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is a delightful country town on the banks
of the River Slaney. Bronze age burial chambers (5,000 years old) have been
excavated on the Pinnacle, a 1,258 ft hill to the east of the town.
Baltinglass is also a good base from which to explore the many golfing,
fishing, and heritage sites in the area.
Baltinglass Heritage and Visitor Centre are situated in the heart of Baltinglass, beside and underneath the Courthouse. It is designed to reflect on the
history and heritage since the early ages of all surrounding areas of West Wicklow, Carlow and South Kildare. Beneath the Courthouse, the exposure of the old arched prison cells gives an interesting insight into the conditions in which prisoners were incarcerated in earlier ages. The centre is open from May to September inclusive. It also incorporates
the tourist information office (Tel 059 6482270).Diarmuid
MacMurrough, King of Leinster, founded this Cistercian Abbey in 1148
as a daughter house of Mellifont. The style of sculpture is
similar to Jerpoint Abbey in Kilkenny. In the 16th Century, the
abbey was dissolved as part of Henry VIII's campaign. A
protestant church is still active on the site.
Fragments of the church and traces of the cloister still survive.