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Abbeyleix takes its name from a 12th century Cistercian abbey and today it is an attractive town with tree-lined streets situated beside the River Nore. One of Ireland’s best-loved old pubs, Morrissey’s (+353 (0)502 31281) is on the main street; it first opened as a grocery in 1775 and, true to the old tradition, ‘television, cards and singing are not allowed’.
Today, you'll find a range of historical structures still standing in and around the town - ancient ring forts, burial grounds, early monastic buildings, castles, churches and colonial estate houses.
The town has a golf course, a tennis club, a Polo Club - that offers great entertainment in the summer - and many delightful walks including one starting from the grounds of St. Michael & All Angels Church of Ireland, known as The Lords Walk. There are also many beautiful gardens to visit close to hand, and wonderful fishing on the internationally renowned River Nore.