“Kilkenny the Marble City, home sweet home to me,
And see the lovers hand in hand as they walk along John’s Quay,
Then take me to it’s castle grounds lookin’ over The Nore,
Flowing gracefully down to meet the River Suir.”
Eamon Wall, ‘Shine on Kilkenny’
Kilkenny is a medieval town in southeast Ireland. Its grand Kilkenny Castle was built in 1195 by Norman occupiers. The town has many well-preserved churches and monasteries, including remarkable St. Canice’s Cathedral and the Black Abbey Dominican priory, both from the 13th century. It’s also a crafts hub, with shops along its winding lanes selling pottery, paintings and jewellery.
It is one of Ireland’s most cosmopolitan cities, with many festivals, eateries and creative people. Explore the breath-taking scenery while discovering award-winning hotels and restaurants. Along with medieval history, outdoor adventure and cultural attractions for all to enjoy, relax in the peace and tranquillity of the beautiful parks and woodlands, or get outdoors and active with walking and cycling routes revealing unforgettable views across the county.