County Kilkenny / Co. Cill Chainnigh
Kilkenny Town was the seat of Medieval Irish Parliaments and was a rival in importance to Dublin. It is an attractive fertile country, with pleasant wooded areas and rolling hills, and offers its visitors many educational and interesting activities. It also offers some of the most superb areas of natural beauty where there are facilities for pony-trekking, horse sales and racing, angling, canoeing, hunting, hill walking, shooting, golf and much more. Kilkenny is known as the craft county of Ireland, and the Killkenny Design Workshops with traditional wares are situated around the entire country; shopping is a delight and visitors are most welcome. Johnstown on the main road from Dublin to Cork is an ideal base from which to explore the area and visitors are assured of a warm reception. For the visitor who likes to enjoy city shopping while staying in the country, then Kilmanagh which lies just eight miles east of the city is very near.
Thomastown, in a beautiful position on the Nore River, is a pleasant active town with lots of fishing, a treasure full of history and is also an important centre for craft and design. Ballyragget, just 12 miles from Kilkenny, has a 200 year old pub with traditional music and is also near the Dunmore Caves. There are many places of interest to visit, including the fascinating historic ruin of Jerpoint Abbey, founded in 1158, and the visitors will find very welcoming people to greet them on their travels.
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