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Carlow is a tiny inland county in the shape of an
upside-down triangle, south of County Kildare and south-west of County Wicklow. The River
Slaney flows through its eastern part, which is an extension of the granite area of County
Wicklow. West of this lies the fertile limestone land of Barrow Valley, and beyond to the
north-west is pleasant upland country. The county has much to offer the sightseer, the
sportsman and the climber.
In the Province of Leinster, Carlow is one of the
12 counties in Ireland that are land-locked. The main town is Carlow, a bustling market
town with an ancient history and tradition. Carlow was a Gaelic stronghold, long before it
was a Viking and Norman settlement. Nowadays, many castles and monastic ruins attest to
rich history of this fertile hinterland. Fiach McHugh, a 12th century chieftain sacked
Carlow in an ill-fated uprising, but is memorialized in Christy Moore's/Planxty's song
about the event, from which it could be said the current Celtic music revival got its
nascence! Famous for its Hurling tradition, Carlow has also produced many wonderful folk
singers and musicians.