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 wife and his infant son in 450 AD at the Holy Well, which may still be viewed in the local graveyard.

The scene is depicted on a mural in St. Patrick’s Church, a beautiful granite building, locate4d in the village cente. The River Slaney which flows through Rathvilly offers angling and a rich variety of bird life including herons to vistiors.

ATTRACTIONS: Monument to Kevin Barry, a local boy who joined the fight for Irish freedom. The moat of Rathvilly, in the townland of Knockroe, was the residence of the King of Leinster who reigned from 443 AD to 483 AD.

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