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    SPORTING GOODS FOR UNFAMILIAR GAMES

    by davidjo Written Aug 4, 2015

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    If you are not familiar with the two Irish sports, Hurling and Gaelic football take a look in this shop window as it specailises in sporting equipment for these two sports. They make good quality hurleys from wood, which is actually a wooden stick that you hit the ball with. Hurling has prehistoric origins and the game originated over 3,000 years ago and the game is very similar to Gaelic football and shares similar terminology. Basically there are two goalposts similar to rugby goalposts and the object of the game is to hit the ball between the posts for 1 or 3 points depending if it is above or below the crossbar.

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    MATT THE MILLERS --- OLD STYLE SIGNS

    by davidjo Written Aug 4, 2015

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    Although i never went into this bar/restaurant called Matt The Miller i liked the signs on the wall outside as they are the type of signs that one would see 50 or more years ago. You will find the bar just by the bridge over the River Nore.

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    MUST BE SOMETHING FOR YOU AT KITTY'S CABIN.

    by davidjo Written Aug 4, 2015

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    Kitty's Cabin is an old fashioned sweet shop located very near the bridge over the river. I first entered the shop and saw all these sweets in old fashioned jars that i used to buy as a kid . All my old favorites were there but i did not buy any as i am not much of a sweet fan these days. I went for a walk and discovered a shop selling very good ice creams so i bought a cone with a sauce on top, and i was surprised to find out it was the same shop that i had visited 20 minutes before, but the ice cream is sold just around the shop corner where there are a few tables for guests to be seated.

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    SOME WONDERFUL SHOP SIGNS

    by davidjo Written Aug 4, 2015

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    While walking around i was pleased to see some very well designed business signs that were displayed around the city. Keep your eyes open as there are many.

    photo 1 a sheriff's badge outside a pharmacy ?
    photo 2 a jockey outside a pub
    photo 4 a clock outside the hardware store
    photo 3 a delicatessen store
    photo 5 the wine merchant

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    STREET PERFORMERS PLAYING THEIR TUNES

    by davidjo Written Aug 4, 2015

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    As in Dublin there seem to be quite a few buskers on the street playing their instruments and trying to earn a few euros. I am not sure if this is regulated by the authorities or not as i did not notice any of them wearing an I D displaying a permit. I must admit that i listened to some really good musicians in Dublin and found the ones here not so great.

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    BEAUTIFUL FLOWERS OF KILKENNY

    by davidjo Written Aug 4, 2015

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    The residents of the city take great pride in their flower displays, and there is some type of competition throughout the country for the most beautiful place and according to our guide Kilkenny has won this several times. Wherever you go you will see flowers in baskets, on lamp-posts, on buildings and even in a horse trough.

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    TAKE THE ROAD TRAIN TOUR

    by davidjo Written Aug 3, 2015

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    If you don't have much time to spend in Kilkenny i suggest you take the tour of the city on the road train. The tour starts by Kilkenny Castle and lasts 25 minutes as the road train winds its way around the historic streets while you listen to a commentary. This is particular advantageous if it is raining. Tours leave on the hour and cost 7 euro. See the website below for more details.

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    Go on a Pub Crawl

    by MikeBird Written Mar 27, 2014

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    At the end of the main street in Kilkenny there is a row of pubs all next to each other. You wouldn't have far to walk or stagger to sample all of them. If seven pubs is not enough there were several more up the street towards the city centre.
    Needless to say I didn't have time to go into any of them but they certainly looked attractive from the outside particularly in their brightly coloured facades as seen in the photo.

    Five of the seven pubs in Kilkenny Pub crawlers paradise
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    Inistioge - a short excursion from Kilkenny

    by Flying.Scotsman Written Feb 27, 2014

    Inistioge is a lovely village on the River Nore about16 miles from Kilkenny. It has a lovely square and walks along the river. O'Donnell's pub was once an alms house. This would be a perfect place for a picnic on a nice summer's day.

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    Rothe House Museum

    by yooperprof Written Aug 7, 2013

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    The Rothe House is a very impressive house-museum, revealing the importance of Kilkenny as a trading center in the 16th and 17th centuries. It was the home of a prominent Kilkenny merchant family in the 1500s and 1600s, and recent archaeology has uncovered a marvelous record of its occupation. The property stretches back from the street for several hundred meters, and includes other historic buildings as well as gardens which have been meticulously restored.

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    Did not get a chance to enjoy this tour!

    by WBeall Written Feb 18, 2013

    My husband and I were really excited to take the Smithwicks Brewery tour. When we arrived the doors were closed and locked and nothing was written on the door about times or if they were closed. We even checked the tour times before we left our hotel and made sure we were going to make one of them. At the door were about 20 other people excited to take this tour as well. We waited for about 10 min in the cold and wet weather when finally someone walked out of the building so we caught the door and went inside. After about another 5 min a employee walked inside the room and told us they were hosting a private event and they were not doing any tours to public. The only reason why I am writing this review is because I do not want this to happen to anyone else and I think that was extremely poor customer service. They need to let the public know by at least a sign on the door that they were not taking public tours. We were very excited to take this tour and only had that day to do it and the time we took waiting around for them to tell us we could not take a tour, we could have been doing something else.

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    High street II, Kilkenny.

    by pfsmalo Written Jan 5, 2013

    Walking further north along the High street you come across a limestone and bronze statue called Cainneach (St. Canice, from whom comes the name Kilkenny) and then to the Old jailhouse and Court formerly known as Grace's castle. It was the town house of the Grace family and was leased to the crown in 1566 as a prison. The building stayed that way for over 200 years until being transformed into a courthouse. The facade still has parts of the old jail to be seen. Just across the road is a nice little lane that climbs a small hill behind Rothe house and has some well renovated terrace houses. Rothe house is one of Kilkenny's historic houses and dates from 1610. It now houses a genealogical museum and can be visited along with the gardens. There are some 2500 articles in the museum and show much of Kilkenny's heritage.
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    The courthouse, High street. Te old part of the jail. Cainneach by Saturio Alonso (1999). Rothe house. Interior courtyard of Rothe house.

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    High street I, Kilkenny.

    by pfsmalo Written Jan 5, 2013

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    After leaving the castle by the Parade, cross the road and this is the High street, which is the main shopping area and also has a few of Kilkenny's monuments. First you come to the Town Hall that sits astride the walkway and St. Mary's church, not to be confused with St. Mary's cathedral, which is further along and to the left. The town hall, known as the Tolsel was built in 1579 and further extended in 1760. The clock tower on the roof is copper plated and octagonal. Under the arcade were a couple of buskers keeping warm and here apparently there are exhibitions from time to time. Although rebuilt in the 1700's St Marys was originally built in the early 13th c but has been de-consecrated since 1957. It has been bought by the Council and is part of a project to bring life back to the old stones. The graveyard holds many of the tombs of the rich merchants of Kilkenny and a tour is available by appointment with the Borough council. Just along from the town hall is Butterslip, a narrow dark alleyway that leads down to St. Kierans street. Rather picturesque, so called because of the medieval butter sellers, that came here when the passage was made in 1616.

    The Tolsel town hall. Kilkenny coat of arms. St. Mary's church. Butterslip.

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    Kilkenny Castle

    by sue_stone Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Located on the Nore River in the heart of Kilkenny, the castle is one of Irelands best restored fortresses.

    Building began back in the 12th Century and restoration work continues today.

    It is a specactular looking place, surrounded by beautiful gardens.

    To explore the castle you have to do a guided tour. The tour lasts for approximately 1.5hrs, costs around 5 euro and was very informative and well worth the money.

    One of the 3 towers
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    Quiant narrow street

    by mvtouring Written Nov 18, 2010

    Kilkenny town centre has very narrow streets lined with old , beautiful and historic buildings. Ideal streets to walk and admire the buildings.We loved exploring the little streets, side alleys and the buildings.

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