The Essential
This little village, once capital of the province of Leinster, is famous for the ruins of its 12C abbey, which burnt down in 1154 and was later rebuilt. All that remains of the church is its tower and part of the wall. The 13C castle has retained its walls and its moat, as well as its keep with crenellations and arrow-slits, which offers fine views of Ferns and the surrounding area.