a guide to county carlow 2015

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a guide to county carlow 2015
©Michael Legris
Walking along the Barrow Way
Aghade Bridge, River Slaney
Haroldstown Dolmen
a guide to county carlow 2015
through the waters of time
complimentary copy
FREE county map
www.carlowtourism.com
CARLOW COUNTY MUSEUM t: 059–9131554 www.carlowcountymuseum.ie
ALTAMONT GARDENS: t: 059–9159444 www.carlowgardentrail.com
REDDY’S OF CARLOW t: 059–9142224 www.reddyscarlow.ie
VISUAL: t: 059–9172400 www.visualcarlow.ie
TEACH DOLMAIN t: 059–9130911
RATHWOOD t: 059–9156285 www.rathwood.com
THE CHOCOLATE GARDEN OF IRELAND t: 059–6481999 www.chocolategarden.ie
MOUNT WOLSELEY HOTEL, SPA & GOLF RESORT t: 059–9180100 www.mountwolseley.ie
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introduction to carlow
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communing with nature in county carlow
If you cross the River Barrow at Wellington Bridge, to the west of
Carlow town, and drive to the ridge of Killeshin, you get an overview
of the vast expanse of e Barrow Valley and County Carlow
stretching out before you. e scholars say the Gaelic word for Carlow
meant the place of the quadrupeds. e Great Irish Elk once strode
proudly here – the surviving antlers attest to that. Red Deer roamed
freely on this plain, and cattle, the currency of our ancient civilisation,
abounded. Today the same Barrow valley, termed “champagne land”
by the chroniclers, is still uncluttered and unspoilt.
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It still allows the visitor to commune with nature, at a safe distance,
of course. You can still observe the bright-coated cattle in the fields,
experience the proximity of horses in their paddocks and enjoy the
age-old miracle of being healed while leaning on a gate and absorbing
the fresh green of pastures, or the honeyed hues of ripening grain.
is is County Carlow, the hidden Ireland, a green Ireland of country
roads and winding lanes, of tow-paths and waterways, of mountain
trails and forest tracks which lead the visitor through a hinterland of
neat friendly villages and well-ordered small towns to ancient monastic
sites and archaeological wonders from another age.
e Barrow Way, the great eco-spine of Carlow, stretches 48km from
Carlow town to St. Mullins and is one of Ireland’s most rewarding
rambles! In County Carlow one can commune with Neo-Lithic
ancestors at the Brownshill Dolmen. One can marvel at the enterprise
of the Norman war-lords who constructed castles on the river at
Carlow and Leighlinbridge, or in the meadows at Ballymoon! One
can salute the alchemy of ancient craftsmen who smelted metal in the
sacred circle of the Ring-fort outside Tullow, or surmise why Ballon
Hill is the foremost Bronze-Age burial site in Ireland. At Knockscur
one can see aboriginal rock-art, at Ardristan, e Holed Stone,
associated with Niall of the Nine Hostages, and at Clonmelsh, the
ruined monastery where from 678 to 690, St. Willibrord, Patron saint
of Luxembourg, pursued his studies, before being sent by his home
Church at York as a missionary to the Friesians.
Clonegal at sunset – the Switzerland of Ireland
Clashganny on the River Barrow
It is worth following up another international connection in
atmospheric Old Leighlin where St. Laserian on his return from
Rome held a Synod in 630 A.D. to discuss the alignment of the Celtic
Church with Rome on the matter of the date of Easter. e Church
of Ireland Cathedral on the site of the older monastery incorporates
elements of the 13th century Norman building. ere is a holy well
nearby. Laserian studied at Holy Island off the Isle of Arran and Old
Leighlin is proud of this Scottish connection.
e celebrations in Bobbio in Italy this year to mark the fourteenth
hundredth anniversary of the death of St. Columbanus further
highlight Carlow’s European connection. Columbanus was born in
615 A.D. in Myshall on the Carlow/Wexford border, in the shadow of
Mount Leinster, the annals say. His contribution to Eurpean culture
was immense. He is honoured in France, Switzerland and Italy. A 6th
century Carlow man and Ur-European!
St. Laserian’s Cathedral, Old Leighlin
One of the most dramatic scenic drives in County Carlow begins in
the village of Myshall and takes one across the hip of Mount Leinster
to the Nine Stones. It affords a stunning aerial view of the Myshall
plain, dotted with comfortable homesteads, sheltered by the mountain
and surrounded on three sides by gentle slopes, chequered by centuries
of cultivation. Mount Leinster with its labyrinth of forest paths and
hill trails deserves a day to itself!
From Mount Leinster it is a short drive to beautiful and historic Borris,
seat of the Kavanagh family whose ancestor Dermot so impressed the
Normans as to the beauty of Carlow that they stayed for 800 years!
Beyond Borris and Ballymurphy one can enjoy the dappled splendour
visit us online at www.carlowtourism.com
e Blackstairs Mountains and Mount Leinster
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of the Blackstairs Mountains as one drives to St. Mullins, the unspoilt
jewel in Carlow’s crown. Strategically set in a saucer of hills and
surrounded by a delightful dispersed village, the monastic enclosure
holds together sixteen hundred years of local and regional history.
For a county of only 900 square kilometres, Carlow offers in close
proximity a marvellous range of outdoor activities for walkers,
cyclists, watersport enthusiasts, pony trekkers, paragliders, anglers and
golfers. Garden lovers have Altamont Gardens, the great Gothic pile
at Duckett’s Grove and historic Huntington Castle in the charming
village of Clonegal. Rathvilly and Hacketstown point eastward
towards the dramatic Wicklow hills. e dreamy stretch of waterway
at Bagenalstown is a mecca for canoeists and waterfowl enthusiasts.
For those who like comfort after exercise County Carlow offers a
great selection of first-class Irish Tourist Board accommodation.
ere are friendly pubs and excellent eateries right across the county
where one can rub shoulders with sports heroes and personalities such
as Cheltenham champion trainer Willie Mullins and Grand Slam
rugby hero Sean O’Brien. For culture buffs and art enthusiasts there
is VISUAL in Carlow town and the George Bernard Shaw eatre,
while every town has its traditional Irish music session or is within 15
minutes of one.
St. Mullins on the River Barrow
County Carlow has so much to offer. Commune with nature here!
Commune with our friendly people! Make County Carlow your
holiday destination in 2015!
Beidh Fáilte romhat!
Monsignor Caoimhín Ó Néill, President Carlow College
VISUAL at night
access to county carlow
County Carlow
is convenient to
the major entry
points into Ireland,
with Dublin, Dun
Laoghaire and
Rosslare ferryports
and Dublin and
Waterford Airports
all within easy reach.
Dublin is 92km,
Dublin Airport is
107km, Rosslare Europort is 92km and Waterford Airport is 96km
from Carlow town centre.
Pick-up/drop-off points include
Carlow Coach Park (Barrack
St.), Deans Shop (Barrack St.),
Royal Oak, Bagenalstown, Dublin
Airport (Zone 14) and Dublin
City (Ulster Bank, Georges
Quay). ey also provide intercounty services (Monday – Friday) between Carlow, Tullow, Rathvilly,
Baltinglass and Hacketstown as well as a Carlow – Portlaoise service
via Athy, and Carlow – Kilkenny twice daily. Coach features: WC
facilities, Wi-fi and air conditioning. All coaches are Fáilte Ireland
approved and available for all types of private hire including day trips,
festivals and sporting events.
t: 059–9143081 e: [email protected] w: www.jjkavanagh.ie
BUS: With 25 major routes across
Ireland, you can rely on Expressway to
get you there – reliably on time while
offering exceptional value. Expressway
with Bus Éireann is committed to offering
customers the highest levels of comfort,
care and control.....throughout the country.
With A/C, free Wi-fi, power sockets and
comfort seating, bus travel with us is not
what it used to be. So avoid expensive
tolls and parking fees. For the best Expressway fares, book online at
www.buseireann.ie/expressway t: 051–879000
Like the Car, Only Better.
RAIL: Eight services operate to Carlow town from Dublin Heuston
(and nine return) on a daily basis Monday – Friday, eight services on
Saturday and four services on Sunday. Some of these connections
also serve Kildare, Athy, Bagenalstown (Muine Bheag), Kilkenny and
omastown. t: 059–9131633 w: www.irishrail.ie
J.J. Kavanagh & Sons, established in 1919 is 100% Irish owned and
is the largest privately owned coach company in Ireland today. e
company provides 22 services daily, Monday – Sunday to/from
Carlow and Dublin City/Dublin Airport.
VISITOR INFORMATION POINTS
THROUGHOUT COUNTY CARLOW
Carlow Rural Information Services Project (CRISP) provide a range
of free tourist literature and internet and e-mail access
for a small fee in their offices, located throughout County Carlow.
CRISP Tullow, Civic Offices, Tullow t: 059–9181759
CRISP Borris, Lower Main Street, Borris. t: 059–9771899
CRISP Hacketstown, e Green, Hacketstown t: 059–6471733
Ballon Enterprise Centre, e Old School House, Ballon t: 059–9159447
Rathwood, Rath, Tullow, Co. Carlow t: 059–9156285
Carlow Tourism, College Street, Carlow t: 059–9130411
e: [email protected] w: www.carlowtourism.com
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Carlow County Museum
College Street, Carlow town
t: 059–9131554
e: [email protected]
w: www.carlowcountymuseum.ie
Visit Carlow
County
Museum,
Ireland’s
County
Museum of
the Year and
see what you’re
missing. Be
wowed by the
340 million year
old fossil, the
20 ft church
pulpit and an exquisite 2mm Iron Age glass bead! Among the displays
are exhibitions featuring: the magnificently hand carved 19th century
wooden pulpit from Carlow Cathedral which has been included in the
prestigious list A History of Ireland in 100 Objects by the Irish Times
newspaper and the Royal Irish Academy; John Tyndall, Carlow’s prolific
19th century scientist whose discoveries still have an impact to this
day; Kevin Barry, a medical student from County Carlow, was executed
in 1920 in Mountjoy Gaol at the age of 18 for his role in the War of
Independence; Captain Myles Kehoe was in the 7th US Calvary and was
killed in the battle of Little Big Horn along with General Custer; Carlow
Sugar Factory, Ireland’s first and largest sugar factory, was opened in 1926
and archaeological finds from the Carlow by-pass which are on display
for the first time since discovery, courtesy of the National Museum of
Ireland and the National Roads Authority. Carlow County Council in
carlow county museum
and carlow tourist office
partnership with Carlow
Historical and Archaeological
Society has developed the
museum. e museum is part
of Carlow town’s Cultural
Quarter and admission is
free. e museum is selfguided but tour for groups
(10+ can be pre booked).
e museum is a must on the
itinerary of school tours and
students have the opportunity
to handle historic objects. GPS: 52.836277, -6.928238
OPENING HOURS FOR CARLOW COUNTY MUSEUM
Monday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 4.30 p.m. September to May
Monday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. June – August
Sundays and Bank Holidays 2 – 4.30 p.m. June – August
Carlow Tourist Office, College Street, Carlow town
t: 059–9131554 e: [email protected] w: www.carlowtourism.com
e tourist office is located at the junction of Tullow Street and
College Street (within the Carlow County Museum and Library
buildings) in the centre of Carlow town. Many publications on the
local area are available free of charge including the Carlow Garden
Trail, Trails of the Saints and A Guide to Co. Carlow 2015. Many
publications for the rest of the country are also available free of charge.
OPENING HOURS FOR CARLOW TOURIST OFFICE
Monday – Friday 9.30 a.m. – 5 p.m. year round Saturday 10 a.m.
– 4.30 p.m. September to May and 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. June to August.
Sundays and Bank Holidays 2 – 4.30 p.m. June – August
visit us online at www.carlowtourism.com
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calendar of events
through the waters of time
date and venue
event
description
Sunday May 10th
Headquarters of the
event:
Seven Oaks Hotel
Athy Road, Carlow
Carlow Stages Rally and
Ford Escort Challenge
A significant event in rallying showcasing the Mark 2,
a now unique car in motoring history. e only event in
Ireland with a separate rally for Mark 2 cars. e route
covers east Kilkenny featuring Paulstown and Gowran.
m: 086–8905657 w: www.mk2challenge.com
Sunday May 10th
Delta Sensory Gardens
Strawhall Estate
Carlow town
Summer Sale and
Family Fun Day
Fantastic selection of specialised summer planting and
shrubs, selection of containers and hanging baskets or your
own filled on request. Face painting and treasure trail in the
Sensory Gardens.
t: 059–9143527 w: www.deltasensorygardens.com
Friday May 15th –
Sunday May 17th
Borris House
Borris
Co. Carlow
Barrow River
Arts Festival
Founded and curated by Swiss based musicians, violinist
Maya Homburger and bass player Barry Guy, the festival
presents a weekend of classical music, free improvised jazz,
theatre and an exhibition of works by Fred Hellier, George
Vaughan, Paul Mosse and Mary-Ann Gelly.
t: 086–1777017 w: www.barrowriverartsfestival.com
Sunday May 17th –
Monday May 18th
Clonegal, Ballon
and Carlow town
An Post Rás stages 1 & 2
e An Post Rás 2015 has a stage finish and start in Carlow
town on Sunday May 17th and Monday May 18th. See
nearly 200 cyclists from Ireland and abroad compete in the
opening stage of this year’s race passing through the villages
of Clonegal and Ballon en route to the big finish on the
streets of Carlow town at approx. 2.30 p.m. Stage 2 is from
Carlow town to Co. Tipperary, covering 137.2 km. From
10.45 a.m. on May 18th, 200 cyclists depart from the Post
Office, Burrin Street, Carlow town.
t: 059–9131554 e: [email protected]
Sunday May 17th
Carlow Town Park
Graiguecullen
Carlow
Carlow Triathlon
is triathlon features a 750 metre swim in the River Barrow,
followed by a bike journey of 20 km. Competitors then
complete a 5 km run. e Carlow Triathlon has received
“National Series Standard” by Triathlon Ireland, and thus is
expected to attract the most competitive athletes in the country
as they chase the much coveted National Series Points, which
count towards the overall triathlete of the year.
t: 087–2276910 w: www.racing795.com
new
2015
Friday May 29th –
Carlow Arts
Sunday June 7th
Festival (Éigse 2015)
Carlow town and Borris
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Friday June 5th –
Sunday June 7th
Ann Enright
Ian McEwan
Saturday May 30th –
Sunday May 31st
River Barrow, Carlow
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Borris House Festival of
Writing & Ideas
Lisa Hannigan
Carlow Regatta
Whether large-scale visual art, street carnival, a strong literary,
or a riveting music and theatre programme, Carlow Arts
Festival is one of the cornerstones of the Carlow cultural
calendar. Visual art this year includes the AIB Éigse Open
Submission (curated by Lewis Biggs) and the VISUAL
Centre presents Bedwyr Williams Echt. Performance
highlights feature a music biopic of Tom Waits presented
by Eric Butler and his band, RTÉ Symphony Orchestra
perform Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, Carlow Little eatre
showcase Dancing at Lughnasa and the University of West
Florida travel over with their performance of ten David Ives’
comedies All In e Timing. e hugely successful Street
Carnival features Electric Picnic’s Trailer Park.
Also features the Borris House Festival of Writing and Ideas,
a weekend of stimulating dialogue and discussion, gathering
together intriguing international minds – historians, novelists,
journalists, film-makers, poets, theatre directors, war
correspondents, biographers, artists and political
commentators. Features an extraordinary line-up of
speakers – Ian McEwan, David Gilmour, Antony Beevor,
Ann Enright, Kevin Barry, Rob Doyle, Polly Samson, Lisa
Hanningan, Michael Harding, AC Grayling, Colin Barrett,
Mary Costello and many more.
t: 059–9173381 w: www.carlowartsfestival.com
One of the oldest rowing festivals in the country celebrating it’s
156th year in 2015. Eights, quads and scull racing from 8 a.m.
– 6.30 p.m. t: 087–8129945 e: [email protected]
visit us online at www.carlowtourism.com
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date and venue
Monday June 22nd
– Friday June 26th
event
description
Rose Week
Showcasing the magnificent variety, colour patterns
and scents of the significant rose collection in Altamont
Gardens, this is an event not to be missed. Rose tour by
Paul Cutler, Head Gardener, Altamont Gardens on June
23rd and 25th and on June 24th by John McNamara, rose
expert, at 2 p.m. Pre-booking for groups requested.
t: 059–9159444 e: [email protected]
Blackstairs Vintage Club
Annual Rally
e 10th annual vintage rally features vintage steam
engines, oil engines, tractors and cars, music, songs,
crafts, stalls and exhibits. Family fun day.
m: 087–6256028
Carlow Garden Festival
Headed by Monty Don, probably the UK’s most famous
gardener, the panel for this year’s event includes Helen
Dillon (plants expert), Seamus O’ Brien (National Botanic
Gardens Kilmacurragh), Fionnuala Fallon (Irish Times),
Anna Pavord (e Tulip and e Curious Gardener),
Dr. John McCullen (retired Chief Superintendent of
the Phoenix Park), Neil Porteous (Head Gardener at
Mount Stewart), Dermot O’Neill (TV and radio garden
personality), Roy Lancaster CBE (UK broadcaster and
gardening expert), Dr. Matthew Jebb (Director National
Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin), Rob Smith (Big Allotment
Challenge), Una Halpin (Wildways Adventures) and Kitty
Scully (RTE’s How To Create a Garden).
t: 059–9130411 w: www.carlowgardentrail.com
Altamont Gardens
Tullow
Co. Carlow
Sunday July 5th
Myshall village
Saturday July 25th –
Monday August 3rd
roughout
County Carlow
Kitty
Scully
Monty Don
Sunday August 17th
Sunday 16th August
Coppenagh
Tullow
Co. Carlow
Tullow Agricultural
Show
One of the most established agricultural shows in the
country. Tullow Show has something to interest both rural
and urban visitors and young and old. Features food and
craft halls, trade stands, competitions in horses, ponies, cattle,
sheep, art and much more. A great family day out.
w: www.tullowshow.com
Saturday 22nd August
– Sunday 30th August
roughout the county
Heritage Week
Week of indoor and outdoor events celebrating the rich
heritage the county has to offer and promoting awareness of
the built, natural and cultural heritage. Activities range from
night time bat walks, wildlife tours and lectures to music
recitals, historical re-enactments and outdoor activities.
t: 059–9131554 e: [email protected]
Friday 11th – 13th
September
Blackstairs Eco Trails
Killedmond
Borris
Co. Carlow
Wild Food
Summer School
Features three days of foraging, debate, cook ups, great talks,
demonstrations, Soap Box Talks, a selection of workshops
and lots of stalls showcasing local artisan food. e School
will be held in the renovated 1831 barn with high eco
credentials. Pre-booking essential.
t: 059–9773184 w: blackstairsecotrails.ie
ursday October 1st
– ursday October 8th
Féile an Fhómhair
Féile an Fhómhair, Carlow’s popular bi-lingual autumn
festival features drama, literature, art, music, storytelling,
cinema, comedy and entertainment of every kind on offer.
Suitable for every age group.
t: 059–9158105 w: www.glorcheatharlach.ie
Monday October 26th
– Saturday
October 31st
Clonegal
Co. Carlow
Halloween at
Huntington Castle
A halloween spookfest at a genuine haunted castle! with
ghosts, ghouls and screams. Family tours suitable for
under12s available as well as over 12s / adult only tours.
Advance booking required. www.huntingtoncastle.com
from September. t: 053–9377160
Sunday December 6th
Ducketts Grove
Kneestown
near Carlow town
Ducketts Grove
Christmas Fair featuring
Taste of Carlow
Enjoy Christmas fun in the magical setting of Duckett’s
Grove. Features Santa Grotto, local artisan food and craft fair,
traditional craft demonstrations, Christmas carols and lots
more. t: 059–9130411 w: www.carlowtourism.com /
www.duckettsgrove.ie
A full calendar of events is available from Carlow Tourist Office or www.carlowtourism.com/events/
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accommodation
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BED AND BREAKFASTS
phone & facebook
email & website
BAGENALSTOWN AREA
Orchard Grove
Wells, Bagenalstown, Co. Carlow
GPS: 52.694428, -6.99228
t: 059–9722140
e: [email protected]
w: www.orchardgrovebb.com
CARLOW TOWN AREA
Avlon House B&B
Green Lane, Dublin Road, Carlow
GPS: 52.841943, -6.917051
t: 059–9174222
e: [email protected]
w: www.avlonhouse.com
Barrow Lodge
e Quay & Centaur St., Carlow
GPS: 52.837184, -6.936794
t: 059–9141173/086–1736485
e: [email protected]
w: www.barrowlodge.com
Green Lane House
Green Lane, Dublin Road, Carlow
GPS: 52.843152, -6.915876
t: 059–9142670
e: [email protected]
w: www.greenlanehouse.ie
ST. MULLINS AREA
Brandon View House
Mulvarra House
and Body Treatment
Centre
address
Ballyling Lower, St. Mullins, Co. Carlow t: 059–9724625/087–6508649
GPS: 52.511781, -6.901989
e: [email protected]
w: www.brandonviewhouse.com
St. Mullins, Co. Carlow
GPS: 52.488103, -6.923454
t: 051–424936/087–6962479
e: [email protected]
w: www.mulvarra.com
t: 059–8625176/087–6104108
e: [email protected]
w: www.coolanowle.com
t: 059–9161120/087–2440622
e: [email protected]
w: www.bailericead.com
FARMHOUSES
CARLOW TOWN AREA
Coolanowle Country
Ballickmoyler, Co. Carlow
House and Organic Farm GPS: 52.910506, -7.023563
RATHVILLY AREA
Baile Ricéad
Ricketstown, Rathvilly, Co. Carlow
GPS: 52.892509, -6.739739
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HISTORIC HOUSES
address
phone & facebook
email & website
BAGENALSTOWN AREA
Kilgraney House
Kilgraney, Bagenalstown, Co. Carlow
and Herb Gardens
GPS: 52.653681, -6.957602
t: 059–9775283
e: [email protected]
w: www.kilgraneyhouse.com
Lorum Old Rectory
t: 059–9775282
e: [email protected]
w: www.lorum.com
CARLOW TOWN AREA
Barrowville Townhouse
Kilkenny Road, Carlow
GPS: 52.832432, -6.933904
t: 059–9143324
e: [email protected]
w: www.barrowville.com
Carlow Guesthouse
Green Lane, Dublin Road, Carlow
GPS: 52.84092, -6.91731
t: 059–9136033
e: [email protected]
w: www.carlowguesthouse.com
Main Street, Borris, Co. Carlow
GPS: 52.601116, -6.927293
t: 059–9773209
e: [email protected]
w: www.stephousehotel.ie
Bunclody, Co. Wexford
GPS: 52.655388, -6.655956
t: 053–9375100
e: [email protected]
w: www.millracehotel.com
t: 059–9142002
e: [email protected]
w: www.woodforddolmenhotel.ie
Kilgraney, Bagenalstown, Co. Carlow
GPS: 52.650197, -6.948611
GUESTHOUSES
HOTELS
BORRIS AREA
Step House Hotel
BUNCLODY
e Millrace Hotel
CARLOW TOWN AREA
Woodford Dolmen
Kilkenny Road, Carlow
Hotel
GPS: 52.813953, -6.951482
Seven Oaks Hotel
and Leisure Club
Athy Road, Carlow
GPS: 52.841072, -6.929392
t: 059–9131308
e: [email protected]
w: www.sevenoakshotel.com
Talbot Carlow
Portlaoise Road, Carlow
GPS: 52.846472, -6.943561
t: 059–9153000
e: [email protected]
w: www.talbotcarlow.ie
LEIGHLINBRIDGE AREA
e Lord Bagenal Inn
Main St, Leighlinbridge, Co. Carlow
GPS: 52.736758, -6.976303
t: 059–9774000
e: [email protected]
w: www.lordbagenal.com
TULLOW AREA
Mount Wolseley Hotel,
Spa and Golf Resort
t: 059–9180100
e: [email protected]
w: www.mountwolseley.ie
BAGENALSTOWN AREA
Kilgraney House
Kilgraney, Bagenalstown, Co. Carlow
and Herb Gardens
GPS: 52.653681, -6.957602
t: 059–9775283
e: [email protected]
w: www.kilgraneyhouse.com
GRAIGUENAMANAGH/TINNAHINCH AREA
Mount Brandon Holiday Tinnahinch, Graiguenamanagh
Cottages & Pottery School Co. Kilkenny
GPS: 52.53724, -6.947174
t: 059–9724789/085–7317501
e: [email protected]
w: www.mountbrandoncottages.com
ST. MULLINS AREA
Old Grain Store Cottages e Quay, St. Mullins, Co. Carlow
GPS: 52.487609, -6.928566
t: 051–424440
e: [email protected]
w: www.oldgrainstorecottages.ie
Tullow, Co. Carlow
GPS: 52.790611, -6.730338
SELF-CATERING
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TAXIS AND COACH HIRE
CARLOW CABS
4 Dublin St., Carlow town
t: 059–9140000
freephone 1800 CARLOW
w: www.carlowcabs.com
Largest taxi company in Carlow. 24
hours per day, seven days per week.
Chauffeur driven service, airport and
early morning bookings. Friendly,
presentable, professional drivers.
ERIN CABS
Carlow town
Freephone 1800744744
t: 086–0457248
Premier taxi service in Carlow town.
24 hour fast and reliable. 4, 7, 8 seater
and wheechair taxis available. Airport
and early morning bookings.
McEVOY BUS HIRE
Station Road
Bagenalstown, Co. Carlow
t: 087–2565144/059–9721637
e: [email protected]
Efficient and highly reliable coach
and hackney hire. 14 – 53 seater
coaches for hire. Recovery service
available.
ROBERTS COACHES
Myshall, Co. Carlow
t: 059–9157743/087–2842922
14–53 seater coaches available for
daily or extended hire. Full nationwide
service. Friendly and reliable.
TIPP’S CABS AND COACHES
t: 087–2217524/059–9147070
Provide efficient, high quality and
excellent value taxi, coach and
minibus hire. 14, 24, 29 and 33
(Mann) seater coaches. Full PA
system on luxurious 33 seater.
Tinnahinch on the River Barrow
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visitor attractions
VISUAL CENTRE FOR CONTEMPORARY ART AND THE GEORGE BERNARD SHAW THEATRE
Explore, Engage and Inspire.
Bring your family to explore the packed gallery
and theatre programmes, film, comedy, dance and
art workshops. Engage with new and contemporary
artwork by renowned national and international
artists and be inspired by Ireland’s largest and most
spectacular space for contemporary art.
VISUAL promise that you will be wowed by
this stunning building in the heart of Carlow town.
Children will be inspired to create their own great art
in the free and always open response area.
VISUAL run a number of workshops each season
such as Sunday Family Art workshops, parent and
toddler classes, storytelling as well as colour mixing,
writing art criticism and documenting your work.
e theatre, named after the renowned Irish
playwright George Bernard Shaw, who had strong
Carlow connections, is a 290 seat high-spec
performance space. VISUAL hosts some of Ireland’s
leading theatre companies and offers a wide variety
of live music, theatre, film, comedy, opera and dance
each season.
e arts centre also houses the award-winning and
highly popular restaurant, [email protected], full of
yummy treats for morning coffee, lunch and dinner
on weekends. Why not make a night of it and enjoy
dinner and an event in the theatre. Or just relax in
e George Bernard Shaw eatre Bar before a show.
Opening Hours for Galleries and Box Office
Tuesday – Saturday 11 a.m. – 5.30 p.m.
Sunday 2 – 5 p.m. Box Office is also open one hour
before all events.
GPS: 52.839161, -6.929076
VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art
and e George Bernard Shaw eatre,
Old Dublin Road, Carlow. t: 059–9172400
e: [email protected]
w: www.visualcarlow.ie
Find us on Facebook and Twitter!
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heritage attractions
Bishop Daniel
Delany Museum
Brigidine Convent
Tullow
Co. Carlow
t: 059–9151277
e: [email protected]
Borris House
Borris
Co. Carlow
t: 059–9771884
e: [email protected]
w: www.borrishouse.com
e main focus of the museum is a display of artefacts relating
to Bishop Daniel Delany and to the educational work of the
Brigidine Sisters and the Patrician Brothers. Both religious orders
were founded in Tullow in 1807 and 1808 respectively. During
the early years of the 19th century, the then Bishop of Kildare and
Leighlin, Daniel Delany saw education as a pathway to a fuller
and better life for all. In 1807 to progress his vision he founded a
congregation of sisters, the Brigidine Sisters, named in honour of
St. Brigid, the patroness of both Ireland and the diocese. In 1808
he founded the Patrician Brothers, named in honour of the patron
saint of Ireland, St. Patrick. Over the past 200 plus years both
congregations have founded many schools not only in Ireland but
also in England, Wales, Australia, New Zealand, America, Ghana,
India, Kenya, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Mexico and China. For many years the nearby Mount Wolseley estate
(now a hotel) was the Patrician Brothers world headquarters.
HOW TO FIND US: Entrance to the museum is in the grounds of the Brigidine Convent in Tullow town, which
is located beside the Church of the Most Holy Rosary. ere is ample car and bus parking.
GPS: 52.801616, -6.733108 ADMISSION: Free.
OPENING TIMES: e museum will be open on Corpus Christi, Sat June 6th from 8.30 – 9.30 p.m.; Heritage
Week, Sun August 23rd and 30th 12 – 4 p.m. For access to the museum at other times please pre-book by
contacting the Tullow Parish Community Centre at 059–9151277 or [email protected] during office hours.
Borris House, the ancestral home of the McMorrough
Kavanaghs, Kings of Leinster, is one of the few Irish estates that
can trace its history back to the Royal families of ancient Ireland
and the tour covers all aspects of the history of the house, from
the original 15th century castle, through its many subsequent
changes and alterations, right up to the present day. e tour
also takes in the rich history of the Kings of Leinster as well as
an introduction to the many interesting characters within the
family who helped shape the house, estate and village of Borris as
we see it today. ere are so many things to admire on the tour
from the beauty of the Stapleton ceilings to the unique Chapel
of St. Moling, as well as a room by room description of the exceptional architecture, antique furniture, porcelain and
paintings on display. A small selection of the Borris Lace is on view. Venue for the Barrow River Arts Festival May
15th – 17th and the Borris House Festival of Writing and Ideas June 7th – 9th. Facilities include car park, small tea
room, craft gallery, toilets, film, childrens’ trails and woodland walks.
new Watch the new film on the history of the McMorrough Kavanaghs and Borris House, visit the restored
2015 Victorian laundry, the Lace Garden and enjoy the Woodland Walk along the Mountain Stream. e Store
at Borris House sells local crafts, jewellery, ceramics, leather goods and textiles and is located at the front gate
entrance. Open May – September, Wednesday – Friday 12 – 5 p.m.
HOW TO FIND US: In the centre of Borris village, in south Carlow. GPS: 52.598644, 6.926618
OPENING TIMES: May – end August Monday – ursday 12 – 5 p.m. For other opening days please check
website. On all other dates tours of the house can be arranged by appointment for groups only by telephoning
059–9771884. Lunch and/or tea can be provided for visiting groups with prior notice.
ADMISSION: Fee applies, check website for further details.
Huntington Castle
and Gardens
Huntington Castle, voted one of Ireland’s top 20 Hidden
Gems by e Guardian in March 2015 is set in over 160 acres
of gardens, woodland and farmland. e castle features a
Clonegal
fascinating guided tour which explains it’s 17th century history.
Co. Carlow
e tour also features the world famous Temple of Isis located
in the old castle dungeons. e castle offers a fabulous woodland
t: 053–9377160
e: [email protected] playground, as well as a charming tearoom and giftshop. e
w: www.huntingtoncastle.com gardens are well worth a visit in their own right and were
mainly laid out in the 17th century by the Esmondes who built
Huntington Castle in 1625. ey include the French limes
on the avenue as well as the formal lawns to the side of the
house, fish ponds on either side of the centre walk and the yew tree walk. Facilities include a children’s adventure
playground, coach and car park, guided castle tours, refurbished tea room, gift shop, toilets, woodland walks and rose
gardens. Wheelchair access is limited to certain areas of the gardens only.
HOW TO FIND US: Entrance gates in the village of Clonegal. GPS: 52.690404, -6.649131
OPENING TIMES: May – September 2 – 6 p.m. daily. House 2 – 5 p.m. weekends in May and September
and daily June – August. For special events outside these times see website – Easter, Halloween and Christmas
at the Castle. Open at other times by arrangement. ADMISSION: Gardens – adults €5, U12 €2.50. Usual
concessions. House and gardens – adults €9, children U7 no extra charge. Family and group discounts.
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heritage attractions
Shankill Castle
Paulstown
Co. Kilkenny
t: 059–9726145
e: [email protected]
w: www.shankillcastle.com
St. Laserian’s
Cathedral
Old Leighlin
Co. Carlow
t: 059–9721570
Tullow Museum
Tullow
Co. Carlow
t: 087–2383515
e Weavers Cottages
Clonegal
Co. Carlow
t: 053–9377575/
087–9489342
Shankill Castle is a unique family home often described
as a living museum that was first built as a Butler towerhouse near the ruins of a pre-reformation church. In
1708 it was rebuilt and set in a formal landscape, vista to the front
and canal to the rear, by Peter Aylward. In the 19th century it was
enlarged and castellated, serpentine bays added to the canal and
an unusual polyhedral sundial given pride of place on a sunken
lawn. e stable yard and castellated entrance to the demesne are
attributed to Daniel Robertson. Nowadays visitors can take a guided
tour of the castle and a walk around the gardens. Visit in spring
for snowdrops, daffodils and tulips, summer for the meadows, art
exhibitions and sunshine walks, autumn for the ScareFest, ghost
tours and wand and quill making, winter for drawing classes and winter workshops. Shankill Castle is home and
studio to artist Elizabeth Cope. Facilities include garden walks, castle tours, parking and refreshments on request.
Group bookings also available. ADMISSION: €10 house and gardens, €5 gardens only. Concessions apply.
HOW TO FIND US: In the village of Paulstown on the Carlow-Kilkenny border. From Carlow town head 20km
south towards Waterford/Kilkenny, taking exit 7 off the M9 motorway. GPS: 52.686500, 7.021700
OPENING TIMES: Every weekend from Easter Sunday to September and at other times by request. Check
website for details of the annual events programme. Group bookings available at other times of the year.
new
2015
A 13th century gem which nestles in the village of Old Leighlin
(Leath gleann – half-glen). e original monastic settlement dates
from the 7th century and at its peak had a community of 1,500
monks. A synod held here in 630 A.D. was decisive in reconciling
the date of Easter for the Irish church. e cathedral embraces a
fascinating and often violent history of Viking raids, murder and
religious turbulence. Its 13th century nave and chancel and its 15th
century tower and Lady Chapel remain largely unchanged. Also to
be seen is the unique four-bay sedilia, the 12th and 13th century
fonts and the splendid Catherine O’Brien East Window. Today,
St. Laserian’s remains an unspoilt and magical place. Nearby is
St. Laserian’s Well with its celtic cross believed to date from the time of the saint. Buses, educational and pilgrim
tours welcome.
HOW TO FIND US: From Dublin/Waterford take exit 6 on M9 motorway and follow signs for
Leighlinbridge. St. Laserian’s Cathedral is signposted off the R448, 2km beyond the village of Leighlinbridge.
OPENING TIMES: Easter Weekend – end September seven days per week from 12 – 4 p.m. and/or by
arrangement. t: 059–9721570. GPS: 52.736192, -7.025549
ADMISSION: free, however a donation of €2 is greatly appreciated towards the cathedral’s upkeep.
Housed in an attractive, stone built, former Methodist church at the River Slaney
Bridge. Tullow Museum features a splendid collection of artefacts reflecting local
history, in particular Fr. Murphy’s connection with the town, including what are
alleged to be his last vestments. Fr. Murphy championed Ireland’s cause for freedom in
the battles of 1798. He was eventually captured near Tullow and executed in the town
square where a monument now stands in his memory. e museum also features a
collection of local photographs and information on burial grave stones. e museum
welcomes any information or artefacts for display purposes especially photographs (on
loan or for gift). Assistance with genealogy enquiries provided.
HOW TO FIND US: Beside the River Slaney Bridge in Tullow town.
OPENING TIMES: Until end of October: Sundays and Bank Holidays 2
– 5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, ursday and Friday 2 – 4 p.m. Closed Monday and Saturday. Other times by
appointment. ADMISSION: free, voluntary contributions welcome. GPS: 52.802156, -6.737818
e Durdin or Weavers Cottages were built by Alexander Durdin in the
late 17th century. ey were lived in by weavers when the trade was at its
height and now feature many items, artefacts, furniture and pictures from
bygone times. e development comprises a pair of semi-detached, twobay, single-storey dormer cottages with attic conversion. Beautiful heritage
garden to the rear featuring a variety of vegetables, and plants grown for
the dyeing of wool used in weaving. e House of Song and Story is held
on the third Monday of every month in St. Brigid’s Community Hall,
Clonegal 8 p.m. – late. All are welcome. Light refreshments served.
HOW TO FIND US: In the village of Clonegal which is situated
10km from the village of Ballon off the N80 and 17km from Tullow. GPS: 52.695149, -6.648289
OPENING TIMES: April – October: Monday – Friday 12 – 4 p.m.
ADMISSION: free, voluntary contributions welcome.
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family fun activities
e Chocolate
Garden of Ireland
Rath
Tullow
Co. Carlow
t: 059–6481999
e: [email protected]
w: www.chocolategarden.ie
e DOME Family
Entertainment Centre
Carlow Business Park
Portlaoise Road
Graiguecullen
Carlow
t: 059–9164311
e: [email protected]
Heaven for lovers of chocolate and ice cream everywhere, the
Chocolate Garden of Ireland is a working chocolate and ice
cream factory offering chocolate workshops, with a café-ice
cream parlour and free play area on site.
Set in beautiful north-east Carlow, e Chocolate Garden of
Ireland attracts all ages to its award-winning authentic chocolate
experience – from school tours to active retirement groups,
everyone is a kid when it comes to delicious chocolate.
HOW TO FIND US: On the R725 between Tullow and
Shillelagh, 5 km from Tullow; next to Rathwood.
GPS: 52.795927, -6.661862
OPENING TIMES: Monday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.,
Sunday and Bank Holidays 1 – 6 p.m.
ADMISSION: Workshops (€12.50 pp) and parties must be pre-booked. Chocolate mould-making (€10 pp) is
available daily, no booking necessary. Booking required with all groups (15+).
new e DOME Family Entertainment Centre welcomes
2015 kids of all ages to enjoy hours of endless fun. e
DOME is Carlow’s only bowling venue featuring 10 pin
bowling. Experience state of the art computerised scoring systems,
a relaxed atmosphere with a selection of refreshments and some
goodies from the Candy Corner. Kidzmania is Carlow’s largest
indoor kids’ play centre. Facilities include ball pools, crawl tubes
and slides, soccer court and soft play area. ere is so much choice
at the DOME Family Entertainment Centre: bowling, arcade
games, pool and much more with something for everyone!
HOW TO FIND US: Off the Portlaoise Road (N80) in Carlow, adjacent to the Talbot Hotel.
OPENING TIMES: Kids area 7 days per week 11 am. – 6 p.m. Bowling 7 days per week 11 am. – 9 p.m.
ADMISSION: Bowling €17.50 half hour, €30 hour. Kidzmania 5 and under €6, over 5 €7.50. Fiver Friday deal
applies to Kidzmania. GPS: 52.845893, -6.943546
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Mad For Models
Burton Hall
Carlow
t: 059–9163749
087–2670737
086–8246135
e: [email protected]
w: www.madformodels.ie
Rancho Reilly Pet Farm
and Childrens’
Activity Centre
Springhill Road
Carlow
t: 087–7701181
e: [email protected]
w: www.ranchoreilly.com
Mad For Models is a family-owned business based at Burton
Hall, approximately 2km from Duckett’s Grove Historic House
and Walled Gardens. An extensive range of farm toys for children
from 3 years and collectable scale models from 14 years upwards.
Tommy and Madeline pride themselves on keeping a full cross
section of stock for the collector and visitor alike. e farm toy
store stocks an amazing variety of different models for sale and
visitors can also view some of the extensive collection of models
on display. HOW TO FIND US: Signposted from R448 and
Duckett’s Grove. GPS: 52.861936, -6.846017
OPENING TIMES: Seven days per week. Times and details
available on www.madformodels.ie. ADMISSION: Free.
Set on five acres, this friendly, family-run, popular pet farm
features a range of animals including bearded dragons, snakes,
mangalitsa (hairy pig), pot bellied pigs, reindeer, goats, falabella
miniature horses, donkeys, lambs/sheep/rams, rabbits, guinea
pigs, hamsters, turkeys, hens, ducks and canaries. A haven of
relaxation for parents who can watch their children enjoy a pony
ride or the Rancho Reilly Barrel Train, obstacle course, sunken
trampolines, ride-on track with go-karts, tractors, scooters and
bikes. Children can also enjoy miniature golf, basketball, tyre
swings, slides, roundabouts and forts. Inside there are soft play
areas with ball pool and slides. Rancho Reillys is an ideal place
for a family day out, birthday party, school tour, kiddies camps,
Ranchos Christmas Experience, Easter and Halloween events. Café serves scones, muffins, tarts and other sweet
treats, toasted sandwiches, dressed fries, nuggets and sausages. ADMISSION: Children over 1 year €6, adults €3.
HOW TO FIND US: Located on the Springhill Road on the outskirts of Carlow town .4km from Graiguecullen
Swimming Pool and 1.6km from Carlow Post Office. GPS: 52.83185 – 6.96025
OPENING TIMES: 7 days per week during school holidays 11.30 a.m. – 6 p.m.,
all Bank Holidays 11.30 a.m. – 6 p.m. For other times consult the website or visit Facebook.
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other visitor attractions
Carlow Brewing
Company
Muine Bheag
Business Park
Royal Oak Road
Bagenalstown, Co. Carlow
t: 059–9720509
e: [email protected]
w: www.carlowbrewing.com
e Lace Gallery
Carrigslaney
Kilbride
Co. Carlow
t: 059–9155676/
087–2886719
e: [email protected]
w: www.thelacegallery.com
Malone’s Fruit Farm
and Farm Shop,
Artisan Food and Gifts
Closh
Ballon
Co. Carlow
t: 059–9159477
m: 086–8472765
e: [email protected]
w: www.malonefruitfarm.com
O’Hara’s award-winning Irish craft beer range is brewed by the independent
family-owned Irish brewery Carlow Brewing Company, founded in
1996. Inspired by our heritage and embracing modern Ireland, O’Hara’s brew
an increasing range of traditional and contemporary award winning craft beers,
keeping it real and brewing in the flavour. O’Hara’s craft beers can be found
nationwide in Ireland and in over 20 countries around the world in pubs,
restaurants and off-licences.
HOW TO FIND US: Carlow Brewing Company is situated off the R448
Carlow–Kilkenny road at the Royal Oak turn off. 1km from here in direction of
Bagenalstown, on right hand side.
GPS: 52.695913, -6.980011
OPENING TIMES: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Brewery tours available on Friday
afternoons, by prior appointment.
ADMISSION: Adults: €10, group rates (10+): €7.50.
Mary O’ Neill makes small, delicate pieces of the famous Irish
Carrickmacross Lace from her studio in Carrigslaney, close to
Altamont Gardens. All pieces are designed by Mary featuring Irish
symbols including the Shamrock and Claddagh. Each piece of her
work is signed, dated and numbered and is presented as a framed
wall piece that makes an attractive gift for any home.
HOW TO FIND US: 4km from the N80 at Kilbride Cross
(e Forge Restaurant). Pass Altamont Gardens, the Lace
Gallery is 2.5 km from this point on the right hand side of the
road.
GPS: 52.753433, -6.736524
OPENING TIMES: April–September, Monday – Friday 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday 2 – 6 p.m.
Other times by arrangement.
ADMISSION: Free.
Malone’s Fruit Farm is a family- run business growing a variety
of soft fruit. e farm shop sells a large selection of artisan food
and gifts with particular attention to local and Irish products.
Fresh fruit is available in the farm shop from mid-May to
early October while frozen fruit and a full range of homemade
products are available all year round. We are proud of our
traditional homemade recipes and quality soft fruit which
have proven very successful in the market. e farm grows
strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, gooseberries, loganberries,
tayberries, redcurrants, blackcurrants, whitecurrants and
rhubarb. Visit facebook for updates on products available.
HOW TO FIND US: Located outside the village of Ballon on
the N80 near the N81 junction, 1.5km from Altamont Gardens, 1km from e Forge Restaurant, 19km from
Carlow, 1km from Ballon and 8km from Tullow and Bunclody.
GPS: 52.733482, -6.744071
OPENING TIMES: May 1st – October 31st – 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday to Saturday, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Sunday.
November – April 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Wednesday – Saturday, 1 – 5 p.m. Sunday.
ADMISSION: Free.
Woodlands Falconry is an educational Bird of Prey Centre where
the public can get close up and enjoy these majestic birds. On view
are a selection of hawks, falcons and owls from around the world,
Rathwood
including the Turkey Vulture and recently re-introduced Red Kite
Rath
and Golden Eagle. Take a pleasant and personal “Hawk Walk”
Tullow
through the adjoining woodland. School tours, scout groups etc
Co. Carlow
are also catered for.
HOW TO FIND US: In the grounds of Rathwood off the
t: 059–9156878
R725 Tullow – Shillelagh road, 5km from Tullow town.
e: [email protected]
GPS: 52.796597, -6.660739
.com
OPENING TIMES: Wednesday – Sunday (and all Bank
w: www.woodlandsfalconry.com
Holidays) 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
ADMISSION: Available on request.
Woodlands
Falconry
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indoor activities
Graiguecullen
Swimming Pool
Springhill Road
Graiguecullen
Carlow
t: 059–9140330
e: [email protected]
.com
w: www.graiguecullen
swimmingpool.com
e Ivy Rooms
Unit 8
Barrow Valley Retail Park
Graiguecullen
Carlow
t: 059–9137714
e: [email protected]
new e swimming pool in Graiguecullen is a modern facility
2015 situated in the historic building which was formally the
old National School. e extensive facilities within the
pool complex are open to all members of the public. ese facilities
include a 25m deck-level heated swimming pool, a spacious toddler
pool and viewing area for parents, sauna, steam room, coffee dock,
three family changing cubicles and free car parking. Disability facilities include showers, toilet, changing area and pool hoist. Open
all year round, patrons can attend public sessions, water aerobics,
aqua zumba and individual and group lessons.
HOW TO FIND US: Behind St. Clare’s Church in
Graiguecullen. GPS: 52.835459, 6.939993
OPENING TIMES: Monday – ursday 7 – 10 a.m., 5 – 6 p.m. and 7 – 10 p.m. Friday 7 – 10 a.m. and 7 – 10
p.m. Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. ADMISSION: Adults €5, children €3.50 (up to 9 p.m.), student
€4.50, parent and toddler (under two years) €5, adult early bird €3 (9 – 9.45 a.m.). Monday– Friday family ticket
(two adults and two children €12 (until 9 p.m.).
Twelve full-sized championship snooker tables, six American
pool tables, two English pool tables and four table tennis tables.
Four dart boards. Venue for national and international snooker
championships. Café serving hot and cold meals all day. Video
games area.
HOW TO FIND US: Off Sleaty Street in Graiguecullen.
OPENING TIMES: 11 a.m. until late, seven days per week.
Booking facility available.
GPS: 52.845873, 6.943510
RATE PER HOUR: €10 (snooker), €8 (pool and table tennis).
Special daytime rate available. 20% discount for students, groups
and senior citizens. Loyalty card scheme in operation.
guided tours
Candy Tours
t: John Candy
087–2632324
e: [email protected]
w: www.candytours.ie
Carlow Tours
t: Bianka McDonagh
087–6509880
e: [email protected]
w: www.carlowtours.ie
Custom designed tours throughout Carlow and Ireland. Tours
on offer include rambling house tours, private and family tours,
garden, religious or day trip tours. Experienced guide John
Candy will guide you throughout your trip offering a mix of
interesting and historic facts. Entertainment each evening of
tour. Full itinerary provided based on client requirements.
Guided day trips with a difference. Covering Carlow and the
South-East you can experience tranquil villages as well as lively
towns. Ideal for individuals and small groups. Hidden gems off
the beaten tourist track or well known attractions. Customised
tours for every taste. All trips are also available in the German
language.
pottery school
Mount Brandon Cottages
and Pottery School
Tinnahinch
Graiguenamanagh
Co. Kilkenny
t: 085–1108257
e: mountbrandonpottery
@gmail.com
w: www.mountbrandon
cottages.com
Mount Brandon Pottery School is run by Carmen Wenner.
is purpose-built pottery school is located on the grounds
of Mount Brandon Cottages, a mere five minutes walk from
the medieval town of Graiguenamanagh. Whether you are a
beginner or someone who has been bitten by the clay bug, this is
the place for you!
Why not take a virtual tour of the pottery school by visiting:
www.bit.ly/mountbrandonpottery
HOW TO FIND US: .5km from Tinnahinch/
Graiguenamanagh on the Carlow-Kilkenny border.
GPS: 52.53724, -6.947174
visit us online at www.carlowtourism.com
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visitor attractions
farmers, country markets & orchards
Borris Food and
Craft Market
Town Hall
Borris
Co. Carlow
t: 087–2807683
Carlow Farmers
Market
Potato Market /
Liberty Tree
Carlow town
t: 085–1956221
w: www.carlowfarmersmarket
.com
is food and craft market is situated in the picturesque village of
Borris in south County Carlow and is run by a group of food
producers and artisans from the village and surrounding countryside.
Fresh organically grown veg, locally sourced fish, artisan breads, cakes
and biscuits, patés and pestos, locally produced farmhouse cheeses,
yogurts and butter all feature, plus lots more homemade or homegrown
by the market members. e area features superb craft workers and
high quality crafts which include woodturning, jewellery making,
felting, knitwear and painting – all on sale at the market. A warm
welcome is always assured, with freshly brewed coffee and teas served
with home baked biscuits and cakes.
HOW TO FIND US: Borris Food and Craft Market takes place every Friday morning from 9.30 a.m. to 1.30 p.m. in
Borris Town Hall in the centre of the village. ADMISSION: Free. GPS: 52.600113, 6.924250
Celebrating its 11th year in business in 2015, Carlow Farmers’ Market
is widely recognised as one of the best run markets in the country. It
has proven hugely popular as customers embrace the wide variety of
fresh fruit, vegetables, meats, juices and home baking on offer. Other
foodstuffs available include organic and dry-aged meats, cheeses, juices,
jams, chutneys, free-range and farm fresh eggs, crêpes, beverages, ready
prepared meals and desserts. A huge array of home baking also features
gluten-free and spelt breads. Raw food, wheat grass and fresh flowers
are also on sale. With a casual yet intimate atmosphere, the market is a
great place to spend a Saturday morning while purchasing excellent local
produce. ADMISSION: Free. GPS: 52.835270, 6.929374
HOW TO FIND US: Every Saturday, Potato Market and Liberty Tree, Carlow town 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Irish apple grower selling local apples, apple juice and cider vinegar.
Superb range of artisan foods on sale in the farm shop – Susan Gilbert’s
jam, marmalade and beetroot or red pepper chutneys, Coolattin mature
Quinagh
cheddar from Tom Burgess, Elizabeth Bradley’s edam style Carlow cheese,
Carlow
flavoured with nettle and onion or basil and tomato, sheep cheese and
natural yogurt. Wexford soft fruits and potatoes are available in season
t: 086–8598940
while homemade apple tarts from the deep freezer are always in supply.
e: [email protected]
Visitors are welcome to wander through the orchard and woodland.
HOW TO FIND US: On the outskirts of Carlow town off the N80
Rosslare Road. Turn right at Ken Black’s Toy Store, follow one mile of
country road and Gilberts is on your left. GPS: 52.821503, 6.918885
ADMISSION: Free. OPENING TIMES: Open Monday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Gilberts Orchard
and Farm Shop
An Siopa Glas
St. Mullins
Co. Carlow
t: 086–1996858
e: [email protected]
w: www.ansiopaglas.ie
Killeshin Tea Rooms,
Craft Shop and
Local Produce
e Old School
Killeshin, Co. Carlow
t: 087–6814252
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An Siopa Glas is a newly opened local artisan food and craft outlet
and is a must visit, situated right in the heart of the historic, riverside
village of St. Mullins in south County Carlow. An Siopa Glas
focuses on innovative local and Irish artisan produce, offering a great selection
of locally sourced cheeses, smoked trout, home baking, organic fruit and
vegetables, chutneys, preserves and lots more, along with everyday essentials.
Takeaway teas and coffees a speciality together with fresh buns and cakes.
An Siopa Glas also provides a platform for local artists and craftworkers to
showcase their unique work. Pick up an individual woodturned piece or a
local painting. OPENING TIMES: Tues – Sat 9 a.m. – 6 pm, Sun and
Bank Hol 10.30 a.m. – 6 p.m. Closed Monday. GPS: 52.489981, 6.929447
new
2015
Killeshin Tea Rooms and Craft Shop has a strong emphasis on
locally sourced produce and home baking. Look around the craft
shop and pick up a lovely gift or treat yourself from the extensive
range of organic creams, Killeshin candles, childrens’ knits, beautiful jewellery,
jams, chutneys and much more. e tea rooms serve hearty home cooking,
fresh juices, vegetarian meals, soya speciality coffees, home baked fruit scones,
delicious cupcakes and brownies. Just five minutes from Carlow town, make
sure and visit the 6th century Romanesque doorway, the Dancing Boards and
the Waterworks. A warm welcome awaits from Dymphna Maher.
HOW TO FIND US: In the former Killeshin National School on the
R430 Carlow–Killeshin/Castlecomer road. GPS: 52.849247, 6.993730
OPENING TIMES: Tuesday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday 10.30
a.m. – 4 p.m.
new
2015
visit us online at www.carlowtourism.com
history of carlow
through the waters of time
castles
field monuments
Ballymoon Castle, Bagenalstown
Just 3.5 km east of Bagenalstown this ruined castle dates to the 14th
century. The castle – as striking as it is unusual – comprises a courtyard
about 80 feet square, surrounded by granite walls, 8 feet thick and 20
feet high. Square towers project from three sides while a formidable
gatehouse is the feature of the fourth. The castle was most probably
built by Roger Bigod or by a member of the Carew family. Access
direct from the R724 Bagenalstown – Fenagh road via a small timber
footbridge. GPS: 52.699299, -6.908788
Ballyloughan Castle, Bagenalstown
This castle was probably built in the 13th century and consisted of
a large open courtyard with a curtain wall and a moat outside. Only
a small square tower remains, as well as the entrance gate which is
flanked by two large rounded towers. The castle originally belonged to
the Kavanaghs before passing into the hands of the Bagenal family of
nearby Bagenalstown and following this the Bruen family in the early
19th century. Access direct, on private land.
GPS: 52.672369, -6.895604
Black Castle, Leighlinbridge
The village of Leighlinbridge developed at this strategic crossing on
the River Barrow, defended by the Black Castle. In 1181, the Norman,
Hugh de Lacy built the first castle here to defend the crossing while the
present castle is reported to have been built by Sir Edward Bellingham
in 1547. The site was long held by the Kavanaghs and the Butlers and
was also occupied by Sir Peter Carew and the Bagenals. Access direct
from the river towpath. GPS: 52.736224, -6.977897
Carlow Castle, Carlow town. See page 25 for details.
Clonmore Castle, Clonmore
Clonmore Castle is square in plan and features rectangular towers
at two corners with small turrets at the remaining corners. History
indicates that it was probably built towards the latter end of the 13th
century. With remains of the main interior buildings to be seen, this
castle is well worth a visit. GPS: 52.82787, -6.574818
Duckett’s Grove, near Carlow town. See page 41 for details.
Huntington Castle, Clonegal, Co. Carlow.
See page 12 for details.
TRACING YOUR ANCESTORS
e Local studies service
at Carlow County Library
is a reference and research
service dedicated to
preserving the collective
memory of Co. Carlow.
e collections
consist of a broad and
varied range of valuable
information resources
which include maps, books, newspapers, photographs and journals.
Researchers can direct their queries online, by telephone or in person.
t: 059–9129705 e: [email protected]
w: www.carlowlibraries.ie GPS: 52.836153, -6.928075
e Genealogy service at Carlow County Library is now
available each Monday and Tuesday by appointment only. e
appointment is free of charge for 30 minutes and a dedicated
genealogist is available to facilitate and assist with queries and guide
people in their searches. e parish records for County Carlow are now
available online at www.rootsireland.ie
t: Bernie Walsh 059–9129709 e: [email protected]
new
2015
Brownshill Dolmen, near Carlow town
One very unmistakeable
monument dating back to
pre-historical times is the
great dolmen at Brownshill to
the east of Carlow town. The
dolmen has a granite capstone
weighing over 100 tonnes,
making it the largest of its
kind in Europe. The massive
capstone rests on two portal
stones which flank a door stone
and slopes downwards to the
west where it rests on a low boulder. This magnificent capstone has
excited the interest of many antiquarians and tourists down through
the years and it is thought that religious rites, possibly even human
sacrifice, were performed there for four and a half thousand years (2500
B.C.). Signposted, direct access – 5km from Carlow town on the R726
Hacketstown road. GPS: 52.837685, -6.876287
Cloch-a-Phoill, Ardristan, Tullow, Co. Carlow
South of Tullow in Ardristan lies a large, holed stone of great
antiquity which may have once been part of a megalithic tomb. For
over 2,000 years it was believed that sick infants if passed through the
six inch hole would be restored to health. Access off the N81 Tullow/
Bunclody road approximately 5km from Tullow (well signposted).
GPS: 52.770058, -6.747308
Triple Bullaun Stone, Clonmore, Co. Carlow
Situated on the approach to Clonmore village in the north-eastern
corner of Co. Carlow is the triple bullaun stone, a large natural stone
in situ with three hollows scooped out. It was used for pounding
ingredients in pre-historic times as a mortar and pestle might be
used today. GPS: 52.827642, -6.571168
Haroldstown Dolmen, Tullow,
Co. Carlow
A well preserved example of a portal dolmen
consisting of two slightly tilted capstones
supported by ten vertical stones, two of
which acted as the door to the tomb. Near
Tullow off the R727 – access direct, on
private land. GPS: 52.845531, -6.664073
Rathgall Stone Fort, Tullow
An extensive hillside fortification
with 8th century outer walls
and later medieval inner walls.
Evidence from excavations carried
out at Rathgall suggests that hill
forts were constructed from the
late Bronze Age (800 B.C.) into
the Iron Age and continued to be
used into post medieval times. On
Rathgall Stone Fort, Tullow
excavation in 1969 Rathgall turned
out to be the first Later Bronze Age Workshop located in Ireland
and more than 400 clay moulds were also found there. Evidence of a
house was discovered in the inner stone circle with the second and third
ramparts forming the main defensive walls. Extensive metal workshop
areas were uncovered in the inner and outer circles for casting large
quantities of bronze weapons and tools. Other finds included glass,
bronze and stone objects, clay moulds, gold and glass beads and other
artefacts. Excavations revealed that an important wealthy family or
small community lived on the hilltop. Situated 5km from Tullow off the
R725 Shillelagh road – access direct. GPS: 52.803797, -6.663319
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river barrow and angling
through the waters of time
boat hire
Barrowline Cruisers
& Bike Hire
Vicarstown
Co. Laois
t: 057–8626060
m: 087–9887241
e: [email protected]
w: www.barrowline.ie
Larry’s Barge
The Quay
St. Mullins
Co. Carlow
t: 087–6852726
e: [email protected]
w: www.larrysbarge.com
Cruise gently along in a traditional-style barge through
the breathtaking landscape that surrounds the River
Barrow and Grand Canal. Encompassed by nature in a
tranquil environment, simply relax and enjoy a respite
from the fast pace of modern life. Barrowline Cruisers
is a family-run business with over 15 years experience
hiring barges. Friendly, personal service guaranteed. Two
berth narrowboats up to eight berth wide beam barges
for hire. Short breaks also available. Another fabulous
and healthy way to explore the countryside along the
waterways is by bicycle. Barrowline hire high quality
mountain, hybrid or electric bikes to tour the Midlands
of Ireland, visiting picturesque and historical sites along
the route. Collection and delivery service from your
accommodation. GPS: 53.051669, -7.083805
Experience the elegance and beauty of the River Barrow
while cruising on your own private barge, winding its way
through natural, historic landscapes. Sit back and enjoy
breathtaking scenery, this is unspoilt Ireland …at its best!
Weekend and week long hire available. Alternatively,
charter Larry’s barge with an experienced skipper for a
day trip for up to 10, or a three day cruise for up to four
people. The three day cruise explores woodland trails,
historic sites and sleepy villages. Enjoy evenings moored
along the riverbank and take in some fishing before
dining on board.
GPS: 52.4847, -6.929467
A journey along Carlow’s gentle waterways leads the visitor to a
tranquil bygone time. The Rivers Barrow and Slaney and their
many tributaries provide exciting activities for the passive and
active water enthusiast. The River Barrow runs for 192 km from
its source in the Slieve Bloom Mountains to the sea. The Barrow is
a picturesque navigation, with short canal cuts by-passing shallow
stretches of the river. It winds its way through a wooded valley,
past small and friendly towns, villages and open farmland. A map
of the River Barrow is featured on page 19 of this publication.
See www.barrowriver.ie for more details.
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The River Barrow is renowned as a coarse and game angling river for
bream, roach, dace, hybrids, rudd, perch and pike, brown trout, sea
trout and salmon. The river has easy access points via a towpath.
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while the river is closed for all eel fishing. The salmon and brown trout
season on the River Barrow commenced on March 17th and finishes
on September 30th. Other fishing (with the exception of salmon and
brown trout) is available year round.
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excellent brown trout fishing while the River Burrin is one of the finest
trout fly fishing rivers in the region.
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The excellent stocks of quality pike are one of the main attractions
for anglers on the River Barrow, with stocks of 20+lbs. Pike angling is
carried out on all stretches of the river between Athy and St. Mullins
with the main locations being Bahana Wood (just above St. Mullins),
Graiguenamanagh and Ballytiglea Bridge near Borris. Pike, bream and
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angling information and facilities
The River Barrow is truly the last remaining fishery for twaite shad
where they still enter in large numbers. They are normally caught by
spinning but can also be caught on the fly and a competition is held
each May in St. Mullins.
In 2015 there is a catch and release policy for salmon fishing on the
River Slaney in order to conserve stocks. Sea trout fishing under
40cm is allowed (bag limit of three fish per 24 hours) as is brown
trout fishing. It is prohibited to use any lure other than artificial fly
with single barbless hooks, in angling for salmon and trout on the
River Slaney.
TROUT PERMITS on the River Burrin. Adults – €25, Senior
Citizens – €15, Juvenile – €10. A licence and/or permit may be
obtained from Murph’s, Tullow Street, Carlow town.
The trout and salmon season on the River Slaney commenced on
March 17th and finishes on September 16th. Fishing on the River
Slaney is mainly private – day tickets on Tullow Fishing Club waters
are available at the Quick–Pick Shop, Abbey Street, Tullow (Club
Secretary, John Duffy t: 059–9152740). A State licence is required
to fish for salmon and sea trout. The Slaney gets a reasonable run of
spring salmon and a small number of grilse are also taken annually.
Murph’s Fishing Tackle
Unit 2 Lismard House
Tullow Street, Carlow
t: 059–9132839
e: [email protected]
w: www.murphsfishing.com
www.fishingtackledirect.ie
LICENCES: A state licence is only required to fish for salmon and
sea trout. All-Ireland salmon fishing licence – €100 per year, salmon
district licence – €56 per year, 21-day All Ireland or district salmon
fishing licence – €40, Under-17 All-Ireland salmon fishing licence
– €10, one day All-Ireland salmon fishing licence – €20.
FACILITIES:
Carlow town: Waterways Ireland has provided an 84 metre floating
jetty for Carlow town on the Graiguecullen side of the river, just
downstream of the steps in Carlow Town Park. Slipways have
been provided in Carlow Town Park, Clogrennane, Bagenalstown,
Goresbridge and Graiguenamanagh and toilets at Clashganny.
Leighlinbridge: Berthing for up to 25 boats is offered on the banks
of the River Barrow beside the Lord Bagenal Inn. t: 059–9774000.
Murph’s Fishing Tackle is the ideal outlet for supplies of all types of fishing
equipment – for the serious and not so serious angler. Suppliers of ground
bait pellets, live bait and dead bait. Stockists of a large selection of reels and
rods. Information on fishing in the local area is provided as well as licences for
salmon and permits for trout.
GPS: 52.836149, -6.926452
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CARLOW TOWN ATTRACTIONS
• VISUAL and George Bernard Shaw Theatre
• Carlow County Museum and Carlow Tourist Office
• Carlow Town Park
• The Barrow Way
• Carlow Farmers’ Market
• Delta Sensory Gardens and Garden Centre
• The Ivy Rooms
• Rancho Reilly Pet Farm and Childrens’ Activity Centre
• Oak Park Forest Park & Wildlife Information Centre
• Quinagh House Par 3
• Walking Heritage Trail Carlow Town
• Carlow Arts Festival Éigse (29th May – 7th June)
• Carlow Golf Club
• Morgan’s Garden Centre
• Gilberts Orchard and Farm Shop
• Carlow Golf Centre
• Wildways Adventures
• The Dome Family Entertainment Centre
• Graiguecullen Swimming Pool
— Rathoe
St. Laserian’s
Cathedral
— Aghade
Arboretum Home & Garden Heaven
Arboretum Inspirational Gardens
— Newtown
The Meadows
Community
Gardens
& The Watch
Shankill
Castle
— Ballinkillen
& Carrigduff
Newtownbarry
House and
Gardens
Borris House
Gardens & Woodland
— Waterside Bike Hire & Tours
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heritage trails
a brochure of each route can be obtained from
Carlow Tourist Office, College Street, Carlow
Carlow – Trails of
the Saints
Carlow is a county with
an exceptionally rich
ecclesiastical heritage
containing a number of
sites which are of national
significance. St. Patrick’s
Trail covers the northern
area of the county and is
named after Ireland’s national saint, who is reputed to have baptised the
King of Leinster in this area. St. Laserian’s Trail covers the mid-Carlow
area while the 7th century ecclesiastical site at St. Mullins in south
Carlow, founded by St. Moling, is the highlight of St. Moling’s Trail.
Mount Leinster
Heritage Drive
The Mount Leinster
Heritage Drive is a
75km driving route
through the beautiful
countryside of rural
south Carlow taking in the towns and villages of Borris, Bunclody,
Clonegal, Kildavin, Myshall, Fenagh and Bagenalstown. Notable features
in the landscape include the Blackstairs Mountains and Mount Leinster.
Identifiable road signs make the route an easy-to-follow tour while
large map boards in the centre of each village or town provide further
information.
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Bella Vita Italian Restaurant
144 Tullow Street, Carlow
t: 059–9179980
new e Bella Vita Restaurant is an authentic Italian restaurant
2015 located in the heart of Carlow town. Master chef Mario uses
only the finest, freshly prepared and locally sourced ingredients
to ensure meals of the highest standard. Relax and enjoy the aromas
of a truly delightful, family friendly restaurant with attentive staff.
Open 6 days per week serving lunch and dinner featuring traditional
pasta dishes along with a range of pizzas and chicken dishes. Takeaway
service is also available to enjoy restaurant quality food from home.
Brooks Café Bistro
Dinn Rí, Tullow Street
Carlow town
t: 059–9133111
By day Brooks is a busy continental style café and a much loved haunt
for coffee lovers with fresh, home-baked breads, cakes, pastries and other
treats prepared daily by talented in-house bakers. Brooks is a great spot
for relaxing and unwinding in a warm, friendly atmosphere over breakfast,
brunch, a delicious signature sandwich or lunch special – all made to
order with fresh and local ingredients. As the evening sets in, this bustling
café transforms into a classy bistro-restaurant offering an early bird and
evening brasserie menu with a variety of seafood, steak and other dishes
as well as a great selection of wines and beverages.
e: [email protected]
w: www.bellavitarestaurant.ie
Closed Mon.
Tues. – urs. 12 – 3 p.m. and 5 – 10 p.m.
Fri. – Sun. 12 p.m. until late.
w: www.dinnri.com
Opens at 8 a.m. Last orders 9.15 p.m.
GPS: 52.835954, -6.929839
e Curry Garden Indian Restaurant
Graigue Village Shopping Centre
Shamrock Business Park
Graiguecullen
Carlow town
t: 059–9133422 / 087–9360991
e: [email protected]
GPS: 52.839539, -6.953238
Cellar Restaurant and Bar 1808
Step House Hotel
Main Street
Borris
Co. Carlow
t: 059–9773209
w: www.stephousehotel.ie
GPS: 52.601116, -6.92793
e Forge Restaurant
Kilbride
Ballon
Co. Carlow
t: 059–9159939/086–8165531
e: [email protected]
w: www.theforgekilbride.ie
GPS: 52.721892, -6.725944
Frederick’s Restaurant
Mount Wolseley Hotel
Spa and Golf Resort
Tullow, Co. Carlow
t: 059–9180100
e: [email protected]
w: www.mountwolseley.ie
GPS: 52.790611, -6.730338
Lemongrass Restaurant
Kennedy Avenue
Carlow town
t: 059–9139392
e: [email protected]
GPS: 52.83522, -6.930461
restaurants
e exotic taste of Indian cuisine is now available in e Curry Garden
in Graiguecullen. From the tastiest starters to the creamiest or hottest
curries, there’s something on their extensive menu to suit all tastes. e
fully air-conditioned 100 seater restaurant offers freshly prepared dishes
using spices and herbs that are made fresh from local produce, all of
which are 99.99% gluten free and free from artificial flavours, additives
or MSG. All parties catered for in one of the private, spacious function
rooms or takeaway for an outside catering event. ere is ample free and
secure car parking available at all times so bus tours and large groups are
very welcome. Takeaway and delivery service also available.
e multi-award winning Cellar Restaurant, with its archways and
vaulted ceilings, is located in the old kitchens of the house. Dining is
elegant with service unparalleled ensuring complete relaxation. Cuisine
is in the classical French style and is created with individual flair
using local ingredients and an emphasis on organic food. Enjoyment
is ensured with award-winning, and member of the family, head
chef Alan Foley crafting every culinary delight. e Cellar opens
Wednesday – Saturday from 6-9 p.m. and Sunday lunch 12.30 – 2.30
p.m. Bar 1808 serves a lounge menu daily from 6 – 9 p.m. and soup,
sandwiches and snacks are served all day. Lunch is also served daily
12.30 – 2.30 p.m.
Mary Jordan takes pride in sourcing ingredients from local suppliers and
the menus offer home-made vegetable soup with soda bread scones and
comforting hot lunch favourites like baked ham, roast beef or lamb, pies
and lasagnes. Home baking, local produce and traditional Irish hospitality
are hallmarks of this restaurant. Recommended by the Georgina
Campbell and McKenna Guides 2015. Winner of Best Casual Dining
Award in Carlow in 2010. Display and sale of local artwork. Open 7 days
9.30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Open late by request. Enjoy a Slí na Sceacha walk
around the immediate hedgerow. 1km from Altamont Gardens.
Dining at Mount Wolseley is a unique experience. Start off the evening
with an aperitif in the stylish Aaron Lounge or the eclectic Wolseley
Cocktail Bar. Voted “Best Hotel Restaurant in Carlow”, Frederick’s Fine
Dining Restaurant has also received 1AA Rosette Award for its creative
and mouth watering cuisine. Renowned for its sumptuous cuisine and
fine wine options, Mount Wolseley offers an extensive array of menus
to satisfy even the most discernable palate. Recommended by Taste of
Ireland with Paolo Tullio.
All food is hand prepared by Asian chefs using all natural
ingredients – no MSG preservatives or artificial colourings.
Lemongrass is the healthy option – as a lot of the food is wok fried,
not only is it non- fattening it is also coeliac friendly. You should
never feel too full when leaving the restaurant, but you will leave
satisfied. Lemongrass is more than a place to eat – it’s a destination
and experience that you will want to repeat.
visit us online at www.carlowtourism.com
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Lennons @ VISUAL, VISUAL Centre and
George Bernard Shaw eatre
Old Dublin Road
Carlow town
t: 059–9179245
w: www.lennons.ie
GPS: 52.839161, -6.929076
Dynamic and eclectic food is served in this contemporary style restaurant
located in the VISUAL Arts Centre in the fabulous surroundings of
Carlow College. Listed in John & Sally McKenna’s Guide to the Top 100
Restaurants in Ireland for 2015 and a previous winner of Bord Bia’s “Just
Ask” Restaurant of the month, Lennons serves delicious seasonal food
using the very best local and regional Irish produce. Lennons is open for
morning coffee and lunch daily, dinner urdsay – Saturday from 6 p.m.
and brunch lunch on Sundays.
Liberty Tree Restaurant
Talbot Hotel
Portlaoise Road, Carlow town
t: 059–9153000
w: www.talbotcarlow.ie
GPS: 52.846472, -6.943561
e Liberty Tree Restaurant is situated on the 4th floor offering stunning
views of the rolling Carlow countryside with an ambience that exudes
warmth and friendliness. e restaurant offers a bill of fare centred on
modern, fresh and homemade cuisine with an eclectic twist. Our chefs
claim that locally sourced ingredients with a flair of creativity are key to
the delicious dishes served. Exquisite array of fine wines.
Lord Bagenal Bar and Restaurant
Leighlinbridge
Co. Carlow
t: 059–9774000
e: [email protected]
w: www.lordbagenal.com
GPS: 52.736758, -6.976303
e Lord Bagenal Bar and Restaurant, established in 1979 is widely
regarded as one of the most innovative restaurants in the country,
renowned for fine food and excellent value for money. Food served all
day – breakfast, carvery lunch, bar food and restaurant. Recommended
by John McKenna’s Bridgestone Guide, Lucinda O’Sullivan’s Little Black
Book, Georgina Campbell Guide and Michelin Guide. e Waterfront
Restaurant is ideal for private parties, smaller intimate weddings and
celebration events.
Lotus Chinese Restaurant
Unit 2, Kennedy Avenue
(beside Carlow Shopping Centre)
Carlow town
t: 059–9131986
w: www.lotuscarlow.com
GPS: 52.834904, -6.928894
A family-run business located in the heart of Carlow town. Established
in 1988 Lotus offers Cantonese, Chinese and European dishes with
seafood a speciality. Strong reputation for exquisite food, friendly service
and a range of fine wines. Parties are welcome. Special two course menu
Monday – ursday all night and a Sunday menu 3 – 7 p.m. Also
features a hot pot menu as an alternative healthier option. Delivery service
six days, 5 p.m. until late. Student discount available. Closed Tuesday.
Plum Tree Bistro
Woodford Dolmen Hotel
Kilkenny Road
Carlow
t: 059–9142002
new
2015
w: www.woodforddolmenhotel.ie
GPS: 52.813953, -6.951482
With its friendly staff and welcoming atmosphere, the Plum Tree Bistro
is highly renowned for its fabulous traditional Irish and international
cuisine. e head chef, who trained Jamie Oliver in his early days and
claimed the winning title at the “Taste of Carlow Culinary Challenge”,
along with his Michelin Star experienced sous chef, carefully design
menus to emphasise the goodness of fresh, local produce. Food is
served all day from breakfast to carvery lunch and a full and varied
evening menu until 9 p.m.
Rachel’s Garden Café
Arboretum Home & Garden Heaven
Kilkenny Road, Leighlinbridge
Co. Carlow Exit 6 off M9 motorway
t: 059–9721558 w: www.arboretum.ie
GPS: 52.742832, -6.975890
Rachel’s Garden Café seats over 300 people with an additional terraced
seating area. With a mix of both self and assisted service, featuring
locally sourced produce and home baking, the café is set in beautiful
garden surroundings. All Garden Café recipes are created with one
driving ambition – passion. Whatever is cooked, it’s because it’s local
and because we want to eat it ourselves. Bookings for groups and tours
on 059–9721558 or through www.arboretum.ie
e Railway House Bar
& Restaurant
Church Street
Bagenalstown
Co. Carlow
t: 059–9720676
GPS: 52.700573, -6.957143
Situated in the centre of Bagenalstown, Doyle’s Railway House Bar
and Restaurant is a haven for the weary shopper, a shelter for the tired
traveller and a refuelling depot for the hungry passer by. A hearty
carvery lunch is served daily from 12 – 2.30 p.m. and there is a full
menu in the bar and restaurant from 2.30 – 9 p.m. Family run it
provides well priced, delicious food in comfortable surroundings in
a warm and welcoming atmosphere. A function room caters for 120
people and may well be the solution for a party or business event.
Rathwood
Rath
Tullow
Co. Carlow
t: 059–9156285
w: www.rathwood.com
GPS: 52.796597, -6.660739
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2015
From a light snack to a full meal Rathwood has it all; seating 300 in
a spacious and comfortable restaurant. Rathwood is famous for its
homemade desserts, from pavlova to hazelnut roulade – a sweet taste to
suit all. Carvery lunches seven days per week with a full deli and sandwich
range too. Full Irish breakfast Monday – Saturday with buy one get one
free offer each Saturday morning. Children’s menu, colouring competition
and free outdoor children’s play garden make it a great place for younger
folk to eat too!
visit us online at www.carlowtourism.com
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restaurants
Reddy’s Bar and Restaurant
Tullow Street
Carlow town
t: 059–9142224
e: [email protected]
w: www.reddyscarlow.ie
GPS: 52.836042, -6.925525
Open daily
Carlow’s oldest and longest established family run pub – yes, we go as
far back as 1768. Relax in the spacious but cosy air conditioned bar and
lounge. Enjoy a bite to eat – food served all day every day from the full
Irish breakfast, hot carvery, cold buffet and table d’hôte luncheon menu. À
la Carte and evening dinner menus available in the restaurant. Full bar food
menu, chefs specials, snacks and finger food daily. Function rooms cater for
small and large parties. Special dietary requirements catered for. Large TV
screen for all major sporting events. Irish music and craic every Sat and Sun
evening in the front bar. Ample parking facilities – private car park.
Riverbank Restaurant
Tullow
Co. Carlow
t: 059–9152944
GPS: 52.800135, -6.734454
Open daily
A variety of great value offers are available to suit every palate and budget.
e menus offer quality Irish food including fresh fish and vegetarian
options. Casual dining serving firm favourites like paninis, roast of the
day, chowders and freshly caught fish is on offer during the day. At night
time an extensive dinner and à la carte menu features lamb, beef and a
selection of fresh fish. Recommended by Paolo Tullio, Irish Independent.
Restaurant Ireland’s Gold Standard Award 2014. Open: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Monday – Friday, Saturday 12 – 10 p.m., Sunday 12 – 8 p.m.
Sha-Roe Bistro
Clonegal
Co. Carlow
t: 053–9375636
Beautifully appointed little restaurant, in an immaculately maintained 18th
century building. Henry Stone, awarded Chef of the Year 2011 by the
Georgina Campbell Guide, is exceptionally talented and this delightful spot
is definitely worth a detour – for Henry’s seasonal menus and outstanding
cooking and the atmosphere of relaxed efficiency. Georgina Campbell
Newcomer of the Year 2007, “Bib Gourmand”, Michelin Guide 2010, Best
Atmospheric Restaurant Georgina Campbell Guide 2010.
e: [email protected]
GPS: 52.692877, -6.645443
SMOQUE Restaurant & Tapas
Haymarket, Carlow town
t: 059–9182963
new
2015
e: [email protected]
w: www.smoque.ie
GPS: 52.837436, -6.932781
e Tara Arms Traditional Irish Pub
and Restaurant
Church Street
Tullow, Co. Carlow
t: 059–9151305
w: www.taraarms.com
GPS: 52.803422, -6.734792
Teach Dolmain
76 Tullow Street
Carlow town
t: 059–9130911
GPS: 52.836227, -6.925461
e: [email protected]
GPS: 52.601021, -6.926959
T.D. Molloy’s
Seven Oaks Hotel
and Leisure Club
Athy Road
Carlow town
t: 059–9131308
w: www.sevenoakshotel.com
GPS: 52.841072, -6.929392
A family-run bar and grill who offer good food at great prices. Home
cooking of traditional Irish dishes is available as well as an extensive
menu of other European and food choices. Food from 9 a.m. until
10 p.m. seven days per week, opening for breakfast. Families are well
catered for with childrens’ menus and high chairs supplied. Live music
every weekend. Live bands every Saturday night and every Bank Holiday
Sunday night. Six screens showing all sporting events.
Teach Dolmain has built up a firm reputation for great food and
fantastic service in a relaxed setting. Food is served from 9.30 a.m.
for the breakfast and coffee menu, lunch is served from 12 – 3 p.m.
while an extensive evening, à la carte and value menu is available from
3 – 9.30 p.m. daily. Join us every ursday night for our famous
traditional Irish music session and live ballad group. Friday, Saturday
and Sunday nights also has entertainment in the form of DJs and live
bands. Visitors are guaranteed a warm and friendly Céad Míle Fáilte.
e: [email protected]
e Tea Rooms
Main Street
Borris
Co. Carlow
t: 059–9771749
Since opening Smoque has quickly become renowned as Carlow’s premier
destination for bbq and tapas. Smoque’s central location, intimate and
friendly atmosphere, along with great food at reasonable prices, makes
for a memorable experience. e menus change regularly, and all dishes
are freshly prepared each day, using ingredients sourced locally wherever
possible. Book a table and discover Smoque yourself!
new
2015
Situated in a charming period house in the centre of the Georgian village of
Borris, these quaint tea rooms are definitely worth a detour for something
a little different. e Tea Rooms Borris are open all year round Tuesday
– Sunday and are closed on Monday. e Tea Rooms stock a wide range
of loose teas served in fine bone china and all cakes and pastries are baked
on site. Breakfast including full Irish, French toast and American style
pancakes are served from 9.30 a.m. – 12.30 p.m. Main meals are served
from 12.30 – 6 p.m. with daily specials available. Afternoon tea available
from 2 – 5.30 p.m. Small private parties catered for.
TD Molloy’s Restaurant offers intimate surroundings in which to enjoy
the very best of Irish and international cuisine. e Executive Head Chef
and his highly trained team carefully plan menus to suit the needs and
requirements of guests using only the finest and freshest local produce.
Private dining options also available. e Oaks Bar has a superb bar
lunch daily and the popular Nite Bites bar menu every evening until 10.30
p.m. Monday – Saturday and 9.30 p.m. Sunday. No bookings required.
Early Bird Menu served Monday – Friday 6 – 7.30 p.m.
visit us online at www.carlowtourism.com
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restaurants/cafés
restaurants
e Millrace Bar & Bistro
e Millrace Hotel
Bunclody
Co. Wexford t: 053–9375100
e Mill Bistro provides a relaxed dining atmosphere with live
music in the Mill Bar every Friday and Saturday night. Open for
breakfast, lunch, à la carte and private dining. For a more formal
dining experience enjoy the wonderful afternoon tea in the Lobby Bar.
A recent review from Hotel Reviews Ireland describes it: “Beautifully
presented, deliciously decadent with each morsel so tempting, it was superior
to any afternoon tea I have experienced in top hotels all over the country.”
e: [email protected]
w: www.millracehotel.com
GPS: 52.655388, -6.655956
e Weeping aiger
Mill Lane, Castle Hill,
Carlow town t: 059–9137000
Delicious and exotic ai cuisine prepared by highly skilled ai
chefs using only the finest, freshest ingredients available. A subtle
blend of flavours are mixed together to produce a distinctive and
delightful taste. New dine-in menu with the majority of main
courses including side dishes only €10 and appetisers €5.
w: www.weepingthaiger.ie
GPS: 52.836579, -6.936359
cafés
Country Kitchen Restaurant
Haddens Centre
Carlow town
t: 059–9140613
GPS: 52.835681, -6.930876
e Grillhouse
Mill Street, Tullow, Co. Carlow
t: 059–91 51788
[email protected]
GPS: 52.802482, -6.736248
A wide range of food from an extensive salad bar including home
cooked meats, scones and sandwiches, along with a fresh fruit
smoothie bar. Breakfast and hot lunch available daily. Fresh home
baking is a hallmark of this premises with all food cooked on site.
Guests can also dine in the outdoor terrace and all food is available
for take-away. Celebrating 29 years in business in Carlow with
daily specials. Home cooked gluten-free meals also available.
new
2015
e Lazy River Café
Unit 1, Castleview
Graiguecullen, Carlow town
t: 059–9173588
Open daily Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday and Bank Holidays 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
e: [email protected]
GPS: 52.836774, -6.938535
e Lazy River Café set on the banks of the River Barrow specialises
in delicious and reasonably priced cuisine, including in-house
specialities and daily specials. Traditional home baking and cuisine
includes home-made scones, muffins, fresh breads, desserts, wraps
and full dinners served in a relaxed and welcoming setting. Outdoor
catering from birthdays to communions, confirmations and outdoor
barbecues. Takeaway service available with free lunchtime deliveries
over €15. Free Wi-fi. Occasion cakes and coffees a speciality.
e Mullicháin Café is part of the tastefully restored old grain
store buildings that in times gone by were used by the Grand Canal
Company and then Odlums, the millers. Enjoy a coffee and a scone
or glass of wine and smoked salmon/brown bread as you look out
the window at the changing tide. Opening hours: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.,
weekends in February and daily March – October. Closed Monday
except on Bank Holidays, closed on Tuesday instead.
e Mullicháin Café
e Quay
St. Mullins
Co. Carlow
t: 051–424440
w: www.oldgrainstorecottages.ie
GPS: 52.487609, -6.928566
McDonald’s
Kennedy Avenue
Carlow town
t: 059–9135460
w: www.mcdonalds.ie
GPS: 52.8349944, -6.9297875
Free Wi-fi
Since 1999 McDonald’s have been proud to serve the people of
Carlow town and county. Owned and managed locally, open 7 days
per week with a modern reimaged restaurant. All bacon, cheese,
water and eggs are 100% Irish, together with Bord Bia certified Irish
beef and National Dairy Council Irish milk. Open daily at 7 a.m. for
breakfast. Monday – Wednesday and Sunday open until 11 p.m.
ursday – Friday open until midnight, Saturdays and Bank
Holiday Sundays late opening until 3 a.m.
Supermac’s Family Restaurant
and Papa John’s Pizza
Burrin Street, Carlow t: 059–9130444
Supermac’s offer a unique experience of a national brand providing
quality products. For clubs, societies or families seeking to host
a large party or event Supermacs set up facilities ranging from a
small gazebo to a full mobile unit. Supermac’s cater for corporate
events and offer a wide range of finger foods including the Papa
John range of pizzas that will satisfy all guests. Free Wi-fi.
e: [email protected]
w: www.supermacs.ie or www.papajohns.ie
GPS: 52.836339, -6.932184
e Walled Garden Café
Altamont Walled Garden
Altamont Gardens
Ballon, Co. Carlow
t: 086–070 6262
e: [email protected]
w: theforgekilbride.com
GPS: 52.735129, -6.720966
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Family friendly restaurant serving breakfast, homemade breads
and scones. Homemade soups, roast of the day and lunch
specials available until 4 p.m. Pizza, steaks and kebabs feature on
the evening menu and are also available for takeaway. Delivery
service available. Check out the weekly specials on Facebook.
is café provides comfort and refreshment in the beautiful
setting of the walled garden in Altamont. Fresh roasted coffees,
speciality teas, homemade cake and simple, savoury fare adds an
extra dimension to the garden experience. e café is an off-shoot
of the nearby Forge Restaurant and tour groups can be catered
for by arrangement. Warm welcome and wheelchair accessibility.
OPENING HOURS: Open May–September daily 10.30 a.m. –
5.30 p.m. February to May weekends only 10.30 a.m. – 5.30 p.m.
visit us online at www.carlowtourism.com
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pubs and entertainment guide
e Ardattin Inn
Bar, Restaurant, Off Licence
Ardattin, Co. Carlow t: 059–9155652
e Ardattin Inn is situated in the picturesque village of Ardattin. A fantastic country
pub comprising bar, lounge, venue and snug bar. Close to Altamont Gardens and the
River Slaney. Social dancing every Friday night from 10 p.m.
Coady’s Bar & Lounge
Rathanna, Borris, Co. Carlow
t: 059–9773140
Located in Rathanna village in south County Carlow with stunning views of the
Blackstairs Mountains. Coady’s Bar is a truly authentic, family-run, traditional Irish
pub, renowned for it’s warm welcome and top quality pint of Guinness.
Glendons Bar, Old Leighlin, Co. Carlow
t: 059–9722000
Glendon’s Bar is situated in the ecclesiastical village of Old Leighlin. Live music every
Sunday evening and some Sat nights. e function room caters for parties and events.
e Irishmans Bar
Court Place, Carlow
t: 059–9131171
An authentic old style bar with large lounge. Taking bookings for all occasions – 21st
birthdays, family occasions, table quizzes, charity events and other celebrations. Ideal
location to watch all major sporting events. Lunch served 12 – 3 p.m. Monday – Friday.
JJ’s Bar, Mill Street, Tullow, Co. Carlow
t: 059–9151285
Traditional comfortable bar in the heart of Tullow town. Warm welcome and friendly
service guaranteed. Music on selected nights at weekends.
O’ Shea’s Pub
Main Street, Borris, Co. Carlow
t: 059–9773106
is charming, rural pub in traditional style serves lunch and light bar food daily
offering quality local produce. An ideal spot for a relaxing drink and a bite to eat with
a lovely range of old photos and memorabilia.
Pint Depot, Royal Oak, Bagenalstown
Co. Carlow t: 059–9723723
e Pint Depot is a sports bar showing all matches and sporting events. It has a secure
walled-in beer garden and live music every weekend Sat and Sun. All parties catered for.
Roberts Bar and Lounge
Myshall, Co. Carlow
t: 059–9157612
is family run, traditional establishment offers the tourist a warm, hospitable welcome.
Cosy open fire – comfortable surroundings suitable for all kinds of functions – light lunch/
snacks, tea/coffee available – live entertainment most weekends –ceol, craic agus caint.
e atch, Maryborough Street,
Graiguecullen, Carlow
t: 059–9134108
Busy pub on the Graiguecullen side of Carlow town. With its friendly staff and
welcoming atmosphere e atch Pub is renowned for its quality pint and lively
character. Traditional music some Monday nights – check for details.
Tully’s Bar, 148–149 Tullow Street,
Carlow. t: 059–9131862
Spacious and stylish pub in the centre of Carlow town with a great ambience and
warm welcome. Lunch available from 12 – 3 p.m. Music ursday – Saturday night.
e Derreen Inn, Mill Street, Tullow,
Co. Carlow. t: 059–9151788
is pub has a strong focus on televised sporting events and in-house pool tables and
dart boards. Or just drop by for a pint and meet some of our great regulars.
WEEKLY MUSICAL ENTERTAINMENT GUIDE
AD = Adult Dancing
DJ = Disc Jockey
T = Traditional
M = Music in Bar
L = Live Music
Q = Quiz
MONDAY
(T)
e Seven Oaks Hotel, Athy Road, Carlow t: 059–9131308
(Q)
Talbot Hotel, Portlaoise Road, Carlow t: 059–9153000
TUESDAY
(AD) e Seven Oaks Hotel, Athy Road, Carlow t: 059–9131308
(L)
Talbot Hotel, Portlaoise Road, Carlow t: 059–9153000
WEDNESDAY
(DJ) e Foundry, Dinn Rí, Tullow Street, Carlow
t: 059–9130334 (college term only)
(L)
Tully’s Bar, Tullow Street, Carlow t: 059–9131862
THURSDAY
(DJ) e Foundry, Dinn Rí, Tullow Street, Carlow
t: 059–9130334
(T)
Teach Bar, Teach Dolmain, Tullow Street, Carlow
t: 059–9130911
(L)
Teach Dolmain, Tullow Street, Carlow t: 059–9130911
(DJ) Tully’s Bar, Tullow Street, Carlow t: 059–9131862
(AD) e Woodford Dolmen Hotel, Kilkenny Road, Carlow
t: 059 – 9142002
FRIDAY
(L)
Mount Wolseley, Tullow, Co. Carlow t: 059–9180100
(L)
e Barracks, Tullow Street, Carlow t: 059–9141781
(DJ) e Foundry, Dinn Rí, Tullow Street, Carlow
t: 059–9130334
(DJ) Teach Dolmain, Tullow Street Carlow t: 059–9130911
(L)
Talbot Hotel, Portlaoise Road, Carlow t: 059–9153000
(L)
Tully’s Bar, Tullow Street, Carlow t: 059–9131862
(AD) e Ardattin Inn, Ardattin, Carlow t: 059–9155652
(L)
Mill Bar, Millrace Hotel, Bunclody t: 053–9375100
SATURDAY
(DJ/L) e Foundry Nightclub and Tower, Dinn Rí, Tullow
Street, Carlow t: 059–9130334
(L)
Mount Wolseley, Tullow, Co. Carlow t: 059–9180100
(DJ) Teach Dolmain, Tullow Street, Carlow t: 059–9130911
(L)
Teach Bar, Teach Dolmain, Tullow Street, Carlow
t: 059–9130911
(L)
Talbot Hotel, Portlaoise Road, Carlow t: 059–9153000
(DJ) e Barracks, Tullow Street, Carlow t: 059–9141781
(L)
Reddy’s Bar & Restaurant, Tullow Street, Carlow
t: 059–9142224
(DJ) Tully’s Bar, Tullow Street, Carlow t: 059–9131862
(L)
Tara Arms, Church Street, Tullow t: 059–9153105
(L)
e Lord Bagenal, Main Street, Leighlinbridge,
Co. Carlow t: 059–9774000
(L)
Dinn Ri Pub, Tullow Street, Carlow t: 059–9130334
(L)
Mill Bar, Millrace Hotel, Bunclody t: 053–9375100
(L)
e Pint Depot, Royal Oak, B’town t: 059–9723723
SUNDAY
(DJ) e Foundry Nightclub, Dinn Rí, Tullow Street, Carlow
t: 059–9130334
(L)
Reddy’s Bar & Restaurant, Tullow Street, Carlow
t: 059–9142224
(L)
e Barracks, Tullow Street, Carlow t: 059–9141781
(L)
Teach Bar, Teach Dolmain, Tullow Street, Carlow
t: 059–9130911
(L)
Tully’s Bar, Tullow Street, Carlow t: 059–9131862
(L)
e Pint Depot, Royal Oak, B’town t: 059–9723723
(L)
Glendon’s Bar, Old Leighlin t: 059–9722000
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walking
through the waters of time
If you’re a serious rambler or just like to stretch your legs and enjoy
the view, then Co. Carlow is a brilliant destination to explore on
foot. Visitors will be spoiled by the diverse array of options on offer
from forest parks to the Blackstairs Mountains and a towpath along
Ireland’s second longest river, the Barrow.
the barrow way
The Barrow Way follows the towpath, originally a path alongside the
River Barrow where horses pulled barges and goods for transport.
Nowadays, visitors can enjoy excellent flat walking, passing good land
where tillage and cattle farming is predominant. The path offers much
of architectural interest to the visitor – bridges, many arched, and pretty
lock houses, some still in use. The full length of the Barrow Way from
Lowtown to St. Mullins is 113km. Accommodation is available at
regular intervals and varies from hotels to self-catering and B&B.
STAGE 1 of the Barrow Way starts in Lowtown, Co. Kildare and a
distance of 23km takes you to the town of Monasterevin. The raised
banks of the canal offer beautiful vistas of the surrounding countryside
with views of the Hill of Allen and the Wicklow Mountains.
STAGE 2 covers the stretch from Monasterevin to Athy – 23km.
This stretch offers the visitor much of historical and architectural
interest with many old bridges and houses.
STAGE 3 runs from Athy to Carlow – 19km. This is the first of four
stretches which pass through the county of Carlow. Starting from the
heritage town of Athy, the route passes many interesting lifting bridges
and old mills before reaching Carlow town.
STAGE 4 Carlow to Bagenalstown – 16km. Milford, approximately
7km south of Carlow is one of the most attractive stretches along
the River Barrow. Set in an idyllic location with three bridges, mill
buildings and a large wooded area, it is famous as an aquatic triangle
with regular spottings of herons and kingfishers. This stretch of walk
is rich with historical buildings and castles including the Black Castle
at Leighlinbridge and the many architectural and industrial gems in the
town of Bagenalstown, where this section of the walk ends.
STAGE 5 takes the walker from Bagenalstown to Graiguenamanagh
– 26km. This route passes the pretty villages of Goresbridge and Borris
before ending in Graiguenamanagh, a picturesque abbey town and a
popular boating centre. Overlooking the River Barrow is Duiske Abbey
founded by Norman monks from Stanley Abbey, Wiltshire in 1204.
STAGE 6 Graiguenamanagh to St. Mullins – 6km. This stretch has
beautiful woodland surroundings with a strong ecclesiastical theme in
the religious settlement at St. Mullins where the walk ends. Set on a
glorious stretch of the Barrow Valley, it includes a picnic area.
APP AND AUDIO GUIDE BARROW WAY
If you’re exploring the Barrow Way you can now download a
complete digital guide, either as a free podcast or as an app tour.
Both formats have 35 tracks – one for every 5km of the route
– and are packed with stories and histories, heritage and wildlife
information. The app version is richly illustrated, and includes a
GPS map, extra information and useful links. Costing just €3.59,
it works offline, with no roaming charges. To download the
free MP3 podcast, or for more information about the app, visit
www.ingeniousireland.ie/barrowriver/
the south leinster way
The South Leinster Way is a long distance walking route which
runs from Kildavin, in the east of Co. Carlow to Carrick-on-Suir
in Co. Tipperary covering 102km in length.
The predominant features in the landscape are Mount Leinster,
Brandon Hill and the river valleys of the Barrow, Nore and Suir. This
stretch can be comfortably walked in five days but strong walkers can
finish it in three days.
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The Barrow Way long distance walking route.
Credit Waterways Ireland.
STAGE 1: Kildavin – Borris 22km. From Kildavin the route passes
along forest tracks over the northern slopes of Mount Leinster to
reach the town of Borris. The “Nine Stones” vantage point at Mount
Leinster offers amazing views of the Barrow Valley and Brandon Hill.
At 795 metres Mount Leinster is the highest point in the Blackstairs
Mountains.
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walking
through the waters of time
STAGE 2: Borris – Graiguenamanagh 12km. This stretch joins the
towpath along the River Barrow and is particularly attractive as it
passes through rich, deciduous woodland and old mills. Clashganny
Lock, 5km south of Borris is one of Carlow’s and Ireland’s most
famous landmarks.
STAGE 3: Graiguenamanagh – Inistioge 16km. This walk crosses the
slopes of Mount Brandon by a series of forest walks before reaching the
pretty village of Inistioge.
STAGE 4: Inistioge – Mullinavat 30km. Starts along the River Nore
and continues via forest roads over several hills to reach Mullinavat.
STAGE 5: Mullinavat – Carrick-on-Suir 22km. This stretch crosses
the River Blackwater and passes the village of Piltown en-route to the
end of the walk in Carrick-on-Suir.
blackstairs eco trails wild things to do in carlow
Blackstairs Eco Trails
Killedmond
Borris
Co. Carlow
t: 059–9773184/087–2707189
e: [email protected]
w: www.blackstairsecotrails.ie for workshop details
Want to know more about the birds, flora, fungi, mammals and butterflies
of the Blackstairs Mountains and the River Barrow? Blackstairs Eco
Trails can lead you on an unhurried, relaxing eco walk – low hills to
no hills – and also provide eco trails, guided hikes, foraging workshops,
wild herbal workshops, wild mushroom events and The Foraging Hen,
an elegant hen party for elegant brides. Other services on offer include
teachers courses, school visits, childrens’ trails and Fun in the Wild!
Recipients of a Gold Standard by Eco Tourism Ireland. Their
new recently converted barn features the highest eco credentials and
2015 is perfect for yoga, mindfulness courses, think-ins, workshops,
demonstrations, private Board meetings, school visits, painting courses,
meetings and private family events. Features Wi-fi and parking for 30 cars.
Alternatively Blackstairs Eco Trails can travel to give a talk, seminar, field
trip or workshop in your area on climate change, GMO’s, foraging, fungi,
sustainability or biodiversity. GPS: 52.612718, -6.8555203
the wicklow way
The Wicklow Way covers a distance of 127km in length commencing
in Marley Park, Dublin and finishing in the beautiful village of
Clonegal located in the River Slaney Valley in the east of the
county. A combination of suburban parkland, forest trails, wild and
scenic mountain landscape and finally, rolling countryside offers a
wonderfully varied, eight to ten day experience. w: www.irishtrails.ie
walking clubs
Tullow Mountaineering Club organise graded mountain walks
every Sunday from Barrack Street, Carlow town (opposite Deane’s
newsagents). Cars depart at 9.30 a.m. sharp with walks graded easy,
medium and hard. Walks are located in the local Blackstairs Mountains
and in other surrounding mountain areas. Easy walks are arranged for
the first Sunday of every month and are suitable for beginners. Evening
walks Wednesday and Friday. Extra walks are organised from time to
time. Bring along wind-proof and waterproof clothing, walking boots
and a ruck-sack with lunch and extra clothing for when the walk is
finished. Confirm attendance in advance by contacting the walk leader.
For details visit w: www.tullowmountaineeringclub.ie
The Blackstairs Ramblers are a group of hill walkers who as their
name suggests, enjoy rambling on the Blackstairs Mountains. They walk
on the second and fourth Sunday of every month. Two club walks also
take place on Thursday night accommodating different levels of fitness.
See www.blackstairsramblers.com for a full walk schedule.
Carlow has a selection of great looped walks at Oak Park Forest Park
and Clogrennane Wood, both close to Carlow town, and Kilbrannish
Forest Recreation Area on the Blackstairs Mountains.
oak park forest park GPS: 52.864166, -6.894982
Situated on the outskirts of Carlow
town, Oak Park Forest Park is an oasis
of tranquillity and a popular destination
for walkers and joggers. The park is
a mature, mixed species woodland of
over 120 acres with a predominance of
beech, oak, scots pine, silver fir, larch and
sycamore. Extending over 4km the walks
include Butlers Wood Loop (700m),
the Lake Path (800m), Fox Covert
Track (1,100m) and Sally Island Trail (1,700m). All the walks are
wheelchair accessible while a range of visitor facilities include ample
car parking, picnic tables, public toilets, outdoor exercise equipment
and a universally accessible playground.
oak park wildlife information centre
t: 087–9450096
e: [email protected]
GPS: 52.864166, -6.894982
Oak Park Wildlife Information
new
Centre is an ideal location for
2015 people of all ages to experience
Ireland’s beautiful array of wildlife at
first hand. Catering for schools/groups,
workshops and anybody with a keen
interest in native wildlife. Spend time in
the purpose built centre within Oak Park Forest Park surrounded by
lots of information on the many different species within it’s woodland
habitats. Join workshops and talks with a focus on specific species and
conservation. Study all aspects of wildlife from mini beasties to beautiful
song birds in fun and interesting workshops.
kilbrannish forest
GPS: 52.656252, -6.754664
Kilbrannish Forest Recreation
Area on the Blackstairs Mountains
features two signposted trails
- the Windfarm Loop is 3km in
length with a good surface and
uphill sections and is suitable
for families with young children.
The Kilbrannish Forest Loop
is 5 kilometres in length, taking
approx. 2 hours to complete. The route offers wonderful views of the
surrounding countryside – walkers following the Kilbrannish Forest
Loop will be rewarded with particularly fine vistas from the summit
of Croaghaun (455 metres) northwards over the plains of Carlow
with the village and town of Myshall and Tullow spread out below.
A large car park and picnic facilities are available to visitors.
clogrennane wood
GPS: 52.795113, -6.991109
Clogrennane Wood near Carlow town offers the user a gentle
sloping 4km walk on forest roads with magnificent views of
Carlow town and the River Barrow on a clear
day. The area is an old wood and has had
forestry cover present since the 1800s. The
predominant tree species in Clogrennane are
beech, spruce, larch and oak with vegetation
consistent with that of an old woodland
– bluebells, ferns, wild garlic and herb rocket.
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golf
golf
golf clubs
Regardless of skills or ability, the visitor to Carlow will find an impressive variety of golfing facilities to suit all levels. e novice is also well
catered for with pitch and putt, par 3s and a driving range. All of the courses listed here aim to provide the golfer – whether beginner or advanced
- with an unforgettable experience and a warm, friendly welcome. For non-golfing partners and families, there is a treasure trove of places to visit
and things to do, which are listed in this guide.
Carlow Golf Club
Deerpark
Dublin Road
Carlow
t: 059–9131695
e: [email protected]
w: www.carlowgolfclub.ie
Mount Wolseley Hotel,
Spa and Golf Resort
Tullow, Co. Carlow
t: 059–9180161
e: [email protected]
w: www.mountwolseley.ie
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DEERPARK COURSE: Carlow Golf Club is an inland
links, laid out in a former wild deer park over undulating
terrain with numerous elevated tees, several excellent dog-legs
and small slick putting surfaces. Extensive, mature woods are
a strong feature in a pleasant countryside setting where the
unusually sandy soil has the bonus of allowing year round
play. e course is rated amongst the top 20 championship
courses in Ireland. ere are many long par 4s and the 16th,
a very demanding two shotter played through a tunnel-like
valley, has been chosen by Christy O’Connor Snr. as the
foremost 16th hole in Ireland. e par 5, 18th offers the
chance of a closing birdie and a grandstand finish as it
tumbles downhill all the way back to the clubhouse. A good
ending to a memorable round.
OAKPARK COURSE: e 9 hole par 35, Oakpark course, owned by Carlow Golf Club, was designed by
renowned architect Jeff Howes and is a truly terrific layout. Situated on rolling terrain, it provides a superb challenge
to golfers of all standards. Similar to the championship Deerpark course, the emphasis is on accurate iron play and a
delicate short game!
TYPE OF COURSE: Deerpark course: 18 hole parkland – 6,653 yards (6,049 metres) – par 70.
Oak Park course: 9 hole parkland – 3,197 yards (2,923 metres) – par 35.
OPENING HOURS: Daylight hours. e Clubhouse Bar is open every day from 10 a.m. – 10.30 p.m. A fully
serviced restaurant offers a choice of breakfast, lunch and dinner menus and is open from 9.30 a.m. – 10 p.m. daily.
GREEN FEES: Monday to ursday from €30, Friday from €40, Saturday from €50. Group rates available. Book
online at [email protected], www.carlowgolfclub.ie or contact the club office to make a booking t: 059-9131695.
LESSONS: By private arrangement with P.G.A. professional Andrew Gilbert. GPS: 52.852381, -6.894832
HIRE SERVICES: Clubs, caddy car and buggy hire.
CARLOW OPEN WEEK: Friday 29th May – Saturday 6th June.
One of the most enjoyable things about the start of summer is Carlow Golf Club Open Week which features plenty
of prizes, team spirit and a friendly welcome.
Situated 12 km east of Carlow town, Mount Wolseley
is set in opulent surroundings and boasts an 18-hole
championship golf course. According to Christy O’Connor
Junior, course designer, “Rarely after a first look around a
potential site for a golf course had I been so impressed as at
Mount Wolseley. What we have here is a fair but testing 18
holes of championship golf, none of which will disappoint even
the most discerning player”. is par 72-course provides a
challenge to every ability as each hole presents demanding
approach shots, with wide landing areas being the only
concession. With its broad fairways, unforgiving rough and
picturesque water hazards, Mount Wolseley has justifiably played host to a number of national and international
golf competitions. e Mount Wolseley Hotel, Spa and Golf Resort is located on the grounds of the 18th century
ancestral home of Frederick York Wolseley, whose family became synonymous with the automotive industry.
is charming resort offers an eclectic blend of contemporary design and lavish detail surrounded by 200 acres of
peaceful landscape. Featuring 143 bedrooms including four suites and eight executive rooms, each with individually
controlled air conditioning and interactive IT facilities with broadband access. Facilities include: Frederick’s awardwinning fine dining restaurant – voted “Best Hotel Restaurant in Carlow” and recipient of a 1AA Rosette. e
Aaron Lounge and e Snug provide the ideal spot for relaxation and informal dining. Leisure and relaxation
facilities are also provided at the Sanctuary Spa, Carlow’s only resort spa which features 14 treatment rooms using
Elemis and algo products, relaxation pool, dry floatation, experience showers and balneotherapy.
TYPE OF COURSE: 18 hole championship Christy O’Connor Jnr parkland – 7,172 yards (6,558 metres) – par 72.
OPENING HOURS: Daylight hours. e clubhouse (seasonal) is open from 10.30 a.m. – approx. 6.30 – 7 p.m.
daily for light snacks, lunches and full dinners. e Aaron Lounge and Frederick’s Fine Dining Restaurant also
offer excellent dining options. Equally a number of private dining areas suitable for groups are available.
GREEN FEES: From €35 – €50. Group rates also available. Contact sales for further details t: 059–9180161 or
e: [email protected] HIRE SERVICES: Clubs, trolley and buggy hire available at an additional cost.
OPEN COMPETITIONS: Open seniors competition on the third Tuesday of the month. Full schedule of open
days on www.mountwolseley.ie/open-days.html GPS: 52.790611, -6.730338
visit us online at www.carlowtourism.com
golf
golf
golf clubs
Killerig Golf Club
Killerig
Co. Carlow
t: 059–9163000
e: [email protected]
w: www.killerig-golf.ie
Bunclody Golf and
Fishing Club
Carrigduff
Bunclody
Co. Wexford
t: 053–9374444
e: [email protected]
w: www.bunclodygfc.ie
Carrigleade Golf Club
Carrigleade Cross
St. Mullins
Co. Carlow
t: 059–9724370
m: 087–2569012 or
087–6290713
e: [email protected]
w: www.carrigleadegolf
.wordpress.com
“Killerig is enjoyable for the Club golfer, and when required capable
of challenging the best” – Des Smyth
Located just outside Carlow town in a fabulous setting with
the Wicklow Mountains to the east and the Killeshin Hills to
the west. Imaginatively designed by Des Smyth and Declan
Brannigan, this par 72 championship course strives to create
the most unique, exciting and challenging golf experience with
meticulously groomed fairways and greens. e course, which
is playable year round provides a challenging game of golf, with
water in play on six of its 18 U.S.G.A. specification greens. A
range of tees ensure that everyone from the big hitter to the more
conservative, casual player is well catered for. e warm welcome
extended and the air of relaxation sets the tone for a most enjoyable golf experience. e Clubhouse boasts a fully
stocked pro shop, shower and changing facilities. Visitors can enjoy delicious food and refreshments from the
extensive Branigans Bar menu while admiring the spectacular views of the course and surrounding countryside.
TYPE OF COURSE: 18 hole championship parkland – 6,742 yards (6,165 metres) – Par 72.
OPENING HOURS: Daylight hours. Full bar facilities, open Monday – Friday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Saturday and
Sunday 8 a.m. – close. Bar menu. GREEN FEES: Individual Monday – Friday: €15 or €10 with a member.
Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays: €25. Monday – Friday 9 hole rate: €10. Saturday, Sunday and Bank
Holidays: €15. HIRE SERVICES: Clubs, caddy cars and buggy hire. GPS: 52.837699, -6.788263
Bunclody Golf and Fishing Club is situated in 300 acres of
breathtaking parklands on the Carlow Wexford border. Opened
in March 2009 it is already ranked in the top 30 parkland
courses in Ireland. e Jeff Howes designed championship
course runs over 7,000 yards on the banks of the River Slaney
and has a diversity of golf holes, rarely seen on one golf course.
Ranked 25th in Golf Digest’s top parkland courses and featured
in the top 14 golf courses to visit in Ireland in 2014 according
to the Irish Independent. Europe’s ONLY golf course with an
elevator taking you from the 17th hole up five floors to the 18th
tee box giving a bird’s eye view over the River Slaney. Ranked
amongst Ireland’s elite top 20 parkland courses – Backspin
magazine. e bar and restaurant offer a warm welcome and tempting menu with panoramic views of the
surrounding countryside and of Mount Leinster. e club is open to visitors and societies every day.
OPEN COMPETITIONS: Ladies and Gents Open Singles are held every Wednesday and regular open events are
held throughout the year. A full fixture list is available on the upcoming events tab on the Bunclody Golf and Fishing
Club website. TYPE OF COURSE: 18 hole championship parkland. 7,164 yards (6,617 metres) – par 72.
OPENING HOURS: Daylight hours. Luxury five star thatched clubhouse open daily.
GREEN FEES: From €25 (early bird and winter special) – €50 Sat. Summer stay and play €79 pps. Corporate
packages available. HIRE SERVICES: Trolleys, electric caddy cars and buggies.
PRO SHOP: Full range of golf equipment, manufactured by leading companies – Titleist, Taylormade, Ping, Galvin
Green and many more. Pro Shop Manager Caroline Dunne.
GOLF ACADEMY WITH FLOODLIT DRIVING RANGE: Fully floodlit golf range, 10 indoor bays,
outdoor grass tees, putting green and chipping greens. Golf tuition seven days per week with P.G.A. professional
Gary McLean.
FUNCTION ROOM AVAILABLE for weddings/confirmations/communions. Bar and restaurant with
panoramic views of the surrounding countryside. GPS: 52.656610, -6.654531
Carrigleade Golf Club is situated in south Co. Carlow on the
Barrow Drive between medieval Graiguenamanagh and historic
St. Mullins. Carrigleade is a challenging and varied course while
golfers will also appreciate the picturesque and enjoyable walk.
Surrounded by fantastic vistas of the Blackstairs Mountains
to the east and Mount Brandon to the west, this golf course
has justifiably earned its reputation as a wonderful golfing
escape. e aesthetics of the stone walls, flora and fauna further
enhance the enjoyment of a golfing round here. Playable all year
round, the course is meticulously maintained to the very highest
standards. Located 10km from New Ross, 6km from Borris
and 2km from Graiguenamanagh and St. Mullins. e course
caters for golf classics, groups and societies. TYPE OF COURSE: 18 hole parkland, 3,338 yards (3,052 metres).
OPENING HOURS: Daylight hours, year round. Refreshments available. GREEN FEES: Adults €10, children
under 12 €5 all week. LESSONS: Available upon request. HIRE SERVICES: Clubs, buggy and trolley hire.
GPS: 52.519363, -6.924872
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golf
golf
golf clubs
Quinagh House Par 3
Quinagh House
Carlow
t: 059–9142088
Quinagh House Par 3 is set in 42 acres on the outskirts of
Carlow town, surrounded by mature trees with extensive views
of the Killeshin Hills. A very well maintained golf course, it is
a perfect place to relax or enjoy a friendly competition with 18
exceptional holes ranging from 130 – 220 yards in length. Well
positioned trees throughout the course and water hazards serve
as challenging obstacles, while also enhancing the quality of
this spacious course. A perfect course for both beginners and
experienced players. Refreshments and light snacks available in
the club house. TYPE OF COURSE: 18 hole par 3.
OPENING HOURS: Daylight hours, year round.
GREEN FEES: Adults €10, Senior Citizens €7, Students €8,
Juveniles €7. HIRE SERVICES: No charge for hiring clubs,
trolleys €2. GPS: 52.816485, 6.93832
Carlow Golf Centre caters for all standards of golfers. Set at the
foot of the Killeshin Hills, the Golf Centre offers a peaceful and
tranquil setting in which to enjoy first class facilities including:
— 30 bay floodlit golf range — Outside grass area
— Short game area — Indoor private teaching facility
— Fully stocked pro shop — Club repair service — Club rental
e: [email protected]
Fully Qualified P.G.A. Professional Ian Kerr offers a full
w: www.carlowgolfcentre.com range of golf lessons from complete beginners to advance
golfers. Tuition available at Carlow Golf Centre — Individual
lessons — Ladies group lessons — Mens group lessons — Junior
group lessons GPS: 52.83233, 6.956636
Carlow Golf Centre
Springhill Road
Crossneen, Carlow
t: 059–9132878
m: 087–2318304
outdoor activities
bike rental and bike tours
Waterside Bike and Hike
Waterside Guesthouse
Graiguenamanagh
Co. Kilkenny
t: 086–4084008
w: bike&[email protected]
GPS: 52.540231, -6.953942
National Cycling Network
Waterside Bike and Hike offers bike rental and bike tours in
Graiguenamanagh and Tinnahinch in the beautiful Barrow River Valley.
Perfect for groups, families or couples to explore the river towpath and
discover wildlife, scenery and peace, hidden away along a traffic free
greenway. Waterside Bike and Hike basecamp is located at the famous
Waterside Guesthouse and provides a cosy room with a river view as well
as a superb dining experience in the ground floor restaurant. e towpath
stretches for miles in either direction, drop-off and pick-up service
available. HOW TO FIND US: In the town of Graiguenamanagh.
OPENING TIMES: Year round. RATES: Adults €15 per day, children
€10 per day with adults bike or €15 per day otherwise. 20% discount rate
for guests of Waterside Guesthouse.
Carlow and Kilkenny County Councils under the National Cycle
Network (NCN) programme have provided a dedicated on road cycle
route of 35km between Carlow and Kilkenny on the R448/R712.
It starts/ends on the northern edge of Carlow town which links to
the extensive network of cycling routes in the town itself. The route
continues to the southwest passing the R724 at Royal Oak and links
users to the town of Muine Bheag and Borris. At this point the cyclist
leaves Co. Carlow and enters Co. Kilkenny at Paulstown. Here cyclists
can veer off the route to Gowran village or continue to Kilkenny City.
The route in one direction takes approx 11⁄2 – 21⁄2 hrs for the average cyclist.
canoeing
Go-With-e-Flow River Adventures
t: 087–2529700
e: [email protected]
w: www.gowiththeflow.ie
Clashganny on River Barrow:
GPS: 52.559831, -6.91537
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Families need look no further if it’s adventure and fun you want for your
great day out. Go-With-e-Flow are a favourite with those seeking spills
and thrills in an action packed event. Qualified guides see you through
all the whitewater, over all the weirs and waterfalls and down the rapids
of the River Barrow. No experience necessary, all you need is a bunch of
friends and time to chill. Tailored family learning days, corporate and
social club days and individual canoe hire also available.
visit us online at www.carlowtourism.com
through the waters of time
outdoor activities
canoeing continued
Pure Adventure
e Quay
Graiguenamanagh
Co. Kilkenny
t: 087–2265550
e: [email protected]
w: www.pureadventure.ie
GPS: 52.540717, -6.951693
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Pure Adventure is based in the heart of the Barrow valley in the
picturesque town of Graiguenamanagh. Located on the banks of the River
Barrow, Pure Adventure offers a range of activities that include exhilarating
white water kayaking trips, scenic canoe tours and chilled out Stand Up
Paddle Board adventures along with a range of team building activities and
guided walks. Pure Adventure also offers a complete range of Canoeing
Ireland skills courses from beginners to advanced skills. All activities can be
tailored to your group’s needs and desires. Full equipment is supplied, all
you need to do is book in and have fun. Come join us for an adventure you
will never forget.
horse riding
Carrigbeg Riding Stables
Carrigbeg
Bagenalstown
Co. Carlow
t: 059–9721962
e: [email protected]
Contact: Susan Patterson BHSII
GPS: 52.691203, -6.900377
Riding lessons available for children and adults from beginners to
competition level. Features indoor and outdoor arena and cross country
course. Cross country jumping for experienced riders. No trekking.
Advance booking essential.
HOW TO FIND US: L7004, 800 metres off the R724 Bagenalstown–
Myshall road.
OPEN: 02.01.15 – 23.12.15. Closed Sundays, Bank Holiday Mondays
and August Bank Holiday week.
RATES PER HOUR: children (over 6 and under 16 years of age) €22.
Adults €25. Groups of six or more: reduction available.
mountain biking
ML Syndicate
e ML Syndicate is Carlow’s only dedicated mountain biking club.
Whether you are a weekend spinner or a full-on racer, join us in the
Kilbrannish Hills for great fun and adventure. DH, XC, ENDURO ,
SOCIAL SPINS we do it all.
Racing 795
A triathlon and mountain biking club, with many activities in the
Kilbrannish Hills on the Blackstairs Mountains.
facebook.com/themlsyndicate?fref=ts
w: www.racing795.com
nature trails, wildlife workshops and themed treasure hunts
Wildways Adventures
e Quay
Graiguenamanagh
Co. Kilkenny
m: 087–4125649
e: [email protected]
w: www.wildwaysadventures.ie
Come Explore the Real World with Wildways Adventures who design and
run customised outdoor and indoor science based workshops, nature
trails, treasure hunts and themed events and activities for schools, youth
and community groups, family parties and tourism businesses. We are
based around Carlow and often work from from Oak Park Forest Park
and Duckett’s Grove Historic House and Walled Gardens but activities
can be arranged in a wide range of other locations and in other counties.
OPENING: Times and dates of events vary. See our website for details.
RATES: Vary depending on group size, location and individual
requirements.
paintballing
Special Ops Paintball
Ballymurphy
Borris
Co. Carlow
t: 085–7752495
e: [email protected]
w: www.specialops.ie
GPS: 52.569729, -6.892497
Special Ops Paintball is the perfect place for an action-packed day out
for any group and occasion. With a semi-automatic paintball gun and
full safety equipment, you’ll be shooting your friends in no time on our
military-themed game zones, complete with buildings and vehicles! With
over 15 years experience running paintball games, friendly and professional
staff will ensure a great day out. Advance booking essential.
HOW TO FIND US: 5km south of Borris off the R729 Borris – New
Ross road. OPEN: 7 days per week – year round.
RATES: €35 – 400 paintballs, paintball gun and full equipment rental.
Junior (aged 14+), college, school and corporate paintball rates available.
swimming pool
Bagenalstown Swimming Pool
Leighlinbridge Road
Bagenalstown
Co. Carlow
t: 086–3059356
GPS: 52.71091, -6.954722
Bagenalstown Swimming Pool is an excellent attraction for families and
children from early June until late August. It includes a heated, outdoor
25m pool and paddling pool. e club also offers swimming lessons,
summer camps and water safety lessons throughout the season along with
many other events such as river races, swimming galas, fun days and a
water safety festival. Seasonal membership available as well as casual rates.
OPENING TIMES: 11 a.m. – 12.30 p.m., 2.30 – 5 p.m. and 7 – 9 p.m.
visit us online at www.carlowtourism.com
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garden trail
the carlow garden trail and garden festival
Carlow is a treasure trove of wonderful gardens to visit. e Carlow
Garden Trail is a collection of 22 gardening attractions, with three
gardens in the surrounding counties of Kildare and Wexford. e
trail features great old gardens that have been lovingly restored and
maintained throughout the years and smaller gardens which are
maturing beautifully with time. Award-winning garden centres and
forest parks complement the joy of a visit here.
w: www.carlowgardentrail.com
Altamont Gardens
Tullow, Co. Carlow t: 059–9159444 e: [email protected]
w: www.heritageireland.ie/www.carlowgardentrail.com
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Widely respected as the jewel in Ireland’s gardening crown, Altamont
Gardens are an enchanting blend of formal and informal gardens with
riverside walks covering over 40 acres (16 hectares). e estate gains
much of its character from the many mature trees, natives in the avenues
and woodland areas, and exotic specimens throughout the gardens.
Lawns bisected by sculpted yews, slope down to a lake surrounded
by rare trees and rhododendrons and lead in turn to a very different
garden featuring exotic shrubs and trees. A fascinating walk through the
Arboretum, Bog Garden and Ice Age Glen with its canopy of ancient
oaks and huge stone outcrops leads the visitor to the River Slaney. When
Corona North, who lovingly cared for the gardens for over 50 years
died in 1999, the gardens were left to the State at her request. Ongoing
restoration and maintenance continues under the careful stewardship of
the Office of Public Works (O.P.W.).
“Every visitor says it has a special atmosphere, that’s why so many people
come back. Every element you want from a great garden is here, from
lovely lawns, floral beds and beautiful woodland going down to the river,
to a walled garden and really superb collections, such as the snowdrops,
rhododendrons and the fabulous oaks in the Arboretum” – Paul Cutler,
Head Gardener at Altamont Gardens.
FACILITIES: Toilets, outdoor picnic tables, large car and coach park,
restricted wheelchair access. No dogs allowed except guide dogs.
HOW TO FIND US: From Dublin/Waterford exit the M9 at
junction 5 for N80 Rosslare. Continue along the N80 through the
village of Ballon and the N80/N81 junction. Turn left at the next
cross road junction signed Altamont Gardens. From Carlow town
follow the N80 through Ballon and continue as above.
GPS: 52.735129, -6.720966
OPENING TIMES:
January 1st – 31st, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. 7 days per week.
February 1st – 28th, 9 a.m. – 4.30 p.m. 7 days per week.
March 1st – 31st, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. 7 days per week.
April 1st – September 30th, 9 a.m. – 6.30 p.m. 7 days per week.
October 1st – 31st, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. 7 days per week.
November 1st – 30th, 9 a.m. – 4.30 p.m. 7 days per week.
December 1st – 31st, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. 7 days per week.
Closed Christmas Day and in adverse weather conditions.
ADMISSION: Free individual admission. Guided tours available
for groups by prior appointment – adults €3.
Altamont Plant Sales
e Walled Garden @ Altamont, Altamont Gardens,
Tullow, Co. Carlow t: 087–9822135
e: [email protected]
w: www.carlowgardentrail.com
An unmissable highlight
of a visit to Altamont
Gardens is the Walled
Garden situated within the
grounds of the estate and
run privately by gardener
and nursery man Robert
Miller. e area consists
primarily of the Corona
North Commemorative
Border planted to honour the late Corona and Altamont Plant Sales
and Nursery. Each border has its own individual theme and colour from
striking reds to cool whites and blues, romantic pinks and warm yellow
glows. Altamont Plant Sales has not only grown in size in the last few
years, but more so in reputation as a place to acquire seriously good
garden plants. Always renowned for its extensive range of herbaceous
perennials, Altamont Plant Sales can also boast of having one of the
largest collections of old shrub roses available for sale to the gardening
public year round. Rare oaks, maples, cherry blossoms, dogwoods,
magnolias, beech and smaller flowering trees and shrubs suitable for
every-sized garden are also available throughout the year. Robert Miller
of Altamont Plant Sales is available for consultancy work for new and
mature gardens.
Walled Garden Café open May–September daily 10.30 a.m. –
5.30 p.m. February to May weekends only 10.30 a.m. – 5.30 p.m.
HOW TO FIND US: In the grounds of Altamont Gardens – for
directions please see previous entry. GPS: 52.735129, -6.720966
OPENING TIMES: Jan. 1st - Nov. 30th 10 a.m. – 5.30 p.m.
weekdays, 11a.m. – 6 p.m. weekends. Rest of year 10 a.m. – 5.30 p.m.
daily.
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TICKETS
€25 EACH
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or more 10%
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t: 059–9130411
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Arboretum Home and Garden Heaven
Kilkenny Road (R448), Leighlinbridge,
Co. Carlow t: 059–9721558
e: [email protected]
w: www.arboretum.ie
Commitment to excellent customer
service, high quality products,
unbeatable choice and value for
money has earned Arboretum
Home and Garden Heaven the
coveted title of National Store
of the Year 2015 by Retail
Excellence Ireland. Based in Co.
Carlow on a ten-acre site, this
family run business provides fun,
inspiration and great gardening
solutions for everyone. In 2005
Arboretum was awarded Ireland’s
first five star garden centre and
has now become one of the largest garden centres in Ireland. But
Arboretum Home and Garden Heaven is far more than a place for the
gardening enthusiast! It is an entire shopping experience in itself with
incredible offerings across their gardening range, extensive gift areas,
kitchen store, outdoor and indoor furniture and their fashion store.
e Arboretum experience has attracted other well-known brands
and offerings to the centre and has joined forces with the Edinburgh
Woollen Mill and ISE Garden and Forest Equipment allowing them
to offer the complete home and garden lifestyle experience.
An entire day can be devoted to just visiting the Arboretum, National
Store of the Year! Why not take some time out and relax with friends
and family in Rachel’s Garden Café and treat yourself to some of
their award winning signature dishes made with the very best Irish
ingredients.
Arboretum welcome tours and group bookings to celebrate all
occasions and events so be sure to book with them in advance to
guarantee a great experience at Arboretum, National Store of the Year.
With a pet store, garden café, home and gift shop, furniture area and a
qualified team of plant experts all under one roof, a trip to Arboretum
is like no other! Pop in store today or visit www.arboretum.ie
FACILITIES: Toilets, large car and coach park, wheelchair accessible,
café with wine licence and childrens’ play area, pet shop, retail park
with top retail brands including Edinburgh Woollen Mill.
HOW TO FIND US: From Dublin/Waterford take exit 6 on M9
motorway and follow signs for Leighlinbridge. Arboretum Home and
Garden Heaven is 3km from exit 6 located immediately off the R448
at Leighlinbridge. Alternatively visitors travelling directly from Carlow
town may follow the R448.
GPS: 52.742832, -6.975890
OPENING TIMES: Monday – Saturday 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., ursday 9
a.m. – 8 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Bank Holidays 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Arboretum Inspirational Gardens
Arboretum Home and Garden Heaven has created an exciting display
garden to inspire the modern day customer. Helping visitors to create
their own dreams while showing them that gardening is both stylish and
fun, this showpiece allows people to see that gardening can be enjoyed in
any busy lifestyle. e
concept behind this
design was to create
a garden that is easy
to care for, demands
low maintenance
and delivers endless
enjoyment.
Designed to inspire
visitors on planting
schemes and solutions,
the garden offers
endless ideas that can
be easily recreated in
gardeners’ own homes. e team at Arboretum have also included a
children’s playground and maze which is a maximum height of 1m.
is is located beside the new terraced area of Rachel’s Garden Café so
that children can play while parents enjoy some home baking and locally
sourced food. Families can also pay a visit to the fun mud hut or visit the
friendly koi who live in the pond. A visit to the garden is a treat for the
amateur or the enthusiast who will enjoy seeing the themed planting,
use of colour, texture and form.
FACILITIES, DIRECTIONS, OPENING TIMES and GPS: As
per previous entry for Arboretum Home and Garden Heaven. Free
admission.
e team at Arboretum have developed a ‘Give it a Grow Garden’
which is designed to create a fully functional grow your own with
fruit, herbs, vegetables and chickens. e garden is designed to be
accessible and functional for wheelchairs and disability access. Tours of
the Arboretum Inspirational Gardens and the ‘Give it a Grow Garden’
can be booked on 059–9721558/9721503.
visit us online at www.carlowgardentrail.com
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Ashlawn Garden Centre
Donore, Bagenalstown, Co. Carlow t: 059–9721175
Clonegal Community Gardens, Clonegal, Co. Carlow
t: 086–2111942 e: [email protected]
Situated close to the town
of Bagenalstown in an open
country setting, Ashlawn
Garden Centre is a familyrun business where excellent
service and advice is on hand
in a friendly and informative
manner. Plants are their pride
and joy and there is something
for everyone here, catering
for the expert gardener to the
complete novice with specially selected ranges to suit different needs and
budgets. Ashlawn Garden Centre offers a wide range of healthy trees,
shrubs, roses and perennials at outstandingly good value while the 3,000
square feet shop stocks a large selection of sprays, sprayers, terracotta
and glazed pots, tools, pet accessories, fountains, lights and bird baths,
seasonal bulbs and seeds.
FACILITIES: Toilets, car park, wheelchair accessible.
HOW TO FIND US: Situated 3 km outside Bagenalstown off the
Borris road (R705). Take the first turn to the left after the railway bridge.
e centre is 2 km from this turn on the left hand side of the road.
GPS: 52.682814, -6.938924
OPENING TIMES: Monday – Saturday 9.30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sundays and Bank Holidays 2 – 6 p.m.
Situated in Ireland’s Tidiest Village
2014, the Clonegal Community
Garden was developed in early
2013 with the assistance of the
community. All labour was voluntary
and all materials used were donated.
e garden is primarily used
for growing fruit and vegetables
but it also has a small native tree
nursery, polytunnel, wild garden, herbaceous border, composting area
and water harvesting system. e garden is also a wonderful resource
for educational purposes with regular workshops and all planting is
documented and promotion of biodiversity and sustainability is in
abundance here. e village also features a series of other gardens
including those at the Weavers Cottages which resemble an ornamental
cottage garden in style. Gold medal winner in the European Entente
Florale competition 2013, Ireland’s Tidiest Village in Tidy Towns 2014,
Gold Medal Winner in Tidy Towns 2010 – 2014 inclusive and winner
of Carlow’s Pride of Place initiative 2013.
FACILITIES: Outdoor picnic tables, restricted wheelchair access, on
street parking. Nearby facilities within walking distance – award winning
Sha-Roe Bistro, pubs, shops, historic buildings and riverside picnic area.
HOW TO FIND US: From Dublin/Waterford leave the M9 at exit 5.
Take the N80 in direction of Rosslare. Clonegal is situated 17.5 km from
exit 5. Having passed the Whitemills traditional Irish pub, take the next
left signposted for Clonegal. GPS: 52.693884, -6.64658.
OPENING TIMES: Daily May to September. Free guided tour by
appointment. ADMISSION: Free.
e: [email protected]
w: www.carlowgardentrail.com
Borris House, Gardens and Woodlands
new
Borris, Co. Carlow t: 059–9771884
2015
e: [email protected] w: www.borrishouse.com
e new lace garden illustrates the fascinating story of Borris Lace
through its predominantly white colour palette, lace inspired flowers,
sculptures and stylised planting. Stroll along the woodland paths and
enjoy some of the beautiful specimen trees. See page 12 for more details.
Burtown House and Gardens
Athy, Co. Kildare t: 059–8623148
e: [email protected]
w: www.burtownhouse.ie
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e gardens at
Burtown are made
up of several areas,
including large
herbaceous borders,
shrubberies, a rock
garden, a yew walk
divided by a pergola,
a sundial garden, an
old orchard, a more
formal stable yard
garden, a walled
organic vegetable
garden and a large woodland garden surrounded on all sides by water.
ere is a sculpture park set in wildflower meadows with mown
pathways. Shop and plant sales area.
FACILITIES: Car park, toilets and restaurant. e Gallery Café is
open every ursday – Sunday serving scrumptuous lunches based
on fresh seasonal produce from the organic kitchen garden. Booking is
recommended. Group bookings possible all year round.
HOW TO FIND US: From Dublin / Waterford take exit 3 on M9
motorway and follow signs for Athy. Take the second left turn and
Burtown House is on the left, well signposted.
GPS: 52.996672, -6.870744
OPENING TIMES: 2nd Saturday of April – last Sunday of
September, 11 a.m. – 5.30 p.m. ursday – Sunday and Bank Holidays.
Snowdrop Month, 2nd Saturday of February – last weekend of
February. ADMISSION: Adults €6, children €4, under 12 free.
w: www.clonegalkildavin.ie/ClonegalTidyVillage/
or www.clonegalkildavin.ie
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Delta Sensory Gardens and Garden Centre
Strawhall Estate, Carlow t: 059–9143527
e: [email protected] w: www.deltasensorygardens.com
Delta Sensory Gardens are now well renowned
and mature, having been open to the public
for the past eight years. eir visitor numbers
are growing steadily with many repeat visitors
and word of mouth advertising. ere is
always something different to see from
season to season in the 16 interconnecting
gardens offering visitors of all ages a unique
opportunity to rest and indulge their senses of
touch, taste, smell, hearing and visual delight.
e theme of each of the gardens celebrates
the use of natural elements such as stone, water
and wonderful foliage and plants. e feedback and comments from
visitors speaks for itself: ‘An absolute delight to experience such variety, a
thrill to all the senses, peace, tranquillity and inspiration.’ ‘Delighted to see all
the various elements of nature made so accessible for people of all abilities.’
Delta Centre hosts many popular events throughout the year,
check www.deltasensorygardens.com for more details.
new New coffee shop/craft area and garden display expected to
2015 open in May 2015 – check the website for more details.
FACILITIES: Car park, toilets, wheelchair accessible, restaurant.
HOW TO FIND US: From Dublin/Waterford take exit 4 on M9
motorway and follow signs for Carlow town. Strawhall Estate is
located off Cannery Road, the road which serves Netwatch Cullen
Park G.A.A. grounds on the outskirts of Carlow town close to the
Athy Road roundabout. Follow brown tourist signs.
GPS: 52.844988, -6.924546
OPENING TIMES: Monday – Friday 9 a.m. – 5.30 p.m., weekends
and Bank Holidays 11 a.m. – 5.30 p.m., closed weekends in January,
February and November (unless by group arrangement).
ADMISSION: Adults €5, concessions €4, children free accompanied
by adult. Group rate available.
visit us online at www.carlowgardentrail.com
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Duckett’s Grove Walled Gardens and Pleasure Grounds
Kneestown, Co. Carlow (near Carlow town)
t: Carlow Tourist Office 059–9131554
e: [email protected] w: www.duckettsgrove.ie
Duckett’s Grove, the 18th, 19th
and early 20th century home of
the Duckett family, was formerly
at the centre of a 20,000 acre
(8,093 hectares) estate that has
dominated the Carlow landscape
for over 300 years. Even in ruin,
the surviving towers and turrets of
Duckett’s Grove form a romantic
profile making it one of the most
photogenic historic buildings in the country. is part Cobden designed
building is structurally intact and accessible to the public. Its precincts
have been the subject of at least two international film sets and the site
is a continuous mecca for paranormal groups. e revival of two old
walled gardens has been completed by Carlow County Council, the old
paths revealed and the beds and borders reinstated. Stylistically the new
planting schemes echo the past yet reflect changing fashions, utilising
plants and planting patterns that may have evolved over time.
Open daily, daylight hours.
Duckett’s Grove Design – Craft and Gift Emporium features a large
retail display area, selling a vibrant mix of locally produced high end art,
craft and giftware products. For opening times visit www.duckettsgrove.ie
ere is also a charming tea room on site providing high quality artisan
food including delicious cakes, snacks and light lunches.
For opening times: facebook.com/thetearoomsatduckettsgrove
FACILITIES: Large car and coach
park, toilets, wheelchair access.
HOW TO FIND US: From
Dublin/Waterford take exit 4 off
the M9 motorway. Follow signs for
Castledermot, then take the R418
Castledermot – Tullow road for 6km
and turn right at the signed junction.
From Carlow town take the R726
Hacketstown road for 10km to
Killerig Cross. Turn left at this junction onto the R418 for 2.5km, turn
left again at the signed junction. GPS: 52.858748, -6.812787
OPENING TIMES: Gardens and ruined mansion daily, daylight hours.
ADMISSION: Free.
Hardymount Gardens
Tullow, Co. Carlow t: 059–9151769
w: www.carlowgardentrail.com
One of the largest Spanish
chestnuts in the country greets
you on arrival to 3.5 acres (1.5
hectare) of lawns and shrubs
surrounded by magnificent
beech and oak trees. A wonderful
walled garden behind the house
contains many unusual plants
and flowers in the herbaceous
border. e grass paths take you past the pond with lilies and fish
to espaliered apple trees, an arbour of old roses, a pergola clothed
with wisteria and underplanted with hollyhocks and foxgloves and
on to a vegetable garden. A summer house at the end of the garden
in a sheltered corner provides a quiet area for rest and relaxation.
FACILITIES: Wheelchair accessible.
HOW TO FIND US: From Dublin - through the town of Tullow onto
the Bunclody Road N81. Turn right after the Topaz petrol station, on the
outskirts of the town. Turn right at the next cross roads – the gardens are
550m on the right hand side. GPS: 52.798787, -6.762269
OPENING TIMES: Daily 2 – 6 p.m. May – August inclusive. Open
at other times by arrangement. Groups very welcome.
ADMISSION: Adults €5 (in aid of Cancer Research).
Herb Gardens at Kilgraney House
Borris Road, Kilgraney, Bagenalstown, Co. Carlow
t: 059–9775283
e: [email protected]
w: www.kilgraneyhouse.com
Consisting of a series of
interconnecting herbal
gardens there is a large
kitchen garden, a tea
walk, a medicinal herb
courtyard, a medieval
monastic herb garden and
a garden of aromatic and
fragrant herbs.
e enclosed kitchen
garden consists of gravel
paths and eleven raised
timber beds of varying sizes grouped to form a modern rectangular
‘’potager’’. Next to the kitchen garden is the tea walk, a short gravel
path lined on one side with plants suitable for infusions and herbal
teas. e medicinal garden, set in a granite courtyard, consists of
nine raised beds in Irish oak timber. In a lower courtyard is an
aromatic garden planted with herbs for fragrance and also for their
usefulness in cosmetic preparations. In an adjoining courtyard there
is a modern interpretation of a medieval monastic herb garden with
four oak raised beds surrounded on two sides by an oak timber
cloister. A circular cosmic garden helps to explain and facilitate our
understanding of the ancient belief that there is a connection between
people, plants, planets and constellations.
FACILITIES: Car park, toilets, art/craft gallery, restricted access for
wheelchairs.
HOW TO FIND US: Situated just off the R705 Bagenalstown –
Borris Road, the herb gardens are 6km from Bagenalstown.
GPS: 52.653681, -6.957602
OPENING TIMES: April – September, ursday – Sunday and
Bank Holiday Mondays 2 – 5 p.m. Groups by appointment.
ADMISSION: €3. Tea or coffee available.
Leighlinbridge – e Garden Village
Mary Meaney, Secretary, Leighlinbridge
Improvement Group t: 086–6027751
w: www.leighlinbridgetidytowns.ie
Leighlinbridge enjoys a
range of gardens, built
and designed by the
local community to
commemorate various
aspects of village life over
the years. ese include
the Millennium Garden,
seven small individual
gardens, each with its own
theme represented by trees, shrubs and stones. e Vivaldi Garden is
based on Vivaldi’s musical concerto e Four Seasons while the Garden
of Remembrance commemorates important occasions in the history
of the village. ese include the visit by the Canadian Prime Minister,
Ireland’s first all county World War 1 memorial and the Entente Florale
Gold Medal Award. e Sculpture Garden is dedicated to three of
Leighlinbridge’s most famous sons – Cardinal Patrick Francis Moran,
John Tyndall, the mountaineer and scientist and Captain Myles Keogh,
second in command to General Custer.
FACILITIES: Restaurants, award winning garden centre, hotel, public
houses, castle, historic buildings, angling, walking routes, picnic site.
HOW TO FIND US: From Dublin/Waterford take exit 6 on
M9 motorway and follow signs for Leighlinbridge which is clearly
signposted off the R448, 3km from here. Alternatively visitors
travelling from Carlow town should follow the R448.
GPS: 52.735586, -6.973691
OPENING TIMES: Daylight hours. Free admission.
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garden trail
Huntington Castle and Gardens
Clonegal, Co. Carlow t: 053–9377160
e: [email protected]
w: www.huntingtoncastle.com
ese gardens were mainly laid out in the 17th century and include
the French limes on the Avenue as well as the formal lawns to the
side of the house. Huntington possesses a number of Irish Champion
trees including four varieties of hickory, a cut leaved oak, a Siberian
crab and buckeye chestnut. See page 12 for more details.
Morgan’s Garden Centre
Green Road, Carlow t: 059–9143092
e: [email protected]
w: www.carlowgardentrail.com
Morgan’s Garden Centre was
established in 1988 on the outskirts
of Carlow town and continues to be
a family-run business. It has since
become known as a retailer of plants
of the highest standard including
many varieties and plants grown
and nurtured on site. ey carry a
large range of garden accessories and
gardening solution products to deal
with your growing pains! Leading brands include Westland products,
Taylor’s bulbs, Unwin seeds, Pheebert’s statues, Garden Trading and
Burgon and Ball. The Gift Shop is stocked with hand-picked giftware
from many brands including The Gorjuss range by Santoro, delph by
Nina Campbell and Lisa Stickley, Lisbeth-Dahl, Miss Etoile, Egmont
toys, St. Eval Candle Company and a range of gift cards and wrapping
with local designer Clare Jordan, a firm favourite.
FACILITIES: car park, toilet, wheelchair accessible.
HOW TO FIND US: Located on the outskirts of Carlow town,
off the R448 (in direction of Kilkenny). Take the first turn to the left
after Carlow Institute of Technology and take the right exit at the next
roundabout. GPS: 52.817096, -6.938281
OPENING TIMES: Monday – Saturday 9.30 a.m. – 6 p.m., Sunday
2 – 6 p.m., Bank Holidays 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Newtownbarry House and Gardens
Bunclody, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford
t: 053–9376383 / 087–0569805 / 087–1227846
e: [email protected]
w: www.newtownbarryhouse.com
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is Victorian classical
house near the River Slaney
is surrounded by lawns,
ancient trees and a sunken
garden. e house can be
visited and has a tearoom
and art gallery. Parts of
Newtownbarry House and
Gardens date back to the
18th and 19th century and
have been recently restored.
e Sunken Garden covering approx. two acres, is a colourful walled
garden which includes a formal oval pool, a fountain and a series of
borders filled with shrubs and herbaceous perennials, enclosed by lines
of dwarf hedges, mature trees, a rose garden and a lake.
FACILITIES: Car park, toilets and tea room. Wheelchair accessible.
HOW TO FIND US: In Bunclody town cross over the bridge in the
direction of Carnew and the entrance gates are directly ahead.
OPENING TIMES: May 30th – August 30th, Tuesday – Sunday
including Bank Holiday Mondays 12 noon – 6 p.m. Gallery, farm cafe
and gift shop also open. See website for gallery exhibitions.
ADMISSION: Gardens – adult €4. House and gardens – adult €8.
Concessions for senior citizens and groups over10 €6. Children under12 free. GPS: 52.65673, 6.65035
Oak Park Forest Park
Oak Park - outskirts of Carlow town
t: 059–9131554 Carlow Tourist Office
e: [email protected]
w: www.carlowgardentrail.com
Winner of the
RDS Irish Forestry
Awards 2013
ere are few locations
which could rival the
beauty and tranquillity
of Oak Park Forest
Park. Ideal for leisurely
strolls and walks, a visit
here is a relaxing and
pleasurable experience
and a must for any
visitor to Co. Carlow.
Colour coded circular
walkways of varying lengths with excellent accessible surfaces and
easy gradients make a visit here an enjoyable experience for young and
old alike. e park is a mature, mixed species woodland of over 120
acres with a predominance of beech, oak, scots pine, silver fir, larch and
sycamore. e proximity of the walkways to the extensive collection
of ferns, mosses and woodland flora provides the visitor with an ideal
opportunity to interact with nature. Boasting a rich diversity of wildlife,
the lakes and their surrounds provide a habitat for swans and ducks,
while the islands shelter many wild and game birds. e Woodland
Walks have been laid out to encompass the broadest range of natural
features. Extending over 4 kilometres they include Butlers Wood Loop
(700 metres), the Lake Path (800 metres), Fox Covert Track (1,100
metres) and Sally Island Trail (1,700 metres).
Situated on the outskirts of Carlow town, the park is a popular
destination for walking and educational visits. e park also features a
universally accessible playground with full facilities for individuals with
a disability – the first of its kind in Ireland, bat sanctuary, picnic area,
informal leisure areas and seating at regular intervals. Outdoor
exercise equipment adds to the recreational enjoyment of the park.
FACILITIES: Universally accessible playground, outdoor exercise
equipment, outdoor picnic tables, wheelchair accessible walkways and
toilets, large car park, bat sanctuary and bird-watching area.
HOW TO FIND US: From Dublin/Waterford take exit 4 on M9
motorway. Follow signs for Carlow taking the first right after Toughers
Restaurant. Take a left at the next junction. Access also possible off
Cannery Road close to the Athy Road junction in Carlow town.
OPENING TIMES: Year round daily, daylight hours.
ADMISSION: Free entrance. GPS: 52.864166, -6.894982
Rathvilly Garden Centre
Rathvilly (on N81), Co. Carlow t: 059–9161594
e: [email protected] w: www.carlowgardentrail.com
Rathvilly Garden Centre
is a family-run business,
operated by Dermot Byrne
who prides himself on offering
a comprehensive range of
home-grown bedding plants
and shrubs for the gardening
enthusiast. e garden centre
features a range of bulbs,
seeds, garden tools and a large
selection of trees, shrubs, container pots, fruit trees, outdoor pots, moss
peat, trellis and fencing. ere is a strong emphasis on “growing your
own” with a vegetable exhibition area. Trained and experienced staff will
give advice on all gardening queries.
FACILITIES: Wheelchair accessible, toilet (wheelchair friendly).
HOW TO FIND US: 3.5km from Rathvilly and 6km from
Baltinglass on the Rathvilly – Baltinglass N81 Road. Well signposted.
GPS: 52.898638, -6.697199
OPENING TIMES: March – September, Monday – Saturday 9.30
a.m. – 6 p.m., Sunday 11.30 a.m. – 6 p.m., Bank Holidays 10 a.m. –
6 p.m. For winter and café opening times t: 059–9161594.
visit us online at www.carlowgardentrail.com
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Rathwood
Rath, Tullow, Co. Carlow
t: 059–9156285 e: reception[email protected]
w: www.rathwood.com and www.fundaysout.ie
Rathwood, winner of Store
of the Year 2013, is a familyowned centre located on the
Carlow – Wicklow border. It
has something for everyone,
from home interiors to ladies
clothing and shoes to plants,
paving and fun activities for the
family. ere are also furniture
and kitchen showrooms, a fine
food delicatessen and the spectacular Birds of Prey Centre. Everyone
from the green-fingered to the new home owner is guaranteed to get
inspiration, practical advice and friendly service. Dine at Rathwood’s
country-style restaurant with fresh, wholesome food and home baking.
Combine a lunch or afternoon tea stop at Rathwood with your visit to
Altamont Gardens. A ride on the Rathwood train, walk in the forest,
visit to the Chocolate Factory or the Woodlands Falconry and Birds of
Prey Centre makes Rathwood a joy to visit at any time of the year.
GPS: 52.796597, 6.660739
FACILITIES: Multi-award winning exclusive centre consisting of
furniture and interiors shops, gift shops, restaurant, garden centre, ladies
fashions and shoes, potteries, vintage style children’s clothing, stone
landscaping, garden sheds, childrens’ outdoor play garden, train rides,
forest walks, large coach and car park, toilets, wheelchair access, Fáilte
Ireland Visitor Information Point, Chocolate of Ireland, Woodlands
Falconry and Birds of Prey Centre and Rathgall Hillfort.
HOW TO FIND US: 10km from Altamont Gardens. From Dublin/
Waterford take exit 4 on M9 motorway. Follow signs for Castledermot,
then take the R418 to Tullow. Rathwood is located on the R725
Tullow to Shillelagh road, 5km from Tullow town.
OPENING HOURS: Monday – Saturday including Bank Holidays
9.30 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sunday 11a.m. – 6 p.m.
Rath Wood Forest Walks
Rath, Tullow, Co. Carlow
t: 059–9156285
Rath Wood offer gentle walks for all
ages from a short leisurely wheelchair
accessible path to the longer looped
Molloy walk. Rath Wood offers a
sanctuary for many mammals, birds and insect species within its 185
acre boundaries. e forest contains a great variety of tree species
including beech, oak, sitka spruce, norway spruce, birch, douglas fir and
alder. e historical feature of Rathgall Hillfort which dates back to 800
B.C. is located nearby. FACILITIES: Coillte forest walks – wheelchair/
child buggy friendly walk to the pond with seating at regular intervals.
Woodland map guide, toilets and restaurant available at Rathwood.
Information on Rathgall Hillfort is available in the Fáilte Ireland Visitor
Information Point in Rathwood. HOW TO FIND US, GPS and
OPENING TIMES as per Rathwood entry opposite. Admission free.
e Meadows, No. 7 the Meadows, Myshall, Co. Carlow
t: 059–9157530 w: www.philippabayliss.com
new
2015
e Meadows is positioned in a small estate in Myshall
village with views extending to the Wicklow Mountains,
the Carlow Ridge and Mount Leinster. e plot at
No. 7 is about a third of an acre and slopes steeply
into the hillside with the back shaded by sycamores.
In front of the house there are plantings of pampas
grass, miscanthus, dwarf and prostate conifers, orange
fennel, watsonia, kniphofia, fox gloves, heathers and
catmint. e back garden is planted with an informal
hedge of shrub roses and some interesting trees interspersed with mostly
herbaceous plants, set into gravel. is area has been designed with low
maintenance in mind, needing no mechanical tools and only intermittent
hard work to keep it in order. GPS: 52.6870338, -6.777797
FACILITIES: Car park, toilet, art gallery, garden studio. Artists welcome.
HOW TO FIND US: Opposite Myshall Garda Station on the
Kildavin road R724. OPENING TIMES: March – September,
12 – 5 p.m. daily with the exception of ursday. ADMISSION: €3.
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View the pulpit from Carlow Cathedral, included in ‘A History of Ireland in 100 Objects’
See the smoking pipe of Captain Myles Keogh, killed at the infamous Battle of Little Big Horn
Home to the last cigarette smoked by Kevin Barry at the age of 18 before he was executed in 1920
Find out about the 19th century scientist John Tyndall, the first person to discover the greenhouse effect.
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(last admission half hour before closing)
Carlow County Museum, College Street, Carlow Town
Entrance through Carlow Tourist Office
(beside Carlow Cathedral)
Tel: 059 9131554 Email: [email protected]
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through the waters of time
e character and heritage of Carlow’s rural
towns and villages reflect some of its most
charming aspects. Riverside towns with
graceful medieval bridges, old stone-built
estate towns, bustling market towns and
hillside villages add their individual colour
and character to the Carlow landscape. Use
the map on page 22 of this publication to
guide you on your touring route.
ARDATTIN: a picturesque country village,
6 km south of Tullow near the River Slaney.
Located closeby was Ballintemple House,
birthplace of Pierce Butler, soldier, statesman
and signatory of the American Constitution.
Although the house was sadly destroyed by
fire in 1913, an extensive tree nursery tended
by the State forestry service, Coillte, now
occupies the Ballintemple Estate which is also
the base of the National Tree, Shrub and Seed
Centre in Ireland. e beauty of this village is
strengthened by the pride of its people, which is
reflected in its overall character.
GPS: 52.754059, -6.706826
BAGENALSTOWN: otherwise known in
its Gaelic version as Muine Bheag is sited on
a pleasant stretch of the River Barrow and
derives its name from Walter Bagenal, who, in
founding the town, had visions of
mirroring the city of Versailles in northern
France. However, his efforts became
frustrated due to the re-routing of the
coach road away from the town. He left
more than enough for visitors to enjoy with
handsome stone public buildings including
the impressive Courthouse, now a public
library. e arrival of the railway in 1846
rejuvenated the town, and its neo-classical
railway station is one of the finest in Ireland.
Attributed to William Deane Butler it is
constructed of limestone and granite and is a
seven bay, two-storey building in an Italianate
villa style. Today the station still retains
its charm in a largely unaltered state. is
former mill town made full use of the River
Barrow to transport grain, beet, coal, turf and
Guinness by barge, evidence of which can be
seen in its fine industrial architecture. Near
the railway bridge on the R705 Borris road
is an example of the Carlow Fence which
consists of a decorative fence made of granite
pieces, laid horizontally over vertical posts
and is found nowhere else in the world.
Quayside in Bagenalstown
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Bagenalstown Courthouse, now the library
One of the finest views of the town may
be enjoyed on the approach road from
Leighlinbridge and includes the spire of St.
Andrew’s Catholic Church and the fine tower
of St. Mary’s Church of Ireland Church.
St. Andrew’s Catholic Church was built
in 1820 on a site provided by the Newton
family, successors to the Bagenals. e stained
glass behind the altar is worthy of particular
attention. Nowadays, riverside walks, picnic
tables and a picturesque lock enhance this fine
town which has been twinned with the French
town of Pont Pean since 1999.
ATTRACTIONS: e ruins of the early
14th century Ballymoon Castle and 13th
century Ballyloughan Castle are located
near the town – see page 19. Wells Church,
situated closeby, is the preserved ruin of a
church dating back to 1262. e church
is surrounded by an enclosed and wellmaintained graveyard which is still in
use today.
ACTIVITIES: Outdoor heated swimming
pool – see page 37 for details. e McGrath
complex offers fine sporting facilities including
cricket, hurling, soccer and Gaelic football, a
tennis court and pitch and putt course. e
River Barrow in this area is renowned for
coarse fishing with wheelchair friendly fishing
stands located near the swimming pool. e
Barrow Way long-distance walking route
– see page 32. GPS: 52.702099, -6.95607
BALLYMURPHY: A gentle hillside village
captured in a glen on mountain slopes which
derives its name from Matthew Murphy
of Clonroche, Co. Wexford, a powerful
landowner and builder of a castle in the area in
the mid-17th century. is is the first village
encountered on the County Carlow side of the
Blackstairs Mountains by the traveller passing
close to the picturesque Sculloge Gap.
GPS: 52.571837, -6.859298
ACTIVITIES: Walking: South Leinster
Way – see pages 32/33.
BALLON: e Blackstairs and Wicklow
Mountains provide a dramatic backdrop
to the pastures and cornfields, the winding
country roads and traditional farmsteads
around the charming rural village of Ballon.
ere is a strong archaeological presence in
the area which includes a motte and bailey at
Castlemore and Castlegrace, ringforts, cashels,
standing stones and holy wells. Ballon Hill,
450ft above sea level provides magnificent
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towns and villages
views of the surrounding countryside while a
map board on site supplies information on the
archaeological significance of the area. Located
on the outskirts of the village at Ballykealey
is the Quaker graveyard, strongly associated
with the Lecky family for whom Ballykealey
House (now Ballykealey Manor Hotel) was
built in the 1830s. Ballon has many interesting
gardens and a Celtic Tree Trail around
the village. A new beekeeping project gets
underway this summer as well as a butterfly
and bee trail which will finish at the Nectar
Café. GPS: 52.739119 -6.7697413
ATTRACTIONS: Organic Garden
– grounds of Ballon National School, Slí
na Sceacha close to the Forge Restaurant,
wild flower corridors on both sides of the
village with picnic site at the entrance to
the Lecky Graveyard. Fáilte Ireland Visitor
Information Point in Old School, Siopa
Glas, national award winning community
shop, Altamont Gardens (pg. 38), e
Forge Restaurant (pg. 27), Lace Gallery and
Malone’s Fruit Farm (pg. 16).
new Summer Street Festival May 31st –
2015
street performances, nature workshops,
art and craft stalls and lots more. An old style
replica of Church Street will be recreated to
feature a bakery/kitchen and hardware store.
Ballon is synonomous for its great scarecrow
figures and this festival sees an even larger
display in the Church Street/Ballon Hill area.
Wild flower corridor at Ballon village
BORRIS is a Georgian, granite village, full of
charm and heritage nestling in the fertile valley
of the River Barrow and the ideal gateway for
nearby Mount Leinster and the Blackstairs
Mountains. Its old, granite houses and
Victorian shop fronts have remained largely
intact. Most of the town’s buildings stand on
the north side of a steeply rising main street,
overshadowed by the presence of the very
substantial demesne walls of Borris House.
Built in Tudor style, Borris House is the home
of the Kavanagh family, direct descendants of
the McMorrough Kavanagh dynasty, former
Celtic Kings of Leinster. e town prospered
in the 1800s as Arthur McMorrough
Kavanagh, the landlord of the time, developed
a sawmill and a thriving lace-making industry
– Borris Lace soon became famous for its
beautiful, intricate patterns and found its way
to stately homes as far away as Russia. He
also instigated the building of the spectacular
16-arch viaduct, situated at the lower end of
the town, which carried the now defunct Great
Southern and Western Railway Line between
Bagenalstown and Palace East in Co. Wexford.
A pleasing feature of the town is the Sacred
through the waters of time
Heart Church, built in 1820 with a façade
of granite decorated with limestone which
incorporates a Romanesque style doorway.
ATTRACTIONS: Borris House is open on
selected days throughout the year. See page 12.
Clashganny Lock, 5km south of Borris on
the R729 New Ross road offers a panoramic
view of Carlow’s waterways system and rich
countryside.
ACTIVITIES: Hang-gliding and
paragliding on Mount Leinster, walking on
the South Leinster and Barrow Ways – see
pages 32/33. Coarse angling – see pages
20/21. GPS: 52.599837, -6.923121
CARLOW: In Carlow town the visitor is
presented with a rich tapestry of history
dating back a millennium and beyond, many
associated famous names and an architectural
heritage telling the story of the town’s
evolution since the Normans first came here
in the 12th century. With a population of
over 20,000, Carlow is the county town and
gateway to the South-East standing at the
confluence of the Barrow and Burrin rivers.
Tradition has it that the junction of the two
rivers once covered such a large area of ground
that a lake was formed, or, as some believe
four lakes, hence the name Ceatharloch or
City of the Four Lakes. As a strategic river
crossing, the town was the scene of a number
of important battles and the Anglo Normans
signalled its importance by building the great
Carlow Castle in the 13th century. Famous
names associated with Carlow include George
Bernard Shaw, the dramatist and critic whose
mother Lucinda Elizabeth Gurley was born
in Carlow. e famous impressionist artist
Frank O’Meara was born at 37 Dublin Street
on March 30th 1853, sharing that birth date
with Vincent Van Gogh. A vibrant college and
market town, Carlow enjoys a thriving arts
and crafts community, an exciting nightlife, a
strong tradition of Irish language and culture
and a superb range of shops, boutiques and
restaurants. GPS: 52.8349944, -6.9297875
ATTRACTIONS: Carlow Town Heritage
Trail – see pages 24 and 25 for details.
Carlow Town Park – a 12.8 acre park on the
banks of the River Barrow offering a host of
amenities for all the family – see page 25.
Brownshill Dolmen – Europe’s largest portal
dolmen, with a capstone weighing 101tonnes,
5km from the town on the R726 – page 19.
Kennedy Avenue, Carlow
towns and villages
and farmland, the village is a gateway to the
higher Wicklow Mountains to the east and
the beaches of Wexford to the south.
ACTIVITIES: Situated at the foothills of
the Wicklow Mountains, the area has a wide
variety of walks.
GPS: 52.8654, -6.55852
Mount Leinster on the Blackstairs Mountains range
CLONMORE is one of Carlow’s most
important early Christian sites with a wealth
of history for visitors to discover. Situated in
the scenic north-eastern corner of County
Carlow, the present road cuts through
the monastery founded by St. Maedóc
around 600 A.D. No trace of the monastic
buildings remain but the importance of the
site is attested by the presence of two large
crosses, nineteen cross-inscribed stones, an
ogham stone and two bullaun stones. is
fascinating collection of crosses features
exceptional examples of craftsmanship.
e area is a haven for the historian, researcher
and photographer to enjoy a rich legacy of
historical items from the 6th century abbey
remains to the 12th century castle ruins and the
19th century McCall connection.
P.J. McCall, the famous balladeer was born here
and composed hundreds of ballads of historic
interest including Boolavogue and Follow Me Up
to Carlow. GPS: 52.827109, -6.569184
Granite stone cottages in Fenagh Village
FENAGH: Fenagh is known for its
architectural design and granite buildings with
fine examples of stone work to be seen in the
houses and surrounds throughout the village.
One of the most famous families associated
with the area was the Lecky Watsons, a
Quaker family, who first settled here in the
early 18th century. Descendants of the family
created the first set of written rules for playing
polo while another member of the family
hunted down the last recorded wolf in Ireland
on the slopes of Mount Leinster. Outside
Ballydarton House on the outskirts of the
village is a fine example of the Carlow Fence.
GPS: 52.713595, -6.84726
HACKETSTOWN: Eagle Hill, south
of the town, has delightful views from its
summit and most of the county can be seen
spread out below. Surrounded by woodland
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KILDAVIN: A unique little village outside
Bunclody, off the main Carlow-Rosslare road
(N80). It nestles beneath the Blackstairs
Mountains and has the River Slaney running
through it. The old monastic Cranavane
Well, winner of the 2013 Carlow Heritage
Award, is Kildavin’s pride and joy. Dating
from the 5th century this oasis of peace on
the outskirts of the village is well worth a
visit.
The Cranavane Well near Kildavin Village
The village garden created on the site of the
old ball alley links local wildlife, sustainable
willow and shrub planting and local granite
stone. This garden is situated in the village
centre beside St. Peter and Paul’s Church.
St. Lazerian’s R.C. Church towers on a
hill over the streetscape of Kildavin and is
beside the local national school.
GPS: 52.68377, -6.685339
ATTRACTIONS: e South Leinster
Way long distance walking trail –
see pages 32/33 for details.
Visit www.clonegalkildavin.ie
KILLESHIN: an
important medieval
monastery, was the
centre of learning
and culture since
early Christian
times. e present
church was built
c.1150 and is well
worth visiting not
Romanesque doorway
just for its beautiful
Romanesque doorway, one of the finest
examples in the country, but for its scenic
setting. Nestling in peaceful countryside, it
has such wonderful views across the Barrow
Valley to the Blackstairs Mountains that it
has been called “e Balcony of Carlow”. e
doorway is also one of only a small number
of doorways in Ireland with a triangular gable
above the arches.
ATTRACTIONS: Oisín Park with
picnic area and children’s playground. Slieve
Margy long distance walking route. e
Waterworks. GPS: 52.84718, -7.00152
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towns and villages
through the waters of time
clonegal – ireland’s tidiest village 2014
Clonegal received the accolade of Ireland’s
tidiest village in the 2014 Tidy Towns
Awards and is well worth a visit for its
stunning planting and colourful flower
displays. The village of Cluain na nGall, or
in English, “the Meadow of the Stranger”
is set in a valley between the Blackstairs
and Wicklow mountains, straddling the
meeting place of the rivers Slaney and Derry
where the counties of Carlow, Wicklow and
Wexford meet. The mountains, the valleys
and the rivers, the fishing and the shooting
facilities have made this village a favourite
stopping place over the years. It is often
referred to as the “Switzerland of Ireland”
for its outstanding natural beauty. With a
backdrop of tree clad hills and abundant
wild and bird life centred on its picturesque
river, Clonegal is a delight to explore.
LEIGHLINBRIDGE:
e development of Leighlinbridge village
was greatly influenced through its historic
importance as a transport route. Over 300
years before the Christian era, a great battle
took place here to capture the fort of Dinn
Righ, reputedly the ancient seat of the Kings
of Leinster. e focal point of Leighlinbridge
is its valerian bearded bridge, built in 1320 by
Maurice Jakis, Canon of Kildare Cathedral. It
remains today one of the oldest functioning
bridges in Europe. Leighlinbridge has
produced its share of famous people including
the daring Captain Myles Keogh, aide to
General Custer, the scientist and mountaineer
John Tyndall, the former Archbishop of
Sydney, Patrick Francis Moran and the
Right Hon. Brian Mulroney, Prime Minister
of Canada from 1984 – 1992 whose family
ATTRACTIONS: Huntington Castle see
page 12. e Weavers Cottages see page
13.
St. Fiaac’s Church of Ireland: the present
church was built in 1819 on the site of a
former church and the graveyard around it
has gravestones dating from 1777.
St. Brigid’s Roman Catholic Church was
constructed (1824) around the previous
thatched chapel then in use. When
completed the old building was taken out
through the doors of the new church.
Clonegal – favourably referred to as the
Switzerland of Ireland
hailed from Leighlinbridge.
ATTRACTIONS: e Millennium,
Vivaldi and Sculpture Gardens and Garden
of Remembrance – see page 41. Ireland’s first
all-county World War 1 Memorial. Black
Castle – see page 19. Arboretum Home and
Garden Heaven – see page 39.
ACTIVITIES: Walking along the Barrow
Way – see page 32 for details.
GPS: 52.735586, -6.973691
MILFORD: A pleasant stop on the River
Barrow which was once the centre of a thriving
milling industry. e mill at Milford was
established in the 1790s and is one of the most
extensive and celebrated in Ireland. Electricity
was generated from here in 1891, providing
Carlow with the distinction of being the first
inland town in Ireland and Britain to receive
Clonegal is a favourite location for walkers,
marking the end of the Wicklow Way – see
page 33. GPS: 52.694629, -6.647582
Visit: www.clonegalkildavin.ie
©Michael Legris
Leighlinbridge sunset
electric power. is idyllic setting features a
woodland area, containing an aquatic triangle
rich in wildlife with a diversity of plants, animals
and habitats. Spot the herons, kingfishers and
swallows among the many species of birds.
GPS: 52.781063, -6.963327
myshall – 1400th commemoration of saint columbanus
MYSHALL lies
at the foot of the
northern slopes
of the Blackstairs
Mountains which
provide a magnificent
backdrop to the rich
pasturelands and
winding country
roads. e village
forms part of the
stunning Mount
Leinster Heritage Drive which offers
beautiful views of Mount Leinster and the
Nine Stones vantage point. Peter Collier,
founder of the famous Collier Publishing
Company in New York, hails from here.
e village enjoys a long religious history
with St. Finian and St. Columbanus both
born in the village. e ruins of St. Finian’s
Church date to the 6th century and feature
fine granite stonework. In the graveyard
you will see a double bullaun stone and if
the sun hits the Blackstairs in the right way,
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you might see two vertical lines called the
Witch’s Slide running down the side of the
mountain. Together these landmarks form a
colourful ancient story about a Carlow witch
who had a falling out with her neighbour,
threw a stone (said to be the Standing
Stone in Clonee), slid down the mountain
and fell to her knees where she left two
imprints in the bullaun stone. 2015 marks
the 1400th anniversary of the death of St.
Columbanus, Ireland’s first great European
saint. A number of commemorative events
are planned throughout the year. Visit
www.carlowtourism.com for further details.
ATTRACTIONS: e Adelaide Memorial
Church. Built as a miniature of Salisbury
Cathedral in England, this architectural gem
was completed in 1912 by John Duguid of
Dover, to commemorate his wife Adelaide who
died in 1903 and his daughter Constance who
was killed in a riding accident near the village.
In this “exquisite church of rare beauty” many
objects of interest are to be seen including
marble, mosaic, woodcarving, stained glass
visit us online at www.carlowtourism.com
and ironwork. e key is held locally by Mrs.
Bridie Daly (white bungalow opposite church
grounds t: 059–9157671 – please phone in
advance or alternatively contact John Kelly
t: 059–9157584/087–9293661.
GPS: 52.685852, -6.780344
towns and villages
through the waters of time
NEWTOWN: St. Patrick’s Church in
the village was built in the 1850s and is
considered one of the most beautiful churches
in the diocese. e church features eight
stained glass windows made by the famous
Clarke family of Dublin in the early part of
the last century. e decorative plasterwork
on the ceiling is particularly eye-catching and
is believed to be the work of Italian refugee
artisans who were working locally in Fenagh
House at the time the church was being built.
GPS: 52.7225922, -6.8780363
OLD LEIGHLIN: St. Laserian’s Cathedral
– see page 13.
RATHVILLY: e picturesque village of
Rathvilly in north Carlow lies at the foothills
of the Wicklow Mountains. It is a most
historic village as the Kings of Hy Kinsellagh
had a residence here. St. Patrick visited and
baptised its king, his wife and his infant son
in 450 A.D. at the Holy Well, which may still
be viewed in the local graveyard. e scene is
depicted on a mural in St. Patrick’s Church, a
beautiful granite building, located in the village
centre. e River Slaney which flows through
Rathvilly offers angling and a rich variety of
bird life including herons to visitors.
ATTRACTIONS: Monument to Kevin
Barry, a local boy who joined the fight for Irish
freedom. GPS: 52.88039, -6.6957
ST. MULLINS is a scenically, charming
riverside village on the banks of the River
Barrow with an impressive ecclesiastical history
and is one of the country’s most significant
archaeological sites, standing in importance
with Glendalough and Clonmacnoise. e
area gets its name from St. Moling (614–696
A.D.). e townsland has physical remains
from many significant periods in Irish history
The River Slaney in Tullow town
– an early Christian monastic settlement, a
Norman Motte and Bailey, a large graveyard
with many insurgents from the 1798
Rebellion, 19th century flour and woollen mills
and the river with its history in both fishing
and canal boat transportation. Tradition states
however that the history of this place goes back
a great deal further with associations to Fionn
Mac Cumhail. Fionn is said to have stopped
here to consolidate his followers on his way
north to do battle.
ACTIVITIES: Barrow Way walking route
– see page 32 for details.
GPS: 52.489361, -6.928844
TINNAHINCH/GRAIGUENAMANAGH
are popular boating centres on the River
Barrow whose character reflects a bygone time
when the area was an important focal point for
commercial traffic on the river. Both towns are
connected by a beautiful bridge, constructed in
1767 when the canal system was being built.
One of Ireland’s finest Cistercian monasteries
was founded in 1204 by Norman monks from
Stanley Abbey in Wiltshire.
GPS: 52.53888, -6.952529
TINRYLAND: A quiet, picturesque village
located 5.5km from Carlow town, off the
N80 Carlow–Rosslare road. St. Joseph’s
Catholic Church, built in 1819, contains the
striking stained glass window to the memory
of Captain Myles Keogh who was born in
Leighlinbridge in 1840 and was killed at the
battle of the Little Big Horn in 1876. St.
Joseph’s claims to be the first rural church in
Ireland to use electric light due to local man
Paddy Dowling, who played an important
part in bringing electricity to rural Ireland
in the 1940s. In recent times a fine amenity
park has added to the range of facilities in
the village. is includes an astro turf pitch
(floodlit), tennis court (floodlit), children’s play
area, outdoor adult exercise machines, a 300m
walking track, picnic area and two floodlit
soccer pitches. Tinryland G.A.A. Club, in
nearby Rathcrogue, has two football pitches
(one floodlit), also indoor squash and handball
courts. GPS: 52.797141, -6.895631
TULLOW is located in the River Slaney
Valley in the midst of rich, fertile agricultural
land. Tullow reflects an enduring historical
culture with many items of antiquity including
an ancient holed stone “Cloch a Phoill”
(Ardristan), a pre-historic ring fort (Rathgall)
and a pre-historic burial place (Bawnoge).
Tullow is also the ancestral home of the famous
Wolseley family – Frederick York Wolseley
gave his name to the Wolseley car. It is known
locally as the granite town because of the fine
stone used in its walls and public buildings.
ATTRACTIONS: Tullow Museum, Bishop
Daniel Delany Museum – see pages 12/13
for details. Rathwood and Rath Wood Forest
Walks – see page 43 for details.
ACTIVITIES: Golfing at nearby Mount
Wolseley & Killerig Golf Club – see pages 34/
35 for details. GPS: 52.802535, -6.737261
english language schools
Carlow International English Language School
(CIELS) – office meetings by appointment only
t/f: 059–9142066
Dave Barron (B.A., M.Ed., Dip.Ed. Management): 087–2204488
Catherine Barron (Accomm. Officer/HLO): 086–8621266
Danny Barron (B.B.S., Cambridge DELTA M1 & M3):
086–4060804 e: [email protected] w: www.ciels.ie
CIELS enjoys the unique status of being the only English Language School in
Carlow that was founded and run by a fully qualified mainstream secondary
school teacher, Dave Barron, with English being one of his teaching subjects.
CIELS. is an exclusive, family-run School of English Language and Irish
Culture, the longest-running in Carlow, (18 years). It is recognised by
the Department of Education and Skills via QQI/ACELS. (Quality &
Qualifications Ireland/Accreditation and Co-ordination of English Language
Schools). CIELS teaching staff is fully qualified in TEFL/ESL and recognised
by e Department of Education. CIELS is a member and supporter of Carlow
Tourism. It continues to promote language tourism for the benefit of its students
and the Carlow community. In conjunction with Carlow Tourism and Carlow
Institute of Further Education, CIELS works in the areas of Summer Vacation
English and Irish Culture, Vocational Training with English, School Integration
Programmes and Work Placements. Testimony to the quality of its programmes
is the amount of repeat business it enjoys from long standing business partners.
English Language Ireland
e Schoolhouse, O’ Brien Road, Carlow
t: 059–9140227 Ruth Coffey Managing Director
e: [email protected] w: www.englishlanguage.ie
English Language Ireland welcomes international
students to Carlow from all corners of the
world. ELI has been delivering English language
programmes since 2000. ey offer a full
range of courses including CELT, Academic,
Business, Junior, High School and Family
English Language Courses. e emphasis here is on quality learning
in a personal, relaxed and friendly atmosphere. English Language
Ireland is fully accredited and recognised by ACELS – Quality and
Qualifications Ireland and MEI. Photos of the school can be viewed on
www.facebook.com/English.Language.Ireland. Carlow life is free from
big city distractions of overcrowded or same language saturated schools
or communities. ELI is supported in its immersive language courses by
a team of highly qualified and experienced teachers together with 300
local families providing age appropriate and highly memorable home
stays in which many lifetime friendships are formed and cherished.
Email [email protected] if you are thinking of booking a course
for students in 2015 or if you would like to see a price list.
visit us online at www.carlowtourism.com
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