Graiguenamanagh bridge over the River Barrow with the Duiske Abbey in the background
Gráig na Manach

Graiguenamanagh

Gráig 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 Graiguenamanagh presents itself as an enormously attractive venue for tourists.

  • Population
    1,543

  • Weather
    Raining

  • Coordinates
    52.543925 -6.957807

View of Graignamanagh from the air

Graignamanagh 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.

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.



Cnoc Bhréanail
Brandon Hill

Brandon Hill is the highest mountain in County Kilkenny. It has an elevation of 515 m (1,690 ft). It is situated 4 kilometers South-South West of Graignamanagh, 7 kilometers east of Inistioge and 11 kilometers east of Thomastown, in the south of County Kilkenny.

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Mainistir Dhubhiske
Duiske Abbey

Duiske Abbey was founded by William Marshall in 1204 and is one of the first, largest and perhaps the finest of the thirty-four medieval Cistercian monasteries in Ireland. The Abbey is the parish church of Graignamanagh town and beautifully dominates the town centre.

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Caisleán Tigh na hInse
Tinnahinch Castle

Tinnahinch Castle was constructed in 1615 by the Duke of Ormonde. It was built to control a crossing where a wooden bridge once spanned the Barrow. The bridge linking the two settlements was originally constructed in 1797. The castle was burnt around the year 1700 and has lain that way ever since.

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An Bhearú
River Barrow

The River Barrow, historically a significant highway, was developed as a commercial navigation in the mid seventeen hundreds and Graiguenamanagh served as the main base for commercial barges operating on the river until barge traffic ceased in 1959.

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  • 🌬Another Stormy weekend
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  • Today we have homemade hummus rolls with partly pickled slaw and cucumber on delicious @speltbaker bread. Also back by popular demand roast beef and horseradish.
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  • Trip to Goresbridge and Graiguenamanagh to hunt #benchmarks resulting in a lovely rainbow over the auld Duiske Abbey after a heavy hail shower. Also, unexpected tour in Cushendale woollen mill with chatty and lovely Philip and Mary.
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  • We have been busy in the mill for the last week finishing our first run of our new “Kilkenny” throw.  Excited to have our authentic Irish throws reaching shelves at home and abroad, not forgetting our own mill and on-line shop☘️🐑 #irishwoollenmills #galwaysheep #campaignforwool #sustainable #traceable #reallymadeinIreland #irishheritage #spinningwool #authenticirish #handmadeirish #handmadegifts #hiddenireland #Kilkenny #graiguenamanagh #IrishDesign #designireland #madeinireland
  • Back at it after a short virus induced break. What a morning - took a hilly road but the views were worth it for sure 🤘 
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  • There's is loads of different ways to go camping but unlike this guy I think we've  got some better options. We provide tents and air mattresses all set up for you before you arrive.  All you need is a sleeping bag ( we even sell these if you need one)  or you can arrive with your own tent and set up in a pitch that suits you or we also have glamping (camping in our heated cabins /pod) for a bit more comfort on a high quality mattresses . .
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