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Traditional Irish Music
Thursday night traditional music sessions going on for over 50 years.....
Owner Emma O’Brien reckons the session at Clancy’s “is unique as it’s the longest running traditional music session in Ireland.” In fact, 2016 saw Clancy’s celebrate its 50th year of trad sessions. The pub has even created a free traditional music festival called TradAthy, which is held during the May bank holiday weekend. But it’s the Thursday night gatherings of the traditional musicians in Clancy's back room that has given the pub its unique position in Irish music circles. Visitors come away really impressed at the quality of the music played there, according to Emma. Their session is open to everybody – singers and storytellers included. “Clancy’s is simply about the ceol agus craic (music and fun), meeting new people and playing some tunes,” according to Seamus Byrne, the longest member of Clancy’s session. Visitor Brian Faye says, “Clancy’s music session is like a family to me. I’m from the Isle of Wight and visit the session regularly. The atmosphere and wellbeing of the people make me feel at home.” The Athy pub has had its fair share of famous performers, too: Francie Conway from The Fureys, musician Mickey Joe Harte, singer Eleanor Shanley, Frankie Lane from the original Fleadh Cowboys, actor John Hurt and former Planxty members and trad superstars – Liam O’Flynn and Donal Lunny. Flooded with legendary singers and a session that’s still going strong, maybe it’s time to head to Clancy’s?
Clancys
12 Leinster St
Owner Emma O’Brien reckons the session at Clancy’s “is unique as it’s the longest running traditional music session in Ireland.” In fact, 2016 saw Clancy’s celebrate its 50th year of trad sessions. The pub has even created a free traditional music festival called TradAthy, which is held during the May bank holiday weekend. But it’s the Thursday night gatherings of the traditional musicians in Clancy's back room that has given the pub its unique position in Irish music circles. Visitors come away really impressed at the quality of the music played there, according to Emma. Their session is open to everybody – singers and storytellers included. “Clancy’s is simply about the ceol agus craic (music and fun), meeting new people and playing some tunes,” according to Seamus Byrne, the longest member of Clancy’s session. Visitor Brian Faye says, “Clancy’s music session is like a family to me. I’m from the Isle of Wight and visit the session regularly. The atmosphere and wellbeing of the people make me feel at home.” The Athy pub has had its fair share of famous performers, too: Francie Conway from The Fureys, musician Mickey Joe Harte, singer Eleanor Shanley, Frankie Lane from the original Fleadh Cowboys, actor John Hurt and former Planxty members and trad superstars – Liam O’Flynn and Donal Lunny. Flooded with legendary singers and a session that’s still going strong, maybe it’s time to head to Clancy’s?
Traditional Irish Bar
A few very special Irish pubs worth a visit......
A shop front that has not changed in one hundred and thirty four years. Where if you look closely you can still see the tie-up loops that the men would tie the reins to park the horse– donkey– and cart, so they could fill up on coal or turf while the wives did their groceries, and later of course, reward themselves with a pint of plain. Its many accolades include oldest pub in Athy, one of best family pubs in Ireland, and one of the Sunday Tribune's top one hundred pubs in Ireland. Most recently, Frank himself was vividly portrayed in Bill Barich's well-received " A Pint of Plain", which has been reviewed in most of the major international newspapers. But beyond all of this notoriety, "Frank's", as it most commonly known, has been a centre of Kildare history and sports through the four continuous generations of the O’Brien family that have occupied the premises.
Frank O'Briens Pub
23 Emily Square
A shop front that has not changed in one hundred and thirty four years. Where if you look closely you can still see the tie-up loops that the men would tie the reins to park the horse– donkey– and cart, so they could fill up on coal or turf while the wives did their groceries, and later of course, reward themselves with a pint of plain. Its many accolades include oldest pub in Athy, one of best family pubs in Ireland, and one of the Sunday Tribune's top one hundred pubs in Ireland. Most recently, Frank himself was vividly portrayed in Bill Barich's well-received " A Pint of Plain", which has been reviewed in most of the major international newspapers. But beyond all of this notoriety, "Frank's", as it most commonly known, has been a centre of Kildare history and sports through the four continuous generations of the O’Brien family that have occupied the premises.
This charming 19th-century inn, 2km south of Moone, is famed for its craic and live music, which have attracted celebrity visitors including Bono, Sandra Bullock and Clint Eastwood (not all at the same time!). It serves good pub grub (there's always a pot of leek and potato soup on the stove). Call ahead to find out whats going to be on - music sessions can be quite random!
Moone High Cross Inn
This charming 19th-century inn, 2km south of Moone, is famed for its craic and live music, which have attracted celebrity visitors including Bono, Sandra Bullock and Clint Eastwood (not all at the same time!). It serves good pub grub (there's always a pot of leek and potato soup on the stove). Call ahead to find out whats going to be on - music sessions can be quite random!
STEPPING INTO MORRISSEY’S in Abbeyleix, Co. Laois, is like stepping into a time capsule with jars of sweets lining the shelves, currency pinned to the bar, and vintage cigarette advertisements populating the walls. It’s a reminder of the way pubs used to be and, arguably, how they should be.
Morrissey's
STEPPING INTO MORRISSEY’S in Abbeyleix, Co. Laois, is like stepping into a time capsule with jars of sweets lining the shelves, currency pinned to the bar, and vintage cigarette advertisements populating the walls. It’s a reminder of the way pubs used to be and, arguably, how they should be.
Food scene
Some nice places to eat and sometimes browse...
The Old Yard is a family run business nestled in rural Irish Countryside. Once a derelict 18th Century farmyard, you will now find within these granite outbuildings a collection of carefully curated objects, antiques, gifts & wares for your home. Things we do… CUT FLOWERS Locally Grown, hand tied Country Posies allows you to bring a piece of The Old Yard home. GARDEN WARE Vintage Terracotta Pots, Aged Zinc Containers, Old Wooden crates, Antique Garden Furniture to enhance even the smallest of gardens. PLANTS A Pretty collection of Country Cottage Hardy Perennials, Annuals & Biennials are available during the Summer month in our terrace garden. ANTIQUES All things Vintage & Antique, a collection that is fused together by a common bond of quality, rarity & the unusual. JOY THORPE is our resident independent Antiques dealer offering a diverse collection of Objects & Pieces for the home. BAKERY Sourdough Breads, Apple Pies, Bakewell Tarts & Pretty Pastries baked each morning from our bakery are wrapped & ready for home. LARDER A gathering of Irish Artisan produce from Chocolatiers to Foragers sit alongside The Old Yard range of Jams, Preserves & Chutneys. FANCY GOODS Luxury Wool Throws, Fine Stationery, Delicate Jewellery, Kitchen Ware, Local Pottery, Books, Art & Scented Candles from the Oldest Candle Makers in the World.
The Old Yard
The Old Yard is a family run business nestled in rural Irish Countryside. Once a derelict 18th Century farmyard, you will now find within these granite outbuildings a collection of carefully curated objects, antiques, gifts & wares for your home. Things we do… CUT FLOWERS Locally Grown, hand tied Country Posies allows you to bring a piece of The Old Yard home. GARDEN WARE Vintage Terracotta Pots, Aged Zinc Containers, Old Wooden crates, Antique Garden Furniture to enhance even the smallest of gardens. PLANTS A Pretty collection of Country Cottage Hardy Perennials, Annuals & Biennials are available during the Summer month in our terrace garden. ANTIQUES All things Vintage & Antique, a collection that is fused together by a common bond of quality, rarity & the unusual. JOY THORPE is our resident independent Antiques dealer offering a diverse collection of Objects & Pieces for the home. BAKERY Sourdough Breads, Apple Pies, Bakewell Tarts & Pretty Pastries baked each morning from our bakery are wrapped & ready for home. LARDER A gathering of Irish Artisan produce from Chocolatiers to Foragers sit alongside The Old Yard range of Jams, Preserves & Chutneys. FANCY GOODS Luxury Wool Throws, Fine Stationery, Delicate Jewellery, Kitchen Ware, Local Pottery, Books, Art & Scented Candles from the Oldest Candle Makers in the World.
Mimosa is a chilled Tapas Bar where you can get homemade Tapas dishes and hand-picked wines in a relaxed, Mediterranean ambiance served by friendly, capable staff. At Mimosa you’ll find deliciously fresh Tapas dishes with a tasty selection of accompanying beverages. A hugely popular destination that does not take bookings - first come first served. They do have a very nice bar lounge to enjoy while you wait for your table. Highly recommeded.
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Mimosa Bar de Tapas
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Mimosa is a chilled Tapas Bar where you can get homemade Tapas dishes and hand-picked wines in a relaxed, Mediterranean ambiance served by friendly, capable staff. At Mimosa you’ll find deliciously fresh Tapas dishes with a tasty selection of accompanying beverages. A hugely popular destination that does not take bookings - first come first served. They do have a very nice bar lounge to enjoy while you wait for your table. Highly recommeded.
The Green Barn is located just inside the front gates of Burtown House, set in the front parkland overlooking our walled kitchen garden. It is easily accessible as a quick lunch stop, or for a more relaxed luncheon style affair or for dinner on Saturday night. We love to host weddings, private parties, christenings, communions, and any worthy occasion. The Green Barn combines large open spaces with high ceilings and expansive wall spaces, with movable panelled partitions to create that perfect space for any size of group. The restaurant opens out onto an exterior terrace, and again into a series of courtyard spaces that each tell a different story and create a different ambience. Booking Enquires » To book a table use the pop up online booking form to the right or for parties and group enquiries please send us an email, or call The Green Barn on +353 (59) 8623865. Open Wed-Sunday.
Burtown House & Gardens and The Green Barn
The Green Barn is located just inside the front gates of Burtown House, set in the front parkland overlooking our walled kitchen garden. It is easily accessible as a quick lunch stop, or for a more relaxed luncheon style affair or for dinner on Saturday night. We love to host weddings, private parties, christenings, communions, and any worthy occasion. The Green Barn combines large open spaces with high ceilings and expansive wall spaces, with movable panelled partitions to create that perfect space for any size of group. The restaurant opens out onto an exterior terrace, and again into a series of courtyard spaces that each tell a different story and create a different ambience. Booking Enquires » To book a table use the pop up online booking form to the right or for parties and group enquiries please send us an email, or call The Green Barn on +353 (59) 8623865. Open Wed-Sunday.
Sha-Roe is quite simply a treasure of gastronomy, nestled in the picturesque village of Clonegal, Co. Carlow. The multi-award winning bistro continues to wow visitors with its simple and elegant approach to food. Henry Stone and his Swiss wife, Stephanie Barrillier met while working in Marlfield House in Gorey, where Henry’s reputation as head chef was a major draw. In 2002 Henry was awarded a 3 AA Rosette whilst working there. While looking for a venue for their new restaurant idea, the newly-married couple spotted the 18th Century house in Clonegal in January 2005. They spent the summer of that year renovating it into Sha-Roe Bistro, which opened in September. In 2007 they won The Georgina Campbell ‘Best Newcomer of the Year’. The award was based on the amazing food & wine experience, Stephanie’s front of house charm, as well as the immaculate setting of the beautifully restored restaurant.
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Sha-Roe Bistro
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Sha-Roe is quite simply a treasure of gastronomy, nestled in the picturesque village of Clonegal, Co. Carlow. The multi-award winning bistro continues to wow visitors with its simple and elegant approach to food. Henry Stone and his Swiss wife, Stephanie Barrillier met while working in Marlfield House in Gorey, where Henry’s reputation as head chef was a major draw. In 2002 Henry was awarded a 3 AA Rosette whilst working there. While looking for a venue for their new restaurant idea, the newly-married couple spotted the 18th Century house in Clonegal in January 2005. They spent the summer of that year renovating it into Sha-Roe Bistro, which opened in September. In 2007 they won The Georgina Campbell ‘Best Newcomer of the Year’. The award was based on the amazing food & wine experience, Stephanie’s front of house charm, as well as the immaculate setting of the beautifully restored restaurant.
Gastro food, nice environment, they have Lamas in the garden!!
Clanard Court Hotel
Gastro food, nice environment, they have Lamas in the garden!!
Sightseeing
Local places to visit, some have added amenities on site.
Mullaghreelan Wood is a picturesque old woodland estate that offers the visitor a very unique forest experience. The wood adjoins Kilkea castle, which was built in 1180 AD by Hugh de Lacey for Walter de Riddlesford after the invasion of Ireland by Strongbow. Kilkea was also the birthplace of St. Laurence O” Toole who was Archbishop of Dublin in the 12th century. His heart is preserved in Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin. The wood encircles a hill top rath which overlooks Kilkea castle and offers excellent views westward over the rolling landscape of east Laois. The rath probably precedes the castle and was the site of the discovery of a Middle. Mullaghreelan wood is an old woodland site and a great display of bluebells when they come out.
Mullaghreelan Wood
Mullaghreelan Wood is a picturesque old woodland estate that offers the visitor a very unique forest experience. The wood adjoins Kilkea castle, which was built in 1180 AD by Hugh de Lacey for Walter de Riddlesford after the invasion of Ireland by Strongbow. Kilkea was also the birthplace of St. Laurence O” Toole who was Archbishop of Dublin in the 12th century. His heart is preserved in Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin. The wood encircles a hill top rath which overlooks Kilkea castle and offers excellent views westward over the rolling landscape of east Laois. The rath probably precedes the castle and was the site of the discovery of a Middle. Mullaghreelan wood is an old woodland site and a great display of bluebells when they come out.
Kilkea Castle is located 5 km (3.1 mi) northwest of Castledermot, County Kildare, Ireland near the village of Kilkea on the R418 regional road from Athy to Tullow. It was a medieval stronghold of the Fitzgeralds, earls of Kildare. Nice to visit and have a look around. Unfortunately it is often closed off to private guests and is not known for welcoming local trade. You will find better places to eat in the area! You could treat yourself to a spa day or a round of golf.
Kilkea Castle Hotel & Golf Resort
Kilkea Castle is located 5 km (3.1 mi) northwest of Castledermot, County Kildare, Ireland near the village of Kilkea on the R418 regional road from Athy to Tullow. It was a medieval stronghold of the Fitzgeralds, earls of Kildare. Nice to visit and have a look around. Unfortunately it is often closed off to private guests and is not known for welcoming local trade. You will find better places to eat in the area! You could treat yourself to a spa day or a round of golf.
Duckett's Grove is a ruined 19th-century great house and former estate in County Carlow, Ireland. Belonging to the Duckett family, it was formerly at the centre of a 12,000-acre (49 km2) estate, that dominated the landscape of the area for hundreds of years. The interior of the house was destroyed by a fire in the 1930s and is now inaccessible. The surrounding gardens, including two inter-connecting walled gardens, are now managed by Carlow County Council and open as a public park. It is a fantastic place to explore and has a nice cafe with snacks.
Duckett's Grove
Duckett's Grove is a ruined 19th-century great house and former estate in County Carlow, Ireland. Belonging to the Duckett family, it was formerly at the centre of a 12,000-acre (49 km2) estate, that dominated the landscape of the area for hundreds of years. The interior of the house was destroyed by a fire in the 1930s and is now inaccessible. The surrounding gardens, including two inter-connecting walled gardens, are now managed by Carlow County Council and open as a public park. It is a fantastic place to explore and has a nice cafe with snacks.
Athy is a designated HERITAGE TOWN OF IRELAND and the Athy Heritage Centre-Museum focuses on the history of Athy and the surrounding area. Located in the former 18th century Market House (now Athy Town Hall), Athy Heritage Centre-Museum brings the history of Athy to life, from its Anglo Norman foundation, through the 1903 Gordon Bennett Race, to Athy Men and World War 1 and the story of local Polar explorer Ernest Shackleton. Athy Heritage Centre-Museum has the only permanent exhibition anywhere devoted to Shackleton. Its highlights include an original sledge and harness from one of his Antartic expeditions, a 15 foot model of Shackleton's ship 'Endurance' and an audio visual display featuring original film footage of his 1914-1916 expedition. The Heritage Centre hosts an annual Ernest Shackleton Autumn School over the October bank holiday weekend.
Athy Heritage Centre & Museum
Athy is a designated HERITAGE TOWN OF IRELAND and the Athy Heritage Centre-Museum focuses on the history of Athy and the surrounding area. Located in the former 18th century Market House (now Athy Town Hall), Athy Heritage Centre-Museum brings the history of Athy to life, from its Anglo Norman foundation, through the 1903 Gordon Bennett Race, to Athy Men and World War 1 and the story of local Polar explorer Ernest Shackleton. Athy Heritage Centre-Museum has the only permanent exhibition anywhere devoted to Shackleton. Its highlights include an original sledge and harness from one of his Antartic expeditions, a 15 foot model of Shackleton's ship 'Endurance' and an audio visual display featuring original film footage of his 1914-1916 expedition. The Heritage Centre hosts an annual Ernest Shackleton Autumn School over the October bank holiday weekend.
One very unmistakable monument dating back to pre-historical times is the great Brownshill Dolmen the east of Carlow town. Brownshill Dolmen has a granite capstone weighing over 100 tonnes, making it the largest of its kind in Europe. The massive capstone rests on two portal stones which flank a door stone and slopes downwards to the west where it rests on a low boulder. The magnificent capstone has excited the interest of many antiquarians and tourists down through the years and it is thought that religious rites, possibly even human sacrifice, were performed there for four and a half thousand years (2500 BC) Signposted, direct access at 5km from Carlow town on the R726 Hacketstown Road.
Brownshill Portal Tomb (Dolmen)
One very unmistakable monument dating back to pre-historical times is the great Brownshill Dolmen the east of Carlow town. Brownshill Dolmen has a granite capstone weighing over 100 tonnes, making it the largest of its kind in Europe. The massive capstone rests on two portal stones which flank a door stone and slopes downwards to the west where it rests on a low boulder. The magnificent capstone has excited the interest of many antiquarians and tourists down through the years and it is thought that religious rites, possibly even human sacrifice, were performed there for four and a half thousand years (2500 BC) Signposted, direct access at 5km from Carlow town on the R726 Hacketstown Road.
Great house tour, magnificant gardens to explore, hidden childrens playground, cafe in courtyard.
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Huntington Castle & Gardens
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Great house tour, magnificant gardens to explore, hidden childrens playground, cafe in courtyard.
This well is reputedly a 'healing well', one of many in Ireland. The well is still a popular place of pilgrimage where healing liturgies are often held. St Brigid's well is situated where the location of her double monastery once stood in Kildare Town, close to the Black Abbey.
St Brigids Well
This well is reputedly a 'healing well', one of many in Ireland. The well is still a popular place of pilgrimage where healing liturgies are often held. St Brigid's well is situated where the location of her double monastery once stood in Kildare Town, close to the Black Abbey.
Widely respected as the jewel in Ireland’s gardening crown, Altamont Gardens are an enchanting blend of formal and informal gardens with riverside walks covering over 40 acres (16 hectares). Recognised as one of the most beautiful gardens of Ireland, the estate gains much of its character from the many mature trees, natives in the avenues and woodland areas, and exotic specimens throughout the gardens.
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Altamont Gardens
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Widely respected as the jewel in Ireland’s gardening crown, Altamont Gardens are an enchanting blend of formal and informal gardens with riverside walks covering over 40 acres (16 hectares). Recognised as one of the most beautiful gardens of Ireland, the estate gains much of its character from the many mature trees, natives in the avenues and woodland areas, and exotic specimens throughout the gardens.
Spectacular views of the surrounding countryside make the towering Rock of Dunamase a strategic place to build a fortress. Through the centuries, warriors have fought to control this site. The Rock of Dunamase is a popular historic attraction found overlooking the valley of the O’Moores, just outside Portlaoise, County Laois. It was the location of an early Christian settlement known as Dun Masc and later became an important Anglo Norman fortification.
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Rock of Dunamase
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Spectacular views of the surrounding countryside make the towering Rock of Dunamase a strategic place to build a fortress. Through the centuries, warriors have fought to control this site. The Rock of Dunamase is a popular historic attraction found overlooking the valley of the O’Moores, just outside Portlaoise, County Laois. It was the location of an early Christian settlement known as Dun Masc and later became an important Anglo Norman fortification.
Spectacular views of the surrounding countryside make the towering Rock of Dunamase a strategic place to build a fortress. Through the centuries, warriors have fought to control this site. The Rock of Dunamase is a popular historic attraction found overlooking the valley of the O’Moores, just outside Portlaoise, County Laois. It was the location of an early Christian settlement known as Dun Masc and later became an important Anglo Norman fortification.
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Rock of Dunamase
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Spectacular views of the surrounding countryside make the towering Rock of Dunamase a strategic place to build a fortress. Through the centuries, warriors have fought to control this site. The Rock of Dunamase is a popular historic attraction found overlooking the valley of the O’Moores, just outside Portlaoise, County Laois. It was the location of an early Christian settlement known as Dun Masc and later became an important Anglo Norman fortification.
This pleasure cruise leaves Athy twice daily and travels to the doors of the Stable, so it could be a nice way to co-ordinate a walk into Athy, some refreshments and a cruise back to your door! Advance booking essential.
Athy Boat Tours
This pleasure cruise leaves Athy twice daily and travels to the doors of the Stable, so it could be a nice way to co-ordinate a walk into Athy, some refreshments and a cruise back to your door! Advance booking essential.
Lullymore Heritage & Discovery Park is a day visitor attraction located on a mineral island in the Bog of Allen between the villages of Rathangan and Allenwood in North West Kildare. The Park was officially opened by President Mary Robinson in 1993 and has developed its facilities to presently provide a quality blend of education, leisure and fun to both Irish and overseas visitors. In addition to vital local community services the park has become an important regional centre for both employment and training. Lullymore Heritage & Discovery Park is open to the public and for community use 7 days a week all year round.
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Lullymore Heritage & Discovery Park
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Lullymore Heritage & Discovery Park is a day visitor attraction located on a mineral island in the Bog of Allen between the villages of Rathangan and Allenwood in North West Kildare. The Park was officially opened by President Mary Robinson in 1993 and has developed its facilities to presently provide a quality blend of education, leisure and fun to both Irish and overseas visitors. In addition to vital local community services the park has become an important regional centre for both employment and training. Lullymore Heritage & Discovery Park is open to the public and for community use 7 days a week all year round.
About a 45 minute drive, but really worth it if scenic trails are on your radar. The trail leads to the source of the River Barrow and meanders through mature woodlands and stunning waterfalls. Plenty of picnic sposts along the route so go prepared!
Glenbarrow
About a 45 minute drive, but really worth it if scenic trails are on your radar. The trail leads to the source of the River Barrow and meanders through mature woodlands and stunning waterfalls. Plenty of picnic sposts along the route so go prepared!
Timahoe Heritage Centre situated in Timahoe is dedicated to showcasing the Monastic heritage of the Village. The centre is full of local heritage and information on the 12th century Round Tower on site. There is also a playground nearby and a coffee shop.
Timahoe Round Tower
Timahoe Heritage Centre situated in Timahoe is dedicated to showcasing the Monastic heritage of the Village. The centre is full of local heritage and information on the 12th century Round Tower on site. There is also a playground nearby and a coffee shop.
A bit of a hidden gem - hard to believe you are so close to town and yet the walk through the woods and around the lake makes you feel you are far away from busy roads. Takes less then an hour to walk the loop.
Oak Park House
A bit of a hidden gem - hard to believe you are so close to town and yet the walk through the woods and around the lake makes you feel you are far away from busy roads. Takes less then an hour to walk the loop.
This 1,200-year-old high cross is a great example of Celtic stone carving.
Moone High Cross Site
This 1,200-year-old high cross is a great example of Celtic stone carving.
Arts
Explore this stunning building in the heart of Carlow town and visit the VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art and George Bernard Shaw Theatre. Engage with amazing artwork by national and international artists and be inspired by Ireland’s largest and most spectacular space for contemporary art. There’s lots of activities to enjoy, from weekly parent and toddler art classes to family art workshops, youth theatre, intimate music gigs in the GB Bar, talks, workshops, tours, plus a 320-seat theatre with a packed programme of drama, film, dance and comedy. The Visual Arts Carlow Centre Carlow for Contemporary Art and George Bernard Shaw Theatre also houses the award-winning and highly popular restaurant, Lennons@Visual, full of yummy treats for morning coffee, lunch and dinner on weekends. Why not make a night of it and enjoy dinner and an event in the theatre? Or just relax in the bar before a show. Opening Hours for Galleries and Box Office Tuesday – Saturday 11 a.m. – 5.30 p.m. Sunday 2 -5 p.m. Box Office is also open one hour before all events.
VISUAL Carlow
Explore this stunning building in the heart of Carlow town and visit the VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art and George Bernard Shaw Theatre. Engage with amazing artwork by national and international artists and be inspired by Ireland’s largest and most spectacular space for contemporary art. There’s lots of activities to enjoy, from weekly parent and toddler art classes to family art workshops, youth theatre, intimate music gigs in the GB Bar, talks, workshops, tours, plus a 320-seat theatre with a packed programme of drama, film, dance and comedy. The Visual Arts Carlow Centre Carlow for Contemporary Art and George Bernard Shaw Theatre also houses the award-winning and highly popular restaurant, Lennons@Visual, full of yummy treats for morning coffee, lunch and dinner on weekends. Why not make a night of it and enjoy dinner and an event in the theatre? Or just relax in the bar before a show. Opening Hours for Galleries and Box Office Tuesday – Saturday 11 a.m. – 5.30 p.m. Sunday 2 -5 p.m. Box Office is also open one hour before all events.
Shopping
In the heart of Ireland's horse-racing country lies Kildare Village, home to over more 95 boutiques, capturing the charm and scale of the region's stud farms to create a unique and relaxing shopping experience. Anya Hindmarch, Brooks Brothers, Cath Kidston, Furla, Joules, Lulu Guinness, Molton Brown are among the international brands showcased here with reductions of up to 60% on the recommended retail price, all year round. Other winning features include the authentic Italian cuisine served at L'Officina Restaurant, the elegant boulangerie Le Pain Quotidien and the ease of getting to Kildare Village.
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Kildare Village Luxury Shopping Destination
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In the heart of Ireland's horse-racing country lies Kildare Village, home to over more 95 boutiques, capturing the charm and scale of the region's stud farms to create a unique and relaxing shopping experience. Anya Hindmarch, Brooks Brothers, Cath Kidston, Furla, Joules, Lulu Guinness, Molton Brown are among the international brands showcased here with reductions of up to 60% on the recommended retail price, all year round. Other winning features include the authentic Italian cuisine served at L'Officina Restaurant, the elegant boulangerie Le Pain Quotidien and the ease of getting to Kildare Village.
Starting in 1994, the family owned business has gone from strength to strength always committed to providing a wide range of quality garden furniture, interior furniture, gifts, plants and garden products, not forgetting our extensive restaurant, woodland walks and children's activities. The store has become a haven, a break from the worries outside, a place you can meet friends, browse at your leisure and much more. At Rathwood we are proud of our past and encouraged for the future
Rathwood
Starting in 1994, the family owned business has gone from strength to strength always committed to providing a wide range of quality garden furniture, interior furniture, gifts, plants and garden products, not forgetting our extensive restaurant, woodland walks and children's activities. The store has become a haven, a break from the worries outside, a place you can meet friends, browse at your leisure and much more. At Rathwood we are proud of our past and encouraged for the future
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Newbridge Shopping Centre
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Conseils sur la ville

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Where to Shop
Carlow Farmers Market - Sat 9am-2pm Coolanowle Food Hall, Carlow Hylands Butchers, Athy O'Gormans Butchers, Castledermot Fresh Bread - (Athy) Lidl / The Old Yard / Supervalu Groceries - (Athy) Aldi, Lidl, Supervalu. (Carlow) Tesco, Dunnes Stores. Snacks - (Athy) Dealz, Mr. Price, 3 Counties Service Station Wine / Beer - (Athy) Carryout, (Carlow) O'Briens, Carpenters.
Déplacements
Taxi Service
Crom A Boo Cabs, Ignatius Rice Car Park, Athy Tel: 059 8632463 Pauls Cabs,Taxi cab service, Ardrew meadows , Athy Tel: 086 2565736 PJ Digan, Coach & Mini Bus Hire, Leinster Lodge, Ballyroe, Athy Tel: 059 8631177 Vals Cabs, Leinster Street, Athy Tel: 059 8638240
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Local Walking Trails
Immediately outside the accommodation there is a Blueway trail that goes to Athy (and beyond) to the left of the bridge as you exit the property. To the right the trail goes to Carlow and on down to Graiguenamanagh. To Athy is approximately one hour with beautiful scenery all the way. There are a couple of old historic bridges, one in particiular (the high bridge) has rope marks gouged into its corners from the frequent horse drawn barges that travelled to and from the mill to Guniness breweries in Dublin. Some more bridges, a weir and the lock gates at Ardreigh are notable landmarks.
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The Barrow Way
The judges of the Irish Times Best Day Out in Ireland competition 2015 selected the Barrow Way as one of the top five finest and impressive visitor attractions in the country. The Barrow Way follows the towpath, originally a patch alongside the River Barrow where horses pulled barges and goods for transport. Nowadays, visitors can enjoy excellent flat walking, passing good land where tillage and cattle farming is predominant. The path offers much of architectural interest to the visitor. The Stable is located on stage 3 of the route, 8km from Athy and 11km from Carlow.
Coutumes et culture
Traditional Irish Music Nights Carlow
Seven Oaks Hotel, Carlow, Every Monday Cullens, the Hill Pub, Hacketstown, Tues, Brennans, Graiguecullen, Carlow, Every Monday Eddie McDonalds Bar, Clonmore, Hacketstown. 1st Fri of Month Courthouse Hotel, Carlow, Every Wednesday Night Teach Dolmain, Carlow, Every Thursday Night
Coutumes et culture
Traditional Irish Music Nights Kildare
Larrys Bar, Prosperous, Tues & Fri, 00353 (0) 45 868161 Hayden's, 9 Poplar Sq, Naas, Kildare. Every Thursday. From 9.30 pm. Tel. 045 866544 Gregory's Bar, Kilcock, Ist thursday of each month Kilteel Inn, Lilteel, Co Kildare every Friday night from 9.30 The Harp Bar Ballitore - Trad & ballad session first Friday of the month from 10pm Clancy's Athy, Trad session every Thursday from 8.30pm The Ivy, 33 South Main Street, Naas, Thursday Night at 9.30pm
Que faut-il apporter?
Appropriate footwear
If you plan to walk any of the nearby trails is is good to gave appropriate foorwear. In winter much of the grass tracks can be a bit muddy, so wellingtons or high waterproof boots are key. We have an outside tap at the entrance to the Stable for washing up after!