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

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Golf

Castlecomer Golf Club - Castlecomer County Kilkenny Ireland
Castlecomer Golf Club
Kilkenny, Co. Kilkenny
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 ...

Self Catering

Blanchville House - Self Catering - Maddoxtown County Kilkenny Ireland
The Coachyard & Gardener's Cottage at Blanchville House
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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

Tourist Attractions

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Wedding Venues

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