The Village of The Rower, County Kikenny, Ireland.

The Coachouse is located in the townland of Farrantemple which is the largest townland in the village of The Rower. This is derived from the Irish Fearann an teampaill (trans. church lands). The ruins of the ancient church known as Teampall an Rois is nearby in the centre of The Rower village. The Rower parish makes up the extensive high land area above the Barrow river.

According to Owen O'Kelly's "Place names of County Kilkenny", The derivation of the name "The Rower" has never been definitely decided. He quotes an Irish couplet:

Mo chéad mile beannacht d'fir calaidh an Robais
Os é chur anonn mé gan leath-phinge an bháid.

In translation:

My hundred thousand blessings on the Rower boatman
Who landed me without the half-penny for the boat!

O'Kelly goes on to say that the word romhar translates to flood and ramharta denotes a high tide. Due to the Rower's location above the tidal part of the river Barrow, O'Kelly attributes this meaning.

At one time there was a ferry rowed across the Barrow to St. Mullins which may be the source of the couplet above.

The surrounding area is mainly farmland. The village itself is centered around the old church with a shop, post office, 2 pubs, filling station, school and a Catholic Church.

Not far from the village sits the small Coolhill castle (13th century), with 2 circular towers and a splendid view of the woods on the far bank of the Barrow

coolhill castle
coolhill castle
coolhill castle
coolhill castle

Beyond the Rower on the road to Graiguenamanagh there are stunning views of the Barrow valley, St. Mullins village and the Blackstairs mountains.

The Blackstairs Mountains seen from the Rower St Mullins seen from the Rower
St Mullins seen from the Rower St Mullins seen from the Rower

Brandon hill forms a backdrop to the village to the North. The more energetic who make the top, will enjoy commanding views of the surrounding counties of Wexford, Carlow, Waterford and Tipperary. On a clear day the Wicklow mountains can be seen to the North and Hook Head to the South. A viewing point at the summit aids identification of the main landmarks

The side-roads around the village make a less demanding and pleasant stroll on a summer's evening, when you might be lucky and glimpse a sunset scene like that on the left.

Sometimes referred to as; The Rower - Inistioge, the village is closely linked to the nearby village of Inistioge. This is especially the case in sporting terms and the local hurling team is made up of both villages.

The locals are fanatical about hurling and are always ready to discuss the subject (especially the many successes of the Kilkenny team in the All Ireland competition!). The ladies play camogie, similar to hurling. Some of the local team are pictured on the left.

See the location of the Rower on a map of the area

clodagh church
A view of the pretty Clodagh Church nestling just off the road to Inistoge from The Rower

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