Photographer's Note

The ancient town of Kilkenny is an absolutely fabulous place to stop in and wander when touring Southeast Ireland.

Kilkenny once rivalled Dublin in importance and many of its historic buildings have been preserved including the 12th-century castle pictured here. Perched above the Rive Nore, the castle really commands your attention when you're strolling through the town.

The castle was built in the 1190s and occupied right up to 1935. Highlights of a tour include the library, the wood-panelled dining room and the Chinese bedroom. While the castle grounds have shrunk over the centuries, there are still some very nice French Classical gardens with terraces opening onto a woodland walk and pleasant rolling parkland.

Kilkenny is also known as brewery city and hence is a paradise for drinkers. The small town hosts over 80 pubs!

About the photo:
This photo was taken shortly before some rains rolled in. You can see the heavy clouds but I was lucky to catch a little blue sky. Not pictured but directly to my right is a very nice fountain featuring a more classic shot of the grounds. But it's also a very popular view and thus there many people lingering around the fountain for some time. I eventually did get that shot and I hope to post that one eventually too.


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