About Visiting Us

We are situated in a very rural part of south east Ireland, near the villages of Borris and Bagenalstown (pronounced Bag-nails-town), only 90 mins drive from Dublin airport. Accommodation in the area is very good – village hotel, heritage guest houses, family-run Bed and Breakfasts, self-catering houses, farm-stays, glamping and AirBnB.

If you don’t find the information you are looking below, please get in touch as we’d be very pleased to help you plan your visit to us. Once you decide on your class date and we receive your deposit, a short zoom/video chat, can really help you in getting all the local intel you need, for your specific itinerary planning.

 

You may also like to check out this place in the centre of the village for your accommodation – very popular place  with our students
You can travel from Dublin Airport to our area by car (hire at airport) or bus shuttle (Glenn uses all the time) or train. Between 90mins to 2.5 hours depending on car/train/bus.
Many people traveling transatlantic, find the following suggested itinerary useful when coming here :
Day 1 – arrival day
Leave Dublin airport by bus directly from airport to Kilkenny city (2 hours from airport, and 30 mins from Glenn’s local village)
Check out things to do and see in this lovely medieval city – all accessible by foot so no car is required to get around.
Sleep in Kilkenny – hotel or B&B

https://visitkilkenny.ie/

Day 2 (or add a day or more)
Explore Kilkenny – craft galleries, castle, great food and pubs, music, shopping
By taxi – about 30 mins to village of Borris or local bus, check with us or with the accommodation provider in Borris
Sleep in Borris. If you arrive in Borris on a Sunday evening, we recommend you have supper at the Stephouse Hotel (closed Mon, Tues, Wed)
Day 3first day of the class and you are over your jet-lag and acclimatized to the Irish ways.
Class with Glenn – your landlord may drive you to the class or you could car-pool with others that are staying in Borris. Don’t worry – we will get you here on day 1 and sort out the best travel arrangements to and from the workshop once all the students are in class. Class runs from 9am to 5pm unless otherwise stated. Doors open at 8.45am.
LAST day of class
Check out of your accommodation and leave your luggage at Glenn’s
Class ends 5-5.30pm and many people leave for onwards travel, car hire from Kilkenny if exploring the South or West of Ireland, or go to Dublin by bus or train and explore the capital city for a day or two before heading home.

A few useful FAQs about the area, what to pack and what to do and discover when you are not turning (also useful for people travelling with a non-turning companion:

Our weather forecast : https://www.met.ie/ so that you can keep an eye on this and pack accordingly.

Bring a bigger suitcase/bag to bring your projects home safely. If you leave some extra room, there may be a tool or two in whcih you wish to invest.

We can ship your work for you and the cost will be the postage (based on weight it is normally euro25 to euro70 in our experience), PLUS a euro40 charge for the admin time and sturdy packing materials.

 

If you have partners traveling with you, Cornelia can give your companions a tour of the workshop and yard, once the turners are set up in the studio on Day 1.  They may have to pat Loki the dog and meet the donkeys for 15 mins and then she will be able to show them the centre before giving them a lift back to Borris. Please note, companions are not permitted to stay in the centre when the class is in progress.

We normally have a group meal in the local hotel on Thursday at 6.30pm, and all are welcome, so let me know if this is something you (and your companion if you are not solo) would like to join us for.

Some people arrive a few days before the class and stay in Kilkenny (the small city is 40mins drive from our place). Everything is very centrally located in Kilkenny, and you don’t need a car to explore this medieval city https://visitkilkenny.ie/

 

Some recent visitors enjoyed this outdoor activity with Falcons in Kilkenny’s Lyrath (hotel)  Estate : https://www.lyrath.com/explore/falconry/

 

You can even get a shuttle bus to the airport from Kilkenny – takes about 2 hours. Or the train from Dublin City centre from Kilkenny.

A useful tourist map of the area showing sites of interest within a 30min drive : https://www.glennlucaswoodturning.com/explore-the-blackstairs-and-barrow-valley/

For partners – I highly recommend a trip to this woollen mill https://cushendale.ie/ in the lovely village of Graiguenamanagh – a few miles from Borris – and if a few people are interested in this,  a tour is possible with the staff.

 

You can get to Graiguenamanagh/Tinnahinch on the local bus no. 887  – 3 buses a day –  there is a bus leaving from Borris (at Dalton’s near the church) at 9.45 am getting to Graiguenamanagh/Tinnahinch at 10am and then it is a short walk to the woollen mill. After this you could have a look at Duiske Glass, the beautiful Duiske Abbey and have lunch at the Waterside on the river Barrow Quay. If the weather is ok, you could even have a walk on the Barrow Towpath and catch the bus back to Borris at 16.45.

Other day trips can be taken from Borris on this bus – to St Mullins and then and walk by the river: Cafe : https://themullichaincafe.ie/

Book a sauna on the banks of the River Barrow : https://thehotboxsauna.ie/products/graiguenamanagh-opening-weekend

Or day trip to New Ross and the famine Musuem : https://www.dunbrody.com/

Or this pottery class in Graiguenamanagh , near Borris, and also have cottages to rent  https://mountbrandoncottages.com/pottery-classes/classes-and-works

A useful number : Terrence Kelly – local taxi man and part-time farmer : ‭+353 85 707 7437‬. Pre-booking important (by 24-48 hours). Have the eircode or the google map destination on your phone to show your taxi driver. Dialling and texting from North America 011 353 etc.

Bus shuttle from Dublin airport to Paulstown Applegreen station : https://jjkavanagh.ie/ then prebook a taxi to meet the bus.

Train information : we are close to the Dublin-Kilkenny-Waterford line and our local station is Bagenalstown/Muine Bheag:  Our local train station is Bagenalstown (sounds like ‘Bag [of] nails town’) and also called Muine Bheag (Irish, and pronounced ‘Mwen-ah-vee-ug’).

Lots of our non-turners like to have a day trip to Kilkenny by train – great galleries/churches/a castle/food/music and shopping and all walkable https://visitkilkenny.ie/or (https://www.irishrail.ie/en-ie/.) to Waterford

The only date that is not flexible is lace making (for experienced needleworkers/people interested in this, on Wednesday from 10.30am-12.30) : https://www.borriscarlow.ie/borris-lace let Cornelia  know if you are interested in this and she will check to make sure there is a class running that week

MOTORHOMES: The closest campsite for motorhomes/camper vans is about 15-20 mins drive from us in the lovely village of Graiguenamanagh.  Here is the place http://barrowvalleyactivitieshub.ie/ and the booking for parking https://www.hubbookings.ie/new_booking.php

 

CAMPING/GLAMPING : just a few miles from Borris village, talk to Charlie and Clem who can also provide you with river safaris on kayaks/canoes:  https://www.baseglamp.ie/

 

BIKE HIRE (from Graiguenamanagh) https://outdoorkilkenny.ie/activities/waterside-bike-hire/

 

HIKING trails nearby: https://www.alltrails.com/ireland/county-carlow

https://www.waterwaysireland.org/hubs/carlow/great-walks

https://carlowtourism.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/Walking-in-Carlow.pdf

 

FURTHER ITINERARY PLANNING – TOURING IRELAND

 Here is a very useful vlog on touring various parts of Ireland by Rick Steves, with some great tips : https://www.ricksteves.com/europe/ireland/

APRÉS-TURNING

For pizzas and pints early in the week, on Mon, Tues, Wed there are 3 x takeaways in Borris –  a fish-n-chip called TEDDY’S, a pizzeria called BENNI’S and a Chinese called JADE DRAGON, and it is possible to have a takeaway and sit at the pub with a drink – we recommend Joyces or O’Sheas in Borris village. Just check with the pub owners that this is ok and, of course, order your drinks there and sit under the umbrellas, or inside if drizzly.

Or very good menu daily, at ‘The Lord Bagenal Inn‘ which is in Leighlinbridge (pronounced Lock-Lynn-Bridge) about 20 min drive from Glenn’s

Or for an award-winning restaurant Clashganny House Restaurant 6 miles from Borris – booking recommended
Our local hotel in Borris, the Stephouse hotel is open Thurs-Sun – if you are in the area on Sunday, this is a great place to go for your evening meal in their bar. Casual dress

Where We Are

Glenn Lucas Woodturning Study Centre
Flander’s Cross, Knockclonegad, Garryhill near Bagenalstown, Co. Carlow, IRELAND 

Google map location and reviews

EIRCODE R21 PC79

PLEASE NOTE: We are NOT open to the public but BY APPOINTMENT ONLY.
We are open for classes, booked in advance.  For visitors wishing to buy bowls, tools or DVDs,  visits are by appointment only. To avoid disappointment, please do not simply show up without prior arrangement as this is a working production studio and classroom.

How To Get To Us

By Road

Directions

Approx 65 miles.

From the M50 take the M7. Get off the M7 at JUNCTION 11, you are now on the M9 Kilkenny/Waterford Road.

Get off the M9 at EXIT 5, signed N80 to ROSSLARE. You do NOT need to go into Carlow town.

Drive approx 4 miles and pass Fighting Cocks pub (landmark) – half a mile after this pub go to the centre of the road and turn RIGHT to Fenagh/Garryhill/Milltown Engineering.

Drive 4 miles and straight up through Fenagh village and LEFT at the top of the village for Garryhill.

4 miles further and you pass (landmark) Garryhill Handball Club on your right, continue straight on the Borris Road for another 1.5 miles and take a RIGHT at the first crossroads (with sign) – you will see an orange and white sign for Glenn Lucas Woodturning.

We are the first house on the left – new, cream coloured bungalow, workshop behind.

Approx 15 miles.

Take the N9 Kilkenny road.

Drive for approx 10 mins (passing the Institute of Technology on your left and then the Dolman Hotel on your right). At EXIT 6 drive through a series of roundabouts following signs for Leighlinbridge/Bagenalstown (do not get on the M9 motorway)

Watch carefully for signs – turn left for Bagenalstown (also called Muine Bheag) at junction called Royal Oak.

Drive into Bagenalstown until you have to stop in the centre of town (Railway House pub on your right) at a flat roundabout, and turn right for Borris (R705).

Just as you leave the town take a left (L3001) over a small railway bridge, following signs for Kiltealy/ Ashlawn Garden Centre.

Drive a windy main road for 6 miles until you reach a STOP sign at a crossroads. Turn left.

Drive for one mile and take next LEFT- you will see an orange and white sign for Glenn Lucas Woodturning – turn left. (There is also a brown sign for Templemoling Cemetery to the right).

We are the first house on the left – new cream coloured bungalow, workshop behind.

Approx. 25 Miles.

Take the M9 Dublin Road.

After approx 15 miles turn off the M9 at EXIT 7 for Bagenalstown/Paulstown/Leighlinbridge.

Watch for a RIGHT for Bagenalstown.

Drive into Bagenalstown until you have to stop in the centre of town at a flat roundabout (Railway House pub on your right) and turn right for Borris (R705).

Just as you leave the town take a left (L3001) following signs for Kiltealy, Ashlawn Garden Centre.

Drive a windy main road for 6 miles until you reach a STOP sign at a crossroads. Turn left.

Drive for one mile and take next LEFT- you will see an orange and white sign for Glenn Lucas Woodturning – turn left.  (There is also a brown sign for Templemoling Cemetery to the right).

We are the first house on the left – new cream coloured bungalow, workshop behind.

Car Hire

The usual hire companies all have bases at the airport – Do remember we drive on the left-hand side of the road. Roads around Glenn’s are narrow and the hedgerows bushy. If you prefer not to hire a car, don’t worry, we will help you with car-pooling with other students or taxi-sharing to and from the workshop to the local village if you are staying locally.

Taxi

Book our local taxi/hackney and they will pick you up from airport – we can book him if you wish, just let us know. He is better value than getting into a cab at the airport. TAXI Terrence Kelly (sheep farmer and part-time taxi man, no email, only mobile) +353 85 707 7437. Approx €230 each way per airport trip.  

The workshop is in a rural area, 6 miles from Borris village or 7 miles from Bagenalstown village. So if you have no car, you will need the local cabbie  PRE-BOOKING ESSENTIAL to get you around. It is about €8 TO €10 per person per trip when there are 2 or more, to local village/accommodation to workshop, or to nearest village/pub/local hotel for evening meal.

Groups

For a group, we can organise cost-effective mini-bus pickup from airport if required.

By Coach

Airport shuttle service – ROUTE 736 run by bus company ‘JJ Kavanagh’ from Dublin Airport – Carlow – Waterford
Our nearest stop is ‘Paulstown Apple Green Service Station’. The cost is about €25 per trip. Airport to Paulstown takes 2.5 hours.  See the JJ Kavanagh Timetable here → Collection from the shuttle can be organised with your accommodation provider or a local taxi driver (advance booking essential).

By Rail

Rail link – Waterford/Kilkenny main line. From Dublin Heuston Rail Station to Bagenalstown/Muine Bheag (pronounced Mwin-eh-veug).  Collection from the train can be organised with your accommodation provider or a local taxi driver (advance booking essential). The rail station is 10 mins drive from our workshop.

See Irish Rail Information here →

Accommodation Recommendations – check out www.borriscarlow.ie for information about the area and lots to discover.

For an excellent quote from these providers, mention that you are coming on our class.

Joyce's Inn, Borris Village

The Step House Hotel, Borris Village

The Stephouse is not open on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday. It is often very busy Fridays & Saturdays with weddings.

[t]: +353 (0)59 977 3209
[e]: info@stephousehotel.ie
[w]: www.stephousehotel.ie

Kilgraney House & Herb Gardens, 4 km from Borris or Bagenalstown

[t]: +353 (0)59 977 5283
[e]: info@kilgraneyhouse.com
[w]: www.kilgraneyhouse.com

The Stables (self-catering) at Lorum Old Rectory ,4 km from Borris or Bagenalstown

Email/phone enquiries preferred for better rates for our class participants.

[t]: +353 (0)59 977 5282
[e]: enquiry@lorum.com
[w]: www.lorum.com

The Storehouse Walkers Hostel, Rathanna village

[t]: +353 (0)85 8627 891
[e]: info@osborne-storehouse.com
[w]: www.storehouse-rathanna.ie

Blackstairs Eco Trails, near Rathanna Village

Brenda’s B&B, just outside Borris Village

[t]: +353 (0)59 977 1860
[w]: www.brendasbandb.ie

check out the local village website

Mount Brandon Cottages (and Pottery), Graiguenamanagh (10 mins drive from Borris, 20mins drive from Glenn's)

[e]: info@mountbrandoncottages.com

[t]: +353 85 7317501
[w]: https://mountbrandoncottages.com/

Andrea runs the self-catering cottages and Carmel runs the pottery school.

Motorhome

MOTORHOMES: The closest campsite for motorhomes/camper vans is about 20 mins drive from us in the lovely village of Graiguenamanagh.  Here is the place http://barrowvalleyactivitieshub.ie/ and the booking for parking https://www.hubbookings.ie/new_booking.php

 

Glamping

Just a few miles from Borris village, talk to Charlie and Clem who can also provide you with river safaris on kayaks/canoes:  https://www.baseglamp.ie/

Explore The Area

Exploring, during or before and after turning…


Tourist Information

Carlow Tourism

Our county tourist information body. Detailed information for visitors on everything local to our area.

Visit: www.carlowtourism.com


Ireland’s Ancient East

For visitor information on the south eastern side of Ireland.

Visit: www.irelandsancienteast.com


Discover Ireland

Tourist and visitor information for the whole of Ireland.

Visit: www.discoverireland.ie

Here is a cute little video about a few things to be prepared for when coming to Ireland


Walking, hiking & cycling

There are lots of hikes, walks and interesting cycle rides in the area. The River Barrow in particular has a lovely towpath running alongside it and it is very peaceful for both walks and cycling. Walking in the Blackstairs mountains is an all-year round activity with guided walks and foraging available.

Here is a useful guide to the River Barrow with downloadable maps: www.carlowtourism.com/the-barrow-way/

You can hire bikes for cycling the mainly grassy path by the river here: www.watersideguesthouse.com

Guided walks and foraging (they also have charming Shepherds huts to sleep in) are available here: www.blackstairsecotrails.ie

River safaris or rent your own kayak. www.gowiththeflow.ie


Pubs & Eating Out

Typically in the evenings after a busy day on a 3-day or 5-day class, the students and Glenn arrange to have supper in the local hotel, or fish and chips in the local pub. After freshening up, carpooling is encouraged, or we share a cab to the local eatery. Partners and friends are welcome to join in.

Our local village of Borris is off the beaten track but is a popular location on Fridays and Saturdays for weddings – there may be little accommodation that is available then. The Borris pubs, Joyce’s or O’Shea’s are family-run and good fun. Osborne’s Pub, featured in one of our short video, in the tiny hamlet of Rathanna about 6 miles from us, is also a treat.

Have quiet pint at O’Shea’s family pub in Borris or in Joyce’s family pub where there are regular music sessions.

Fine dining is available at The Stephouse Hotel on Thurs, Fri, Sat and Sun only, and they also have casual dining with the same great food, in the hotel bar. Another great local restaurant is Clashganny House.


Exploring & Other Activities

If the weather is not great for walking, there are nice towns and villages to explore and some great pubs and restaurants. The biggest towns close to us (30 mins drive) are Kilkenny City and Carlow Town (both accessible by 10 min train journey from our nearby train station in Bagenalstown).

Other Suggestions…

Visit local gardens on the Carlow Garden Trail.

Visit Borris House our local Heritage House and Gardens located in Borris Village (Check opening hours for house and garden tours).

Visit the beautiful Duiske Abbey & Monastic Site (pronounced DU-shh-K) in the nearby village of Graiguenamanagh (pronounced GRAYG-na-man-ah).

Other popular activities in our area are: canoeing, bike hire, cookery courses, horse-riding, foraging in the mountains, felt-making, painting and much more…
See below for some links for local summer arts festivals:
Festival of Writing & Ideas
Carlow Arts Festival
Kilkenny Arts Festival

If you’d like to discover another local craft, why not spend a day with feltmaker/textile artist Nicola Brown. (Booking is essential). Watch this beautiful short video about her cottage-based workshop on Eco-printing

Or join the Borris Lace-makers who meet every Wednesday morning – newcomers welcome and can use their special beginner kit.

Golfing available nearby:
Borris Golf Club
Carrigleade Golf Course
Carlow Golf Club
Mount Juliet Golf Course

Visit the Dunbrody Famine Ship Museum in New Ross, Co. Wexford.


A Night In Dublin?

A lot of our visitors “top or tail” their visit to us with a night or two in Dublin.

Here’s a great short movie made by The New York Times on things to do in Dublin

Other things to do in and around Dublin:
Trinity College & The Book of Kells
The Brazenhead Pub
The Guinness Storehouse
A Day trip to ancient celtic site New Grange – Brú na Bóinne.