The medieval city of Kilkenny is named after St Canice, a 6th century monk, whose memory lives on in the beautifully restored St Canice's Cathedral, built overlooking the city in the thirteenth century.
Kilkenny city is a very popular tourist destination with its beautiful historic buildings, restaurants, contemporary shops and design galleries.
Kilkenny Castle, built by the Normans in the 12th century, is one of the most magnificent castles in Ireland.
The City of Kilkenny is often referred to as "The Marble City" because of the Black Kilkenny marble quarried there for centuries.
The ancient Irish game of hurling is an important part of life in Kilkenny with its county hurling team being many times champions of Ireland.
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