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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

The Ballon Garden - Ballon County Carlow Ireland
Ballon Garden
Ballon, Co. Carlow
Plants overflowing happily into the laneway signal the garden of an enthusiast. Stasia O’Neill and her husband began gardening 46 years ago, starting with a collection of choice shrubs and trees around the perimeter to provide much needed s ...
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Golf

The 4th Green
Carlow Golf Club
Carlow, Co. Carlow
Course Type: Parkland
Long acknowledged as one of the country's finest parkland courses, Carlow Golf Club was founded in 1899. The 6,570 yard par 70 course is naturally free draining and the sandy sub-soil has always made this a highly attractive venue to play at any ...
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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

VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art & The George Bernard Shaw Theatre - Carlow Town County Carlow Ireland
VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art & The George Bernard Shaw Theatre
Carlow, Co. Carlow
VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art & The George Bernard Shaw Theatre is a state of the art multi-disciplinary facility that comprises a 294-seater performing arts theatre, four principal gallery spaces (Main Gallery, Studio Gallery, Link Gall ...
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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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