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Carlow, Co. Carlow

Carlow (Ceatharlach in Irish, meaning "four-part lake") is an inland town in the south-east of Ireland in County Carlow, 84 km (62 miles) from Dublin. The River Barrow flows through the town. The river forms the historic boundary between County Laois and Carlow but the whole town was brought into the County of Carlow in 1888.

Visitors can take a walking tour of Carlow and stop off at the military museum (+353 (0) 87 285 0509, open Sundays March to November) housed in a late 19th century church with a wide range of exhibits or pay a visit to the Carlow Brewing Company, a traditional micro brewery (+353 (0) 59 913 4356). Carlow was once the traditional malt and hop producing region in Ireland, and the brewery provides guided tours and tastings of their award winning beers. 

Carlow also offers a wide range of activities including cycling and walking in the mountain ranges of Mount Leinster, the Blackstairs Mountains and Mount Brandon, as well as excellent fishing on the Barrow, Nore and Suir river systems.  Golfers are well catered for by the Carlow golf club at Deerpark (+353 (0) 59 913 1695).

There are several other chamionship golf courses, public gardens, tennis and rowing all nearby.

Carlow is famous for its Little Theatre and there are frequent shows during the season. Live music is featured in many of the town's pubs.

Carlow - VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art at the George Bernard Shaw Theatre presents the work of a balanced mixture of local, national international artists.

Gardens

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Golf

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Self Catering

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What's On

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Sunday, 10am - 3pm

Contact: 087 215 3332; www.kildare.ie/athyfarmersmarket
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Tourist Attractions

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Wedding Venues

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