The second longest river in Ireland, the river barrow is a bustling, colourful navigation. The river runs for 192km from its source in Glenbarrow in the Slieve Bloom Mountains to the sea.
The Barrow has long been recognised as a unique area of great natural beauty with high amenity value, traversing the counties of Laois, Kildare, Carlow, Kilkenny and Wexford. This region is of national importance and has been specifically identified as a priority area for tourism, special interest activity and regional development.
2011 represents a significant year for the river, celebrating the 220th Anniversary of the opening of the river as a navigable waterway. To celebrate this milestone the 5 counties are coming together to promote the river with a yearlong series of events. The festivities were launched in Bagenalstown, Co. Carlow on Sunday 24th April 2011. For the latest Barrow events please download the brochure.