This little village is a haven for wild birds, particularly the water dwelling types. As people feed them they are very tame and will almost pose for pics. The largest gathering of them is on the left side when facing the bridge with the village to your back. Just by the bridge in that spot there are clumps of reeds which are a haven of shelter for the birds. As there are benches on the riverbank, people sit here and feed the birds that gather around. When it gets very crowded it's hard to take pics, but if you wait around people get bored and wander off. You'll have the place to yourself.
This picturesque village is infamous as being the ideal little hideaway to moor your barge or your boat. You will quickly see that in general it is barges that are moored here, and the tiny boats tied up beside them are used to get from your barge to the other side of the river, or even for some light fishing.
The sight along the riverside is a delight at any time of the year, so colourful are these craft. They line both sides of the river and a narrow quay wanders along beside them.
Again, be wary as these are open quays and the water is quite deep here.
If you're any way into photography like me you will no doubt wander off the beaten track down to the side of the river that's blcoked off by a wire fence that has now been toppled. I was snapping away and came across this pretty but derilict cottage that was the perfect subject for a pic or three. As I started snapping I came quickly to a halt as the little sylvan nook surrounding the cottage was being used as a party area by a couple of tramps, cans of beer in hand. In general they won't bother you as they are happy with their booze, but I would still be wary and wandered away without finishing my pics.
I got just one fuzzy-ish pic of the cottage, so at least you'll know the spot to watch out for.
As you walk through the village towards the bridge, turn right just before the bridge and you will find yourself in an area of hidden waterway that is spectacular for views and photography. Much of the area was fenced off, but the fences have been broken down and if you venture a little beyond them it's a visual feast. Be careful, as the fences were there for a reason - it's unprotected waterway and there are boggy and reedy areas that can be mistaken for dry land.
From this area you will get some unusual shots of the bridge and the wild flowers that grow on the semi derelict stone walls.
Graiguenamanagh is one of the few Irish villages that I have seen develop it's riverside location as a facility for diving. Right beside the boat club premises there are diving boards at two different levels. They are free and open to use to members of the public. The water is clean and clear here and as I watched, five children of varying ages played on the diving boards with great enjoyment.
Equipment: A swimsuit!
Duiske Abbey: A beautifully restored Medieval Abbey dating from 1204 AD. Once the epicentre of a large monastery, it now dominates the village that has emerged around it. An oasis of calm and quiet, it is a large contemplative structure allowing the viewer time to soak up the atmosphere. Not really a sightseeing venue it has some authentic medieval pieces dotted around the Abbey. Much more a place to take time rather than spend time. Occasionally local choir or pipe organ players practise makes the Abbey come alive with liturgical music.
Fondest memory: The walk by the canal during the Summer.