The village of Graiguenamanagh, County Kikenny, Ireland.

The Weir at Graiguenamanagh

The pretty medieval village of Graiguenamanagh in County Kilkenny nestles in the beautiful river Barrow valley about 6 miles north of the Coachouse. It has been called Ireland's best kept secret and is a veritable treasure trove of varied scenery, ancient buildings, canal boating, river and hill walks, crafts, traditional pubs restaurants.

The village is dominated by the ancient Cistercian Duiske abbey. Renovated some years ago this serves as the local church. Two Irish high crosses; the Ballyogan Cross and the Akylthawn Cross are located in the grounds of the Abbey. the high cross in the grounds of Duiske Abbey

There are regular services at the Abbey and each Wednesday evening in November there are concerts held inside the Abbey.

There is much wildlife to be seen in and around the river and canal including herons, otters and kingfishers.

a heron fishing on the weir at Graiguenamanagh

The towpath along the Barrow canal

One of the most rewarding walks in the area is along the "line" or towpath along the canalside. This can be walked North or South from Graiguenamanagh in an unbroken walk of 25 miles.Graiguenamanagh is also on the long distance walk the "South Leinster Way" (for the more energetic!)
The image right is Graiguenamanagh on a crisp November's afternoon walk by the river down to the lock gates at Lower Tinnahinch. Tinnahinch is in County Carlow on the opposite bank of the river from Graiguenamanagh.

barge going through the lock gate at lower Tinnahinch

Follow this link for more information about Duiske Abbey .

More photographs of Graiguenamanagh

The are a number of local crafts to be found, including, Duiske glass and the Bernard Kavanagh pottery and Cushendale Woollen Mills .

Each year there is a regatta held in Graiguenamanagh over the August public holiday weekend (1st weekend in August)

The "Town of Books" Festival is held over a weekend annually in September

This gallery has some interesting watercolours of Inistoge and Graiguenamanagh.

See Graiguenamanagh on a map of the area

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Fishing around Graiguenamanagh and the Three Sisters rivers

Hill walking in the area

visit the village of St. Mullins just 5 miles down the river.

visit the village of Inistoge on the Nore valley.

The Rower village just 6 miles south of Graiguenamanagh

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