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The name Adare is derived from Ath Dara, meaning 'the ford of the oak'.
The village's streets are lined with original thatched cottages survived for hundreds of years. Renowned as Ireland's prettiest village, Adare is designated as a Heritage Town by the Irish Government. It is a major tourist destination with many tours of Ireland stopping off here. The local heritage centre gives a deep insight into the history of the village and also hosts a number of craft shops and a restaurant. Adare is a very popular wedding and conference venue and has recently become a major golf destination ho sting the Irish Open at the Adare Manor Hotel & Golf Resort.
Located in the heart of County Limerick just 15 minutes south of Limerick City on the N21, and 40 minutes from Shannon airport, Adare is the gateway to the southwest of Ireland.