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Have a laugh at The Cat Laughs Comedy Festival

In 1995 Irish town of Kilkenny decided to start a festival of comedy. It became a major success and still on every year along with other festivals in Kilkenny. It is also known internationally. The Cat Laughs Comedy Festival is held over the first weekend in June each year and draws major crowds due to […]

Discovering a Local Legend of St Nicholas at Jerpoint Park: Jerpoint, Co Kilkenny

I remember hearing the local legend of St. Nicholas being buried near Jerpoint Abbey when I visited in 2008.  We were told that the nearby Church of St. Nicholas as his final resting place after his remains were brought to Ireland by two Crusading knights. At that time the church wasn’t easy to get to […]

Knockroe Passage Tomb: Knockroe, Co Kilkenny

Knockroe Passage tomb can be found on the picturesque slopes above the Lingaun River. Originally Knockroe would have been a similar tomb to Newgrange, albeit on a smaller scale, and like Newgrange, Knockroe too is aligned with the Winter Solstice. Knockroe has two burial chambers which are exposed as they long ago lost their earthen […]

Mysterious Memorial: Urlingford, Co Kilkenny

A passerby may miss the roadside memorial for Martin Eugene Bryan near Freshford as they might be distracted by the castle in the background. The inscription may seem cryptic to those unfamiliar with the story. In 1987, Bryan was driving a car carrying Dessie O’Hare, known as “The Border Fox,” a notoriously violent member of […]

Treasure Hunting at the Kilkenny Car Boot Sale: Brownstown, Co Kilkenny

There’s a little bit of everything at this large car boot sale just outside of Kilkenny city (FYI – car boot in Ireland refers to the trunk of the car and a boot sale would be known in the US as a flea market)… clothes, antiques, housewares, tools, live chickens, meats, candy, and even “40 […]

Kenny’s Well: Kilkenny, Co Kilkenny

He goes by several names… Kenny, Cainnech, Canice, Canicus, Kenneth. The 6th century saint even lends his moniker to the city of Kilkenny (church of Kenny). The holy well in his honor is a short walk from the city centre. A stone “house” has been built around the well and a trough directs the holy […]

The View of the Castle from Wind Gap: Kilkenny, Co Kilkenny

Wind Gap provides a glimpse of the city very few tourists witness. With views of the castle and St. Canice’s Cathedral, this location was common in 19th and 20th century paintings. Across the street from Wind Gap is the home of John Banim, 1798-1842. Considered “Ireland’s Walter Scott” Banim’s series “Tales by the O’Hara Family” […]

The Ruins of Kells Priory: Kells, Co Killkenny

Kells Priory is tucked away in the countryside. Visitors climb up a small hill to see an acre or so of priory ruins laid out at their feet. It’s fascinating to walk where 12th & 13th century monks lived and to imagine what their lives were like. Just beyond the priory is the King’s River, […]

The Bridge from Circle of Friends: Inistioge, Co Kilkenny

The village of Inistioge played a starring role in the 1995 movie “”Circle of Friends based on the Maeve Binchy best seller and starring Minnie Driver and Chris O’Donnell. A line of trees were removed from the hillside between the village and Woodstock Gardens to create a picture-perfect scene of the arched bridge leading into the […]

Longest Monkey Puzzle Tree Avenue in Europe: Inistiogue, Co Kilkenny

The restored Victorian gardens at Woodstock provide an enjoyable walk, and the Monkey Puzzle Tree with its jigsaw-shaped branches delivers just one interesting feature of the gardens. The 1/4 mile long avenue is the longest of its kind in Europe and was the last addition to the grounds by William F.Tighe who died shortly afterwards […]

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