Origins of Freshford County Kilkenny
The village of Freshford County Kilkenny is the site of a monastery which was founded in the 7th century. Then in the 9th century the Vikings raided and burnt the Church of St Lachtain.
In 1169 (the year of The Norman Conquest) a major battle was fought near Freshford when Dermot McMurrough and his allies defeated Domhnall McGiolla Padraig of Ossory at the pass of Achadh Úr after a three-day battle.
The Romanesque doorway of St. Lachtain’s Church of Ireland church in Freshford is very rare as it one of only two of this type of portal left in the country.
The village is known for its picturesque landscapes, with rolling green hills and scenic views. It is surrounded by lush countryside, making it perfect for outdoor activities like hiking or picnicking.
Places to visit around Freshford, County Kilkenny
If you in Freshford County Kilkenny, there are a few interesting places in the vicinity worth visiting:
On the village green stands the base of the Freshford Cross, made of soft sandstone now entirely worn away. When Lucas Shee of Uppercourt died in 1622, his wife, Ellen Butler, erected a cross in his memory at the back entrance to Uppercourt.
“The noble Ellen Butler, wife of Lucas Shee Esq., got this monument made. Pray, traveller, that the souls of both may have eternal rest.”
Freshford is one of the leading exponents of hurling in the county. They have been Kilkenny Senior Hurling Champions twice, in 1961 and 1963.
If you are looking for accommodation near Freshford consider Grange Manor