Kilkenny County

Nationally known today for sport, Gowran has a hurling Gaelic field and a large horse racing course. Gowran was, for a time, the seat of Kings of Ossory. In 12th century the townland came into the hands of the Norman knight Fitzwalter, the ancestor of the Butlers, Earls of Ormond. 

  • Kilkenny City 

  • The origins of Kilkenny City go back much earlier than the prosperous commercial city established by powerful Anglo-Normans families in the thirteenth century. The site of Kilkenny castle, one of the most impressive in Europe, with the protecting moat of the Nore river at its steep base, is reminiscent of the great river Bastion of the Rhine. Its defensive advantage has been exploited from the earliest time. Beside the castle there is a park where children can have lots of fun! 

    Freshford was the site of a very early Christian church founded by Saint Lachtain in 622 and which was later replaced by a monastic church in 1100. The church of Ireland Parish church now incorporates the very fine and unusual Romanesque porch and doorway of this later church decorated with friezes and a figured panel. 

    Dunmore caves are located in a limestone outcrop on the Castlecomer plateau, seven miles from Kilkenny City.

    St. Canice's Cathedral, founded by Hugh de Rous late in the twelfth century, replaced the early monastic settlement here of St. Canice, of which only the Round Tower remains.