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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

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

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

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.

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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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