Monasterevin, often known as the Venice of Ireland is named after the 6th century Monastery of St. Eimhin (Evin). Sadly, nothing remains of this monastery but in 1607, Moore Abbey was built on the grounds. The woodlands of this old abbey are a wonderful place to meander around while admiring the centuries-old native Irish trees. The famous poet, Gerard Manley Hopkins (28 July 1844 – 8 June 1889) took several trips to stay in Monasterevin, writing about it in his journals and letters. The residents still celebrate his love for the town with the Hopkins Festival each year, run by the Monasterevin Hopkins Society.
Things to see and do in Monasterevin
- Tour the Barrow Way by boat or on-foot from Monasterevin, taking in the wonderful natural environment, quaint houses and bridges that line the banks along the way
- A fly-fisherman would not be left wanting in Monasterevin with 3 different waterways to hone their skills, contact Monasterevin & District Anglers Association for some tips!
- Venture a 20 minute outside the town to the Irish National Stud and Gardens.
Places to eat
Chen’s Chinese, Dublin Street
Tel: 00 353 45 525999.