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Bagenalstown, Co. Carlow

Muinebeag (from Irish), also spelt Muine Bheag, or as more commonly known Bagenalstown is a town in County Carlow.  Sir Walter Bagenal built the major part of the town to a classical plan in the 18th century It was to be named "New Versailles".

Visitors can enjoy riverside walks, or take in the historical aspect of the town from the 18th century courthouse, which is inspired by the Parthenon in Athens or perhaps visit the neo-classical railway station. 

Dunleckney Manor (+353 (0) 59 072 1932, open April - August) nearby was the Bagenal family home and is worth a visit, along with plenty of activities on offer such as coarse fishing on the River Barrow, cycling, or horse riding at the Carrigbeg Stables (+353 (0) 59 972 1962).

Sports facilities in Bagenalstown include cricket, hurling, soccer and gaelic football together with tennis and pitch & putt. Picnic tables and a picturesque lock and riverside walks all add to the visitor's enjoyment. Leisure boats and barges also cruise on the Grand Canal and the River Barrow.

Gardens

Ducketts Grove Walled Garden and Pleasure Grounds - Carlow Ireland
Duckett's Grove Walled Garden and Pleasure Grounds
Carlow, Co. Carlow
The towers and turrets of Duckett’s Grove rise up like a vision from an Arthurian legend set in a luxuriant sweep of countryside near Carlow. It would be worth a trip for the arresting sight of this ruined 1830 Gothic revival castle alon ...
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Golf

Castlecomer Golf Club - Castlecomer County Kilkenny Ireland
Castlecomer Golf Club
Kilkenny, Co. Kilkenny
Course Type: Parkland
Set in a 200 year old forest, Castlecomer's course provides a great test of golf combined with breath taking views of the local terrain. With the development of this course completed in 2003, it is clear to everyone at Castlecomer Golf Club that ...
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Self Catering

Blanchville House - Self Catering - Maddoxtown County Kilkenny Ireland
The Coachyard & Gardener's Cottage at Blanchville House
Maddoxtown, Co. Kilkenny
The delightful Victorian Coach House in the grounds of Blanchville House has been sensitively converted to provide three very comfortable self-catering units. Situated five miles (8km), 10 minute's drive from the Medieval City of Kilkenny and ...
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What's On

Carlow Market - Carlow - Saturdays
Bridewell Lane, Carlow Town, Saturdays - 9am to 2pm

Stalls include:

Home Bakery, Organic Food and Vegetables, Meat, Flowers, Cheese, Apples, Juices, Hot Food.

E ...
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Tourist Attractions

Kilkenny Castle - Kilkenny County Kilkenny Ireland
Kilkenny Castle
Kilkenny, Co. Kilkenny
Kilkenny Castle is a 12th century castle remodelled in Victorian times and set in extensive parklands which was the principal seat of the Butler family, Marquesses and Dukes of Ormonde. Kilkenny Castle was built to control a fording-point of the ...
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Wedding Venues

Wedding
Ballykealey Manor Hotel
Ballon, Co. Carlow
This pleasing country house hotel designed by Thomas A Cobden (designer of Carlow cathedral) was built in the 1830s and, with gothic arches and Tudor chimney stacks among its architectural oddities, it has plenty of character. This wedding ve ...
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