. It is a grand building but unfortunatley only a small section of it is open to the public. However the bits we saw were interesting and the paintings in the Grand Hall were magnificant. After our visit there we walked around the town for a bit. Kilkenny itself is not very impressive to look at. The High Street has a lot of empty shops and appear very grey and listless. A pity realy as it could be very nice with a little effort. The Irish economy has no doubt set in there.
Next adventure was going to be Waterford, but by the time we finished our tour of Kilkenny , and also due to the rain, we decided to go home again. We will be driving through Waterford tomorrow so hopefully will be able to look around then.
A successful day for both of us
A visit to Kilkenny on the agenda today. It is situated about 1 hour and 15 minutes from where we are staying. Also we intended to do a loop and return via Waterford, known for its crystal. Kilkenny or ( cill chainnigh ) as the locals call it, is nestled in lush green grounds overlooking the River Nore. Situated in the centre of the town is Kilkenny Castle, which is a complex sructure of various architectural styles. The original stone castle was built by William Marshall, 4th Earl of Pembroke during the first decade of the 13th century. The Castle later became the principal Irish residence of the powerful Butler family for almost 600 years.Arthur Butler, the 6th Marquess of Ormondo, presented the Castle to the people of Kilkenny in return for a token payment of 50 pounds.Arthur butler lived until 1971. The family sold almost all of the contents of the Castle in a ten day auction in 1953. The castle is now in the hands of the Public Works Office and has been since 1969. Most of the rooms we were able to view had been restored, some to their oroginal state but mostly Victorian era