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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

Hardymount Garden - Tullow County Carlow Ireland
Hardymount
Tullow, Co. Carlow
 “Welcome to my garden,” says the notice hanging on the gate, and indeed it is a welcoming place. The sight of Hardymount - a 1730s former road house with Regency bow ends added a century later - is enough to raise expectations. ...
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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

St Marys Church - Gowran County Kilkenny Ireland
St Marys Church
Gowran, Co. Kilkenny
In the centre of Gowran village is the historic St Marys Collegiate Church which contains monuments from the 14th to 17th centuries. This collegiate church was built in the late 13th century on the site of an earlier monastery and was served by a ...
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Wedding Venues

The Step House Hotel - Wedding Venue Borris County Carlow Ireland
Step House Hotel
Borris, Co. Carlow
Now in the Coady family for 5 generations, this charming hotel has recently been specifically re-designed to host the most intimate and personal weddings. Although only just over an hour from Dublin, the heritage village of Borris is a magical ot ...
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