Kilkenny, Ireland
Saturday, June 14th
Kilkenny (Irish: Cill Chainnigh, meaning Church of Cainneach) is a city in County Kilkenny in Ireland. It is located in the province of Leinster in the south-
east of Ireland.

Kilkenny is situated on the River Nore. It is 117 km (73 miles) from the capital Dublin and 48 km (30 miles) from the nearest city Waterford.  The city is
famous for its marble and medieval buildings. Kilkenny has been referred to as the "Marble City" for centuries.

The first thing we did this morning was to burn up our electric converter using the blow dryer (blown fuse).  Went to hardware store to get fuse, who sent
us to RAIN’s, which turned out to be Ryan’s which had no fuse either, but did have a new converter that worked only in U.K.

We started our journey by going over to the Kilkenny Castle then the Design Center (former stables) and the Butler House.  The current Kilkenny Castle
built starting in 1172 is located on a prominent vantage point at a bend in the river Nore.  There were other castles located on this site dating to as early
as 840 AD.
Drove on to the Rock of Cashel (Irish: Carraig Phadraig), also known as Cashel of the Kings and St. Patrick's Rock , is a historic site in
Ireland's province of Munster, located at Cashel, County Tipperary.

The Rock of Cashel served as the traditional seat of the Kings of Munster for several hundred years prior to the Norman invasion, though
few remnants if any of the early structures survive. The majority of buildings on the current site date from the 12th and 13th centuries.
Cashel is reputed to be the site of the conversion of the King of Munster by St. Patrick in the 5th century A.D. The buildings which crown
the Rock of Cashel present a mass and outline of great complexity, rivalling other sites in western Europe. The complex has a character
of its own, unique and native, and is one of the most remarkable collections of Celtic art and medieval architecture to be found anywhere
in Europe.
We next took off to explore the town.  We walked down High Street and saw the Rothe House, Butler slip and St. John’s bridge.  We had lunch at the
Playwright Tavern (had hambeef burger, which was different).
The Roth House (above left) in
the center of the city was the
home to a long line of Roths
starting back in 1403.  This
house was built in 1560 by John
Roth.
The St. Canice's Cathedral
(below) is beautiful, built in the
Norman style of
oddly-sized-and-shaped stone;
in this case of the local black
limestone for which Kilkenny
gets its nickname "the Marble
City."  St. Canice's Cathedral
was established in 1202 by
Anglo-Normans on the site of an
earlier monastic settlement.
They finished construction in or
around 1285.
Black Abbey
Drove back to Kilkenny.  Went to Left Bank Saloon, we saw tuxedo’d men looking for dress code.  We went
up 6 flights of stairs to get to the toilets.  Kilkenny plays host for stag and bachelorettes parties every
weekend.  What happens in Kilkenny stays in Kilkenny,  We saw guys in heart boxers and girls in black
dresses shorts and pink shirts.  We went to Zuni for drinks and watched a rugby match.