Mallow — the crossroads of Munster
Mallow is about thirty-five kilometres north of Cork. It is the largest town along the lovely Blackwater Valley, and a good centre from which to explore that river and many interesting locations nearby.
Up to a century ago, it was renowned as a spa, with crowds of visitors frequenting it — crowds whose behaviour gave rise to the well-known song
Mallow is well known for sporting activity including angling and horse racing at Mallow Race Course, with several important meetings taking place throughout the year.
In 1598, Mallow Castle was built by Sir Thomas Norreys. It was later destroyed and burned by the Jacobites in 1689. The ruins can still be seen today at the the South east end of the town. The 33-acre site is composed of gardens and parkland on which three buildings sit — the remains of a 16th-century fortified house, a 19thcentury mansion to the north, and the ruins of a 13th-century castle to the east. The castle was designated as a National Monument in 1928.
If you are interested in family history, Mallow Heritage Genealogy Centre is well worth a visit. With over 3 million entries on their database (the third largest database of records in the country), they can help you trace your ancestors in County Cork.
As of the 2016 Census, Mallow has a population of 8,793.
Mallow Castle and grounds in a photo dated April 5, 1958.
The Tudor-style Spa House, built in 1828 at Spa Glen, Mallow, photographed in 1933.