Kilkenny - the Friendliest City in Ireland

Kilkenny

Rothe House, Kilkenny City, Ireland

Kilkenny, also known as the Marble City is situated on the banks of the River Nore, it lies only just over an hour southeast from Dublin has been voted the 9th friendliest city in the world by Conde Nast Traveller readers.

As a former haunt of mine, I can definitely agree. With friends I spent many great evenings wandering the streets of this small town; it is a city but really it's possible to walk from one side to the other in about 15 minutes.

 

The locals are friendly and many are engaged in the creative industries, Kilkenny is home to the Crafts Council of Ireland, a government-funded organisation that promotes craft and design in Ireland from pottery to goldsmithing.

Sights are many in Kilkenny, Ireland's best preserved mediaeval town, pictured here is Rothe House a 16th Century Merchant's residence.

Ireland's oldest brewery (Smithwick's 1710)  is located in the town which might help explain the friendliness of the natives. Kilkenny is well known for its music and festivals, the recent news of Kilkenny being in the top 10 friendly places in the world, and Ireland's friendliest ties in with the start of the Kilkenny Arts Festival 09-18th August 2013.

More to follow on Kilkenny, also known as the Marble City for its black limestone that is easily polished to a shiny black, marble-like appearance.

 

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