Leighlinbridge Castle


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Name Leighlinbridge County Carlow Nearest Town Mhuine Beag Access Road N9/R705 About Leighlinbridge is a very attractive village on the River Barrow in County Carlow.

The N9 road once passed through the village which was by-passed in the 1980s.

It now lies on the R705 road.

It is a village with many interesting features and buildings.

It features narrow winding streets, grey limestone malt houses and castle ruins overlooking a 14th Century Bridge across the River Barrow, reputedly one of the oldest functioning bridges in Europe.

Leighlinbridge Castle, also called Black Castle, was one of Irelands earliest Norman castles.

A 50ft tall broken castle tower and bawn wall are all that can be seen today.

Below the castle lies the ruin of the first Carmelite priory in Ireland which was built by the Norman, Carew in 1270.

At the northern entrance to the village is a sculpture by Michael Warren, depicting the thrones of the ancient seat of the Kings of South Leinster at Dinn Righ (The hill of the Kings).

The Kings of Leinster lived near the village.

Leighlinbridge has won many environmental awards, including county winner in the National Tidy Towns Competition, first in the Barrow Awards, overall national winner in Ireland's Green Town 2000 and represented Ireland in the European "Entente Florale" competition in 2001.