Duagh - in Irish - Dubh Ath meaning black ford, is a picturesque area situated seven miles from Listowel and six miles from Abbeyfeale. Due to its location, it is a very attractive option for tourists who enjoy the hustle and bustle of urban areas such as Listowel or those who'd rather unwind in the tranquillity of the countryside.
Duagh has a wide range of outdoor activities, for example for adventurous souls there are various woodland treks to be embarked on, and for those who fancy solitude, the river Feale is an ideal getaway for the avid fisherman. The fresh air and pollution-free environment is great for detoxifying the mind and body. This is why Duagh's residents are so friendly.
Duagh's habitat has been protected and lies virtually unchanged. Nature lovers would greatly appreciate the flora and fauna of the area. For a small rural community Duagh boasts numerous facilities. We have two schools, two churches, two post offices, three shops, two garages, a heritage centre, a quarry, a taxi service and a mushroom factory. However Duagh still retains its tranquil and peaceful rural setting.
For those who have a keen interest in things historical, Duagh has many secrets. Some of these have been unveiled over the years. For instance the Black and Tans marched through Duagh looking for traitor to the queen, religious ceremonies were performed in hideaways which were found over the years, priests hid chalices in the ground and fled when the English were coming. One of these chalices was found just as it was about to be thrown into a fire in the church. Surrounded by turn, it was spotted just in time. It seems almost miraculous that the chalice was, in a way, returned to the church.
On a different note, a Duagh man, General Fitzmaurice, fired the first shot signifying the start of one of the most important battles in the world at the time. The year was 1814 and the battle was Waterloo. For people with an eye for literature, many writers hailed from Duagh. One of these, the great George Fitzmaurice, grew up in Kildare, Duagh and became the author of many plays including "The Country Dressmaker".
Sports enthusiasts love to hear the story of the mighty Mick O'Sullivan from Lyre, Duagh who at the age of 40 took on a 19 year old in a fight in Montana for twenty rounds in 910, only for the match to end in a draw. Duagh plays host to many legends. Want to know how the Feale got its name? Legend has it that one day a woman so beautiful that no man felt worthy to marry her, stripped off all her clothes and dived into the icy waters to drown in a horrible death. Her loneliness caused her to end her life. Her name was Feale.
Duagh appeals to every kind of interest. What are you waiting for - Come to Duagh.