Second visit to Graiguenamanagh, Co. Kilkenny

Second visit in Graiguenamanagh, Co. Kilkenny

I was delighted to visit the picturesque town of Graiguenamanagh again. It is a beautiful town and a fantastic spot to relax.

Graiguenamanagh sits on both the River Barrow and River Duiske. Nestled comfortably under Brandon Hill, in the southeast of County Kilkenny. I love to take a ramble along the River Barrow towpath. And admire the remarkable combination of mountain views, lush rolling hills, forest, river, and boats.

The day was cloudy but the views were still spectacular. I took photos of Grey Heron on the weir at Graiguenamanagh on the River Barrow near the bridge.

Graiguenamanagh Bridge is a seven-arched limestone bridge linking Graiguenamanagh, County Kilkenny, and Tinnahinch, County Carlow.

The bridge was built in 1767 to the design of George Smith, a pupil of George Semple. Though it had been traditionally attributed to the master himself. During the 1798 Rebellion, the Crown forces blew up the arch of the bridge nearest the county Carlow side of the Barrow to prevent the Wexford Rebels from entering Kilkenny.

Part of the town, known as Tinnahinch, is on the County Carlow side of the river. And Carlow County Council refers to the whole town as “Graiguenamanagh-Tinnahinch“.

On the way from the bridge to the Tinnahinch Castle I took photos of beautiful houses and interesting decorated gardens.

After the walk, I went for lunch at The Duiske Inn Bar & Restaurant.

Located in the center of the town, just in front of an amazing floral building (Graig Garden), still in bloom in September. I highly recommended eating at Duiske Inn. I had been there before on my first visit to Graiguenamanagh and came back again. The food was very good (I had my favorite: salmon dinner) and the service was friendly.

After lunch on the way to parking, I noticed an interesting building called The Widows Cottages. The Widows Cottages are the four elegant Tudor-Revival style cottages. Located on Abbey Street they were built with their potato patches to the rear ‘for deserving widows’ by the Clifden Family, landlords of the town. Up until 1930 these houses were used to re-home widows and are now privately owned.

Location of Graiguenamanagh, Co. Kilkenny:

Below are photos I took in September 2021.


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