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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  • The historic villages of Inistioge and Graiguenamanagh sit along the rivers Nore and Barrow. The rivers merge @ballilogue and flow into the sea at New Ross. All three settlements are rich in history, architecture and are bustling communities. Visitors from around the world sample their artistic and creative festivals, explore their history, tradition or walk, cycle and canoe down their rivers. It is communities like these that are the true gems in #irelandsancienteast
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  • It's that time of year again!We are opening our doors @thehavenireland in #graiguenamanagh for our very first Xmas Market! Not only will you get to see behind the scenes of my studio and all the other resident artists who call The Haven home but we are seeking others to join us and trade on Sat 7th- Sun 8th December! If you fancy getting on board for a weekend of great Irish design follow this link to apply!

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  • Green with envy! Plan a visit to Graiguenamanagh one of the most beautiful areas in the southeast of Ireland. 🌳🌳
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  • Popped into @duiskeglass today in Graiguenamanagh, Ireland and might have said “wow” out loud when I saw these scarf hangers!! Not only do I have a thing about scarves but you might have noticed I have a thing about storage too!! This lovely gift shop in this teeny Irish town is run by my cousin-in-law (is that even a thing???) and has soooo many nice things. Lovely to catch up with so many family members today too!  #scarves #storage #onescarfortwo #irishgifts #graiguenamanagh #accessories #storageideas
  • Jeremy from @graigbarrons are in #graiguenamanagh 13 years now open every day in Dec so pop in mens and ladies footware and sportsware! All major brands including Tommy Bowe, una Healy delivery service available. One for all vouchers accepted!

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  • A warm welcome from all the guys @kissanespharmacygroup for #shopkilkenny with two pharmacy's in the town they provide a super service to the #graiguenamanagh area. Call into the guys for all your pharmacy needs and also pickup a few Christmas presents while your at it!

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  • Wow such a lovely shop @daisychaingraig you will definitely want to pop in out of the cold for some of their hot chocolate and get into the festive cheer! #shopkilkenny #keepitinthecounty #greenfriday #graiguenamanagh #gifts #christmas #kilkenny #local #buy #coffee #treats #relax
  • Cheers to @kclr96fm and @shop_kilkenny  for the invite to chat about all the positive things in  #Graiguenamanagh today

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