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

Kimokea Gardens - Campile County Wexford
Kilmokea Gardens
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Mark and Emma Hewlett’s peaceful and relaxing late Georgian country house nestles above an estuary where the rivers Barrow and Nore meet, and is set in seven acres of Heritage Gardens, including formal walled gardens featuring topiary and s ...
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Golf

Castlecomer Golf Club - Castlecomer County Kilkenny Ireland
Castlecomer Golf Club
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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

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What's On

Dunbrody Farmers Market - County Wexford
Dunbrody Farmers Market

Dunbrody Abbey Centre, New Ross, County Wexford

SUMMER ONLY - Sundays: 11am - 3:30pm

In conjunction with long established Cookery School. &l ...
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Tourist Attractions

Ros Tapestry Exhibition Centre - New Ross County Wexford Ireland
Ros Tapestry Exhibition Centre
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The Ros Tapestry Project is a massive community initiative that was conceived in 1998 and has been developed since then by over a hundred dedicated volunteers. Comprising fifteen striking embroidered panels - 6 x 4 foot each - it is a cultura ...
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Wedding Venues

Kilmokea Country Manor & Gardens - Campile County Werxford Ireland
Kilmokea Country Manor & Gardens
Campile, Co. Wexford
This wedding venues a Georgian country house set in seven acres of Heritage Gardens. There are Church of Ireland and Roman Catholic churches close by (a vintage Austin 7 is available for hire), and blessings are possible here in the gardens - whi ...
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