Kells Priory is located in the small village of Kells, 13km south of Kilkenny.
It is an ancient monastic site that dates back to the 12th Century.
Visitors are free to explore - there are no tour guides/admission charges or many people.
Just wander around and soak up the atmosphere with the sheep!
It is located 800 metres east of Kells on the Stonyford Road
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Kells is a small village 13km's south of Kilkenny.
There is not much to it (besides Kells Priory, previously mentioned), but there is a nice stone bridge and really pretty countryside.
A great place for a break and some photography!!
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The Black Abbey (yet another church!) is in a quiet area of town. The car-park on the right was built for the visit of President Hillary back in the 80s. They demolished a block of old town houses for that auld fellow!
Jenkinstown Wood is a small woodland park about 10 km outside Kilkenny city. It's a nice place for walking or for a picnic and very popular with the local people.
My mother grew up in nearby Jenkinstown and I have cousins who still live in the area so it's a place I have visited many times. My parents were married in the old Jenkinstown church (see picture) in 1977.
Not the prettiest area in town!
........but it was always a shortcut for me getting home. Known as the canal walk, this runs from John Street up to Greens Bridge. It used to be (and perhaps still is) an area for underage drinking - i.e 13 & 14 years olds drinking flagons of cider.
Greenshill is a residential road just on the outskirts of town. I can't even remember why i took this photo - it's on my way home and there's not much to see - in the photo you can make out the town in the distance.
Kilkenny City from afar!
A panorama of the town - not quite, this was taken on one of those grey, wet days which are quite common in Kilkenny. You can see the town in the background and the carpark of Dunnes' Stores in the foreground.
Callan County Kilkenny. Now...
Callan County Kilkenny. Now this place is off the beaten path but not for me. My Mum's family are from here so I am a regular visitor. Kilkenny city is obviously the major tourist destination in this area but Callan has a few surprises too. Steeped in history and some good pubs. Check out the Steppes pub on the main hight street situated at the foot of the steps leading from the parish church.------------------------------------------------------------------------- ---------------------------------------------------
Callan is situated on the King's River about ten miles from Kilkenny and twenty miles from Clonmel, Co.Tipperary, on the N. 76.
The town was very congested with traffic before the new bypass was opened a couple of years ago. There are several places of historic interest in the town, which include a ruined Augustinian Abbey founded in 1471, where Cromwell is supposed to have stabled his horses.
Within the confines of St Mary's Church (1251) in Green Street, Adam le Blound, the second husband of notorious Kilkenny witch Alice Kyteller is buried.
A holy well reputed to have curative powers, can be found in the Abbey Meadow, a place where for centuries local young people used to meet in the evening while collecting the next day's water supply for their parents, before the town had piped water.
A monument in the town commemorates Blessed Edmund Rice (1762- 1844) who dedicated his life to providing education for the poor and needy, and was the founder of The Christian Brother's School movement. His birthplace Rice House nearby is now open to visitors. Tel 056 25141
Callan is also the birthplace of Fenian poet and journalist John Locke 1847 - 1889.
An odd fact not well known, is that this little town was the homeplace of the Cromwellian Candler family including Asa Griggs Candler who bought the Coca Cola drink recipe in Atlanta, USA from its inventor, Dr. John Stith Pemberton in 1888 less than two years after its creation.
Candler then went on to found the multi million pound Coca Cola Company which he sold in 1923 for fifty million pounds.
The Candler home in West Street, has now almost completely disappeared.
Callan gets its name from a High King of Ireland Niall Caille. The King arrived in Callan 844 AD during a war with the Vikings. He drowned while trying to rescue his servant who had been swept away while trying to cross the flooded river. King Caille is buried in Kilree a few miles away.
Today there is a GAA club, Heritage Society, and about twenty four clubs and society's of various sorts in the town.
Blessed Edmund Ignatius...
Blessed Edmund Ignatius (1762)-(1844) was founder of the religious teaching order the Irish Christian Brothers. He devoted His life to looking after and educating young boys of a persecuted and exploited nation in the early 1800's. The old thatched farm house is lovingly preserved and furnished in the style of that period by the brothers themselves. Also beside his house in Westcourt, 1 mile from Callan, you can visit the Memorial Chapel which houses the Icon which forms a tabloid of his life
If you have a day free I would...
If you have a day free I would recommend you go to an place called Inch.It's about a 40 minute drive west of Killarney but the most spectacular beach in Ireland.It won this title on numerous occassions.I have practically spent my childhood here.My mother is from this area and all her family still lives here.Go to my travelogue for more on this area.
Concerts in 800 year old Abbey!
Every November Duiske Abbey in Graignamanagh hosts a series of concerts in the 800 year old Duiske Abbey in the centre of this riverside town. The concerts are held on Wednesday nights, three Classical music concerts and one Irish traditional music concert.
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Dunmore caves are off the Kilkenny-Castlecomer road, its well sign-posted, but you really could do with a car to get there.
It's 2.75 entry for an adult. You get to watch videos on the history, fauna, formation and legends of the caves before descending the stairs and crossing the yard and going down the steps into the cold, creepy but strangely compelling caves.
Parts of the cave are not open to the public.
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Walk the steps leading to St. Canice's Cathedral and tower. On your way you'll see some of the modern sights of Kilkenny, such as 12 year olds smoking drugs. Bu they all turn out ok in the end!
Don't forget to visit the gardens at the Northern end of the Castle Park. By day a pleasant place to walk and take pictures. By night full of cider-drinkers...
Those nice back streets..
This is St. Mary's lane linking High Street to Rose Inn Street. Kilkenny has many quiet streets full of interesting shops and curiosities.
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