Black Castle

Leighlinbridge , Co. Carlow

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Black Castle in Leighlinbridge, Co. Carlow.

Leighlinbridge lies along the banks of the River Barrow with beautiful riverside walks and a tradition of gardening that comes alive each year for the national Tidy Towns Competition and the Floral Festival Trail.

It was in this peaceful and scenic location that the first Irish Carmelite order monastery was established. It was founded c.1272 and there are frequent references to the friars receiving financial grants from the English crown to help them maintain the important bridge over the Barrow. The monastery stood on the east bank of the Barrow near the present Black Castle.

In the Garden of Remembrance there are memorial stones to the Carmelite order and to the Sisters of Mercy. There are plaques to Brian Mulroney, Prime Minister of Canada (1984-1993) whose family hailed from the area, John Tyndall and Nicholas Vigors. Visit Ireland's first all county World War 1 memorial, listing the men from Carlow who died in the Great War.

The Sculpture Garden is dedicated to three of Leighlinbridge's most famous sons - Cardinal Patrick Francis Moran - Australia's first Cardinal (see St. Molings Trail), John Tyndall, the mountaineer and scientist (see St. Patrick's Trail) and Captain Myles Keogh (see St. Patrick's Trail).

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