The Mullichain Cafe is situated on the banks of the river Barrow in St Mullins know as The Jewel of the Barrow where you can sit with a glass of wine a good coffee and watch the river flow thats the good life
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The Mullicháin Café
St Mullins on the bank of the Barrow river in the south of county Carlow is one special little spot within very easy reach of Dublin 1.5 hours. We are right in the middle of the south east 35 minutes from Wexford ,Carlow ,Kilkenny and Waterford .Down on the quay tucked away from all the hustle bustle of the world sits the Mullicháin café only yards from the river .You can sit and watch the Heron fishing on the weir when the tide is out or watch the cruisers passing on the rising tide on their way to the sea, this is truly a stunning valley where the barrow walk way begins .The Café is on two floors of the beautifully restored Old Grain store building and has tables along the side of the harbour wall. Emer is a very fine baker and has fresh scones and chocolate brownies to die for with a nice cappuccino. Just imagine a smoked salmon salad and a glass of wine under the umbrella and then a stroll up the river .Our walks booklet gives you a variety of walks from the lazy stroll to the 4 hour walk up to the top of white mountain where you have a panoramic view over Carlow and Wexford .Martin and Mark are there to send you in the right direction or give you a bit of the local history and gossip on the Normans, Vikings and Odlums flour Mills. On a dull day you can sit upstairs on the couch and have a good read. We have 3 self-catering cottages surrounding the Old stable yard a great place to relax in the mists of time.
Martin Emer O’Brien
The Mullicháin Café and Old Grain Store Self Catering Cottages
The Quay St Mullins
Did you know? Gaelic Resurgence The native Irish began to regain some of their former territories in the 14th century this was primarily due to Art MacMurrough Kavanagh(1357-1417), who became King of Leinster in 1377. Art claimed to be a direct descendent of Diarmaid Mac Murrough(Who brought the Normans into Ireland) through some illegitimate son and therefore his right to the kinship of the Leinster .No DNA then.! Art was credited as the man that gave most trouble during the reign of Richard II (from 1377 to 1399) . He married the daughter of Maurice Fitzgerald fourth earl of Kildare; where- upon the English authorities seized the lady’s vast estates, in as much as she had violated the Statute of Kilkenny by marrying a Mere Irishman. In addition to this, his black rent-eighty marks a year-was for some reason stopped, soon after the accession of Richard II. (Black rent, rent paid by the English to the local King for land they occupied)Exasperated by these proceedings, he devastated and burned many districts in the counties of Wexford, Kilkenny, Carlow, and Kildare; till the Dublin council were at last forced to pay him black rent. Meantime Ireland had been going from bad to worse; and at last the king Richard 11 resolved to come over himself with an overwhelming- force, hoping thereby to overawe the whole country into submission. He made great preparations for this expedition; and on the 2nd of October, 1394, attended by many of the English nobles, he landed at Waterford with an army of 34,000 men, the largest force ever yet brought to the shores of Ireland. As soon as Mac Murrough heard of this, far from showing any signs of fear, he swept down on New Ross, then a flourishing English settlement strongly walled, burned the town, and brought away a vast quantity of booty. And when the king and his army marched north from Waterford to Dublin he harassed them on the way after his usual fashion, attacking then; from the woods and bogs killing great numbers. The Irish chiefs however saw that submission was inevitable. At a place called Ballygorry, near Carlow, Mowbray earl of Nottingham received the submission of a number of the southern chiefs amongst them MacMurrogh, (The most dreaded of all) In a letter to the duke of York, the English Regent King Richard 11 describes the Irish people as of three classes-Irish savages or enemies; Irish rebels (colonists in rebellion); and English subjects; But this magnificent and expensive expedition produced no useful result whatever. As for the sub- mission and reconciliation of the Irish chiefs, it was all pure sham. They did not look upon king Richard as their lawful sovereign; and as to the promises, since they had been extorted by force, they did not consider themselves bound to keep them. Art was poisoned 1417 at New Ross. He was buried at St. Mullins, County Carlow; you can visit his tombstone at the rear of the Abbeys
Did you Know? The Lime Kilns of St Mullins Did you ever wonder what those funny little stone bee hive structures were by the side of the river or up back lanes? Lime Kilns have been used in Ireland from the time of the Celts to turn limestone into powder. Lime had a lot of uses such as a fertilizer; building and disinfectant they spread it on the fields to break up the soil and sweeten the grass. The Normans were the real lads for making use of lime for Building. They used lime mortar to build their towers and castles. Lime mortar didn’t crack like cement that’s why the French lad’s buildings are still standing. Lime made buildings waterproof, killed off infection and made the thatched cottages look nice and bright. Whatever was going on in Carlow there are Lime Kilns up every back lane and boreen especially in the parish of St Mullins, maybe they were smoking it? The Lime Kiln was built shaped like an egg with a big chamber in the middle a hole at the bottom to light the fire and take out the lime and a hole at the top to leave out the smoke. They would fill the chamber with layers of wood and turf or coal whatever they had that would burn and then layers of lime stones as big as your fist. A bit of flint set the fire going, it would take about four days to fully burn and all that time some poor fellow had to keep an eye that the fire kept burning day and night. Walk up the Barrow River from St Mullins until you hear the roar of the weir and there on your right hand side is a lime kiln, is your man still keeping guard on the flame?
Did you know? The St Mullins Ferry A ferry crossed the Barrow river at St Mullins down through the centuries from the flour mills to the banks of the river on the Kilkenny side .Todays ordinance survey maps still show the ferry crossing even though the ferry ceased to run after the closure of the Odlums mills in 1967.The rowing boat was moored at the steps just below The Mullicháin Café and the Ferry Man was summoned by a bell that hung from a tree by the traveller. To put the importance of the ferry in context we have to remember that it was only in the 1960’s that cars became common place so people walked everywhere or used their bicycle .Those living on both sides of the river Ballavarra, Rower, St Mullins were close friends, courted and intermarried. They came across the river to visit Blanchfield’s pub which was also the local shop and post office and to attend mass and services. Pattern day was the busiest day of the year at the end of July when the ferry man earned his keep for a few pennies bringing the worshipers and carnival attenders across the river, many not to return for a day or two The demise of the ferry has led to a split in a community that was one for centuries. There are now proposals by Kilkenny Leader to join the two sides with a foot bridge joining the Barrow Blueway to the Rower Greenway, let’s hope it happens soon. On misty nights the slap of the ferryman’s oars can still be heard as he turns the bow of his boat to the far shore.
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Kids all safely back in school come on down to The Mullicháin Cafe ,Its your Time to relax
Get on your Bike and Cycle The Barrow Path Many thanks to Carlow Weather for the Shot
Great shot from Carlow Weather
Get on your walking shoes and soak up the rest of August
The Sun Always Shines Down at The Mullicháin Cafe
Our Carlow Rose all set to take The Rose of Tralee by Storm