Tourist Information & Events

 
Golfing  
St. Mullins is at the centre of the 'Sunshine Circuit', southeast Ireland. Un-crowded courses, at reasonable rates, are here to be enjoyed by all golfers whatever your standard. Some of the finest parkland golf courses in Ireland such as Borris, New Ross, Enniscorthy, Mount Wolseley , Carlow, Gowran Golf Club at The Gowran Race Course in Kilkenny and the world famous Mount Juliet  are a short distance away.

Fishing

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For fishing enthusiast, the stretch of the River Barrow running through St. Mullins is inhabited by a wide variety of fish. Apart from salmon and trout there is a wide variety for the coarse angler. These include Bream, Dace, Pike, Roach, Rudd, Hybrids, Perch and Pike.  There is a unique quality to the stretch of the River Barrow flowing through St. Mullins in that for the summer months of May and June and partly into July the Twaite Shad inhabit the river it costs 10 Euros to join St, Mullins Angling Club. This includes insurance cover for one fishing season. It entitles the angler to gain access to Island fishing in St. Mullins.

Sightseeing

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Apart from the many local historic sites in St. Mullins, Mulvarra House is well situated for touring this beautiful part of southeast Ireland. The medieval city of Kilkenny and historic Waterford are only a short drive away. Even closer New Ross with its now famous Famine ship ' The Dunbrody' - open all year round. Also The Hook Peninsula   and John F. Kennedy Park and Arboretum. Other local attraction include Race Course, Borris Quads , Duiske glass , Cushendale Woolen Mills. Other historic towns such as Enniscorthy, New Ross and Carlow, associated with the 1798 Rebellion, are easily accessible.

Cycling

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Experience the real beauty and peacefulness of the small towns and villages near, or not so far (pending on your state of fitness or mindset).  Pub lunches or picnic in your own beauty spot.  Then relax over a sumptuous "Home Cooked" dinner, and while away the evening in our comfortable and well appointed sitting room!

 
Other local attractions include - Altamount Gardens near Tullow, Huntington Castle, Clonegal; Rathwood Home and Garden World, Tullow; Dunleckney Manor, Bagnelstown; Borris House; Arboretum Garden Centre, Leighlinbridge; St. Lazerian's Cathedral, Old Leighlin; and Clashganny Lock near Borris.  Brownsehill Dolmen near Carlow; Haroldstown Dolmen near Tobinstown; Cottage Collection , Ardattin.  A variety of scenic drives throughout the county - Barrow Drive, Mount Leinster Drive, Megalithic Drive, Ridge Drive.  Local Castles, Cathedrals and Abbeys including: Kilkenny Castle, St. Canice's Cathedral, Jerpoint Abbey in Thomastown, Tintern Abbey in Saltmills, and Kells Priory.
 
Local Businesses

Goresbridge Horse Sales - has a number of events during the year in March of each year they hold a five day horse sale and in September they have their biggest event a 10 day Sale. Mulvarra House is just a 20 minute drive to the sales.

Painting Holidays Ireland provides a rural escape for both the experienced artist and the novice alike, teaching new skills and developing existing ones.

Graiguenamanagh 'Town of Books'

The Piano Gallery

 
Events
June - Eigse Carlow Arts Festival

Eigse Carlow Arts Festival, Foresters Hall, College Street, Carlow
Tel: +353 (0)59 9140491
web: www.eigsecarlow.ie
email: info@eigsecarlow.ie

One of Ireland's largest arts festivals, this event is a ten-day celebration of visual art, performance, dance, music, literature, street spectacle, craft and film. Eigse brings renowned international and national artists and performers to the South East for a series of exhibitions, performances, recitals, workshops and talks for young and old, visitor and local alike.

July - Opera in the Garden

Tel: +353 053 9255071
web: www.blackstairsopera.com
email: sales@blackstairsopera.com

Blackstairs Opera holds an annual festival and this year it is taking place in the grounds of Borris House, Borris, Co. Carlow.

Carlow Floral Festival dates to be confirmed

Tel: +353 059 9130441
web: www.carlowfloralfestival.com
email: info@carlowtourism.com 

Carlow Floral Festival is a gardening, flora and nature extravaganza. The festival features gardening and floral workshops, arts & crafts demonstrations and street entertainment.

August - Kilkenny Arts Festival

Kilkenny Arts Festival,

9/10 Abbey Business Centre, Abbey Street, Kilkenny

Tel: +353 (0)56 7763663 or +353 056 7752175
web: www.kilkennyarts.ie
email: info@kilkennyarts.ie

The medieval city of Kilkenny hosts this international festival which takes place over 10 days in August and attracts some of the world's leading artists and performers in a range of art forms.

Gowran Park Races,

Gowran, Co. Kilkenny
Tel: +353 056 7726225
web: www.horseracingireland.com
web: www.gowranpark.ie 

Altamont House and Gardens
 

Summer: Mon. to Thurs, 9am to 5pm; Fri. 9am to 3.30pm;
Weekends, 10.00am to 5.30pm
 

Altamont Gardens, Tullow, Co. Carlow.
Tel:+353 (0)59 9159444 or +353 (0)59 9159510
web: www.heritageireland.ie

Now managed by The Office of Public Works, these extensive Gardens were first laid down almost two hundred years ago. A delightful formal garden, adjacent to the house, leads to the lake area which is a gem in itself. This in turn leads to the rough or Wild Garden which contains many rare and interesting shrubs and trees collected by succeeding generations of the Watson family. Finally the dramatic Ice Age Glen overlooks the River Slaney with its delightful river-side walk.

Kilfane Glen & Waterfall
Only open July and August

Kilfane, Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny
Tel: +353 (0)56 7724558

Kilfane is a pristine example of a Romantic era garden dating from the 1790's. Untouched for 200 years, it is a picturesque paradise with a 30-foot waterfall tumbling its way to a rushing stream and woodland paths leading to a cottage orne. The top part of the garden is comprised of open areas and woods with interconnecting paths. Works of art by artists such as David Nash, James Turrell Bill Woodrow, and William Pye are on display. Near the house you can enjoy the white garden, lily pond and orchard.

Woodstock Gardens and Arboretum

Summer: 9.00am to 8.00pm
Winter: 10.00am to 4.00pm. Car park fee 4.00 Euros

Woodstock Estate, Inistioge, Co. Kilkenny
Tel: +353 (0)56 7758797 or +353 (0)87 8549785
fax: +353 (0)56 7794004
web: www.woodstock.ie

Woodstock Gardens and Arboretum are located in the beautiful village of Inistioge on the banks of the River Nore. The gardens were once regarded as one of the great treasures of Ireland and Kilkenny County Council has embarked on an ambitious scheme of restoration. Interesting features include the Flower Terraces, the Winter Garden, the Monkey Puzzle Walk, the Noble Fir Walk, and the Arboretum with a rare collection of trees from all over the world. The dovecote and the curious Grotto provide an interesting focal point. Woodstock House, built in 1745, was destroyed by fire in 1922 and subsequently became unstable. Access to the gardens is through the car park .5 km from the main gates.

Castlecomer Estate Yard
Open 9.30am to 5.30pm and 10am to 4.30pm, depending on each shop.

Castlecomer Estate Yard, Castlecomer, Co. Kilkenny
Tel: +353 (0)56 4440636
web: www.castlecomerestateyard.com
email: potty@crannmorpottery.com 

Visit Castlecomer Estate Yard Arts and Crafts Centre. Here, you will find a variety of wonderful craft shops all coming together as one.


Nicholas Mosse Pottery and Mill Cafe
Monday to Saturday 10.00am to 6.00pm.  Sunday 1.30pm to 5.00pm
 

Browse among a selection of Nicholas Mosse Pottery, linen & glass, over 3 floors of the store.
Nicholas Mosse Pottery, Big Mill, Bennettsbridge, Co Kilkenny
Tel: +353 (0)56 7727505
fax: +353 (0)56 7727491
web: www.nicholasmosse.com
email: info@nicholasmosse.com 

Cushendale Woolen Mills Ltd

Mill shop open Mon to Fri, 8.30am to 12.30pm and 1.30pm to 5.30pm
Sat 9.30am to 12.30pm
 

Cushendale Woolen Mills, Graiguenamanagh, Co Kilkenny
Tel: +353 (0)59 9724118
web: www.cushendale.ie email: info@cushendale.ie

Today Philip Cushen runs one of only two remaining woollen mills in Ireland, using looms and mules that are more than a century old. His range of lambs wool, mohair and cotton chenille textiles, scarves, wraps and stoles are lusciously dyed in tones that Philip gauges himself each year, and cost a fraction of Dublin prices. He now exports most of what he makes to the US and Scandinavia, but keeps some of his finest product for this tiny treasure-trove shop. Well worth a visit.

Kilkenny Castle

The Parade, Kilkenny
Tel: +353 (0)56 7721450
fax: +353 (0)56 7763488
web: www.heritageireland.ie

April & May, daily from 10.30am to 5.00pm
June to August, daily from 9.30am to 7.00pm
October to March, daily 10.30am to 12.45pm and 2pm to 5pm

Please note that visitors may have to queue for some time during the summer months.

A 12th century castle remodeled in Victorian times and set in extensive parklands which was the principal seat of the Butler Family, Marquesses and Dukes of Ormonde. The Castle was occupied from the 13th to the 20th century, with the Butler Family in residence from 1391 until 1935. The 19th century Picture Gallery is 45 metres long and contains many Butler portraits as well as some fine tapestries, while the other rooms display the authentic fabrics that existed in the house in the 18th and 19th centuries. The central block now includes a library, drawing room and
bedrooms decorated in 1830's splendour. A suite of former servants rooms is now the Butler Art Gallery, which mounts frequently changing exhibitions of contemporary art.
 

St, Canice's Cathedral

St. Canice's Cathedral, Irishtown, Kilkenny
Tel: +353 (0)56 7764971

Easter to Oct, Mon - Sat. 10.00am to 1.00pm, 2.00pm to 5.00pm, Sun 2.00pm to 5.00 pm.

Saint Canice's Cathedral (Anglican), the second longest of Ireland's medieval cathedrals, provides a seminal influence on Kilkenny life. Built on the site of an earlier church, which in turn replaced an earlier timber structure, the major portion of the work that produced the beautiful Gothic structure was carried out by Bishop Hugh de Mapilton in the middle of the 13th Century. Except for the spire, which collapsed in 1332, the present building is largely unchanged from the 13th century. Features of the cathedral include the fine collection of 16th and 17th century tombstones; black marble monuments to lords, ladies and bishops, and to Edmund Purcell, 16th century captain of the Ormond's notorious gallowglasses, or mercenaries; the 12th century font and St. Kieran's chair, built into the cathedral walls and still used in the enthronement of the bishops of Ossory; the Bishop's Palace and library, founded in 1679 and containing 3000 works from the 15th, 16th and 17th centuries, as well as the Red Book of Ossory, a 15th century manuscript which chronicles the lives of early saints. Outside, the 9th century round tower, once used by the monks for refuge, may be climbed (weather permitting). Fabulous views from on top!

Duiske Abbey

Graiguenamanagh, Co. Kilkenny
Tel: +353 (0)59 9724238

All year round, Monday to Friday, 10.00 am-5.00 pm;

Duiske Abbey, now the Catholic parish church, but once the church of a 13th century Cistercian monastery, founded in 1204, the remains of which have been incorporated into the building. The name derives from the Gaelic for Black Water - dubh uisce - a river that joins the Barrow a little downstream of the abbey. Duiske Abbey, the largest of Irish Cistercian monastery churches and whose buildings encompassed much of the town, began to fall apart in 1536 when it was suppressed. Although the monks continued to occupy it for many years, it gradually fell into ruin. The last tragedy was in 1744, when the tower collapsed into the nave. However, the debris from the tower was smoothed over to create a new floor and the west end was re-roofed to make a place of worship for the Protestant Church of Ireland. In 1812 the church was returned to the Catholic community and the
long work of restoration began - to be completed finally in the 1980's.

Brownshill Dolmen
East of Carlow town, the dolmen has a granite capstone reputedly weighing about 100 tons. Situated 3km from Carlow Town on the Hacketstown Rd. Access is direct from car park.
Hacketstown Road (R726), Carlow, Co. Carlow. This is the world's largest dolmen.

Haroldstown Dolmen
This fine portal dolmen is located near Tullow. This dolmen is on the R726 about 15 miles from Carlow town. Access is direct on private land. Haroldstown Dolmen, Tullow, Co. Carlow.

 
 
 
 

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