Remains of mill buildings and malthouses pepper this quiet village which marks the border of County Kilkenny and County Carlow. Nearby is Kilcumney Hill where a fierce battle was fought during the 1798 United Irishmen uprising, the insurgents having crossed to County Carlow by the bridge. If you are in need of refreshment, there is a petrol station / shop / deli in the village, along with several pubs and picnic tables beside the river over the bridge.

The bridge at Goresbridge was built in 1756. The village takes it’s name from the Gore family who lived in Barrowmount House, although it’s name in Irish means ‘New Bridge’.

  • Evidence of pre-Christian activity is to be found in the marshy land below Barrowmount House (across the river) There is a collapsed megalithic tomb, said to date back to around 2,000 BC. In fact, the whole are along the river is strewn with prehistoric remains
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Old photo of the bridge & village at Goresbridge


Valerian growing on bridge. Photo by James Burke


Vetch, valerian, cow parsley growing by the bridge. Photo by James Burke

Goresbridge, river Barrow

The bridge over the River Barrow at Goresbridge


Ballyellen Lower Lock, Goresbridge

Before Waterways Ireland felled these trees in case they fell down in a storm. Ballyellen Lower Lock, Goresbridge – 20 minutes walk from the bridge (turn right on the Barrow Way). A scene of devastation now..

web_CRW_7428-hounds. Photo James Burke

The Carlow Hunt crossing into Carlow at Goresbridge, photo by James Burke. Now where did I put those aniseed balls?

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Wildflowers, Goresbridge

Goresbridge, photo by Brian Dwyer

Bridge arches at Goresbridge, photo by Brian Dwyer

See the walking guide for more information