Picture taken of the River Barrow from the Tinnahinch side looking towards the Devils Eyebrow
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River Barrow

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

The River Barrow is a bustling, colorful navigation. The river runs for 192 km from its source in Glenbarrow in the Slieve Bloom Mountains in the midlands of Ireland to the sea. The Barrow has long been recognized as a unique area of great natural beauty with high amenity value, traversing the counties of Laois, Kildare, Carlow, Kilkenny and Wexford. The Barrow Navigation is the stretch of the River Barrow between Athy in Co. Kildare and St. Mullins in Co. Carlow. Above Athy, the Barrow Line of the Grand Canal links the Barrow Navigation to the main line of the Grand Canal at Lowtown in Co. Kildare. From there the Grand Canal crosses the country west to the River Shannon, Ireland’s longest waterways network and east to Dublin.

Traveling along the Barrow Line of the Grand Canal is a tranquil experience, with a wealth of waterway heritage and history to be enjoyed.

A view of graiguenamanagh with the river barrow from the air.

The Barrow Navigation offers a different experience for the visitor being remarkably picturesque, with short man-made canal cuts by-passing shallow stretches of the river. It is a bustling river with a wealth of activities for the visitor to enjoy — from walking or cycling along the unspoiled Barrow Towpath, to catching the regular spotting of herons and kingfishers along its banks and fishing, boating and canoeing. The river is navigable south to Saint Mullins where it joins the tidal waters linking with the River Nore and leading to New Ross and the open sea. Northwards its links with the Grand Canal at Lowtown, Co. Kildare.


Drawing of the Graignamanagh bridge by Scott Kennedy

George Semple Bridge

A stone bridge existed on the site of the present bridge before 1641. Following their retreat to Graignamanagh after the battle of Ballinvegga in 1643, general Thomas Preston’s Confederate troops demolished part of that bridge to prevent the English from crossing the river into Graigue, which the Confederate Army was the defending.

Some 120 years later, the “great flood” of 1763 probably destroyed the bridge. The present bridge, built in 1767, was built to the design of George Smith, a pupil of George Semple, though it has traditionally been attributed to the master himself, making it of national architectural importance.

During the 1798 Rebellion, the Crown forces blew up the arch of the bridge nearest the County Carlow side of the Barrow to prevent the Wexford rebels from entering County Kilkenny. In this way, they echoed the destruction of the previous bridge by the Confederate army 145 years earlier.

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  • Morning Fog and Sunshine in Solaire Wood Graiguenamanagh Co. Kilkenny Ireland

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  • This scene has really captured me and I'm excited by the challenge of doing it justice on canvas. I think a few quick sketches along with some colour studies are needed to really bring it to life.

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  • Stone farmhouse near St.Mullins on the Carlow Kilkenny border. St. Mullins on the River Barrow is one of the prettiest parts of Carlow with great river walks, rolling hills, an ancient monastic site as well as a Norman motte. For rescue and for sale through these agents (link in bio) https://www.daft.ie/12321666 #ballinalour #stmullins #carlow #ireland #riverbarrow #irishfarmhouse #farmhouse #vernaculararchitecture #irisharchitecture #irishheritage #renovation #renovationproject
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  • An eerie foggy and flooded stroll along #thebarrowway in Athy this morning.Still beautiful whatever the weather.

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  • Some great reflections on the River Barrow!

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  • There are 34 cables in total on the RFK bridge. Each cable is 400mm in thickness and holds between between 113 and 126 individual wire strands. Each wire strand is 15.7mm in thickness and if these strands were placed top to tail, they would stretch out to make a total length of approximately 500km! The hidden wonders of the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy bridge! 😲

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