This hilltop village commands some scenic views. To the east are the Galtee Mountains and Knockmealdown Mountains with Slievenamon in the fading distance. To the north the Ballyhouras – the Limerick road is flanked by two mountains, Castlegale and Carrigeenamronety (Carraigín na mBróinte). To the south, across the Blackwater Valley are the Nagle mountains, and to the west towards County Kerry the Paps are visible on a fine day.
In recent years, several nationalities have settled in the village, from as far afield as Ukraine and the Baltic states, reflecting a growing trend in rural Ireland where multinational immigrants are diversifying the rural population as Irish-born youth migrate to city areas.
The town has been the subject of a number of environmental concerns in the recent past including proposals for a municipal landfill at Ballyguyroe in 2001, and applications to An Bord Pleanála in 2004 and 2008 to place a landfill in the Ballyhoura Mountains near the village.