Kinnitty

Slieve bloom bar in Kinnitty village
de Cleirs shop in Kinnity Village
Slieve bloom bar in Kinnitty

The picturesque village of Kinnitty nestles at the foot of Knocknamann on the western slopes of the Slieve Bloom Mountains. Knocknamann is the site where the Festival of Bealtaine was held in pre-Christian times. Saint Finian Cam the patron saint of Kinnitty founded his Monastery where the present Church of Ireland stands, in the year 557.

A grave slab standing in the porch of the Church originally marked the grave of one of the Abbots of St. Finians Monastery. Just behind the church is the Kinnitty Pyramid, standing 30 feet in height. It is a replica of the Pyramid of Cheops in Egypt. It took four years to build and was completed in 1834. It was built by Lt. Col Richard Bernard and is the burial chamber for 5 members of his family.

The Community Centre in the centre of the village, originally the Old School House and Petty Sessions Court, were built in 1820.

The Pain brothers who re-designed Kinnitty Castle in 1811 designed the modern village of Kinnitty. The very pretty village is centred around a lovely green with a stream through it. This Castle is now a luxury hotel, which has become very popular as a wedding venue. Traditional music nights are held on every 3rd Wednesday in the Slieve Bloom Bar. Entertainment is provided at weekends in the Dungeon Bar at Kinnitty Castle, the Slieve bloom Bar and Giltraps. For the outdoor enthusiast there is a great variety of walking trails.Looped trails, Kinnitty Castle Loop, Glinsk Castle and Glenregan can be accessed from the trailhead at Kinnitty Forest trailhead on the Mountrath Road.There are two eco walks near the village at Glenafelly and Knockbarron.

The long distance Slieve Bloom Way can be accessed from the trailhead at Kinnitty forest.

The Slieve Bloom routes through Glendine and the Cut have increased in popularity with road cyclists over the years. The annual “Off The Bloom” adventure race takes place from the village in August.

The first section of the Mountain Biking trail head is due to open in June from the village. At present a very short taster section is open in the Kinnitty Woodlands. Parking is located in the village.