Kilkenny Off The Beaten Path

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    Kells Priory

    by sue_stone Written Jul 18, 2004

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    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

    Kells Priory
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    Kells

    by sue_stone Written Jul 18, 2004

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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!!

    pretty sights at Kells
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    JERPOINT ABBEY

    by balhannah Written Mar 24, 2016

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    NATIONAL MONUMENT OF IRELAND

    If you can, I suggest taking the half hour drive to Jerpoint Abbey, as this Abbey is one of the most complete Irish Cistercian monasteries.

    Jerpoint Abbey was built originally in 1160 for the Benedictine monks by the King of Ossory, Donal MacGillapatrick, 20 years later, it was taken over by Cistercian monks from Baltinglass Abbey in County Wicklow.

    The Cistercians followed the ancient Rule of Saint Benedict that is based on peace, pray and work.
    The abbey was self-sufficient and had its own gardens, watermills, cemetery, granary and kitchens where the monks would spend a lot of time working in their gardens to provide food to cook for themselves.
    In 1228 there were 36 monks and 50 brothers living in the abbey.

    In the 15th century, the crossing tower and the beautifully sculpted cloister was added with its almost life-size figures. The restored cloister piers carry carvings which are similar to the drawings found on Medieval manuscripts. The oldest parts of the abbey are the Irish-Romanesque transepts and chancel, which contains faded wall paintings. The east window dates from the 14th century and the central tower was added in the 15th century. Wooden steps take you up to the roof for some views.

    Along came the dissolution of monasteries in England, Scotland and Ireland between 1536 and 1541 at the orders of Henry VIII.

    Includes visitor and exhibition centre.

    Open Daily:
    March 10am to 5pm,
    June - Mid Sept - 9.30am to 6.30pm,
    Mid Sept to 31st Oct - 10am to 5pm,
    Nov: 10am to 4pm.

    Last tour 1 hour before closing.

    ADMISSION IN 2016
    Adult €2.90
    Senior/Group: €2.10
    Student €1.30

    Location: 2.5km south west from Thomastown on the N9

    Bus Routes: Contact Bus Eireann, Travel Centre +353 1 8366111

    Website: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jerpoint_Abbey

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    JERPOINT ABBEY CHURCH

    by balhannah Written Mar 24, 2016

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    NATIONAL MONUMENT OF IRELAND

    This beautiful Cistercian abbey founded in 1160, has a church with Romanesque details from this same period.
    The church is still relatively intact and still has its 15th century crossing tower which dominates the surrounding landscape. Preserved within the church is a collection of sculpted tombs, including carvings of saints and apostles associated with the 16th century O’Tunney ‘School’ of sculptors.

    The area Includes a visitor and exhibition centre that chronicle the history of the buildings and point out an interesting array of medieval artistic treasures.

    Guided tours are available. Last tour 1 hour before closing.

    Open Daily:
    March 10am to 5pm,
    June - Mid Sept - 9.30am to 6.30pm,
    Mid Sept to 31st Oct - 10am to 5pm,
    Nov: 10am to 4pm.

    ADMISSION IN 2016
    Adult €2.90
    Senior/Group: €2.10
    Student €1.30

    Location: 2.5km south west from Thomastown on the N9

    Bus Routes: Contact Bus Eireann, Travel Centre +353 1 8366111

    Website: http://https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jerpoint_Abbey

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    Black Abbey

    by barryg23 Updated Jan 8, 2003

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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!

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    Jenkinstown Wood

    by barryg23 Updated Dec 16, 2006

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    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.

    Old Church Ruth at Picnic area Jenkinstown Wood Views from Jenkinstown Wood Old Church

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    Callan County Kilkenny. Now...

    by jonno99 Written Sep 8, 2002

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    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.

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    Blessed Edmund Ignatius...

    by jonno99 Updated Sep 8, 2002

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    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

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    Not the prettiest area in town!

    by barryg23 Updated Jan 7, 2003

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    ........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.

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    Greenshill

    by barryg23 Updated Jan 7, 2003

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    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.

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    Kilkenny City from afar!

    by barryg23 Updated Jan 7, 2003

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    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.

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    If you have a day free I would...

    by sexylady Written Aug 25, 2002

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    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.

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    Concerts in 800 year old Abbey!

    by clearly Written Sep 23, 2008

    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.

    Website: http://www.duiskeconcerts.ie

    TREAD, appearing at 2008 concert series. Mairead Buicke, soprano and Antghony Byrne Piano
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    Dunmore Caves

    by orlikins Updated Jan 3, 2004

    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.

    Website: http://www.showcaves.com/english/ie/showcaves/Dunmore.html

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    Steps

    by barryg23 Updated Jun 18, 2003

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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!

    Steps

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