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County Kilkenny (Irish: Contae Chill Chainnigh) is one counties of Ireland.

The county takes its name from the City of Kilkenny. Kilkenny is the anglicised version of the Irish Cill Chainnigh meaning Church (Cell) of Cainnech of Aghaboe (St Canice).

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Pasture at Listerlin, County Kilkenny

B-Class article County Kilkenny (Irish: Contae Chill Chainnigh) is one of the twenty-six counties of the Republic of Ireland, and also one of the thirty-two counties of Ireland, located within the province of Leinster. It was named after the city of Kilkenny (Irish: Cill Chainnigh) and has a population of 87,558.

The River Nore flows through the county and the River Suir forms the border with County Waterford. Brandon Hill is the highest point with an elevation of 515 m (1,690 ft). The current county formed part of the Kingdom of Osraige and ecclesiastical Diocese of Ossory.

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Kilkenny Castle, the signature symbol of the Mediaeval city

Start-Class article Kilkenny Castle (Irish: Caisleán Chill Chainnigh) is a castle in Kilkenny, Ireland built in 1195 by William Marshal, 1st Earl of Pembroke to control a fording-point of the River Nore and the junction of several routeways. It was a symbol of Norman occupation and in its original thirteenth-century condition it would have formed an important element of the defences of the town with four large circular corner towers and a massive ditch, part of which can still be seen today on the Parade.

The property was transferred to the people of Kilkenny in 1967 for £50[1] and the castle and grounds are now managed by the Office of Public Works. The gardens and parkland adjoining the castle are open to the public. The Parade Tower is a conference venue. Awards and conferring ceremonies of the graduates of "Kilkenny Campus" of National University of Ireland, Maynooth have been held there since 2002.

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Kingdom of Ossory

Start-Class article Anmchad mac Con Cherca (died 760s) was king of Osraige, a kingdom largely situated in modern County Kilkenny and forming part of the kingdom and province of Munster in south and south-west Ireland. Anmchad was an active ruler, who mounted repeated campaigns against his eastern neighbours in Leinster.

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C-Class article The 1972 All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Final was the 85th All-Ireland Final and the culmination of the 1972 All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship, an inter-county hurling tournament for the top teams in Ireland. The match was held at Croke Park, Dublin. The match was contested by 1970 winners Cork and 1971 runners-up Kilkenny, and it was refereed by Mick Spain from Offaly.

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Crest of County Kilkenny
County Kilkenny Crest

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Kilkenny Panorama

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Mooncoin (Irish: Móin Choinn, meaning "Coinn's bog") is a town situated in the far south of County Kilkenny, in Ireland, just 10 km from Waterford City on the main Waterford to Limerick road. The town has continually received high scores in the Tidy Towns competition.

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Old city map, c.1780.

C-Class article The history of Kilkenny began with an early sixth century ecclesiastical foundation, this relates to a church built in honour of St. Canice, now St. Canice's Cathedral and was a major monastic centre from at least the eighth century. In 1085 the Annals of the Four Masters recorded the first reference Cill Chainnigh (from Irish Cill Chainnigh, meaning "Cell or church of Cainnech/Canice") .

Prehistoric activity has been recorded suggesting intermittent settlement activity in the area in the Mesolithic and Bronze Age. Information on the history of Kilkenny can be found from newspapers, photographs, letters, drawings, manuscripts and archaeology. Kilkenny is documented in manuscripts from the 13th century onwards and one of the most important of these is Liber Primus Kilkenniensis.



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  1. ^ National Parks and Monuments Service, Kilkenny Castle