A feast for lovers of craft

Bennettsbridge is a picturesque village located along the River Nore just ten minutes drive from Kilkenny city.

This truly creative hotspot has attracted artisan craft masters including Nicholas Mosse Pottery and Rory Leadbetter of Jerpoint Glass. Based nearby is Larry Kinsella who crafts beautiful vibrantly coloured candles at Moth to a Flame.

If you enjoy a good walk, there is arguably no finer walk than ‘O’Gorman’s Loop’. Alternatively stroll up the ‘Annamult Road’ for a kilometer until you arrive at Nore Valley Park’s Open Farm where the little ones can get up close and personal with the newborns, bottle feeding is a pure delight. Bring a picnic or try some sumptuous home bakes or maybe take a  trailer rides, crazy golf, maze and go-karts.

On the way you will pass ‘Maiden Hall’ family seat of renowned essayist Hubert Butler and now home to Suzanna Crampton, photographer,  farmer of Zwartbles sheep and author of runaway success ‘Bodacious, Cat Shepherd’. Grab a good coffee in the village and engage with the locals for a real rural experience.



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Moth to a Flame Candles

Moth to a Flame Candles Kilkenny

Moth to a Flame Candles, Bennettsbridge, Kilkenny, Ireland R95 ECN4

Tel: 056 772 7826

Established by Larry Kinsella in 1999, Moth to a Flame have been making a range of distinctive handmade candles beside the river in Bennettsbridge. Silkmoth scented, Glow-globe, Rock, Irish Heritage, Gloworm candles and more can be seen in production and in the studio shop, where visitors are always welcome. 

By using the best quality wax & pigments, low temperature melting and pouring then slow cooling in insulated moulds, Moth to a Flame candles give a more rewarding experience.

You are welcome to visit their workshop and showroom in Bennettsbridge, County Kilkenny. They are near to Nicholas Mosse pottery – only 7km from Kilkenny City.

Larry Kinsella is also a founding member of the renowned Made in Kilkenny craftspeople group which aims to foster excellence in crafts in County Kilkenny.

Opening Hours
Monday—Saturday: 9:00AM–6:00PM

Nicholas Mosse Pottery

Nicholas Mosse Pottery

Bennettsbridge, Kilkenny, Co. Kilkenny, Ireland, R95 CK71

Tel: +353 56 7727505

Nicholas Mosse Pottery was established by Nicholas Mosse in 1976 after periods of training in England and Japan. His mission was to produce beautiful, functional pottery in the style of Irish Spongeware. Irish spongeware was the traditional pottery of Ireland used in the 18th Century. It was mainly made in simple honest shapes with a decoration applied with a cut sponge.

From their pottery mill in Kilkenny the team at Nicholas Mosse create a range of beautiful pottery for all occasions. Each of the pieces are made by hand and crafted with the greatest care for detail. Inspired by the rural surroundings, the patterns capture the charm of Irish country-living and bring it straight to your home. Visit their Irish Country Shop and Cafe to experience how they make their pottery or buy their best selling pieces and patterns online. 

Pottery - Old Rose, Clematis, Red Tulip, Wild Flower Meadow, Forget Me Not, Apple, Fuchsia, Clover, Reindeer and Landscape patterns. Available in over 30 shapes from plates to bowls, lamps and kitchen storage jars.
• The ovenware range is available in all patterns listed above except Landscape.
Textiles - oven mitts, aprons, place mats, tablecloths and even jam jar covers.

Nore Valley Park Camping

nore valley park

Nore Valley Park, Bennettsbridge, Co Kilkenny

Tel: 056 7727229

Our family run site is located in a quiet, peaceful valley overlooking the River Nore. We have beautiful wooden lodges, a total of 35 Caravan Sites and 35 Tent Pitches on site with Free showers and hot water. A high standard of cleanliness is priority throughout the site and amenities with no noise or socialising after midnight. Situated on an open farm, patrons have free access to the farm and children are encouraged to assist in animal feeding along with numerous fun activities throughout the day.

The Little Mill Company

The Little Mill Company, Bennettsbridge, Co. Kilkenny

Tel: 056 772 7399

The Little Mill is owned and managed by the Mosse Family. Stretching back seven generations, the family have been milling on the banks of the River Nore in Co. Kilkenny. When you have been handling, milling and selecting wheat for that long, you’re not only knowledgeable but passionate about it, and that passion is evident not only in their milling but when creating their baking mixes. We produce our Stoneground Wholemeals at the Little Mill in Bennettsbridge. The mill has a long history and is the only commercial mill of its kind still in operation.

Zwartbles Ireland

The Zwartbles Ireland Blankets & Travel Rugs are woven to a traditional weight and have four white stripes which represent the Zwartbles sheep distinctive white markings. The twin narrow stripes represent the legs white socks which stop before their knees or hocks. The one broad stripe represents the distinctive white face blaze from poll to muzzle. The single white stripe represents the tip of the Zwartbles undocked tail.

UPMC Nowlan Park

Gaelic Games form part of the flavour of Kilkenny, from UPMC Nowlan Park in Kilkenny city to each of the 41 clubs, to be found in every parish in the county, from Clooneen in the north to Glenmore in the south.  

Kilkenny GAA promotes all our Gaelic Games

The Kilkenny Senior Hurling team has, since the turn of the Millennium, been the most successful hurling team ever. This success has been founded upon our club games which are run throughout the spring, summer and autumn culminating in our local championship finals in UPMC Nowlan Park.

Take in a match while you visit Kilkenny.

In recent years the Kilkenny Senior Camogie team has been one of the most successful teams in the country, with their success again based on the thriving camogie club competitions in Kilkenny.

While football is not as strong in Kilkenny as in some other counties, our footballers participate in national competitions at the appropriate level. Of recent years our underage club footballers have competed at national level while Kilkenny Ladies Football continues to develop.

Handball flourishes in Kilkenny with many National and international champions of renown representing Kilkenny. Handball Alleys are to be found throughout the the city and county and details of handball fixtures are to be found here.

Wherever you are in Kilkenny, City or County, you will find the true flavour of Kilkenny at our Gaelic Games.

A full list of club fixtures is to be found here.

Nore Valley Park Open Farm

Nore Valley Park

Nore Valley Park, Bennettsbridge, Co Kilkenny

Tel: 056 7727229

Come explore and enjoy some fun at the farm or stay in our campsite full of mod cons at the delightfully idyllic Nore Valley. Take time out and stroll around the energetic farm while the children play in an interactive and relaxed setting. Bottle feed lambs or goats and feed the ducks and turkeys as well as learning a great deal of knowledge about your Irish heritage of farming. Relax with a cup of tea and home baked scones, biscuits and plenty of other delicious treats while the boys rip up the tracks on our Go-Karting race course. With endless things to do at Nore Valley, there is something for the whole family.

Aard Oakleigh Bennettsbridge

Ballyredding West, Bennettsbridge, Co. Kilkenny, R95 HD71

Tel: 056 7727388

June has been welcoming guests for over 10 years and has had visitors from all four corners of the globe. She is a Bennettsbridge local and her family has lived here for generations. June is full of knowledge of the local area and the best things to see and do while you enjoy your stay with her. 

They have triple, twin or double rooms available. Room features include: en-suite restroom, television, tea and coffee facilities, adjustable heating, hairdryer, and luggage rack.

Aard Oakleigh is situated in the picturesque, craft village of Bennettsbridge. The bridge itself dates from the 1700’s and was built to replace an earlier bridge that was washed away a great flood. Bennettsbridge is the home of talented artisans such as the world-renowned Nicholas Mosse potters and Moth to a Flame candle makers. Bennettsbridge is also the end (or start) of the Nore Valley Trail, which is a must-see for outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers as they can walk along a beautiful and well-maintained track running alongside the river all the way to Kilkenny city.