Thursday, 11 April 2013

Around County Carlow, Ireland

 Picture of Carlow County
County Carlow is known as "The Celtic Centre of Ireland" because of the sheer number of Celtic monuments and historical sites located here.

Many of the county's abbeys and castles still survive. Originally a stronghold of the Anglo-Normans, Carlow's strategic position has ensured it a significant role in the turbulent history of Ireland.

During the 1798 Rising, over six hundred nationalist rebels were massacred here. Over four hundred of them are buried near Graiguecullen at the stone quarries.

The two great rivers, the Barrow and the Slaney, wind a twisting course southward through the county making it an ideal location for salmon, trout, coarse fishing and river cruising.

The Blackstairs Mountain range forms the county boundary with Wexford and attains a height of 609.6m. Browne's Hill Dolmen is situated in a field 2 miles east of Carlow town. Dating back to 2000 BC, it boasts the biggest capstone in Ireland.

Carlow is also home to Carlow Institute of Technology which is one of Ireland's leading third level institutions.