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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  • Recovery run along the banks of the Barrow - if you ever get the chance, you should make it your business to spend some time along these tracks. It’s simply haunting ...
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  • It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Graiguenamanagh

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  • Nice views this morning down into the #barrowvalley at the view point on the Graig to Thomastown road with the #sunrise over #brandonhill. Great time of the year to come visit Graiguenamagh and the surrounding area. .
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  • Glitter tattoos and face painting at the market, as well as all the fab arts and crafts and handmade items, open til 5pm
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  • What are YOU having for breakfast? As I'm a #spoiltbrat 😛 @devilsmenu is on fire 🔥this morning in his #siemenshome making me flatbread 🥙 to go with his Irish 🍀 lamb meatballs 😍🌮👍.... I'm one very lucky Gal!
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  • Beautiful pottery at the Christmas market today, come up for a look #christmasmarket #christmasmarkets #shoplocal #graiguenamanagh #graignamanagh #riverbarrow #barrowvalley #kilkenny #shopping #handmade #yulefestkilkenny #artsandcrafts #yulefest2019 #yulefestkilkenny2019 #christmasgiftsideas #handmade #shopkilkenny
  • Some of the new items available at the market today, along with lots from yesterday, open until 5pm
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  • Open today until 5pm
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  • New today at the market
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  • Aren't these adorable, back today along with home made jams, chutneys and pickles, as well as a stall of backed goods, and Christmas cakes
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