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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Graig's Instagram Feed

  • Frosty fun...#hairylurcher #lurchersofinstagram #lurchersmakegreatpets #adoptdontshop🐾 #sighthoundsofinstagram #januaryfrost #barrowway #graiguenamanagh
  • ❤ Lovely morning walk ❤ 
#walkingtrails #clashganny #graiguenamanagh #8k #girltalk #riverbarrow #foggymorning #fog #lovelymorning #❤ #discoverireland #instaireland #lockgates #boats #barges #ducks #ballykeenan @angieb1687 @binionsj
  • Only a few more hours to close on Showcase. A big THANKS to @Ballilogue for the wonderful setting for our throws and to Agnes Codd for the photography. Great to work with inspiring local people & places❤️ #irishwoollenmills #galwaysheep #campaignforwool #sustainable #traceable #reallymadeinIreland #irishheritage #spinningwool #authenticirish #handmadeirish #handmadegifts #hiddenireland #Kilkenny #graiguenamanagh #IrishDesign #designireland #madeinireland #ShowcaseIreland
  • Day 3 of Showcase and our Irish wool throws and cushions are pleasing lots of customers from home & abroad. The last mill in Ireland taking ‘Irish fleece to fabric’. #irishwoollenmills #galwaysheep #campaignforwool #sustainable #traceable #reallymadeinIreland #irishheritage #spinningwool #authenticirish #handmadeirish #handmadegifts #hiddenireland #Kilkenny #graiguenamanagh #IrishDesign #designireland #madeinireland #ShowcaseIreland
  • Home ❤ After 18 years living in Dublin...today starts a new chapter. I turned the key in my new home and I'm feeling so utterly blessed; my own patch of peace in the countryside ❤ 🌳A New Beginning🌳
In out-of-the-way places of the heart,
Where your thoughts never think to wander,
This beginning has been quietly forming,
Waiting until you were ready to emerge.
For a long time it has watched your desire,
Feeling the emptiness growing inside you,
Noticing how you willed yourself on,
Still unable to leave what you had outgrown.
It watched you play with the seduction of safety
And the gray promises that sameness whispered,
Heard the waves of turmoil rise and relent,
Wondered would you always live like this.
Then the delight, when your courage kindled,
And out you stepped onto new ground,
Your eyes young again with energy and dream,
A path of plenitude opening before you.
Though your destination is not yet clear
You can trust the promise of this opening;
Unfurl yourself into the grace of beginning
That is at one with your life’s desire.
Awaken your spirit to adventure;
Hold nothing back, learn to find ease in risk;
Soon you will be home in a new rhythm,
For your soul senses the world that awaits you.
John O’Donohue

#newhome #santosha #happy #blessed #graiguenamanagh #stmullins #blackstairs
  • Throws, scarves, cushions …… all lovingly made in Graiguenamanagh. Feeling proud sharing our heritage and products at Showcase 2020.  #irishwoollenmills #galwaysheep #campaignforwool #sustainable #traceable #reallymadeinIreland #irishheritage #spinningwool #authenticirish #handmadeirish #handmadegifts #hiddenireland #Kilkenny #graiguenamanagh #IrishDesign #designireland #madeinireland #ShowcaseIreland
  • There is no shortage of stunning views along the ever flowing river Barrow. #Graiguenamanagh
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  • Another beautiful crisp morning on the banks of the River Barrow.
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The flex RN 2019 felt really good - to be continued ... .
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  • The Kilkenny Throw - launching today at Showcase. We are so proud to uniquely use indigenous Irish fleece to create this modern throw with a soft finish in a range of refreshing colours. 
#irishwoollenmills #galwaysheep #campaignforwool #sustainable #traceable #reallymadeinIreland #irishheritage #spinningwool #authenticirish #handmadeirish #handmadegifts #hiddenireland #Kilkenny #graiguenamanagh #IrishDesign #designireland #madeinireland #ShowcaseIreland
  • Picked up these Nike 2019 Flex RN natural movement shoes. I’ve been wondering for a while if going closer to barefoot mechanics might be a help or a hinderance so I’m looking forward to finding out in the coming weeks.
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Wearing them around the house at the moment and first impressions are of extreme comfort - how that translates into running might be a very different matter though 😬
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  • It's all about your perspective!! Our guest tonight has all the gear for a night under the stars and sub zero temperatures.  From @vango.outdoor tempest pro tent to extra awning, their own campfire, high quality sleeping bag etc. It just goes to prove it's not the weather that's the problem but  bad quality gear that stops people enjoying the outdoors and not being prepared. We have options for everyone here at @brandonhillcamping From out tents, cabins, pod or your tent, campervan or caravan. If you want to get outdoors this year get in contact and we can make it happen .
#camping #walking #glamping #nature #ireland #kilkenny #southeast #Graiguenamanagh #kilkennytourism #ireland #southleinsterway #getoutthere #biking #hiking #campsite #campfire
  • And we’re off……ready to share our new range which shows off our vibrant colours in Irish wool, lambswool and mohair, all lovingly made in Kilkenny❤️ #irishwoollenmills #galwaysheep #campaignforwool #sustainable #traceable #reallymadeinIreland #irishheritage #spinningwool #authenticirish #handmadeirish #handmadegifts #hiddenireland #Kilkenny #graiguenamanagh #IrishDesign #designireland #madeinireland #ShowcaseIreland
  • What a morning on the valley 😍
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