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The Main Guard

A courthouse with centuries of history under its arches

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The Main Guard

A courthouse with centuries of history under its arches

See all opening times

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Admission

Free admission

Getting here

The Main Guard
Sarsfield Street
Clonmel
Co. Tipperary
E91 P7Y8

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The Main Guard

In the seventeenth century County Tipperary was a palatinate, ruled by James Butler, duke of Ormond. When the duke decided he needed a new courthouse, he built one in the heart of Clonmel. Later, when it was used as a barracks, it became known as the Main Guard.

A fine two-storey symmetrical building, some elements of its design were based on works by the famous Sir Christopher Wren.

In the eighteenth century it was the venue for the Clonmel Assizes. The most notable trial it witnessed was that of Father Nicholas Sheehy, the anti-Penal Laws agitator. Sheehy was hanged, drawn and quartered.

In about 1810, the ground floor was converted into shops, but the building has recently undergone an award-winning restoration. The open arcade of sandstone columns is once again an attractive feature of the streetscape, while inside you will find a fantastic exhibition and event space.

Opening Times

26 March – 26 September

Tuesday – Sunday 09:00 – 17:00

Last admission 16:15

Restricted hours during closed season

Average Length of Visit: 40 mins

Notice

Please note this site may close at short notice. Visitors are advised to check ahead before visiting.

Contact

The Main Guard
Sarsfield Street
Clonmel
Co. Tipperary
E91 P7Y8

052 612 7484

Getting Here

Forms one end of the main street — Sarsfield Street in Clonmel town.

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Facilities

  • Art
  • Brochure
  • Changing exhibitions
  • Events Venue
  • Exhibition
  • Gift Shop
  • Guided tours
  • Interpretive exhibit
  • Lift
  • Toilets
  • Wedding Venue
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Wheelchair Accessible Toilet

Restrictions

  • Hold hand rail

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