Browse around Karen Morgan's contemporary pottery shop in Thomastown, before paying a visit to Jerpoint Glass to learn about the craft of glass blowing. Continue on to Jerpoint Abbey, built in 1180AD. From the Abbey, drive on the same road and you will see Goatsbridge Trout Farm, which is a must for all fish lovers. Continue on to Jerpoint Park you will enjoy the wonderful experiences of Jerpoint Park, Ireland's best surviving example of a deserted 12th Century Medieval Town. Finally, stop into the magnificent Mount Juliet Estate for well-deserved refreshments.
In a country famous for the quality of its angling, it is still rare for visitors to achieve the combination of delights found along the Nore at Mount Juliet. Angling tuition is also available at Mount Juliet, to learn the craft of fly fishing.
Brid Lyons designs and hosts a wide variety of contemporary ceramic pieces, original designs and sculptural work. Brid’s sculptural works are creative in form with vibrant glazes creating a unique character for each piece.
Spice Infusion Restaurant in Thomastown is set in the heart of the beautiful medieval village, Spice Infusion presents constantly evolving menus and a carefully matched wine list – all designed to reflect an ethos of modern Indian dining in Thomas
Gus creates a wide range of functional stoneware pieces and large sculptural pieces for the home or garden. His large scale work includes garden planters and bird tables; produced to commission.
Knockanore Farm Self Catering is located in Thomastown, County Kilkenny. Two adjoining self catering 4* holiday homes set in idyllic countryside on a dairy farm in the Nore Valley, yet only 15 minutes from Kilkenny City. Scenic Walks, Fishing on farm, close to Jerpoint Abbey, Kells, Kilkenny Craft Trail and adjoining Mount Juliet. Knockanore, ideal Kilkenny self catering accommodation.
The Kilkenny School of Food, Thomastown is a unique rural development initiative, funded through LEADER, with support from Kilkenny County Council and others. Its mission is to be a chef training hub in Ireland, to provide the hospitality industry with professionally trained staff. It offers accredited courses in Culinary Skills and professional chef training as well as classes for the amateur.
Evening and weekend courses range from ‘Tuscan Pasta and Sauces’ to ‘Raw Foods’ and includes such topics as Indian Spices and Japanese cooking. Groups can be catered for – hen parties, company days out, team bonding.
This stretch of the Nore Valley Walk takes you through diverse countryside, pastoral lands and woodland; rich in flora and fauna. There is the ruin of Grennan Castle at the start, followed by the pretty Dysart Woods and Dysart Castle.