Kinnity is a village in County Offaly, Ireland. It is located 13 km east of Birr on the R440 and R421 regional roads.

The village derives its name from the myth that the head of an ancient princess is buried beneath the village, Ceann being Irish for head and Eitigh being the name of the princess. The village is situated in a picturesque setting at the foot of the Slieve Bloom Mountains. Like any typical Irish village it has two pubs (Slieve Bloom Bar & Clendennen's), two churches, a post office and some shops. However unlike any Irish village it has a pyramid which was built by the Bernard family who resided in Kinnitty Castle, which they built on the site of St. Finnians monastery, the high cross of which is still situated on the site. The pyramid can be seen by entering the grounds of the Church of Ireland, and following the walkway in the back.

Get in

By car

From Tullamore or from the Slieve Bloom Mountains

Get around

Walk or Cycle







Go next

Go out of the town and see the Slieve Bloom Mountains.

This article is issued from Wikivoyage - version of the Monday, February 02, 2015. The text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution/Share Alike but additional terms may apply for the media files.