Heritage, environmental harmony and a spirit of excellence are recurring
themes throughout both Kilkenny City and County. The creative heart
of Ireland, County Kilkenny offers an abundance of fascinating historic
sites, castles and abbeys, forest parks, natural wonders and scenic
locations, together with a delightful and colourful concentration of
quality craft studios and workshops. Good food, lively restaurants and
popular bars and night-clubs are also important in a County that offers
Ireland's Medieval Capital, an ancient city, with cobbled streets and
narrow lanes, where the magnificent Kilkenny Castle looks proudly over
a treasure trove of the past.
Pleasantly situated on the river Nore, a planned town with a well laid
out town square and fair green.There is also a imposing tower house
on private land in this town.
A centre for the small scale craft industries for which Kilkenny is
famous, this attractive village also offers exciting vistas of the Nore
River. Nearby Maiden Hall is the birthplace of the Irish Hubert Butler.
The birth place of Edmund Ignatius Rice, founder of the Irish Christian
Brothers who's home is now a much visited attraction. Callan's history
is still to be seen in the fine churches and medieval monuments and
the important field monuments located in the area.
Centre of the Irish coal mining industry in the 18th and the 19th centuries
the town retains the feel of an estate town. An active and enthusiastic
community have continued to build on the rich heritage of their past
to create a delightful blend of the best of that past with today's modern
Constructed around a tree lined square the town recalls it's medieval
origins each year in its heritage festival. A fine Romanesque Doorway
of the ancient Church which first caused the settlement to grow in importance
and stature is still a feature much admired.
Once a seat of the Kings of Ossory, before the Anglo-Norman Invasion.
Now home to a fine tradition of Horse Racing.
Situated in the Barrow Valley, in an area of outstanding beauty. There
are many activities to enjoy, including boating, crafts and walking.
A charming village with a tree-lined square, lying in a picturesque
part of the Nore Valley. Inistoge has been the setting for no less that
four successful films in recent years- one reason why it is sometimes
referred to as Ireland's answer to Hollywood. A leading example of an
estate village, it stands in the shadow of the majestic Woodstock Estate.
An early medieval foundation with delightful streetscapes, picturesque
views of the River Nore. Birthplace of the 18th century philosopher
George Berkeley and today equally famous for its proximity to the famous
championship golf course, Mount Juliet. It has just been announced that
this course will hold the 2005 Ryder Cup.
A medieval walled town situated on the picturesque King's River, with
the 12th century Augustinian Priory dominating the nearby landscape.
A 13th century church, founded by, and still in use today by the Dominican
Lauded as the finest Cistercian ruins in Ireland. Guided tours available
from Visitor Centre
Duiske Abbey, Graiguenamanagh
A fully restored early Cistercian Church, Original medieval floor tiles
still available to view.
Kilkenny Castle, Kilkenny City
Main seat of the Butler Family, Earls of Ormonde, from 1391 to present
century. Admission by guided tour only. Charge.
Kells Augustinian Priory
An extensive Augustinian Priory founded in 1193. Adjacent is a large
Mill, currently being restored, which will serve as a visitor centre
& craft area
Brod Tullaroan (Inc. Lory Meagher Heritage Centre)
A 17th century two-storey thatched mansion now fully restored and incorporating
additional buildings with a large GAA (Gaelic sports) museum. Seasonal
A 16th century Tudor Townhouse of great charm. Includes a period costume
exhibition and local museum
St. Canices Cathedral
Completed in 1285, it is the second longest Cathedral in Ireland. Various
medieval carvings on display. Open all year - times may vary. Donations
Kilfane Glen & Waterfall
A recently discovered romantic era garden featuring a waterfall and
cottage ornee. Seasonal opening.
Kilkenny Design Centre
Located in the old coach houses of Kilkenny Castle, contains a comprehensive
selection of the best in local and national crafts, on display and for
Nore Valley Park
Includes farm trail, Crazy Golf Course, Picnic & Barbeque area.
Rice House, Westcourt, Callan
Birthplace of Brother Edmund Ignatius Rice, founder of the Christian
Brothers. Retains many artefacts of a late 18th century Farmer's home
Walking Tours of Medieval Kilkenny
Enjoy an hour's strolling introduction to the city's many historic &
architectural delights with a humourous and informative guide. Tours
depart from Kilkenny Tourist Office.
A limestone cave, consisting of a series of chambers formed over millions
of years. Guide Service and Visitor Centre
CRAFTS STUDIOS & WORKSHOPS
Some of the finest craft studios in Ireland are located in County Kilkenny.
A craft trail map detailing 5 of these studios is available from the
Nicholas Mosse Pottery
Pottery workshop with display area, housed in former Mill
Jerpoint Glass Studio, Stoneyford
Hand made glass, with emphasis on glassware for the table
Rudolf Heltzel, Gold & Silversmith
Gold, Silver & precious stones worked into conmemporary jewellery
Stoneware Jackson Pottery
Pottery & Showroom in Bennettsbridge with additional retail outlet
in Kilkenny City
Kilkenny Design Centre, Kilkenny City
Comprehensive display of the best in local & National Crafts
The equestrian centres around the County provide a wide range of services
to the beginner, and experienced rider. All centres listed here are
approved by the Association of Irish Riding Establishments, which oversees
standards and all aspects of their service.....
Topflight Equestrian Centre, Kilkenny
Contact: Moloney Family. Tel: 056-22682
Mount Juliet Equestrian Centre, Thomastown
Contact: Eleanor Dwyer. Tel: 056-73000
Nuenna Farm Equestrian Centre, Freshford
Contact: Jillian Maher. Tel: 056-32193
Co. Kilkenny offers the golf enthusiast everything they might need
with 9, 18 hole, and even a championship course, which boasts the 'Irish
Open' as one of it's previous events...
Mount Juliet Championship Golf Course
18 hole Par 72, designed by Jack Nicklaus. Contact: K. MacCann 056-73000
Kilkenny Golf Club
Glendine, Kilkenny. 18 Hole (par 71). Contact: Secretary 056-65400
Mountain View Golf Club
Ballyhale, Co. Kilkenny. 9 Hole (par 70). Contact: Joe Scriven 056-68122
The River Nore, and sections of the Barrow & Suir rivers, offer
some good locations for Game & Coarse Angling
Game Angling - Trout
What is arguably the best riverine wild trout fishing in Ireland can
be found where the River Nore enters the South East Region near Durrow.
Excellent stocks of Trout of a good average size exist in the Nore between
the Dinin river and the weir downstream of Kilkenny City. Other good
trout fishing areas lie between Mount Juliet Estate and Inistioge Village
Game Angling - Salmon
Salmon fishing in the lower reaches of the River Nore can be very rewarding.
The river can be fast flowing and shallow, but the construction of numerous
watermills over the past centuries have left weirs which provide long
deep pools, availed of by Salmon as resting places on their upstream
journey. In the Barrow, best places are downstream from the weirs that
divert waters to the canals
The river Barrow at Graiguenamanagh and Goresbridge, offers the Coarse
Angler a wide choice of different stocks, including Bream, Tench, Rudd,
Pike & Perch
Inchbeg Fishing School, Freshford
Provides tuition in fly-fishing for Game & Coarse angling subject
to seasonal variations
Brandon Lake Coarse Fishery
2.5 Acre Artifical Lake specifically designed for Coarse Fishing
The 'South Leinster Way', is the official walking route that passes
through the county from Graiguenamanagh, to Carrick-on-suir where it
joins with the Munster Way
Walking Tours of Medieval Kilkenny
Ancient Ireland Tours, Inistioge
Contact: Antony Lorraine M.A. 056-58435
Irish City Bus Tours , Kilkenny City
Depart from outside Castle every 30 mins, Daily, April- October
The local racing venue is at Gowran Park, which has regular meetings
culminating in a three day racing festival in October
Gowran Park Race Meetings
Countryside Leisure Activity Centre
Bonnettsrath, Kilkenny Contact: Walsh Family 056-61791
Noreside Adventure Centre
Woollengrange, Thomastown Contact: Ger Cullen 056-27273
Clay Pigeon Shooting, Cuffesgrange
Kilcoran House. Contact: Mr. John Woodcock. Tel: 056-28253