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Bagenalstown, Carlow

Otherwise known as Muine Bheag, Bagenalstown is sited on a pleasant reach of the River Barrow and derives its name from Walter Bagenal, who founded the town in the 18th century. His original concept for the town was based on Versailles, which had its genesis in the palace of Louis XIV, with fine streetscapes and classical buildings. Shortly after he had made an impressive start by building the imposing courthouse modelled on the Parthenon in Athens - which is all that remains today of his grand plan, his efforts became frustrated.

However, the arrival of the railway in 1846 rejuvenated the town, and its fine neo-classical railway station is almost as impressive as the Courthouse. Fine examples of the Carlow Granite fencing are to be seen at the railway bridge on the Goresbridge Road. Nowadays, one of the finest views of the Courthouse may be had on the approach road from Leighlinbridge which includes the spire of St. Andrew’s Catholic Church.

What to see and do in Bagenalstown

Bagenalstown is a pretty town, with riverside walks, picnic tables and a picturesque lock. Dunleckney Manor, Ballyloughan Castle, Ballymoon Castle and Wells Church are all situated nearby.

For equestrian enthusiasts, Carrigbeg Stables, located just off the Bagenalstown to Myshall road, is AIRE approved and offers tuition for beginner and experienced riders.

Anglers will enjoy fishing in the river Barrow. The river holds good stocks of various coarse fish species.

Cyclists can take advantage of and enjoy the local scenery by contacting the local cycling tour operator

There is an outdoor swimming pool on the approach road from Leighlinbridge. Nearby are a number of prepared coarse fishing stands. The McGrath Complex offers excellent sporting facilities including cricket, football fields, hurling, soccer pitch, and a tennis court.

Bagenalstown Map

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