Saturday, June 18, 2011

Special places in Kilkenny, Ireland

You probably saw the video of this special blanket of rainbow in the Barrow valley on Bloomsday just past (no? watch it here) & now I'd like to tell you about a few more of the special things in County Kilkenny. 
An amazing rainbow blanket in Ireland, taken by Susan at
Kilkenny is a beautiful, mainly rural county in the sunny Southeast of Ireland, and is world renowned for its crafts 
An 800 yr old woolen mill tradition continues in Graignamanagh's Cushendale Woolen Mill
& local food;
tasty Knockdrinna cheese - photo

The landscape is mainly idyllic, with rolling hills, lush pasture, and winding rivers- the Nore, Barrow and Suir.

Here is a glimpse of this bountiful landscape & some of her inhabitants- check out the cool trick performed at the end of the clip ;-)
Watch it HERE- (& please 'like' our page while you are there, thanks!), because Blogger is being freaky & won't let me upload the video here!

On the south eastern side of the county, there is a special triangle of villages in the countryside- Graignamanagh (also spelled Graiguenamanagh), Inistioge, and Thomastown. I've a fair few posts on Graig- click on the word Graignamanagh to see more. 

Just to give you a few Thomastown snippets-The Truffle Fairy chocolate shop is one of my favorite places to go to in Thomastown, their tasty  local chocolates are made here, & you can also sit in & have real hot chocolate! Check out their unsual & adult flavors like: tequila, salt & lemon! Mmm ;-)
Also a favorite in T-town, stroll through the charming wee garden along the little river at the Watergarden, which has a lovely informal organic food cafe & small garden centre. Very relaxing! Some nice photos of it here from a rather unusual German blogger :-) There are fab craft places in the T-town area, be sure to click on the Made In Kilkenny link above!
Jerpoint Glass Studio is outside T-town, & worth a wee trip if you love glass! You may also get to see them blowing on site.
Inistioge has a very good website, so if you click on it (mentioned above) you'll get a good feel for the village. My hubby really enjoys the tasty pints there, tho' his fav by a hair may be O'Donnell's- they're quite gifted at making pictures/adding your name on the pint :-)
For a wee story on a visit to Inistioge, & O'Donnell's, read this from Outdoors Ireland's visit with his dog & goat! 
At the Graignamanagh River & Rowing regatta; photo from
Oh Dear!
I've got to run off now, & I've not even told you about all the outdoors activities you can do- there's walking, cycling, canoeing, horseback riding, rowing regattas (Aug Bank Hol Sun & Mon) even bush craft in the area! 

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