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The Area around Cullintra, between The River Barrow and The River Nore, is where Kilkenny, Wexford and Waterford meet.

This is the true Hidden Ireland, where the Butler family built castles, where the O'Byrnes fought to maintain the Brehon laws against the Tudor settlements, where the abbeys of Cistercian monks are surrounded by lush pastures, where great stately mansions stand in beautiful parks, and abundant gardens flourish.

For budding photographer's and artist's, there is beautiful scenery around the area. There are many high points above the towns to look, observe, photography and/or paint.

The area is the centre of a growing hillwalking trend in the Southeast. The Barrow Towpath is also of course the route of the South Leinster Way. As well as that there are the Blackstairs Mountains and Brandon Hill.

Game and coarse fishing are both available. Trout and Salmon from March to September offer a great challenge to the visiting angler. The Barrow is also one of the best coarse fisheries in the country with good size Bream, Perch, Pike, Rudd, Roach, Dace, Hybrids, and the annual run of Shad in May.

For golfers Mount Juliet, one of Ireland's most prestigeous courses, is in Thomastown. Nearby there are also courses at Borris, New Ross, Carlow, Kilkenny, and Mount Wolseley, all within easy reach.

As you will see below, many main towns and cities are close by. After breakfast in the morning, you could travel to one of these towns, spend the day doing loads of activities and return in the evening for a meal and rest for the next day.


Inistioge (10 min drive from House)

Things To Do Kilkenny - Woodstock Gardens Inistioge   Things To Do Kilkenny - Woodstock Gardens Inistioge

Woodstock gardens were once considered one of the great gardens of Ireland and attracted many visitors in their hey day. The gardens are now undergoing restoration and features include the Flower Terraces, the Winter Gardens, the Monkey Puzzle Walk, the Noble Fir Walk and the Arboretum. The design and concept of the existing gardens and parklands at Woodstock can be attributed to Colonel William Tighe and his wife Lady Louisa Lennox with works carried out during the Victorian Period from 1840-1900.

Many of the exotic trees and shrubs in the garden and arboretum are rare and were newly discovered when they were originally introduced to the Gardens. Other features in the garden include the Dovecote, Fountain and Summer House

The movies "Circle of Friends" and "Widow's Peak" were made in the village, bringing stars as Minnie Driver, Mia Farrow, Chris O'Donnell, Adrian Dunbar and Joan Plymouth to town.

St. Mary's is a pretty church in the centre of the village parts of which date back to the 13th century. The ruins of a 14th century merchant's house overlook the tree lined village square.

Things to do and see in Inistioge:

Things To Do Kilkenny - Nore Valley      Things To Do Kilkenny - Inistioge village
The Nore Valley & Inistioge


Thomastown (15 min drive from House)

Things To Do Kilkenny - Jerpoint Abbey  Things To Do Kilkenny - Mount Juliet  Things To Do Kilkenny - Grianan Castle Thomastown

Jerpoint Abbey / Mount Juliet / Grianan Castle

An early medieval foundation with delightful streetscapes, picturesque views of the River Nore. Birthplace of the 18th century philosopher George Berkeley and today equally famous for its proximity to the famous championship golf course, Mount Juliet. There is a peaceful garden hidden in Thomastown with many interesting features – sparkling fountains, water wheel, waterfall, wonderful plants, coffee shop, craft shop and garden centre.

Kilfane is a pristine example of a Romantic era garden dating from the 1790’s. Untouched for 200 years, it is a picturesque paradise with a 30-foot waterfall tumbling its way to a rushing stream and woodland paths leading to a cottage orne. The waterfall enthrals every visitor, young and old, and puts a smile on the face of even the most jaded wanderer. The top part of the garden is comprised of open areas and woods with interconnecting paths.

It has a 13th century church, now in ruins, with an adjoining castellated presbytery or stone house. There Things To Do Kilkenny - Kilfane Church are traces of the original consecration crosses to be seen the ogee headed doorways, remains of the altar, sedelia and book rest. Inside the ruined church on the North Wall is the effigy of a Norman Knight in full armour - a Cantwell warrior. It is referred to as Cantwell Fada and this effigy is the tallest of its kind in Britain or Ireland. The Cantwells were Lords of Kilfane and adjoining areas fromshortly after the arrival of the Normans to the confiscations following the Confederation.

Nearby Tullaherin Round Tower dates form the early part of the 9th century and was probably built by Cearbhall Mac Dunghal, King of Ossory from 845 to 855, as a defence against the Norsemen. The adjoining church, now in ruins, was built in the 11th or 12th century, to the north of the site there are little mounds in a field indicating the site of a large village adjoining the Round Tower. Stroan Fountain was built by Colonel Bushe of Kilfane House in 1766.

Things To Do Kilkenny - St Mullins ThomastownSt Mullins is on the River Barrow, nestling between the Blackstairs Mountains on one side and Brandon Hill on the other. The locality acquired its name from St. Moling, a 7th century cleric who built a monastery here with the help of "Gobban Saor", the legendary Irish builder. The complex includes a mediaeval church ruin, the base of a round tower and the former Church of Ireland church, built in 1811. There is a ninth century granite High Cross depicting the Crucifixion and Celtic spiral pattern while St. Moling's Mill and Well are a short distance away.

Things to do and see in Thomastown:



New Ross (15 min drive from House)

Things To Do Wexford - Shielbaggan  Things To Do Wexford - Duncannon Fort  Things To Do Wexford - Dunbrody Ship

Shielbaggan         Duncannon Fort         Dunbrody Ship

Across the border from Inistioge, you will find New Ross in County Wexford. You can visit the birthplace of JFK's great-grandfather.

Things to do and see in New Ross:



Graiguenamanagh (20 min drive from House)

Things To Do Kilkenny - Graiguenamanagh  View of Graiguenamanagh and the church from the River Barrow

Graiguenamanagh is home to Duiske Abbey, founded in 1204, from which the town gets its name. All that remains of the Cistercian monastery is the large gothic church.  Nearby are the ruined remains of the monastery of Ullard, founded by Saint Fiachra in the sixth century. St Fiachra subsequently moved to France where he is known as St Fiacre and founded the celebrated monastery at Meaux. He is the patron saint of gardeners and taxi drivers; French cabs are often known as fiacres in his honour.

Things to do and see in Graiguenamanagh



Kilkenny (40 min drive from House)

Rothe House Kilkenny    Kilkenny Castle    St Canice's Cathedral Kilkenny

Rothe House         Kilkenny Castle         St.Canices Cathedral

Only a short drive from the main city in the county. You can spend a day or two visiting the many attractions around the city.

Kilkenny is a medieval city. characterised by many beautifully restored buildings and winding slipways - it is small and compact enough to explore on foot, yet full of fascinating historical buildings and contemporary shops, design galleries and restaurants.

These include:



The Blackstairs Mountains (40 min drive from House) Picture about mountain Blackstairs Mtn in area Blackstairs Mountains, county Carlow / Wexford, Ireland Picture about mountain Blackstairs Mtn in area Blackstairs Mountains, county Carlow / Wexford, Ireland

Mount Leinster and the Blackstairs are a ridge of rounded granite peaks lying between the beautiful Barrow valley and the rich lowlands of Wexford, a halfway stop between the Wicklow Mountains and the sandstone ranges of the South East, Comeraghs, Galtees and Knockmealdowns. They suffer from undeserved neglect and preserve a wide range of natural habitats, stone age monuments, wonderful walking country and legends and traditions not often to be found in Modern Ireland.

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