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Kilkenny, Co. Kilkenny

Kilkenny (Irish: Cill Chainnigh or Church of Canice) is the county seat of County Kilkenny. It is Ireland's smallest city both by area and population. Kilkenny is located on the River Nore and is famed for its history and nightlife.

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 by the roadside, one mile south of the city, past the castle. 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.

Kilkenny plays host to the annual Smithwicks Cat Laughs Comedy festival which makes Kilkenny the "Comedy Capital of the World". However, not only is Kilkenny a great place to have a laugh but it also has an annual Arts Festival, usually in late August. During this time Kilkenny is flooded with traditional and foreign music, beautiful paintings and sculptures and many other creative things. The rythm and roots festival brings more music, but from a broader spectrum, and the annual concerts in Nolan Park have brought more popular acts.

Gardens

Woodstock Gardens - Inistioge County Kilkenny Ireland
Woodstock Gardens
Inistioge, Co. Kilkenny
As garden comebacks go, there are few more dazzling than the restoration of the grounds  at Woodstock. A celebrated show piece in their Victorian heyday, the gardens, gloriously situated above the River Nore, had become a derelict. The w ...
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Golf

Kilkenny Golf Club - Kilkenny County Kilkenny Ireland
Kilkenny Golf Club
Kilkenny, Co. Kilkenny
Course Type: Parkland
Kilkenny is a championship golf course and is set on 120 acres of parkland and measures 5,917 metres with a par of 71.  The course now boasts 18 sand-based undulating greens and is constructed on free draining soil which means it is playable ...
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Self Catering

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Clomantagh Castle
Freshford, Co. Kilkenny
Clomantagh Castle is an utterly enchanting and captivating property. The tower (1430s) and the farmhouse (early 1800s) are linked by doors allowing guests to wander freely between two periods of history. A mixture of simplicity and rustic cha ...
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What's On

Carlow Market - Carlow - Saturdays
Bridewell Lane, Carlow Town, Saturdays - 9am to 2pm

Stalls include:

Home Bakery, Organic Food and Vegetables, Meat, Flowers, Cheese, Apples, Juices, Hot Food.

E ...
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Tourist Attractions

Ros Tapestry Exhibition Centre - New Ross County Wexford Ireland
Ros Tapestry Exhibition Centre
New Ross, Co. Wexford
The Ros Tapestry Project is a massive community initiative that was conceived in 1998 and has been developed since then by over a hundred dedicated volunteers. Comprising fifteen striking embroidered panels - 6 x 4 foot each - it is a cultura ...
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Wedding Venues

The Step House Hotel - Wedding Venue Borris County Carlow Ireland
Step House Hotel
Borris, Co. Carlow
Now in the Coady family for 5 generations, this charming hotel has recently been specifically re-designed to host the most intimate and personal weddings. Although only just over an hour from Dublin, the heritage village of Borris is a magical ot ...
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