Old Dublin Road, Carlow

Rooted in history, this community garden blossomed from the Sisters of Mercy’s legacy.

The story of the gardens first began in 1837, with the arrival of the Sisters of Mercy to Carlow Town to educate and ease the poverty of the local people when they established a school and convent here.

Fast forward almost two hundred years and in 2014 this two-acre site was made available by the Sisters to create a green space in the heart of the town. Groups and volunteers have nurtured and developed this site as a sustainable, organic area known as “An Gairdín Beo”. Now, some ten years later it is a vibrant community garden, a place where people meet, get close to nature, grow food together and protect the environment. A core aim is to promote the development of a sustainable, thriving and resilient community.

An Gairdin Beo
An Gairdín Beo Community Garden

Nurturing Community Connections   


At its core, the garden serves as a hub for community engagement, offering a space for people to connect, cultivate, reap and protect the environment together. Through gardening activities, the garden promotes inclusivity, collaborative management, and a shared respect for nature and biodiversity, echoing the heritage of its predecessors.

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Opening Times


Monday-Friday 9.30 a.m.-4.30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday by arrangement. 

ADMISSION:

Free

DIRECTIONS:

In Carlow Town on the Old Dublin Road

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