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Graignamanagh (Irish: Gráig na Manach, meaning "Village of the monks") or Graiguenamanagh is a village in County Kilkenny, near the border with County Carlow.


The village has two spellings, Graignamanagh and Graiguenamanagh. The first is the Irish spelling and the second is the Anglicised version. The town had a vote on which they preferred and the Irish spelling Graignamanagh won.

The monks after which the town is named arrived here in 1204. They build Duiske Abbey. In 2004, the town celebrated its 800 year anniversary.

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By Boat[edit]

Graignamanagh is on the River Barrow which is navigational from Grand Canal at Lowtown, through Graignamanagh, Inistioge, New Ross, Waterford and on to the sea. Talk to the Lockkeeper at Graiguenamanagh (phone +353 (0)87 9508987), or check out the Waterways Ireland Website for more info.

Get around[edit]

The seven arched bridge that crosses the River Barrow was build by Geroge Semple in the 18th century.

See[edit][add listing]

  • Duiske Abbey. This 13th century Cistercian monastery is considered one of the finest examples of a Cistercian monastery is Ireland. The early church is now the local parish church. There are also lots of other remains of the monastery. Look out for the original stonework and medieval floor tiles. There is also an exhibiton of local historical objects.  edit

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Waterside Bike&Hike, 086-4084008. Bike rental on the river Barrow Towpath starting at Waterside Guesthouse heading upriver to Goresbridge or downriver to St. Mullins.  edit
  • Town of Books Festival. Not to be missed by book lovers. For three days a year, every shop in town becomes a book shop. There's also music, entertainment and great food.  edit
  • Angling. Trout, Salmon, Pike, Perch, Rudd, Bream, Eels, Roach, Twaite Shad, Stone Loach. Fishing tackle available in Mick Doyles pub.  edit
  • Climbing and Hill Walking.  edit
  • Brandon Hill (Cnoc Bhréanail), (From Graiguenamanagh, take the road to Wexford. 200m after the roundabout, turn right into a small road to Inistioge. After 10m, turn left. If you look closly, you'll see BW on the wall. After 1km, you enter a farmers yard. Keep going. The road becomes unpaved. It's another 2km to the carpark, high up the mountain.). The highest mountain in County Kilkenny is an easy climb of 515m(1,6790ft). At the top there great views of the surrounding counties. There is a a cairn, an old cross and a plaque pointing out the features in the surrounding landscape. Free.  edit
  • Barrow Navigation. Graiguenamanagh probably the best spot to stop and view the wonders of the Barrow navigation. A fine seven arch granite bridge, a beautiful lock gate at Tinnahinch, Graving docks and a long stone quay by the river.  edit

Buy[edit][add listing]

  • Cushendale woollen Mills, High St, 059-9724118. There have been woollen Mills in Graiguenamanagh since Duiske Abbey established here in the 13th century. These days Philip Cushen leads the family business as 4th generation owner and they produce lovely quality woollen rugs as well as knitting yarns and a range of clothing. Well wirth a visit.  edit

Eat[edit][add listing]

  • Waterside Restaurant, 059-9724246. Long established fine restaurant with 10 guest bedrooms upstairs. Great value for quality dining. usually a lovely a la carte menu and a wine list with 45 choices. Superb location next to the river  edit
  • Duiske Glass, High St, 059-9724174. Family run company speialising in Intaglio method of glass engraving. A lovely shop selling glass and other giftware  edit
  • The Mullicháin Cafe, The Quay St Mullins (Down River from Graig), 051424440. Right on the Banks of the river Barrow Al fresco dining at its best .Home made scones and cakes by Emer and freshly made soups By Mark well worth the visit Open weekends in February 11-6pm from March to end October every day Except Monday  edit

Drink[edit][add listing]

plenty of bars, check out Mick Doyles for a step back into the past

  • Murrays Pub, 059-9725932. Great traditional Irish pub on the corner of Main St. next to the bridge. Has a cracking trad session on Sunday evenings and usually music on a few other evenings as well.  edit

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Waterside Guesthouse, 059-9724246. A carefully converted 19th century granite cornstore with feature wooden beams. All rooms are ensuite and all overlook the lovely river Barrow in the heart of Graiguenamanagh  edit
  • Mick Doyle's Bar & Grocery, Main Street (Opposite Duiske Abbey), 0599724203. Best pub on town with large lounge & small grocery, also fishing tackle available.  edit
  • Old Grain Store Selfcatering Cottages, The Quay St Mullins, 051424440. Part of the beautifully restored Mills in St Mullins. 3 Cottages rented on 2-3 Nightly basis  edit


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