Village in Leinster, Ireland

Inistioge (/ɪnɪʃˈtɡ/; Irish: Inis Tíog[2]) is a small village in County Kilkenny, Ireland. It is situated on the River Nore, 25 kilometres (16 mi) southeast of Kilkenny. Historically, the name has been spelt as Ennistioge, Ennisteage, and in other ways.

Situated along the River Nore, Inistioge is entered by crossing a 10 arch stone bridge. The village has a tree-lined square and a number of 18th and 19th century homes along the river. Inistioge and its village green have been used as a filming location for a number of films.

The Woodstock Estate is located one mile (1.6 km) outside the village.


St Marys Church in Inistioge (built 1824)
Saint Columbkille's Holy Well

The earliest recorded reference to Inistioge refers to a battle between the kingdom of Osraighi and an army of Norse, recorded as taking place in the year AD 962 in the Annals of the Four Masters.[3]

Inistioge was previously a borough, sending two members to the Irish House of Commons.[4][5]

Public transport

The main bus route serving the village is Kilbride Coaches' New Ross - Thomastown - Kilkenny route.[6] Bus Éireann route 374 provides a journey in each direction along the New Ross - Thomastown - Kilkenny route.[7] Bus Éireann and JJ Kavanagh and Sons operate several journeys daily from Thomastown (8.5 kilometres away) to Dublin, Dublin Airport, Carlow and Waterford. Bus services to Rosslare Europort are available from New Ross.[8]

The nearest station is Thomastown railway station on the Waterford-Kilkenny-Dublin line. It is nine kilometres distant.[citation needed]


Inistioge, and its village green, has been the scene for a number of films, including Circle of Friends, The Secret Scripture and Widows' Peak.[9]


The Gaelic Athletic Association club Rower-Inistioge GAA has its home ground here. The club has had a number of All Ireland medal-winning players including Eddie Keher, Sean Cummins, Kieran Joyce, Liam Tierney and Liam Naddy.[citation needed]

Notable people

George Browne, Manchester based communist and member of the International Brigades in the Spanish Civil War was born at Ballyneale outside Inistioge in 1906. He was killed in the Battle of Brunete, Spain in 1937. An annual George Brown memorial weekend has been held in Inistioge since 2008.[citation needed]

Nora Sands, of Jamie's School Dinners, is a native of the area.[10]

Lieutenant Walter R.P. Hamilton V.C., leader of the Guides at the Residency in Kabul, who was killed during the Second Anglo-Afghan War, came from here.[citation needed]

Judge Peter Smithwick, President of the District Court.[citation needed]

Inistioge village green

See also

Further reading

  • Hughes, J.J. (1948). "Inistioge" (PDF). Old Kilkenny Review. Kilkenny: 42–47.
  • Birthistle, Dorcas (1969). "Inistioge". Old Kilkenny Review. Kilkenny: 31–47.
  • Coyle, Tom (1969). "Inistioge District". Old Kilkenny Review. Kilkenny: 17–30.
  • Manning, Conleth (1976). "The Inistioge Priory Cloister Arcade". Old Kilkenny Review. Kilkenny: 192–199.
  • Dyer, John S (1998). "The almshouse at Inistioge". Old Kilkenny Review. Kilkenny: 43–47.


  1. ^ "Inistioge (Ireland) Census Town". citypopulation.de. Retrieved 7 October 2021.
  2. ^ "Inis Tíog/Inistioge". logainm.ie. Placenames Database of Ireland. Retrieved 7 October 2021.
  3. ^ "Part 6 of Annals of the Four Masters". UCC.
  4. ^ Goodrich, Samuel Griswold (1832). A New Universal Pocket Gazetteer. W. Hyde. p. 446.
  5. ^ Carrigan, William (1981). The History and Antiquities of the Diocese of Ossory. Roberts Books. p. 104.
  6. ^ "Kilbride Coaches". Retrieved 17 May 2021.
  7. ^ "Bus Éireann schedule". Bus Éireann. Retrieved 17 May 2021.
  8. ^ "Getting to Inistioge". inistioge.ie.[dead link]
  9. ^ "This little Kilkenny village has been utterly transformed into a Hollywood film set". Dailyedge.ie. 2 February 2015. Retrieved 14 June 2018.
  10. ^ "Nora's Kitchen - The home of Nora Sands from Jamie's School Dinners". noraskitchen.com.

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