Shepherd Entertainment takes you on a tour of Kilkenny, the most charming small town of Central Ireland which located in
a wonderful place at the bend of the Nore River.
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Discover Kilkenny Ireland
Let's continue on to the interior of the island. The most charming small town of Central Ireland Kilkenny is located in a wonderful place at the bend of the Nore River. The Butler family of English and Ormonde origin came to power in 1390 and for 500 years ruled the city that was even a capital for a while in the Middle Ages. Houses are built of local black limestone, the Georgian facades, arcades and the inner courtyards of the tutelage are particular.
The nicest church of the city is the Saint Canice Cathedral and even though the early gothic style church was wrapped by Cromwell’s troops with its dignified simplicity it’s a pearl of medieval architecture even today. The landlords of the environs, the Butlers are buried in this crypt. The church is located in the Irish town while the public buildings are in the English town.
Centuries had to pass until the city became unified and indivisible. Kilkenny is proud of its past and traditions. At the end of summer the largest scale cultural festival of the Republic is held here. The arcaded town hall from the 18th century with the clock tower is used by ministers even today. The historical museum of the town is situated in the Tudor style of Rothe House which with its substance and form well represents the architecture of the old town.
Kilkenny is an ancient brewery town. The ever popular Smithwick originates from here and we can try it in the pubs while listening to live music. Built in 1190, the castle was also the property of the Butlers from the 14th to the 20th century. In 1967, the increasing maintenance costs draw the family’s descendants to donate the castle to the nation. This squatty medieval bastions and massive walls preserved an impressive interior. The library and dining hall with its wooden walls are beautiful. However, the most famous is the long gallery. On its painted ceiling where thieves found a Book of Scales can be seen.
The considerable painting collection of the Butler family is exhibited here including several family portraits painted by the most famous masters of the age. The area of the castle part was reduced during the expansion of the city but the French garden is still impressive.
Ireland has plenty of megalithic stone structures. The biggest dolman is Brown’s Hill originating from 2000 BC. Half of the 100 ton monolith is settled in the ground while three smaller stones support the other half. But was it originally built like this?