It has been called Ireland's best kept secret and is a veritable treasure trove of varied scenery, ancient buildings, canal boating, river and hill walks, restaurants, crafts, traditional pubs and much more.
Graig na Manach, meaning "Village of the Monks" is considered to be one of the most beautiful areas in the southeast of Ireland. It is located on the River Barrow at the foot of Brandon Hill. It is home to Duiske Abbey, the largest and perhaps the finest of the thirty-four medieval Cistercian abbeys in Ireland. With its remarkable combination of mountain views, lush rolling hills, forest and river valleys, Graignamanagh offers nature lovers a plentiful feast as well as countless amenities for those keen on outdoor activities. Add to these the rich heritage of historical monuments and an abundance of leisure facilities and Graignamanagh presents itself as an enormously attractive venue for tourists.
Graiguenamanagh expanded beyond the Abbey as a market town, aided by the development of the Grand Canal and the navigation of the River Barrow, which ultimately connected the town with Dublin, New Ross, Waterford and Carlow. The production of wool was historically important to the town’s economy and sheep rearing remains a predominant agricultural activity in the hinterland.
The Graiguenamanagh Regatta and Rowing Festival features two days of rowing, swimming, diving, cot racing (traditional fishing boat), Iron Man Competition plus novelty events i.e. rope across the river, diving for plates, children’s activities and live music in the local pubs. The events are open to everybody.
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Barrow River Arts Festival will not be taking place in 2016 due to funding cuts. The next festival will take place from 21 - 23 April 2017.
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