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Kilkenny is known for it's entertainment and has some of Ireland's best Restaurants & Bars. We have them listed for you to visit.
Find out where to stay in Kilkenny with our guide to Kilkenny's B&B's, Self Satering accommodation, Hotels and Hostels.
With live music every night of the week, theatre and festivals, Kilkenny always has something going on...
Kilkenny is 117 kilometres (73 mi) away the capital Dublin and 48 kilometres (30 mi) north from the nearest city Waterford. Wexford is 80 kilometres (50 mi) to the south-east and Limerick is 122 kilometres (76 mi) to the west.
Nowadays, Kilkenny Castle is effectively three-sided. One of the four walls - and one of the great round drum towers - has disappeared over time.
Where did it go? Well, the Eastern wall and the North-Eastern tower were blown up during the 1650 Cromwellian siege of Ireland.
In 1922, the Butler family - namely Lord and Lady Ossory - were residents of the castle. The Irish Civil war, raged around them. Lord Ossory memorably wrote that he was woken at the "unreasonable hour of 5.30am" by his butler, who brought the news that Republican forces had seized and occupied his castle.
The Butler family handed Kilkenny Castle over to the people of Kilkenny in 1967 – for £50!
One of the most instantly recognised buildings in Ireland, Kilkenny Castle has been an important site since Strongbow constructed the first castle, probably a wooden structure, in the 12th century.