The lovely little community of Adare
sits on the river Maigue and means ford of the oak in Irish.
The town dates back to the middle ages and is riddled with picturesque
The oak was a sacred tree to the Druids in ancient
times and there is some suggestion Adare once held mystical attraction.
However the early history of Adare has been lost after
repeated invasions destroyed much of the oral history.
written history of Adare pertains mostly to Church matters, the early
Druid imprint has been all but lost.
It is known the area
was inhabited as far back as three millenniums ago and, although most
ancient buildings are found along the coast of Kerry and to the northwest
part of Ireland, Adare's friendly climate and fertile soil must have lent
itself to early inhabitation.
One of the most important
archeological sites in Ireland is at
Lough Gur near the
village of Bruff just northwest of Adare.
This site dates from 3,000 B.C.
and visitors can see standing stones and burial mounds there.