Leighlinbridge – Leithghlinn an Droichid
The attractive village of 3. Leighlinbridge lies along the banks of the River Barrow with beautiful riverside walks and a tradition of gardening that comes alive each year for the national Tidy Towns Competition and the Carlow Garden Festival.
In the Garden of Remembrance spend some time looking at the memorial stones to the Carmelite order and to the Sisters of Mercy. There are plaques to Brian Mulroney, Prime Minister of Canada (1984–1993) whose family hailed from the area, John Tyndall and Nicholas Vigors. Visit Ireland’s first all county World War 1 memorial, listing the men from Carlow who died in the Great War.
The Sculpture Garden is dedicated to three of Leighlinbridge’s most famous sons – Cardinal Patrick Francis Moran – Australia’s first Cardinal (see St. Molings Trail), John Tyndall, the scientist and mountaineer (see St. Patrick’s Trail) and Captain Myles Keogh (see St. Patrick’s Trail). Keogh was second in command to General Custer and lost his life in the Battle of the Little Big Horn in 1876 at the hands of the Sioux Indians.
DID YOU KNOW
In 2001 Leighlinbridge won a gold medal in the European Entente Florale Competition, the first Irish village to do so in twenty five years. The award is in the Garden of Remembrance.