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Leighlinbridge, Co. Carlow

Leighlinbridge (Irish: Leithghlinn an Droichid) is a village in County Carlow that is almost equi-distant between Carlow Town (10 minutes drive) and Kilkenny City. It is pleasantly situated by the River Barrow and the river is spanned here by a fine stone bridge - the Valerian bridge, built in the 1300's. It is thought to be one of the oldest functioning bridges - with Black Castle on its eastern side. This was one of the earliest Narman castles in Ireland and was erected in 1181. Black Castle withstood many sieges by the MacMurrough Kavanaghs. The first Carmelite priory in Ireland was founded here in 1270 by the Norman family of Carew.

In recent times the village has excelled in the achievement of environmental awards. Of particular note was the winning of The Entente Floral in 2001. This is a major European Environmental competition in which the village came out on top. The villages many awards have installed a great sense of pride in the locals. Great efforts are made every day to ensure the village's appearance is of an excellent standard.

The village's location on the River Barrow which makes it ideal for cruising or fishing breaks.

Gardens

Burtown House Gardens - Athy County Kildare Ireland
Burtown House Gardens
Athy, Co. Kildare
Part of the pleasure at Burtown is the sense of discovery, for there are a great many features waiting to be found behind hedges and around corners. At their heart is a 300 year old house surrounded by the legacy of previous generations much crea ...
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Golf

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Mount Juliet Golf Club
Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny
Course Type: Parkland
Opened in 1991 with a match featuring golfing legends Christy O'Connor Snr. and Jack Nicklaus, the beautiful and challenging Nicklaus designed Mount Juliet course located 19km (12 miles) south of Kilkenny City has established itself as one of Ire ...
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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

Athy Farmers Market - County Kildare - Sundays
Athy Farmers Market - Emily Square, Athy, Co Kildare

Sunday, 10am - 3pm

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

Kilkenny Castle - Kilkenny County Kilkenny Ireland
Kilkenny Castle
Kilkenny, Co. Kilkenny
Kilkenny Castle is a 12th century castle remodelled in Victorian times and set in extensive parklands which was the principal seat of the Butler family, Marquesses and Dukes of Ormonde. Kilkenny Castle was built to control a fording-point of the ...
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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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