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Graiguenamanagh, Co. Kilkenny

Graiguenamanagh, also spelled Graignamanagh (Gráig na Manach in Irish. Roughly translated - 'Grange of the Monks') is a town in County Kilkenny. It is located near the border with County Carlow on the River Barrow. It is home to the Duiske Abbey founded in 1204 from which the town gets its name. All that remains of the Cistercian monastery is the large gothic church at the time of building it was the largest Cistercian building in Ireland.

The town served as the main base for commercial barges operating on the river Barrow from the mid nineteenth century until barge traffic ceased around 1960. Nearby are the ruined remains of the monastery of Ullard, founded by Saint Fiachra in the sixth century. St Fiachra subsequently moved to France where he is known as St Fiacre and founded the celebrated monastery at Meaux. He is the patron saint of gardeners and taxi drivers; French cabs are often known as fiacres in his honour.

It is an area of fine upland scenery, panoramic views, lush deep valleys, and a maze of narrow winding country lanes. This is ideal land for walkers and there are  river trails and mountain walks and routes like the 'South Leinster Way'

The River Barrow offers plenty of related activities, such as pike, salmon and trout fishing, canoeing, kayaking and swimming. You can rent a river-cruiser from Valley Boats, and explore the hidden secrets of the local waterways

Graiguenamanagh is at the centre of the south east sunshine golfing circuit, with many excellent courses nearby, such as Mount Juliet and Mount Wolseley.

For horse enthusiasts, there is horse riding at nearby Carrigbeg Riding Stables, and horse racing at nearby Gowran Park. For our more adventurous guests, Country Quads offer quad biking at Moloney's farm, Borris.

Gardens

Woodstock Gardens - Inistioge County Kilkenny Ireland
Woodstock Gardens
Inistioge, Co. Kilkenny
As garden comebacks go, there are few more dazzling than the restoration of the grounds  at Woodstock. A celebrated show piece in their Victorian heyday, the gardens, gloriously situated above the River Nore, had become a derelict. The w ...
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Golf

Gowran Park Golf Club - Gowran County Kilkenny Ireland
Gowran Park Golf Club
Kilkenny, Co. Kilkenny
Course Type: Parkland
In 2001 Gowran Park, in County Kilkenny, developed this unique 18 hole golf course to compliment its renowned race meetings. Incorporating a mixture of established woodland and lakes, this Jeff Howes designed par 71, 18 hole golf course provid ...
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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

New Ross Farmers Market - County Wexford - Saturdays
New Ross Farmers Market

The Quay, New Ross, County Wexford

Saturday, 9am - 2pm

Contact: Pat Roche - 087 794 8830 www.wexfordfarmersmarkets.com
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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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