Callan in the centre of a fertile plain, is an ancient market town which was strongly fortified in medieval times. Corporate rights were granted to the town in 1271. In 1408 there was a battle here in which the Prince of Ossory and 800 of his men were slain by the English. There are some remains of the fifteenth-century Augustinian Priory founded by Sir JamesButler, and traces of the castle which was bombarded by Cromwell in 1650. In the main street stands a handsome memorial in Kilkenny limestone toEdmund Innatius Rice founder of the Irish Christian brothers.

 Activities in Callan

Golf Courses
Callan Golf Club


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