Mallow is located on the banks of the River Blackwater and is one of the main towns of the valley. During the 18th and 19th centuries Mallow was an important spa town. This is a most important agricultural area.
A number of prominent Irish people were born here including Canon Sheehan, the noted author, who had close links with Doneraile a short distance away. Another famous author who lived here for a time was Anthony Trollope. Mallow is a significant coarse and game angling centre and one of the primary places in for angling holidays in Ireland. Also Cork Racecouse just outside of the town has been fully redeveloped and offers a busy programme of events.
Mallow is a great place to visit, and an excellent base to explore the beautiful Blackwater Valley. There is so much here for all ages and all interests. Rich in culture and heritage the valley has many historic buildings, stately homes and wonderful gardens. Mallow town itself has so much to offer, with its Old and New Castles, the beautiful Spa House, its fine choice of accommodation and restaurants, and its active social scene. Walking, fishing, golfing, horse racing and trail riding are but a few of the pursuits that are available to our visitors. The old Mallow Castle stands in the middle of the town. Behind it stands the ‘new’ castle, a fine baronial building privately owned and superbly maintained. In the grounds you might catch a glimpse of a herd of white fallow deer. They are all descended from two white bucks presented by Queen Elizabeth I to an earlier owner.