Kilkenny

From the Irish - Cill Chainnigh - “cell or church of Cainnech, Kilkenny is part of the south-east region and is
situated in Leinster.

Kilkenny is a beautiful and ancient county. Here history, modern living and rich culture combine together across
an unspoiled landscape.  

Kilkenny offers some of the finest countryside in the South East of Ireland.  With it’s castles and abbeys, ancient
burial sites and rock formations - there is an abundance of activity to offer visiting tourists.

Kilkenny City has an historic allure and is Ireland’s Medieval capital with Kilkenny Castle at it’s heart.. The caste
looms over the River Nore which was the channel taken by Norman settlers over 900 years ago.

Nore Valley hosts some of Ireland’s most celebrated monastic settlements.  Included is the beautifully preserved
Jerpoint Abbey which is near Thomastown.  Another is Duiske Abbey dates back to the thirteenth century.

Places of interest in County Kilkenny include:

Jerpoint Abbey

Dating back to the late 12th century, Jerpoint Abbey is an excellent example of Ireland’s Cistercian heritage in
County Kilkenny. Located about 2.5km south west of Thomastown, the serene abbey features wonderful carvings
and sculptures.

Rothe House and Gardens

Visit a unique, early 17th-century, Irish merchant’s townhouse and garden, which is set in the centre of
Kilkenny City. Rothe House is also the base of genealogical research on Kilkenny ancestry.

Harristown Dolmen

Harristown Dolmen is known locally as 'Leac an Scail', which translates as ‘stone of the warrior’.

St. Mary’s Cathedral

St Mary’s Cathedral is a gothic revival-style Catholic cathedral that dominates the skyline of Kilkenny City.
William Deane Butler designed the impressive house of worship taking inspiration from Norman architecture.
It’s completion was in 1849.

Kilkieran High Cross

At Kikieran, near Carrick-on-Suir, County Kilkenny, visitors will find three sandstone crosses and fragments of
another high cross, all dating from the 9th century and part of the Ossory group of crosses.


The city of Kilkenny is a vibrant medieval city.  It combines a wonderful blend of old and new.  It’s origins date
back about 1500 years.The Normans arrived in the twelfth century and left a lasting legacy, which can be seen in
the many fine buildings.  Examples include
Kilkenny Castle, which is fully restored and Rothe House on Parliament Street.  

Some of the various festivals on the city’s calendar include: Kilkenny Arts Festival,  The Cat Laughs, Comedy
Festival and Rhythm and Roots Festival and the Celtic Festival.

Some places of interest in Kilkenny City include:  Kilkenny Castle Rose Garden and Park and Rothe
House and Gardens.

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