You just got to see The Barrow River 

Where we are ? Right in the Middle of the South East     40 Min  from Wexford,Kilkenny, Carlow, Waterford.

Ideal location for touring the south east          Short Breaks Available in our Cottage" The Great  Escape"

Surrounded by Waterford, New Ross, Wexford and Kilkenny, our Luxury self-catering cottage in St Mullins, Co. Carlow is an ideal location for touring the south east. That's if you really want to leave! When you see the Mulicháin Café you'll be smitten.

St Mullins, a touring centre, lies in the heart of the Sunny South East of Ireland. It is approximately 1 hours drive from Rosslare Ferryport, 2.5 Hours from Dublin Airport, Dublin Ferryport and Dun Laoghaire Ferryport and Shannon Airport. Cork Airport and Ferryport are approximately 2.5 - 3 hours, while Belfast airports and Larne Ferryport are 4.5 Hours drive.

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The Mullicháin Cafe  is a beautifully restored 18th century store house, which was used to store grain and all kinds of goods that were transported on the canal line from 1760. Two great artisans, John Broughal and John O'Dwyer, with their 'Man Friday', Martin, and his other half, Emer worked to transform a sadly derelict building 2008-2009 into a show piece of a time gone by. Great coffee, fantastic atmosphere and chat to beat the band from local self-styled historian Martin... what more can you ask for?!

Blanchfields Pub is a couple of minutes wander up the hill. You can take the old truck road, which was built by Mr Odlum the Miller to allow his steam trucks laden with flour climb out of the valley without blowing a valve. Or take the steeper route past the old monasteries, where St Moling, who built the first mill race in the 7th century, the Men of the 1798 rising, and the Kings of Leinster all lie.


We have some of the most picturesque walks in all of Ireland maybe even the world ,you can walk the river to Graiguenamanagh or up through Bahana wood,or for the more adventurous climb up "The Great White Mountain" or Brandon Hill .We have trail maps for sale at the Mullicháin Café  

What a place to relax, chill out ,and enter a world that hangs in the mists of time As well as being a good spot for anglers, St. Mullins is one of the stop-off points for pleasure barges/cruisers who ply the River Barrow. The building of the canal system on the Barrow began here in 1750 and the Old Grain Store was built to store goods coming up the river from the sailing ships in New Ross.The horses and carts came down the tracks from the Blackstairs mountains to gather their supplys and and sell their goods for export.Horses were were kept in the old stables to pull the barges up river and the blacksmith was on hand to repair the barges and shoe the draught horses.By 1920 the Bolinger engine had arrived and the long serving horses were no longer needed.

St. Mullins is also the starting/finishing point for the Barrow Way long distance walk , for visitors who prefer a shorter walk, enjoy the 6Km Slí na Sláinte route, start with a cup of coffee at the Mullicháin Cafe on the quay and walk the tow path to the first lough on the Barrow ,up through Bahana Woods and return via Templenabo to the village.

The mountain ranges of Mount Leinster, the Blackstairs and Mount Brandon, together with the Barrow, Nore and Suir river systems, provides a truly scenic background. An added bonus is the climate, with lower rainfall, gentler breezes and more sunshine than the rest of Ireland - hence the name "Sunny South-East".

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St Mullins ,Resting place of " The Mad Sweeney" where you can still feel his presence just sit, wait, he will come to you do not fear the spirits of the Valley.

See "Sweeney Astray" By Seamus Heaney  and "At Swim Two Birds"  by Flann O'Brien

The picturesque village of St. Mullins (once known as "Ros Broc" Badger Wood) in the Kingdom of South Carlow is a scenic and charming Barrow-side village with an impressive ecclesiastical history, and a great coffee shop "The Mullicháin Café". Nestling between the Blackstairs Mountains on one side and Brandon Hill on the other, the locality acquired its name from St. Moling. A 7th century cleric, prince, poet, artist and artisan, St Moling built a monastery here with the help of "Gobban Saor", the legendary Irish builder. In the 8th century manuscript, known as "The Book of Mulling", there is a plan of the monastery, the earliest known plan of an Irish monastery which shows four crosses inside and eight crosses outside the circular monastic wall. It is said that St. Moling dug a mile-long watercourse with his own hands to power his mill, a task that took seven years! He became Bishop of Ferns, died in 697 and is buried at St. Mullin's. The St. Moling watercourse is still there, but the original monastery was plundered by the Vikings in 951 and was again burned in 1138. An abbey was built on the site later, in the Middle Ages. A 9th century High Cross, depicting the Crucifixion and the Celtic spiral pattern, stands outside the remains of the abbey and there are also some domestic medieval buildings, including one that has an unusual diamond-shaped window. St. Moling's Mill and Well are a short distance away.

The MacMurrough Kavanaghs, they are the Guys that brought the Normans to Ireland and all over another kings wife that McMurrough could'nt keep his hands off. Former Kings of Leinster, together with other Celtic Kings, are buried in the precincts of the monastery. Fr. Daniel Kavanagh, who is said to have had the gift of healing, is also buried here. People still claim that to cure toothache you should take a pinch of earth from outside the churchyard and exchange it for a pinch of clay from F. Kavanagh's grave. Then say a brief prayer, pop the clay into your mouth and walk down the hill to wash it out with water from St. Molings Well or Much better have a decent cup of coffee at the Mullicháin Café with a nice bit of apple tart!




The Mullicháin Café

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Fresh Scones with the morning coffee and a read of the paper, smoked salmon and a glass wine for the lunch and a stroll along the river bank not a care in the world, this is the good life.

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Old Grain Store - Self Catering Cottages in Carlow

Ideal Location in the South East

Surrounded by Waterford, New Ross, Wexford and Kilkenny, our Luxury self-catering cottages in St Mullins, Co. Carlow are an ideal location for touring the south east.

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