As befits a county that is unrivalled when it comes to hurling prowess, our first interesting fact about Kilkenny relates to the All-Ireland Hurling Championship. When it comes to hurling, Kilkenny has confronted the English county of Lancashire more often (twice) than its neighbouring county Carlow.When was Kilkenny the capital of Confederate Ireland?
Kilkenny was the capital of Confederate Ireland between 1642 and 1649. The seat of the Roman Catholic Bishop of Ossory and the Church of Ireland Bishop of Cashel and Ossory are in Kilkenny. Kilkenny is famous for its medieval building and castle. The town has been referred to as the "Marble City" for centuries.What are the best things to do in Kilkenny Ireland?
15 Best Things to Do in Kilkenny (Ireland): 1 1. Kilkenny Castle. Source: shutterstock Kilkenny Castle. 2 2. St Canice’s Cathedral. 3 3. Black Abbey. 4 4. Medieval Mile Museum. 5 5. Rothe House and Garden. More itemsWhat was the first castle in Kilkenny Ireland?
The 12th century stone castle that stands today at Kilkenny was probably not the first castle on the site. Just a few decades prior, a wooden castle was built in the same location by the 2nd Earl of Pembroke. For nearly 600 years, the Castle was the home of a powerful Irish family.