Towns & Villages

Rathvilly

Rathvilly

The 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 …

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Old Leighlin

Old Leighlin

 

St. Laserian’s Cathedral was built in the 13th century on the site of a church founded by St. Gobban in 632 A.D. This early church was one of the foremost monastic houses in Leinster at one time with over …

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Nurney

Nurney

Nurney is a small village with an interesting pub, a church and ancient stone cross. Nearby Nurney, at Clonmelsh cemetery Walt Disney’s ancestors are buried.…

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Newtown

Newtown

Newtown Saint Patrick’s church was built in the 1850s and is considered one of the most beautiful churches in the diocese. Newtown church features eight stained glass windows made by the famous Clark family of Dublin in the early part …

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Myshall

Myshall

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. Myshall forms part of the stunning Mount Leinster Heritage Drive which offers beautiful views …

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Leighlinbridge

Leighlinbridge

The 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 …

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Killeshin

Killeshin

Killeshin is an important medieval monastery, was the centre of learning and culture since early Christian times. The present church was built c.1150 and is well worth visiting not just for its beautiful Romanesque doorway, one of the finest examples …

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Kildavin

Kildavin

Kildavin is a unique little village outside Bunclody, off the main Carlow – Rosslare road (N80). Kildavin nestles beneath the Blackstairs Mountains and has the River Slaney running through it. The old monastic Cranavane Well, winner of the 2013 Carlow …

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Hacketstown

Hacketstown

Hacketstown, Eagle Hill, south of the town, has delightful views from its summit and most of the county can be seen spread out below. Hacketstown is surrounded by woodland and farmland, the village is a gateway to the higher Wicklow …

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Fenagh

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 …

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Clonmore

Clonmore

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. Meadoc around …

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Clonegal

Clonegal

 

Clonegal received the accolade of Ireland’s tidiest village in the 2014 and 2015 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, …

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Carrigduff

Carrigduff

Carrigduff is a beautiful landscaped village situated on the N80 Carlow – Wexford road on the outskirts of Bunclody. Carrigduff is a gateway to the Blackstairs Mountains and the recently developed Kilbrannish Forest Loop Walks, along the tree-lined hills of …

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Aghade

Aghade

Aghade is a beautiful viewing spot over the River Slaney, close to the village of Ardattin and an ideal location for sightseeing.…

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Ardattin

Ardattin

Ardattin is 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 …

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Bagenalstown

Bagenalstown

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, …

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Ballinkillen

Ballinkillen

8 km south of Bagenalstown off the Bagenalstown – Borris road is the picturesque village of Ballinkillen, nestling under the shadow of Mount Leinster. In the churchyard you can see a large replica of a 19th century high cross erected …

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Ballon

Ballon

The 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. There is a strong archaeological presence in the area which includes a …

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Ballymurphy

Ballymurphy

Ballymurphy is 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. Ballymurphy …

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