A May 2006 trip
to Kilkenny by ladyanne47
Quote: Kilkenny has narrow winding streets and ancient buildings combined with a busy town. It is located in Ireland's Southeast, and is situated on the banks of the River Nore.
Kilkenny was one of the towns we wanted to see and explore the most. We read that the city of Kilkenny boasts Ireland's most preserved Medieveal town centre, and the castle and cathedral that dominate the town are wonderful examples of Irish architecture.
Kilkenny has narrow winding streets and ancient buildings, and is located in Ireland's southeast. It is steeped in history, and also has some great restaurants and pubs with traditional music and good places to shop along Parliament Street. It definately was all that we expected. We loved the narrow streets and alley ways, and also the Georgian doors are very colorful, not quite as grand as it's counterparts in Dublin, but fun to see.
Kilkenny is known as the Marble City because of the local black limestone its own indigenous marble (jet black) and its own adopted animal, the Kilkenny Black Cat!
This black marble was used in the construction of many of its well-preserved buildings.
Kilkenny was the unofficial capital of Ireland during the Middle Ages with its own Anglo-Norman Parliament. The castle dates from the 12th century and was home to the most influential Norman families, the Butlers of Ormonde, from 1391 to 1935. The Butlers founded the town on an existing Irish settlement, at the meeting of the rivers the Barrow, the Nore and the Suir. One of the most photographed bridges in this area was a place we really enjoyed and of course we did photograph it ourselves.
The castle also has "The Long Gallery" which is it's finest room boasting a beautifully painted ceiling and a striking 19th-century glass roof and hammer beam.
If you climb up to St Canice’s cathedral you will get a great view out over the city. Dating from the 13th century, it was built in an early English Gothic style. The marble walls and pale sandstone pillars give the cathedral an feeling of uncompared elegance and beauty.
On Parliament Street there is Rothe House which is the best example of a 16th-century Tudor merchant’s house in Ireland. It has a small museum with a display of local archaeological artifacts and a wonderful costume collection. Also, on Parliament Street is the the Smithwick Brewery where you can learn how the well-known beer is made even get to taste some of it. We did not have time to get to it but wish we could have.
The county itself has numerous ancient sites including Iron Age fortifications, inscribed stones and crosses, castles, and abbeys. Kilkenny is also excellent sporting country, with good opportunities for angling, hunting, shooting and golf. You would have to stay for at least a week to enjoy all these things, but just passing through is also well worth it.The town (city) of Kilkenny is in County Kilkenny and is 73 miles (117km) from Dublin on the East of Ireland, and 75 miles (119km) from Shannon on the West of Ireland. So Kilkenny is in the lower central part of Ireland leaning to the Southeast. I got most of this information from www.alltravelireland.com and www.totalireland.com/kilkenny
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