This is the sixth and final blogpost looking back at my holiday adventures in Ireland, and this time it's all about Kilkenny!
It's probably a name known to a lot of people worldwide for being a distinctive red-coloured beer of the same name. But there's a lot more to Kilkenny than just beer. For example, when I hear the name Kilkenny I immediately think of the black and amber colours of the county and the great history Kilkenny has in the sport of hurling. If you are not familiar with this sport here's a short video clip to give you an idea.
Not forgetting also that Kilkenny refers not only to a city in Ireland but also to an entire county. It was here that we set as our next destination having said farewell to beautiful Kinvara and the west of Ireland. It was also a chance for me to meet up with my brother and his young family who made the trip down from Dublin. We all arranged to stay at the same hotel for a night in Kilkenny.
Before we reached Kilkenny city we decided to stop somewhere for dinner. A popular place to go eat in Ireland is the pub, where the food is usually very good and value for money. We had been sampling several pubs for their food during our trip and our next pub was one of the best we found. It was called Delaneys Bar in Clomantagh, County Kilkenny. The owner was very friendly and the food was fantastic!
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|Delaney's Bar and Restaurant, Clomantagh, County Kilkenny|
|Great food at Delaney's Bar!|
|Kilkenny Ormonde Hotel|
|Kilkenny Castle gardens|
|Entrance to Kilkenny Castle|
|Kilkenny Castle and lawn|
|Walls of Kilkenny Castle overlooking the River Nore|
|The River Nore and John's Bridge in Kilkenny|
|The Castle Express, Kilkenny|
|St.Mary's Cathedral, Kilkenny|
|St.Canice's Cathedral, Kilkenny|
|Kilkenny City Town Hall|
After our trip around the city it was time for ice-cream and sweets from Kitty's Cabin sweet shop. This is an old style sweet shop which isn't something I frequent everyday. They had a huge selection of sweets, some old favorites and some new ones with crazy flavours! I decided I had to fill up my pockets with a few bags to take back to Finland. Let's just call it a bad case of Wonkavision!
One last thing I must mention about my short visit to Kilkenny was a piece of street-art I discovered. It was situated at an empty building plot on Kieran street in the heart of the city. The title of the artwork was 'Alice', but it featured images of a woman called Dame Alice Kyteler, the first woman in all of Europe to be tried by the Church for crimes of witch craft. The whole piece created by artist Mick Minogue was cleverly presented and very eye-catching to passers by. To view the full artwork and read some more about Mick Minogue, simply go to my next blogpost by clicking here or the image below.
|Mick Minogue Made This!|
|Dame Alice Kyteler by Mick Minogue|