Newport has a very striking railway bridge (no longer used for rail carriage) like an aqueduct which is commonly referred to as “The Viaduct”, which, with the Roman Catholic church on top of the hill, dominate the town and create a picturesque appearance.
St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, built in 1914 in the Irish Romanesque style by Rudolph M. Butler is so imposing that it is usually referred to as ‘Newport Cathedral’.
It has a magnificent stained glass east window of The Last Judgement, the last window completed by Harry Clarke in 1930.
The Black Oak River flows through the centre of the town and there are pleasant walking paths along its grassy banks through the Seven Arches Bridge as seen in my photographs.
The little village of Inistioge (in-ish-teeg) is picture-perfect. It has an 18th-century, 10-arch stone bridge spanning the River Nore and vintage shops facing a tranquil square.
The Film Circle of Friends and Widow’s Peak were made in the village in 1993 and 1994. Bringing such movie stars as Mia Farrow, Chris O’Donnell, Minnie Driver, Adrian Dunbar, Joan Plymouth and our very own Mick Lally.
With a scenic stretch of the South Leinster Way coursing through town, this is a good base for exploring the region. The R700 from Thomastown makes for a lovely scenic drive through the river valley. For variety, try some of the small roads that lead off this into the verdant countryside – you can’t get lost for long. Better yet, try the hiking trails that follow the river. Side trails lead up into the hills.