Kilkenny LEADER Partnership (KLP) was delighted to support the Graiguenamanagh Historical Society with their goals to develop a new heritage trail and preserve the rich history of this picturesque river village.

The Graiguenamanagh Heritage Trail is a wonderful addition to the town’s tourism, exploring over 800 years of local history.   Graiguenamanagh has an intriguing network of historical sites.  The Trail takes you all the way back to the times of the famine and the site of the local Fever Hospital.   The dark history of Singleton’s Well and even the fascinating story of Peg Washington’s lane (reputed as the world’s smallest lane) are sure to captivate you.


Minister for Rural Affairs Ann Phelan, Journalist/ Broadcaster Olivia O’Leary and Chairman of KLP Denis Drennan jointly launched the new trail on the 26th of September 2014 at Duiske Abbey.  Secretary of the Graiguenamanagh Historical Society; David Flynn did an enormous amount of work to make this project a reality and received special mentions at the launch.

This project was initiated under a cultural mapping training programme designed by KLP, which brought the heritage attractions together to plan and design the formation of the Trail offering.   The Historical Society has allocated a number of trail plaques and printed an informative, easy to navigate guide to assist tourists.

Minister Phelan said, “The heritage trail will greatly add to the tourism and heritage interest of the town. The survival and prosperity of the town is hinged on projects like this.”

Kilkenny LEADER Partnership (KLP) has awarded €4,000 in funding towards the development of this project.