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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  • *** REFLECTION ***.
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  • Fish and Chips with this view. Sitting on the Kilkenny side looking over at Carlow #riverbarrow #canoeing #ireland #graiguenamanagh
  • Making old memories new! My dad took us here as kids, it’s easy to see why! #kilkenny #graiguenamanagh #ireland #memories #family #happy
  • Very proud to get our locally designed #logo by @fleurcreative on a new set of jerseys for our local #camoige club in #Graiguenamanagh. Delighted to be involved in helping to sponsor this great group of little ladies. They are a mad little gaggle of craic and messing along with being serioulsy tough and competitive on the pitch. We've had loads of laughs coaching the under 8's  through the year and already looking forward to seeing them progress and wearing these jerseys next year with the under 10's. Always love to promote our town and the local area and very proud to back these little ladies .
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  • 🎶 these boots were made for walking 🎶 
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  • Beautiful night walking home from the studio ✨🌔....anchors away! ⚓️#tiltedanchorjewellery #graiguenamanagh

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