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Cill Chainnigh
Coat of arms of Kilkenny
Irish grid reference
Province: Leinster
County: County Kilkenny
Area: 3.74 km²
Elevation: 60 m (196 ft)
Population (2006) 22,179
Website: www.kilkennycity.ie

Kilkenny (Irish: Cill Chainnigh, meaning Church of Cainneach) is the city of County Kilkenny, Ireland. Kilkenny is located in south Leinster and is situated on the River Nore. Kilkenny City and environs has a population of approximately 25,000. Kilkenny is Ireland's smallest city both by area and population. Kilkenny is the only city in Ireland that is not tidal. It is also the only city in the Republic that has neither an institute of technology nor a university, although the National University of Ireland, Maynooth maintains an outreach centre at St. Kieran's College. own work Shield of City of Kilkenny Author: User:Djegan File links The following pages link to this file: Kilkenny Categories: GFDL images ... Bullet for locations in Ireland, displays location and not area. ... Image File history File links Ireland_map_County_Kilkenny_Magnified. ... GPS redirects here. ... The Irish national grid reference system is a system of geographic grid references commonly used in Ireland. ... When under Gaelic rule, Ireland was divided into provinces to replace the earlier system of the túatha. ... Statistics Area: 19,774. ... For much of its history, the island of Ireland was divided into 32 counties (Irish language contae or condae, pronounced IPA: ). Two historical counties, County Desmond and County Coleraine, no longer exist, while several county names have changed. ... Statistics Province: Leinster County Town: Kilkenny Code: KK Area: 2,061 km² Population (2006) 87,394 Website: www. ... This article is about the physical quantity. ... Elevation histogram of the surface of the Earth – approximately 71% of the Earths surface is covered with water. ... For other uses, see City (disambiguation). ... Statistics Province: Leinster County Town: Kilkenny Code: KK Area: 2,061 km² Population (2006) 87,394 Website: www. ... Statistics Area: 19,774. ... The River Nore (Irish: An Fheoir or Abhainn na Feoire) is one of the Three Sisters rivers which flow into the sea at Waterford Harbour in the Republic of Ireland. ... This article is about tides in the ocean. ... A Regional Technical College (RTC) (Irish: )is a type of college in Ireland now replaced by an Institute of Technology (IT). ... For the community in Florida, see University, Florida. ... The National University of Ireland, Maynooth (NUIM) was founded in 1997 by the Universities Act, 1997 as a constituent university of the National University of Ireland. ... St. ...



Kilkenny City is named after the ecclesiastical centre founded by Cainnech of Aghaboe. Kilkenny's city status is derived from a Royal Charter in 1609 by King James I of England. This was recently given a legislative basis by Section 10(7) of the Local Government Act 2001, which allows for "the continued use of the description city", although it does not have a city council like the other Irish cities, but rather a borough council instead. For the ship of the same name, see Royal Charter (ship). ... James VI and I (19 June 1566 – 27 March 1625) was King of Scots as James VI, and King of England and King of Ireland as James I. He ruled in Scotland as James VI from 24 July 1567, when he was only one year old, succeeding his mother Mary... The Local Government Act, 2001 (No. ... A city council is the most common style of legislative government in a city or town. ... A borough is an administrative division used in the Canadian province of Quebec, in some states of the United States, and formerly in New Zealand. ...


Kilkenny has been an important town since pre-Christian times. The first major settlement appears to have originated on the area of high ground now occupied by St Canice's Cathedral. The round tower currently here is the only above ground remnant of the early medieval monastery founded by the Irish Saint Canice. The surrounding area of Irishtown, as it has been known since Norman times, is therefore the oldest part of the city. The earliest church on the site is presumed to have been made of wood, being replaced eventually in the later medieval period by a romanesque-style stone church. This was in turn replaced by the current imposing medieval cathedral.

The Norman presence in the town is still very evident. Kilkenny Castle was built on an outcrop of rock offering a natural vantage point at a prominent bend in the River Nore. This lies on the site of earlier wattle and mud structures and was the site of the fortifications of the Fitzpatricks and the O'Carrolls (840 A.D.), amongst others. Though the religious origins of the city are well documented, it is not known as yet quite how early these secular structures were constructed. Later medieval life in the city was often lively with a series of walls built to protect the good burghers. Kilkenny Castle Kilkenny Castle is a castle in Kilkenny, Ireland. ...

The Kingdom of "Ossory", delineated by the rivers Suir and Nore, was governed by Kilkenny. In early Norman times, up to the late 12th century, Kilkenny was the capital of the colony in Ireland. It also became the home of a preceptory of the Knights of St Thomas. The Hospitallers of St Thomas of Canterbury at Acre, usually called the Knights of St Thomas Acon was a Christian Military order. ...

Friar John Clyn witnessed the effects of the Black Death in Kilkenny, after its spread in August 1348:[1] Brother John Clyn of the Friars Minor, Kilkenny was a 14th century Irish monk and chronicler who lived at the time of the Black Death. ... This article concerns the mid fourteenth century pandemic. ...

The pestilence gathered strength in Kilkenny during Lent, for between Christmas day and 6 March, eight Friars Preachers died. There was scarcely a house in which only one died but commonly man and wife with their children and family going one way, namely, crossing to death. For other uses, see Lent (disambiguation). ...

The Statutes of Kilkenny (1366) got their name from the then Irish Parliament in Kilkenny. The statutes contained nineteen clauses, their general provision being to reduce the influence of the Irish on the Normans. They prohibited intermarriage as well as the customs and language of the Irish, which were considered to have had an adverse effect on the Norman settlers. The statutes also attempted to outlaw Brehon Laws. The Statutes of Kilkenny were a notorious series of thirty-five acts passed at Kilkenny in 1367, aimed at curbing the alarming decline of the Hiberno-Norman Lordship of Ireland. ... This article is about the legislature abolished in 1801. ... Norman conquests in red. ... The Brehon Laws were statutes that governed everyday life and politics in Ireland until the Norman invasion of 1171 (the word Brehon is an Anglicisation of breitheamh (earlier brithem), the Irish word for a judge). ...

Kilkenny was the capital of Confederate Ireland between 1642 and 1649, until it surrendered during the Cromwellian conquest of Ireland. Motto Pro Deo, Rege et Patria, Hibernia Unanimis(Latin) For God, King and Country, Ireland is United Capital Kilkenny Language(s) English, Latin, Irish Religion Government Monarchy King  - 1642–49 Charles I  - 1649–53 Charles II1 Historical era Wars of the Three Kingdoms  - Rebellion October 1641  - Established Summer 1642  - Cessation... Combatants English Royalists and Irish Catholic Confederate troops English Parliamentarian New Model Army troops and allied Protestants in Ireland Commanders James Butler, 1st Duke of Ormonde (1649 - Dec. ...

Kilkenny Castle, as seen from the Rose Garden

Kilkenny is the home of two noted schools, both of which are historically important. One is the Church of Ireland Kilkenny College, founded in 1538 and one of the oldest schools in the country. This school has had several notable students, including both Jonathan Swift and George Berkeley. St. Kieran's College, founded in 1782, was the first Roman Catholic secondary school in Ireland and was created after Grattan's Parliament caused some relaxation of the Penal Laws in the country. St. Kieran's is a noted centre of the ancient Irish sport of hurling and has seen many famous hurling stars wearing the school's colours, though it's influence has waned in the city in recent years with the success of the the largest boy's school in the city, the Christian Brothers School (CBS). KCK crest Founded in 1538, Kilkenny College or KCK is a Church of Ireland, fee-paying co-educational secondary school located in the South-Eastern region of Ireland in Kilkenny. ... Jonathan Swift Jonathan Swift (November 30, 1667 – October 19, 1745) was an Irish cleric, satirist, essayist, political pamphleteer (first for Whigs then for Tories), and poet, famous for works like Gullivers Travels, A Modest Proposal, A Journal to Stella, The Drapiers Letters, The Battle of the Books, and... For the second husband of Henrietta Howard, Countess of Suffolk, see George Berkeley (MP). ... St. ... Henry Grattan (July 3, 1746 - June 6, 1820) was a member of the Irish House of Commons and a campaigner for legislative freedom for the Irish Parliament in the late 18th century. ... In the most general sense, penal is the body of laws that are enforced by the State in its own name and impose penalties for their violation, as opposed to civil law that seeks to redress private wrongs. ... For the Cornish sport, see Cornish Hurling. ...

Set approximately in the centre of the ancient Kingdom of Ossory, Kilkenny is still the seat of the Roman Catholic Bishop of Ossory and the Church of Ireland Bishop of Cashel and Ossory.


Kilkenny railway station opened on 12 May 1848.[2] Kilkenny acquired railway links to Dublin in 1850, Waterford in 1854, Portlaoise in 1876 and Castlecomer in 1919. Córas Iompair Éireann closed the Castlecomer and Kilkenny Junction lines in 1962. Kilkenny railway station was renamed McDonagh Station in 1966 after Irish nationalist, poet and playwright Thomas MacDonagh. Kilkenny remains an important stop on Iarnród Éireann's Intercity route between Dublin and Waterford. Kilkenny railway station serves the city of Kilkenny in County Kilkenny. ... See also: 1847 in Ireland, 1849 in Ireland // 22 July - Government suspends habeas corpus, thus Young Irelanders could be imprisoned on proclamation without trial. ... This is the top-level page of WikiProject trains Rail tracks Rail transport refers to the land transport of passengers and goods along railways or railroads. ... For other uses, see Dublin (disambiguation). ... WGS-84 (GPS) Coordinates: , Irish Grid Reference S604123 Statistics Province: Munster County: Area: 41. ... WGS-84 (GPS) Coordinates: , Irish Grid Reference S465986 Statistics Province: Leinster County: Elevation: 139m (459ft) Population (2006) 14,275  Portlaoise (older spelling Portlaoighise; former name Maryborough), is the county town of County Laois (formerly Queens County) in the midlands of the Republic of Ireland. ... Castlecomer is the main town in north County Kilkenny, Ireland, with a population of about 2000. ... See also: 1918 in Ireland, other events of 1919, 1920 in Ireland and the list of years in Ireland. Events January 21 - Dáil Éireann meets for the very first time in the Round Room of the Mansion House, Dublin. ... Córas Iompair Éireann[1] (CIÉ) is a statutory authority which is owned by the Irish Government. ... See also: 1961 in Ireland, other events of 1962, 1963 in Ireland and the list of years in Ireland. // Events March 13 - Irish artists leave Dublin Airport for the Congo to entertain United Nations troops there. ... See also: 1965 in Ireland, other events of 1966, 1967 in Ireland and the list of years in Ireland. // Events February 13 - The Bishop of Clonfert protests over the content of The Late Late Show. ... Thomas MacDonagh (Irish: Tomás Mac Donnchadha ; (1 February 1878 – 3 May 1916) was an Irish nationalist, poet, playwright, and a leader of the 1916 Easter Rising. ... Current Iarnród Eireann (Irish Rail) intercity rail network An IÉ commuter train at Tara Street Station, Dublin, 2006 IÉ no. ... Inter-city rail services are express train passenger services which cover longer distances than commuter trains. ... For other uses, see Dublin (disambiguation). ... WGS-84 (GPS) Coordinates: , Irish Grid Reference S604123 Statistics Province: Munster County: Area: 41. ...

Unlike other countries, the location of railway stations in Ireland was closely related to military matters rather than trade or public transport. Kilkenny railway station is a fine example of this peculiarity, with the military barracks being closely positioned to the railway station - a very short march for troops. In 2008,it was proposed that two railway links would link up to Kilkenny, one going to Dublin via Waterford and one going to Galway.


A view of Kilkenny Castle. The city was also the location of an Irish Parliament and is Ireland's smallest city.

The city is famous for its many medieval buildings and has been referred to as the "Marble City" for centuries. The black stone with decorative white fossils that forms the backbone of many of Kilkenny's fine buildings was quarried locally, particularly from the Black Quarry located 1.6 km south of the city on the R700. An exposed rock face can still be seen from the road. Kilkenny Marble or Black Marble was exported to all corners of the British Empire. Photo of Kilkenny castle taken by Michael Rogers 2002. ... Photo of Kilkenny castle taken by Michael Rogers 2002. ... Kilkenny Castle Kilkenny Castle is a castle in Kilkenny, Ireland. ... This article is about the legislature abolished in 1801. ... The City of Kilkenny is often referred to as The Marble City. ...

The city is dominated by both Kilkenny Castle and Saint Canice's Cathedral, the latter built beside an excellent example of a well-preserved early Christian Round Tower. The Church of Ireland Cathedral is named after Saint Canice, who also gave his name to the town (Cill Chainnigh is Irish for "Church of Canice"). Also of note is the Dominican 'Black Abbey', founded in 1225, lying just off Parliament Street. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (2079x2476, 675 KB) St. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (2079x2476, 675 KB) St. ... St Marys Cathedral St. ... Kilkenny Castle Kilkenny Castle is a castle in Kilkenny, Ireland. ... Saint Canice, also Saint Kenny or Saint Kenneth, was born in 515 or 516, at Glengiven, in what is now County Londonderry, Northern Ireland. ... The round tower at Glendalough, Ireland, is approximately thirty metres tall Irish round towers are early medieval stone towers of a type found mainly in Ireland, with two in Scotland and one on the Isle of Man. ...

St. Canice's Cathedral

St. Canice's Cathedral.
St. Canice's Cathedral.

The 13th century cathedral of St Canice is the second longest cathedral in Ireland . The site on which the cathedral stands has been a site of Christian worship since the 6th century. The architectural style of the cathedral is Early Gothic and it is built of limestone. The cathedral has been carefully preserved in its original style and form. It is richly endowed with many stained glass windows including the East window which is a replica of the original 13th century window. The cathedral contains some of the finest 16th century monuments in Ireland. The memorials stretch right across the social spectrum from the great figures of the house of Ormonde to the humble shoemaker and carpenter. The baptismal font is original and the ancient stone of enthronement for bishops still exists under the seat of the medieval throne in the North Transept, where to this day the bishops of Ossory are enthroned. The continental carvings on the choir stalls and the hammerbeam roof are not to be missed. Beside the cathedral stands the 9th century round tower. It may once have been a watchtower and a refuge and it can be climbed to give an unsurpassing vantage point to view the city of Kilkenny and the surrounding countryside.


View of Kilkenny in 2001
View of Kilkenny in 2001

The town has a history of brewing and is home to St. Francis Abbey Brewery which was founded in the early 18th Century by Messrs Cole and Smithwick. The Guinness Ireland Group had owned this brewery since the 1960s. At the beginning of the 21st Century, Guinness merged with Grand Metropolitan plc to form Diageo, the world's largest alcoholic beverage business, and the brewery is now a part of Diageo Global Supply. Smithwick's Ale now forms only a small percentage of production there. Another product is Kilkenny ale , a close relation of Smithwicks ale. Some 80% of beer produced at the brewery is Budweiser, a brand not owned by Diageo, but produced under licence. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1059x709, 392 KB) Summary Kilkenny, Ireland. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1059x709, 392 KB) Summary Kilkenny, Ireland. ... This article is about beer. ... Smithwicks is a brewery in Kilkenny in Ireland. ... Diageo plc (LSE: DGE, NYSE: DEO) is the largest multinational beer, wine and spirits company in the world. ... Smithwicks (pronounced smit-icks) is an Irish red ale style beer from Kilkenny in Ireland. ... Kilkenny is an Irish cream ale which originated in Kilkenny, Ireland. ... Budweiser, sometimes referred to as Bud, is a global pale lager brand owned by the St. ...

Kilkenny is also home to the head offices of Glanbia foods, one of the world's top dairy companies. Glanbia was formed by the merger of two dairy businesses: Avonmore and Waterford foods, it employs a total of around 4000 people and has interests in Ireland, the Britain and the USA. Glanbia PLC LSE: GLB, is an international food company whose head offices are located in Kilkenny, Ireland. ... The phrase mergers and acquisitions or M&A refers to the aspect of corporate finance strategy and management dealing with the merging and acquiring of different companies as well as assets. ...

Recent developments in Kilkenny have attracted further investment from local businesses as well as attracting new industry. Leggetsrath Business Park was opened in 2003.There are two retail warehouse parks in Kilkenny City; Kilkenny Retail Park and Ormonde Retail Park. Hebron Business Park was constructed in 2002 and is a privately owned extension to the Hebron Industrial Estate, the main centre for industry in Kilkenny.


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Kilkenny Castle

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See also Kilkenny GAA

County Kilkenny's chief claim to sporting fame lies in the ancient Irish game of hurling, and the city is one of the centres of hurling in the county. The Kilkenny county team have won the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship 30 times. Kilkenny are the current All-Ireland champions, having overcome Limerick in the 2007 All-Ireland Championship final. The Kilkenny County Board of the Gaelic Athletic Association (Kilkenny GAA) (Irish: Cumann Lúthchleas Gael Coiste Cill Channaigh) is one of the 32 county boards of the GAA in Ireland and is responsible for Gaelic Games in County Kilkenny. ... For the Cornish sport, see Cornish Hurling. ... The Kilkenny County Board of the Gaelic Athletic Association (Kilkenny GAA) (Irish: Cumann Lúthchleas Gael Coiste Cill Channaigh) is one of the 32 county boards of the GAA in Ireland and is responsible for Gaelic Games in County Kilkenny. ... For the state of play in the 2008 Championship, see All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship 2008. ... The Limerick County Board of the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) (Irish: Cummann Luthchleas Gael Coiste Luimneach) or Limerick GAA is one of the 32 county boards of the GAA in Ireland, and is responsible for Gaelic Games in County Limerick. ... The 121st All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship commenced in May 2007. ...

Kilkenny is also home to prominent hurling secondary schools St. Kieran's College and Christian Brothers School (CBS). Many famous current and past players have played for St. Kieran's, including Eddie Keher, Brian Cody, Eoin Kelly and DJ Carey. St. ... Edward Peter (Eddie) Keher (born November 11, 1941) is a former Irish sportsperson who played hurling for Kilkenny and has gained iconic status in the sport. ... Brian Cody (born 1954) is an Irish hurling manager and former player, currently embarking on his tenth season as manager of the Kilkenny senior inter-county team. ... See also the Waterford hurler, Eoin Kelly Eoin Kelly (born 6 January 1982) is an Irish sportsman. ... Denis Joseph D.J. Carey (born November 1970) is a forward for Kilkenny in the sport of hurling. ...

As well as the famous inter-county team, Kilkenny has many local hurling clubs including O'Loughlin Gaels, James Stephens and the 2007 All-Ireland club champions, Ballyhale Shamrocks. James Stephens (nicknamed: The Village), is a Gaelic Athletic Association club based in Kilkenny, County Kilkenny, Ireland. ... The All-Ireland Senior Club Hurling Championship is an annual hurling tournament played between hundreds of senior hurling clubs in Ireland. ... Senior Club Championships Ballyhale Shamrocks GAA is a Gaelic Athletic Association club located in the parish of Ballyhale in County Kilkenny. ...


Kilkenny City AFC played in the first division of the Football League of Ireland until January 2008. It entered the league as EMFA in 1986, but resigned their position in the league after 22 years citing “lack of finance, poor results and paltry attendances”. Kilkenny and District Soccer League run leagues at schoolboy, youths and junior level throughout the county. It is affiliated to Leinster Football Association, Football Association of Ireland and the Schoolboy’s Football Association of Ireland. Kilkenny City A.F.C. is an Irish football club playing in the First Division of the Football League of Ireland. ... The Football League of Ireland, usually known simply as the League of Ireland or later the eircom League (from the leagues sponsorship by Irish telecommunications company eircom), was the old league of football clubs in Ireland that existed from 1921 until 2006. ... January 2008 was the first month of the current year. ... The Football Association of Ireland (FAI; Irish: Cumann Peile na h-Éireann) is the organising body for the sport of association football (soccer) in the Republic of Ireland. ...

The Kilkenny Floodlit Football League was formed in 2002 with 10 teams in one division. Since then the league has gone from strength to strength and today has 34 teams competing in 3 divisions. At the end of each season all clubs compete for the Floodlit Cup and the Floodlit Shield. All profits go to the O’Neill Centre/Enable Ireland in Kilkenny.

Gaelic football

Gaelic football is also played in Kilkenny, although it is not as popular as it is in most Irish counties. It lags well behind the other traditional GAA game of hurling. Indeed, Kilkenny GAA's county football team is not considered good enough at present to compete in the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship, although they have recently been promoted to play in Division Four of the National Football League. Gaelic Football (Irish: Peil, Peil Gaelach or Caid ), commonly referred to as football, or Gaelic , is a form of football played mainly in Ireland. ... GAA redirects here. ... The Kilkenny County Board of the Gaelic Athletic Association (Kilkenny GAA) (Irish: Cumann Lúthchleas Gael Coiste Cill Channaigh) is one of the 32 county boards of the GAA in Ireland and is responsible for Gaelic Games in County Kilkenny. ... The Gaelic Athletic Association The All-Ireland Senior Football Championship (known for sponsorship reasons as the Bank of Ireland Football Championship) is the premier knockout competition in the game of Gaelic football played in Ireland. ... The National Football League (known for sponsorship reasons as the Allianz National Football League) is a Gaelic football tournament held annually between the county teams of Ireland, under the auspices of the Gaelic Athletic Association. ...


Kilkenny Rugby Football Club has a very strong and successful Rugby Union club based at Foulkstown on the Waterford Road. The club has provided many players for the Ireland team including Ernie Ridgeway, Bill Tector, Jack Notley, Willie Duggan, Ned Byrne, Ronan Kearney and Gary Halpin. Ian Dowling plays for the Munster Rugby team and is a two time winner of the European Rugby Cup in 2006 and 2008. For other uses, see Rugby (disambiguation). ... Ian Dowling (Kilkenny, October 8, 1982) is an Irish professional rugby player who won an AIB League medal with Shannon before joining Munster, with whom he won the European Rugby Cup in Cardiff in May 2006. ...

Rugby is played at schools level by Kilkenny College and the Christian Brothers School (CBS).


Kilkenny is home to Mount Juliet Golf Course which hosted the World Golf Championship - American Express Championship in 2002 & 2004 as well as the Irish Opens of 1993-95. The par 72, 7300 yard layout was designed by Jack Nicklaus on an old Irish estate. It is famous for its rolling fairways, feature water hazards and contoured greens. Jack William Nicklaus (born January 21, 1940), also known as The Golden Bear,[1] is widely regarded as the greatest professional golfer of all time, in large part because of his records in major championships. ...

Ice Hockey

Despite the city's lack of an ice rink, Kilkenny is home to the Kilkenny City Storm ice hockey team, who play in the Irish Ice Hockey Association Development League. The Storm are one of the top two teams in the league, which is currently in its inaugural year. The Storm consists of both local and foreign players, who travel to Dundalk Ice Dome every week for training and matches, with the players themselves footing transport and ice rental costs. The team also enjoys moderate success as an inline hockey team, playing in the Northern Inline Hockey League. The Irish Ice Hockey Association (IIHA) is the Official Governing Body of both ice and inline hockey sports in Ireland. ... Dundalk Ice Dome Dundalk Ice Dome is a large ice arena located in Dundalk Retail Park, Dundalk, Ireland. ... Inline hockey is a variation of roller hockey very similar to ice hockey, from which it is derived. ...


The city shield as carved on the Tholsel
The city shield as carved on the Tholsel

Kilkenny has a rich and vibrant music scene which reaches out to all walks of life. The Kilkenny Arts Festival held every August embraces musical acts of all ages and styles. The Tholsel, High Street, Kilkenny, Ireland was built in 1761 by Alderman William Colles (b. ...

Cleere's pub and theatre in Parliament Street is well-known for touring Irish and international bands including indie, jazz and blues. They also have a trad music session once a week, as does Ryan's on Friary Street. The medieval Kilkenny Castle and the Zoo nightclub are just some of the current music venues, that host up and coming local acts.

More classical tastes can be catered for in St. Canice's Cathedral, where classical musicians and choirs often perform. The Kilkenny Choir and a Gospel Choir frequently perform in churches throughout the city.


Kilkenny is a popular tourist destination in Ireland. Well regarded for its cultural life, it has always tended to attract culturally aware visitors. The recent rise in "stag" and "hen" parties in the city has seen attempts made at local level to discourage such acitivity, without impigning on the vibrant nightlife the city is known for.

Art galleries, historic buildings, craft and design workshops, theatre, comedy, public gardens and museums are some of main reasons Kilkenny has become one of Ireland's most visited towns and a popular base to explore the surrounding countryside.


Hot Air Balloon Festival, 2006
Hot Air Balloon Festival, 2006

Kilkenny holds the annual Smithwicks Cat Laughs Comedy festival every June, making it the "Comedy Capital of the World". Smithwicks is a brewery in Kilkenny in Ireland. ... Festival Logo 2006 The Cat Laughs Comedy Festival is a comedy festival held each year in Kilkenny, Ireland. ...

Kilkenny Arts Festival takes place in late August. During this time Kilkenny plays host to an array of traditional and foreign music, paintings, sculptures, dance and live performances.

The Rhythm and Roots festival attracts more mainstream musical performances and the annual concerts in Nolan Park have brought acts such as Rod Stewart, Shania Twain, Bob Dylan, Paul Simon and Andrea Bocelli. Recently it has been announced that Dolly Parton is to headline the 2008 event. Nowlan Park is a GAA stadium in Kilkenny, Ireland, home to the Kilkenny hurling. ... Dolly Rebecca Parton (born January 19, 1946) is a Grammy Award-winning country music singer/songwriter, author, actress and philanthropist. ...


Kilkenny was named as the Academy of Urbanism European Great Town for 2008. The Academy Chairman, John Thompson, said "it is great to have an Irish town coming through in this year's awards, especially Kilkenny which is coming to terms with economic growh without losing its wonderful character and humour".[3]

Additional reading

  • Katherine Lanigan & Gerald Tyler, Kilkenny: Its Architecture and History (Appletree P, 1987) (ISBN 0-86281-180-5)
  • Robert Wyse Jackson, Story of Kilkenny (Mercier P, 1974) (ISBN 0-85342-391-1)
  • Mayor F White "The Castle on Kilkenny" (Folens, 1999)
  • Sean Kenny Every Stick and Stone That Stands Kilkenny (2003) (ISBN 0-9545741-0-9)
  • David Edwards, The Ormond Lordship in County Kilkenny, 1515-1642: The Rise and Fall of the Butler Family (Four Courts Press, 2000) (ISBN 1-85182-578-9)
  • John Leonard, A university for Kilkenny: Plans for a royal college in the seventeenth century (St Canice's Press, 1996) (ISBN 0-9528076-0-2)
  • Colm Corcoran, "The Life and Times of Kilkenny's Citizens"
  • Andrew Bush, Bonnettstown: A House in Ireland (Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 1989) (ISBN 0-8109-0748-8)
  • Hogan, "Kilkenny"
  • Sparks, "Pen & picture"
  • Gleeson, "Ely O'Carroll's Territory"
  • Joseph C. O'Carroll "Historic Kilkenny" (Kilkenny People Ltd. 1994)
  • The Heritage Council, Kilkenny, A conservation Plan for the Walls of Kilkenny.

Harry N. Abrams, Inc. ... The Kilkenny People is a local paper circulated in County Kilkenny, Ireland. ...

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  1. ^ Williams, Dr. Bernadette. (2007).The Annals of Ireland by Friar John Clyn. Dublin: Four Courts Press. ISBN 978 1 84682 034 2
  2. ^ Kilkenny station. Railscot - Irish Railways. Retrieved on 2007-09-05.
  3. ^ Academy of Urbanism
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