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Ireland is coming to an end. Most of the morning we spent in Kilkenny. The castle is stunning, with an excellent renovation by OPW. Originally built in the 13th century it is really a 1880s renovation.
The long galley in particular is extraordinary. When the original flat roof didn't work they put in a Norwegian pine gabled roof with the most …
... 16 Some photos of Waterford taken yesterday afternoon. Visited Waterford Crystal factory with photos attached of horse and coach worth 40,000 Euro! Lunch in Kilkenny with 18/19th century castle - photo attached. Dublin mid afternoon and did a brief walk of immediate streets and St Stephens Green park, photos ...
... stop serving food at 7! Great contrast to Spain where you couldn't get food until at least 8:30! We did finally find a nice little Italian place for some pasta though.
The plan for tomorrow is to visit Kilkenny castle, do some more caches & head on to Cork.
... and kneeling on a floor where the remains of another person are resting two feet below. I asked one of the curators about the tombs, and felt very stupid to have been jumping from spot to spot because apparently there was a man named Oliver Cromwell, who wanted to extinguish Catholicism in Ireland, so he opened all the tombs and threw the remains of all the people buried in them to the common streets.
We then took a walk to Black Abbey and St. ...
... 5 entry gates...only one still exists.
We say a Merchants house ....now a museum, the town hall, old city jail and the site of a public burning...the only one to be carried out in Kilkenny...however there were numerous hangings.
The city has seven churches both Catholic and Anglican...of all these 2 are Cathedrals.
Many changed from one religion to another from Henry 8th/ Cromwell period.
The city has seen much political and religious tensions over the centuries.