Mum & Me – Mother’s Day Special

Mum & Me Time

Mother’s Day Special

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Mother’s Day is a special occassion and a time when every Mum should be treated. Here is your opportunity to treat your Mum to an incredible afternoon of adventure and relaxation!

Celebrate together making this one to remember for all the right reasons. Explore all the beautiful Barrow river has to offer with Go with the Flow River Adventures.

 

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Experience the dramatic Barrow gorge as you learn all the basic canoeing strokes.

Mum & Me – Canoeing for beginners – Learn the history of one of our oldest navigations as we share stories along the water.

 

Have fun with your Mum and make this Mother’s day one to remember for all the right reasons. Guided by friendly and experienced instructors who love the great outdoors. Book your trip now!

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Safari Canoe Trail on River Barrow – Carlow Autumn Walking Festival

As part of Carlow Autumn Walking Festival 6th-8th of October 2017,      

we are having a Safari Canoe Trail on the River Barrow. 

Families need look no further if it’s adventure and fun you want for your great day out

 

 

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This trail is designed with complete beginners in mind and are led by qualified instructors who have years of adventure experience to call on.

 

Along the way experience the river from a completely different perspective. There is usually plenty of wildlife including otters & kingfishers and learn all about the 220 year old navigation that was used to transport Ireland’s favourite tipple Guinness around the South-East.

 

No experience necessary, all you need is a bunch of friends and time to chill. 

 

Starting point: Clashganny Lock House at 10.30am and finishing up in Graiguenamanagh mid-afternoon. 

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‘A very special adventure’

We had a great morning with Charlie who is an enthusiast for what he does. The whole thing was a great mix of excitement and serenity. Charlie was good at instructing you on what to do and building your confidence. It is a very beautiful section of the Barrow River and there is interesting history about the river and the canal system here that he tells you about as you go along. It was a great way to feel connected to the natural beauty of Ireland and we did it after a hectic few days in Dublin and I felt it really helped us relax into our holiday in a good way.

Travel14Childs, Sydney, Australia (TripAdvisor)September 2017

 

 

 

This Safari Canoe Trail will run on:

 

 

Borris House and the Incredible Mr. Kavanagh

Borris demesne is the seat of the MacMorrough Kavanagh family, descendants of the high kings of Leinster.

One of the best known members of this family was Art OG MacMorrough Kavanagh a fine solider who waged incessant warfare against Richard II and his English forces in Ireland. He had many close escapes from capture, and finally died in New Ross in 1417 from poison administered it is said by a jealous woman. He was buried at St. Mullins and his funeral procession was said to have stretched the 6 miles from New Ross to the Graveyard.

Another well known member of the family was Morgan, who served somewhat unwillingly in the army of Fredrick the Great – King of Prussia. He was said to have been the largest man in Europe and Fredrick allowed him to visit his homeland on condition that he would return with his four brothers whom he said were bigger and finer men than he. Safely back home Morgan Prussia as he became known used to climb nearby Brandon hill on the anniversary of his return each year and make a royal salute to Fredrick.

A remarkable nineteenth century member of the family was Arthur or the Incredible Mr Kavanagh.

The Incredible Mr. Kavanagh

It is rare in itself to find a story of coming out of Ireland about a good landlord. But such a story becomes legendary when the landlord-hero happens to be a man born without arms or legs! Starting life with those two staggering handicaps, in the mid-19century, when medical science was still primitive, Arthur Kavanagh lived a more than normal life. Armless he wrote letters and diaries, he drew and painted. Legless, he rode horseback across Europe and Asia and became a skilled huntsman. His adventures in the far reaches of Russia, Kurdistan, Persia and India would have challenged the resources of an able-bodied man.

He was a skilled yachtsman and at the age of thirty-five, having become a member of the British parliament he frequently moored his small sailing craft outside the House of Commons having navigated the Barrow, Irish Sea, English Channel and Thames Esturary.

With none of the advantages of plastic surgery or artificial limbs, Arthur relied on nobody but himself to help him surmount his disabilities. The story of The Incredible Mr. Kavanagh is truly an inspiration for all

 

 

Graiguenamanagh Heritage Trail

The Graiguenamnagh Heritage Trail is a free walking tour that explores more than 800 years of the rich and interesting history of this scenic river village. There are 27 sights including:

  • The Convent of Mercy
  • The Widows Cottages: The four elegant Tudor-Revival style cottages on Abbey Street were built – with their potato patches to the rear ‘for deserving widows’ by the Clifden Family, landlords of the town. Up until 1930 these houses were used to re-home widows and are now privately owned.
  • The Assembly Rooms – Now Doyles and Predergasts stores. This was once a club and entertainment centre which was run by a committee of leading citizens for the social outings of the better off. In 1779, after an abduction of the Kennedy Sisters, two heiresses who had been visiting the town and went to see a play at the Assembly Rooms, their captors were found and later hanged – the last hangings in Ireland to take place for the crime of abduction
  • The Bianconi Archway – Bianconi Coaches ‘Bians’ were horse drawn carriages for paying passengers. At this turning point, the team of horses were changed.
  • The Fountain stands at the southern end of the western gable of the Abbey Church. Erected in 1899, the fountain was a principal source of drinking water for many people and was a popular gathering place.
  • The Monastic Mills – The corn grinding and tuck mills of Duiske Abbey from the early 13th century.
  • Peg Washington’s Lane – reputed to be the smallest lane in the world! In the early 1800’s, the widow Peg Washington watched anxiously as new buildings were erected between her home and the Duiske River. Fearing that these buildings would cut off her water supply, she asked David Burtchaell, Chief Magistrate of the town, for a gap between the buildings to allow her access to the water. When asked what width was required she replied ‘Just the width of myself’ and so Peg Washingtons Lane came to be.
  • Graiguenamanagh Bridge – Linking Graiguenamanagh, Co. Kilkenny and Tinnahinch, Co. Carlow the Graiguenamanagh bridge was built in 1767 to the design of George Smith, a pupil of George Semple, though it had been traditionally attributed to the master himself! 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 to Kilkenny.
  • Eddie Power’s Memorial: Local poet who was a well known swimmer and diver.
  • Boatmen’s Memorial – A Memorial to the memory of all the Graiguenamanagh boatmen who spent the greater part of their lives on the Waterways of Ireland, ferrying loads of beet, sugar, porter, whickey etc.
  • Tinnahinch Castle, built by James Butler, third Lord Mountgarrett in about 1620.Tinnahinch Castle
  • The Market House, erected in the early 1800’s by the second Lord Clifden, the upper apartments of the market house for some 150 years was used as courthouse, community centre and headquarters for the towns Reading Society, Brass Band and many other clubs and associations.
  • The Fever Hospital: During the Great Famine, a fever hospital was located in a yard at the corner of the Barrow Lane and the Oisery Quay. It operated from July 1847 to November 1850.
  • Graigue Wood is the only one of the extensive monastic woods to have escaped the ravages of the time! In the wood is the Rock of Sillare which towers above the Barrow and can be seen on the river trail just before entering Graiguenamanagh. It is crowned by a magnificent oak tree that appears to grow from the tree and is said to be over 800 years old!
  • St. Peter’s Church served the local protestant community for 150 years . Built in 1809in the ‘spikey gothic’ style of the period. Only the tower now stands. A small two-roomed school, which also served the protestant community, stood inside the entrance to the church grounds, built in 1829 and later used as a residence.
  • General Cloney’s House: General Thomas Cloney was a leader of the Irish Rebellion on=f 1798. He lived here from 1802 until his death in 1850.
  • The Stone (Clapper) Bridge: Linking Duiske Abbey to the Mills over the Duiske River
  • Bachelor’s Walk: Now a lonely lane, in the 1800’s contained 15 small cabins. From one of these, Mr’s O’ Leary, who emigrated to America. One of her cow’s is later said to have kicked over the lamp that started the great Chicago Fire in 1871!
  • Singleton’s Well – named after a man who John Singleton, ‘Singleton the Pointer’ who pointed the finger at 3 others who were later hanged because of Singleton’s accusations. He was found murdered at the well, a repercussion of his accusations.
  • The Pound: Built in the early 1800’s to detain animals who were seized for unpaid debts.
  • Hartley & Mullins Memorial in front of the Abbey Hall is dedicated to the memory of Nicholas Mullins, Thomastown and Sean Hartley of Glenmore who were killed by the British Army Forces on June 18, 1921 at Coolbawn, Castlecomer in the last days of the Irish War for Independence. Bother men were members of the 5th Batt Kilkenny Brigade IRA Flying Column which had its headquarters in Graiguenamanagh.
  • Duiske Abbey– A National Monument, and the most recognised landmark in Graiguenamanagh, Duiske Abbey originated in the 13th century as the church of a Cistercian monastery, but today it is a Catholic parish church.  The abbey began to deteriorate in 1536 and it gradually fell into ruin. The last tragedy occurred in 1744, when the tower collapsed into the nave. It later underwent some renovations while serving as a place of worship for the Protestant Church of Ireland, returned to the Catholic community in 1812. Duiske Abbey was fully restored 1980’s. You will be able to see the ancient stone and high clerestory windows of the nave as well as an effigy of a 13th-century knight at the entrance. The processional door of the 13th century and early medieval floor tiles are visible and can be seen in the sunken floor to the right of the main entrance. On the Grounds of Duiske Abbey you can also see –

Cheevers Memorial – Thomas Cheevers was killed by Crown Forces in June 1798, some days after the Battle of Ross. He was captain of the Graiguenamanagh Rebels.

Akylthawn & Ballyogan Crosses – dating from the 8th and 9th Century.

Take your time and soak in what Graiguenamanagh has to offer!