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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

Mount Juliet Conrad & Garden - Thomastown County Kilkenny Ireland
Mount Juliet & Garden
Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny
Lying amidst 1500 acres of unspoilt woodland, pasture and formal gardens beside the River Nore, Mount Juliet House is one of Ireland’s finest Georgian houses, and one of Europe’s greatest country estates. Even today it retains an ...
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Golf

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Mount Juliet Golf Club
Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny
Course Type: Parkland
Opened in 1991 with a match featuring golfing legends Christy O'Connor Snr. and Jack Nicklaus, the beautiful and challenging Nicklaus designed Mount Juliet course located 19km (12 miles) south of Kilkenny City has established itself as one of Ire ...
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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

New Ross Farmers Market - County Wexford - Saturdays
New Ross Farmers Market

The Quay, New Ross, County Wexford

Saturday, 9am - 2pm

Contact: Pat Roche - 087 794 8830 www.wexfordfarmersmarkets.com
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Tourist Attractions

Kilkenny Castle - Kilkenny County Kilkenny Ireland
Kilkenny Castle
Kilkenny, Co. Kilkenny
Kilkenny Castle is a 12th century castle remodelled in Victorian times and set in extensive parklands which was the principal seat of the Butler family, Marquesses and Dukes of Ormonde. Kilkenny Castle was built to control a fording-point of the ...
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Wedding Venues

Mount Juliet Hotel - Wedding Venue Thomastown County Kilkenny Ireland
Mount Juliet
Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny
Lying amongst 1500 acres of unspoilt woodland, pasture and formal gardens in a walled estate beside the River Nore, this Georgian Manor is an 18th century gem - a charming and graceful house, very traditional in style with beautifully restored or ...
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