Favorite thing: The Carnegie Library is on St. John's Quay, opposite the River Dore. It was opened in 1910; in 2010 it celebrated a proud century of service. When it was being planned, the library had a local patroness from the Anglo-Irish Ascendancy: Ellen (nee Bischoffstein) Countess of Dysart. The Countess remained faithful to her Jewish heritage while also becoming a keen advocate of all things Irish. In recognition for her devotion to Irish ideals, the Countess was made a Senator of the Irish Free State in 1922.
According to a sign outside the abbey, the Dominic "Black Abbey" was founded by William, Earl Marshal, the fame Norman invader and colonizer, in 1225. The south transept was added in the early 14th century, and the east tower built in the early 16th century. There were major restorations in the 19th century, and again during the 1970s. It's now a Roman Catholic parish church.
The name "Black Abbey" comes from the fact that this was a "foundation" of the Black Friars, or Dominicans - called such because of the black mantle their wore over their white habits.
The Black Abbey is very highly regarded for its very fine windows. The stained glass is said to be among the very finest surviving from the medieval era in all of Ireland.
Favorite thing: St. John's was a notable Augustinian priory in the Middle Ages. The monastery was shuttered on orders of Henry VIII during the Reformation, and most of the remains are still in ruins, but a significant portion of the chapel was restored in the early 19th century. Local Kilkenny architect William Robertson (1770-1850) supervised the establishment of a Church of Ireland parish church on the premises.
Favorite thing: Out by the train station, St. John the Evangelist is a Roman Catholic church, constructed in the first decade of the twentieth century on land that had been donated by the Butler family, the local magnates who owned the nearby castle
Here's a website to get you started on planning a visit to Kilkenny but if you arrive unprepared you can also stop by the tourist information office in the old Shee Alms House, on Rose Inn Street.
A little history of the building, the Shee alms house was founded by the wealthy Shee family in 1582, it could accomodate up to 12 poor people. It was used until 1830 as an alms houses and is one of the few remaining alms houses in Ireland
If I were to take someone to Kilkenny City for the first time, I would have them sleep until mid-afternoon... and then go for a long walk to the downtown district, John Street, Parliament Street, Patrick Street, Black Mill Street. Visit the pubs... and talk... and laugh... and talk... oh yes, and have a few pints along the way. Kilkenny is a place where you can immerse yourself in the Irish culture -- removed from Irish trinkets made in China and pubs designed to make Americans feel at home. This is the real Ireland if you choose it to be so. And don't forget the "chippy" at 2 am. And if you get lost, and can't find your B&B at 3 in the morning, that's okay. Some lovely Kilkenny resident will direct you safely home...
Fondest memory: The people of Kilkenny, young and old, are the finest in the world. You are alone only as much as you choose to be. Enter a pub on your own, sit at the bar, and say hello... within moments you'll be drawn into conversations on history, politics, hurling, football (the real kind), and the general craic about the town. You'll leave at closing time with a host of new friends and memories to last a lifetime.
Fondest memory: My girlfriend, Ruth, came to visit over the Christmas holidays in 2002 and I had a great time showing her aorund my hometown. It rained every day and even snowed at one point but we still got to see many things.
Favorite thing: This is the river Nore as seen from the Castle Park. The bridge in the picture is John's Bridge, which links Rose Inn Street to John Street. In the background you can see the brewery - where all the famous Smithwicks and Kilkenny beer is made.
Favorite thing: I really like the new layout of Kilkenny's High Street. The introduction of all the pedestrian crossings make it a nightmare for drivers to get from one end to another and hopefully it might eventually become a car-free zone.
Take a 'jaunt' in a horse and buggy to Killarney Castle. Also tour around the Dingle Peninsula and 'Ring of Kerry', and then look down on the Lakes of Killarney
Fondest memory: The mad Irish sense of humour, their limericks, and superstitions.
Favorite thing: Walking around in the National Park around the lakes, the walks are beautiful ranging from forested areas and mountains. Please avoid being chased by an angry deer because you decided to go off the path into the forest and upset a deer who was just on its second course of dinner and took offence at being disturbed by a blundering idiot.
Not stay in Tralee. Have I made this clear??
Feel free to use it as a bus stop. There are a bunch of connection to Dingle, Dublin and Galway from this station. But don't be fooled into leaving the station.
Fondest memory: I'm still trying to erase the memories of Tralee.
Sample the Irish hospitality - different to anywhere else in the world. Its said that 5% of the worlds population are Irish and that the other 95% wish they were
Fondest memory: Everyone has a kind word and a story to tell
Ride some of the the Ring of Kerry. There's plenty of paths from Kilarney out.
Fondest memory: Riding around (well part of) the Ring of Kerry. Such a gorgeous scenery over the lake and all the green trees. We stopped and climbed up a hill for a great view over it all. So peaceful - its truely a soul soothing (and leg strengthening) day out.
Favorite thing: Not to be confused with the St. Canice Cathedral just up the hill, which is Church of Ireland. This Gothic Revival parish church was dedicated in 1843.
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