Located on the banks of the River Barrow, Carlow town is a bustling market centre serving a large rural area.

Carlow Town marks the meeting of the Barrow and Burrin rivers, a point which was believed to be once made up of four lakes, hence the gaelic name, Ceathar Loch, or Four Lakes. While the river remains an important focus for the town, with a long established Rowing Club and annual regatta, other influences include an international student population, a thriving arts and craft community, a long and lively tradition of Irish language use and culture.

Carlow town is situated in County Carlow, one of Ireland’s smallest counties, in the province of Leinster. It is geographically bordered by the scenic Blackstairs Mountains to the east and the fertile limestone land of the Barrow Valley and the Killeshin Hills lie in the west of Carlow. The county’s most prominent feature is the 5000-year-old granite formation known as Browne’s Hill Dolmen.


By air / sea: The nearest airports to Carlow are Dublin Airport and Waterford Airport. Carlow is located inland, and so does not have any direct ferry services. The nearest port is Rosslare Europort in Co Wexford. Dublin Port, Dun Laoghaire Harbour, and the Port of Cork are all within a couple of hours drive of Carlow.

By rail: The Dublin / Waterford line serves County Carlow with stations at Carlow Town and Muine Beag (Bagenalstown). For further information on rail services telephone +353 (0)1 836-6222 (Dublin) or +353 (0)503 31633 (Carlow); or visit www.irishrail.ie.

By bus: Bus Éireann provides services to County Carlow from Dublin and other areas. For further information on bus services telephone +353 (0)1 836-6111 (Dublin) or visit www.buseireann.ie.

By car: From Dublin, travel along the M7/E20 for 11kms. Take the Exit 9 onto the M9 towards Waterford/Kilkenny/ Carlow/ [Port Lairge/ Cill Chainnaigh/ Ceatharlach]. Continue along the M9 for approx 40kms towards Waterford/ Kilkenny/ Ceatharlach, passing through Castledermot on the way. You will pass through three roundabouts on the way into Carlow town, all clealy signposted towards the town.

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Éigse Carlow Arts Festival Ltd, Foresters Hall, College Street, Carlow.
telephone: 059 9140491 / fax: 059 9130065 / email: eigse3@eircom.net