Renting a holiday cottage in Kilkenny is a great way to visit this old county steeped in Irish history. Kilkenny City with a history that stretches from the fifth century, when St. Kieran persuaded the local chieftans to accept the Christian faith, through the Middle Ages, when the city had its own parliament, and then fighting on the Royalists' side in the 17th century Civil War. Evidences of all this history can be seen in the Castle, St.Canice's Cathedral, the Tudor Rothe House and the Black Abbey.

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Several world-class festivals take place throughout the year with stand-up comedians, country music, visual arts and street theatre, defiancewhile professional theatres, nightclubs, sport (dog-racing, hurling and Gaelic football) and classy shopping will make this a worthwhile visit.Kells Priory dating from the 12th century was home to the Augustinian monks, but is now in ruins only, with peace and quiet its major attraction in this small town.