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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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Ireland circa 900

B-Class article Cerball mac Dúnlainge (died 888) (Middle Irish pronunciation: [ˈkərval mak ˈðūnləŋe]) was king of Osraige in south-east Ireland. The kingdom of Osraige occupied roughly the area of modern County Kilkenny and lay between the larger provincial kingdoms of Munster and Leinster.

Cerball came to prominence after the death of Feidlimid mac Cremthanin, King of Munster, in 847. Osraige had been subject for a period to the Eóganachta kings of Munster, but Feidlimid was succeeded by a series of weak kings who had to contend with Viking incursions on the coasts of Munster. As a result, Cerball was in a strong position and is said to have been the second most powerful king in Ireland in his later years.



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The Tholsel

Stub-Class article The Tholsel, High Street, Kilkenny, Ireland was built in 1761 by Alderman William Colles (b.1702). It was built as place for collecting tolls, but has also been used as customs house, a courthouse and a guild hall. It is used today as the town hall, and that’s the name that many local people would know the building by.

A key feature of the building is the open arcade on the ground floor which straddles the pavement. Another feature is the octagonal copper clad tower which projects from the hipped slate roof. There is clock and a viewing platform in the tower. On the southern façade there is a relief sculpture of the City’s coat of arms. The Tholsel commands a central position on High Street and contributes significantly to the street’s unique character.



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C-Class article Jeremy Hickey (also known as Rarely Seen Above Ground—abbreviated as R.S.A.G.—) is an Irish multi-instrumentalist from Kilkenny. He has two albums: Organic Sampler (2008) and the forthcoming Be It Right Or Wrong (2010).

Following a performance at Electric Picnic in 2008, he appeared on the television series Other Voices. The double album Organic Sampler received a Choice Music Prize nomination for Irish Album of the Year 2008 in 2009. Hickey later appeared on the interactive music television programme The Raw Sessions, reaching the final where he lost to The Infomatics. He has performed at several music festivals, including Castlepalooza, Electric Picnic and Oxegen and is rumoured to be "one of the most innovative and astonishing Irish musicians around".

He came thirteenth in a list of "The 50 Best Irish Acts Right Now" published by The Irish Times in April 2009.


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B-Class article Kilkenny GAA, the Kilkenny County Board of the Gaelic Athletic Association (Kilkenny GAA) (Irish: Cumann Lúthchleas Gael Coiste Cill Channaigh) is one of the 32 county boards of the GAA in Ireland and is responsible for Gaelic Games in County Kilkenny. The county board has its head office and main grounds at Nowlan Park and is also responsible for Kilkenny inter-county teams in all codes at all levels. The Kilkenny branch of the Gaelic Athletic Association was founded in 1887.

In hurling, the dominant sport in the county, Kilkenny compete annually in the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship, which they have won thirty-two times, the Leinster Senior Hurling Championship, which they have won sixty-six times, and the National Hurling League, which they have won fourteen times. Kilkenny, along with Cork and Tipperary, are regarded as 'the Big Three' in the world of hurling. Brian Cody has been manager of the Kilkenny senior hurling team since 1998. The 2010 senior hurling captain is T. J. Reid. The minor team, captained by Cillian Buckley has also had success, winning its 20th All-Ireland title in 2010.


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Kilkenny Panorama


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Church of the Sacred Heart

C-Class article Moneenroe (An Móinín Rua, the little red bog) is a townland, electoral division and village in north County Kilkenny, Ireland. It is located in the province of Leinster along the N78 road about 21 kilometres (13 mi) from Kilkenny city in the south-east of the island of Ireland. Moneenroe is a census town with a population of about 688.

Moneenroe is approximately 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) from Castlecomer and 16 kilometres (9.9 mi) from Carlow town. Clogh village is 2 kilometres (1.2 mi) west.

In the past many from Moneenroe worked at the coal mines at Deerpark Mines which closed in the 1960s.


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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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