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Sunday, 22 January 2017

Place of the week: Graignamanagh, Co KIlkenny


Where: Graignamanagh, Co. Kilkenny
Why : I have been coming here since I was a child. So over Christmas I came here again with my sister.
What: Duiske Abbey and river walks along the River Barrow.
Whats there: Graignamanagh is a little town in Kilkenny. Its probably most famous for Duiske Abbey which is a Cistercian Abbey. There is also Duiske Glass and Cushendale Woolen Mills.
How: We drove from Kilkenny to Thomastown to Graignamangah along the R703.
How much: You can spend as much or as little as you like.
  Experience: I really love the walk along the river Barrow. You can walk  to St Mullins.Unfortunatly, we could not do all of it as my sister had her children and there is not much protection from the river in terms of boundaries so we only did a little but it was nice. There is also a heritage trail in the town. The Abbey is also nice really beautiful stained glass windows.
 Pros: The river and the views towards the mountains. I also like that is an old town and you can still see it in the buildings from the bridge over the river to the Widows cottages.
Cons: I would love to see the town developed a little bit more.
History: Graignamanagh- the town means town of the monks possibly in reference to Duiske Abbey: was founded in the 13th century. It began to deteriorate in 1536 and fell into ruin. It was returned to the Catholic community in 1812 and it was finally restored in the 1980's. Today it is used as a place of worship by the local Catholic community. The river Barrow also aided the growth of the town and became an important navigational route for commercial barges.
 Local attractions:
Duiske Glass 
Cushendale Woolen Mills
Woodstock House and Gardens

More information:
Walk from Graignamanagh to St Mullins 
Graignamanagh Heritage Trail 

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