplement. 
About 15m from Birr.

57.	NEW: Padraig Villa, Screggan, Tullamore, (Off Birr Road) Tel. 0506 55962. About 15m from Birr.

58.	NEW: Pine Lodge, Ross Road, Screggan, Tullamore, (Off Birr Rd). T 0506 51927. 4 Rooms, E/S. Indoor Pool. 
About 15m from Birr.

SHANNONBRIDGE - About 18m from Birr

59.	Mrs Pat Corbett, Rachra House, Shannonbridge, Co Offaly, 2 rooms, E/S. Tel 090 967 4249. €30 pps E/S. 
www.rachrahouse.shannonbridge.net 

60.	Mrs Celine Grennan, River View, Shannonbridge, Co Offaly. 6 rooms, 5 E/S. Tel 0905 74180

61.	Noreen Reynolds, Glenderham House, Cloghan Road, Shannonbridge. 4 rooms, 1 E/S. Tel. 0905 74205.

Hotels & GuestHouses in and around Birr:

62.	County Arms Hotel ***, Railway Road, (Roscrea Road), Birr. Tel. 0509 20791 Fx, 21234. 24 Rooms, all 
ensuite. Private car park. €75-85 pps en suite.

63.	Dooley's Hotel ***, Emmet Square, Birr. Tel. 0509 20032 Fax: 0509 21332. 18 rooms, all ensuite. Parking in 
town. From €55 pps E/S. www.dooleyshotel.com

64.	Kinnity Castle, Kinnity: In grounds: "Moneyguyneen Country House" : 12 beautifully decorated bedrooms. €65 
pps 1/4 - 31/10; €55 1/11 – 31/3. Midweek breaks €130 & €110 pps, W/E breaks €150 & € 130 pps, incl. 1 
dinner, 2 breks.  ALL + 12.5% Service Charge kinnitycastle@eircom.net or www.kinnitycastle.com 

65.	Brosna Lodge Hotel **, Banagher: T 0509 51350, Fx 51521. €36–40 pps E/S. (8 miles from Birr) 
www.brosnalodge.com 

66.	Grant's Hotel ***, Roscrea (town centre) 0505 23300, E: grantshotel@eircom.net  €50-55 (12 m from Birr)

67.	Racket Hall Country House Hotel, Dublin Rd, Roscrea. T 0505 21748, Fx 23701. E: racketh@iol.ie  €75 pps 
E/S (~12 miles from Birr)

68.	Tower Guesthouse ***, Church St, Roscrea. 0505 21774. E: thetower@eircom.net  €38 pps E/S: About 12 m 
from Birr.

69.	Roundwood House, Mountrath, Co Laois. (on R440 from Mountrath to Birr, about 19m from Birr) 0502 32120. 
email: roundwood@eircom.net  ('Historic House', Listed in "Hidden Ireland" ) €70 pps, E/S. (~19 miles from 
Birr)

70.	NEW: Shannon Hotel, West End, Banagher, T. 0509 51306 Fx 51941. €35 – 45 pps, E/S. About 8m from Birr.

HOSTEL: 

71.	Crank House, Main Street, Banagher, Co Offaly. Tel/Fax: 0509 51458, Fx 51798. E: abguinan@eircom.net. 
About 8 miles from Birr. Family run. Accommodation for 40, in twin, double, 4-, & 6-bed rooms; self-catering 
kitchen, TV room, laundry & conference room. No curfew. About 8m from Birr.

Terry Moseley, 18/09/03. Send me a s.a.e. (in UK only) for a map of the area. Let me know of any errors or 
changes. terrymosele@aol.com, or 028 (048 from ROI) 9058 7658.

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