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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

Heywood Gardens - Ballinakill County Laois Ireland
Heywood Gardens
Abbeyleix, Co. Laois
Representing two chapters of garden history, Ballinakill is an 18th century landscaped estate laid out in the romantic manner, with a rare gem - an architectural garden designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens (1869-1944) - at its heart. Created in 1906 for ...
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Golf

Castlecomer Golf Club - Castlecomer County Kilkenny Ireland
Castlecomer Golf Club
Kilkenny, Co. Kilkenny
Course Type: Parkland
Set in a 200 year old forest, Castlecomer's course provides a great test of golf combined with breath taking views of the local terrain. With the development of this course completed in 2003, it is clear to everyone at Castlecomer Golf Club that ...
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Self Catering

Blanchville House - Self Catering - Maddoxtown County Kilkenny Ireland
The Coachyard & Gardener's Cottage at Blanchville House
Maddoxtown, Co. Kilkenny
The delightful Victorian Coach House in the grounds of Blanchville House has been sensitively converted to provide three very comfortable self-catering units. Situated five miles (8km), 10 minute's drive from the Medieval City of Kilkenny and ...
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What's On

Kilkenny Farmers Market - Every Thursday
Event Name:    Kilkenny Farmers Market - Every Thursday, 9.30am - 2.30pm

at Mayors Walk, The Parade, Kilkenny City, Kilkenny

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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

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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