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Holy Well at Cranavane

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Set in an untouched rural landscape the holy well at Cranavane is closelyassociated with the early medieval Barragh church, the ruins of which lie some 400 metresto the west. This church was linked with St. Finian who was born nearby in Myshall. Itwas the custom to dip coffins in the [...]

Ballykealey – Baile Uí Chaollaí – O’ Kealy’s town

13. Quaker graveyard and Lecky family graveyard – The charming village of Ballon is rich in archaeological heritage. Located on the outskirts of the village is the Quaker graveyard also strongly associated with the Lecky family for whom nearby Ballykealey House was built in 1830. Twenty six members of the family are known to be [...]

Ballybrommell – Baile an Bhromailigh

Along with Ballykealey graveyard this 14. Quaker burial ground is a reminder of the once thriving Quaker community in Co. Carlow. Quakerism evolved in the North of England in the seventeenth century and made its first inroads into the Carlow/Kildare region during the Cromwellian plantations of the 1650s. Many Quaker families settled in the Fenagh [...]

Nurney – An Urnaí – The Oratory

On a clear day, the views from 15. St. John’s Church of Ireland Church are magnificent, stretching across the verdant landscape of west Carlow as far as Kilkenny itself. At the end of a walled entrance avenue visitors are greeted with a small but well proportioned single cell stone church with three bays and a handsome [...]

Borris House

Borris House.
In the centre of the village is Borris House, which dates to the eighteenth century andstands on the site of a late medieval castle. The house is also the ancestral home of theMacMurrough Kavanagh family, who trace their descent from the MacMurrough Kings ofLeinster.

Borris – An Bhuiríos – Burgage Land

Borris is a granite, Georgian village, full of charm and heritage, situated in the fertile valley of the River Barrow, below the gentle curve of the Blackstairs Mountains.
1. Borris House dates to the eighteenth century and stands on the site of a late medieval castle. The house is also the ancestral home of the MacMurrough Kavanagh [...]

Ballinkillin – Baile an Chillín

4. St. Laserian’s Catholic Church is a large T barn building with a date stone of 1793, although the present structure probably dates from 1830. The church is painted and rendered with plain, pointed windows and one square-headed, granite door case.
In the churchyard you can see a large replica of a nineteenth century high cross erected [...]

Lorum – Leamhdhroim – Ridge or Long Hill of the Mallows

5. Church of Ireland church – Evidence of three different churches can be found on the site at Lorum. The nineteenth-century seven-bay church stands on elevated ground in a striking setting about 3.5 km from the River Barrow. It was built about 1838 to the design of Frederick Darley who also designed the gate piers [...]

Ballinree – Baile an Fhraoigh – Town of the Heath

6. Templemoling Cemetery. This peaceful site, in a beautiful landscape setting and enclosed by a well defined circular hedge contains the ephemeral remains of an early church site associated with St. Moling. One can also find here a stone reputed to show the footprint of St. Finian. When one visits the site it is easy [...]

Killoughternane – Cill Uchtarnáin – Church of Fortiarnán (Fortchern)

7. St. Fortiarnán’s church.
Against the backdrop of the Blackstairs Mountains stand the remains of this diminutive rectangular church which dates back to the tenth or eleventh century. It is testament to the building skills of these early stone masons that all four walls are still intact almost one thousand years after they were first built.
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