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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

Heywood Gardens - Ballinakill County Laois Ireland
Heywood Gardens
Abbeyleix, Co. Laois
Representing two chapters of garden history, Ballinakill is an 18th century landscaped estate laid out in the romantic manner, with a rare gem - an architectural garden designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens (1869-1944) - at its heart. Created in 1906 for ...
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Golf

Rathsallagh Golf Clubhouse
Rathsallagh Golf Club
Dunlavin, Co. Wicklow
Course Type: Parkland
Designed by Christy O'Connor Jnr and Peter McEvoy the par 72 championship parkland golf course at Rathsallagh has rapidly taken its place as one of the top golf courses in Ireland. An admirable sense of style, characterised the birth of this deve ...
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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

Portlaoise Farmers Market - Co Laois - Fridays
Portlaoise Farmers Market - Friday 10-3pm

Market Square, Portlaoise, Co Laois

Contact: Ray Dunne 086 833 1006 raydunne@freerangemeats.ie
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Tourist Attractions

Dunmore Cave - Ballyfoyle Castlecomer County Kilkenny Ireland
Dunmore Cave
Castlecomer, Co. Kilkenny
Dunmore Cave is a limestone cave that consists of a series of chambers formed over millions of years, while not being of the largest of Ireland's caves - it contains just a quarter of a mile of passages and at its deepest point, it descends to 15 ...
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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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