The gentle sloping hillsides surrounding Leighlinbridge add to the visual delights of this village where a generous and industrious community spirit continues to enhance its natural beauty while recognising and celebrating its historic and strategic importance over many centuries. The development of the village was greatly influenced through its historic importance as a transport route. Over 300 years before the Christian era, a great battle took place here to capture the fort of Dinn Righ, reputedly the ancient seat of the Kings of Leinster. The focal point of Leighlinbridge is its valerian bearded bridge, built in 1320 by Maurice Jakis, Canon of Kildare Cathedral. it remains today one of the oldest functioning bridges in Europe.
The Black Castle is one of the main features of Leighlinbridge and is located at the foot of the bridge, on the east bank of the river. One of the earlies Norman fortresses in Ireland, it had the usual stormy history and all that remains of the castle is the west half of the tower approximately 50 feet high and part of the bawn wall.
Leighlinbridge has produced more than its share of famous people including the daring Captain Myles Keogh, aid to General Custer, the scientist and mountaineer John Tyndall, the former archbishop of Sydney, Patrick Francis Moran and the Right Hon. Brian Mulroney, Prime Minister of Canada from 1984 – 1992 whose family hailed from Leighlinbridge.
ATTRACTIONS: The Millennium, Vivaldi and Sculpture Gardens and Garden of Remembrance. World War 1 Memorial. Arboretum Lifestyle & Garden Centre.
ACTIVITIES: Walking along the Barrow Way. Bird watching and marina for mooring boats.