Situated in the Sunny Southeast, Mullinavat is pleasantly sited in the valley formed by the little Blackwater River.
In Irish Mullinavat pronounced Muileann an Bhata means mill of the stick. Tradition has it that the name was derived from an ancient mill which could only be approached by means of a rough stick over the Glendonnel River where the bridge on the main road is now beside the Garda Station.
The patron Saint of Mullinavat is St. Beacon, Bishop and Confessor whose feast day is set down as May 27th.
Local sights in the area include,
Tory Hill rising to height of 966 ft ( 290m ) above sea-level is said to have derived it’s name from a famous outlaw named Edward Den who flourished in this locality about the year 1700. There is a pattern held each year on Tory Hill on the second Sunday of July, known locally as Frochan Sunday. Excellent views of five counties ( Kilkenny, Wexford, Waterford, Tipperary, Carlow ) can be seen from the summit. In the holy year of 1950 a large cross was erected on the summit and since then the rosary has been said by the people who gather beneath the cross.
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Poulanassy Waterfall, where the river falls over a shelf of rock, forms a pretty cascade. It is situated a couple of miles from Mullinavat on the road through Clonassy to Piltown and Carrick-on-Suir.
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Leac an Scail
Leac an Scail, flagstone of the warrior, a magnificent Portal Dolmen, is at Harristown bordering townsland of Kilmouge five miles from the village.
Three miles south east of the village is the cross-roads known as the Three Friars. Three pillar stones here are painted white and it is said that three Friars were murdered by Cromwellian soldiers in 1651.