St Mullins is an ancient ecclesiastical site with the stump of a round tower and Norman motte as well as a whole host of religious buildings and 1798 United Irishmen graves, marked with green shields. Layer upon layer has been built over the centuries. The river here meets the upper tidal reaches and the difference in water temperature makes for a misty, soft landscape. This mystical meeting of the river & sea has made St Mullins a spiritual centre for millenia – people came here for a cure from the Blessed Well during The Great Plague.
A Norman Motte & Bailey still stands proud above the village green which was once a village, protected by the Wooden Norman tower.
Did you know? – Riverdance legend Michael Flatley’s ancestors are buried here.
There is a riverside walk to & from the peaceful Lock (see video below) which is enjoyable – bring your own refreshments. There are several B&Bs in the area if you plan to stay.
Facilities: In recent years a seasonal Cafe has opened beside the river. There is a small shop on the green and a pub.
See the walking guide for more information
St Mullins Barge Trip:
Epic journey along the Barrow from St Mullins, filmed for a party of Newfoundland visitors on Larry’s barge.
Drummin Raised Bog Restoration Project
Near St Mullins is the Drummin Bog is the last remaining raised bog in Co. Carlow. The project aims to restore it to its natural state and to make it accessible to the public.