The Olde Shillelagh is centrally located on the main street of Shillelagh village. There is a craft shop to the front of the building with a separate side entrance to the accommodation at the rear of the house. Set back from the main street, the peaceful setting of the garden contains a row of picturesque converted stone out-buildings.
Each of the these out-buildings is a bedroom with it's own entrance door direct from the garden. The rooms are centrally heated and have an ensuite with a shower. Guests can store their provisions in the fridge, and make use of the kettle and toaster to make a light snack before bedtime. There is free Wi-Fi access and a TV showing the local Irish stations.
A full cooked breakfast is served in each morning. There is direct access to the dining room from the garden. In the evenings there is bar food available at the Park View House in Shillelagh or Coolattin House and Golf Club is just a 5 minute taxi journey away. There is also the Village Take Away for fresh Fish and Chips and Pizzas. Guests requiring a packed lunch can visit the deli counter in Walkers supermarket in the morning.
Liam Kealy, the host of the house, runs a second business making Shillelagh Sticks. Liam is the third generation in his family to make these. Guests are welcome, by prior arrangement, to visit his workshop and learn more about the origins and history of the "Shillelagh" whilst he demonstrates the stick-making process.
In essence, a Shillelagh Stick is a specially weighted fighting stick that is disguised as a walking stick. They first emerged in the 1700s, when Ireland was under British Rule, and Irish Catholics were forbidden to carry arms under Penal Law.
There is a selection of Shillelagh Sticks on display inside Liam's shop, which is at the front of the B&B. Most of his business is done online, shipping sticks worldwide. Being a practical walking stick, this unique memento would make the perfect souvenir from the Wicklow Way.
Wicklow Way walkers can be picked up from the trail, once enough advance notice is given. There is a 10 fee per journey, to and from Kilquiggan, Boley or the entrance to Raheenakit Forest and a 15 charge per journey to the Dying Cow Pub, before 4.30pm (if possible) in Stranakelly.