Portal:Kilkenny

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B-Class article County Kilkenny (Irish: Contae Chill Chainnigh) is a county in Ireland. It is in the province of Leinster and is part of the South-East Region. It is named after the city of Kilkenny. The county was based on the historic Gaelic kingdom of Ossory (Osraige), which is also the basis of the Diocese of Ossory. Kilkenny County Council is the local authority for the county. According to the 2011 census the population of the county is 95,419.

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).


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B-Class article The Kilkenny County Board of the Gaelic Athletic Association (Kilkenny GAA) (Irish: Cumann Lúthchleas Gael Coiste Cill Chainnigh) 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-six times, the Leinster Senior Hurling Championship, which they have won seventy times, and the National Hurling League, which they have won seventeen times. Brian Cody has been manager of the Kilkenny senior hurling team since the 1999 championship. Mark Bergin will be senior hurling captain for the 2017 season.



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Green's Bridge, or Greensbridge, is an elegant palladian-style limestone arch bridge crossing the river Nore in Kilkenny. The bridge is a series of five elliptical arches of high quality carved limestone masonry. It is of national significance. Historian Maurice Craig described it as one of the five finest bridges in Ireland. It was completed in 1766, built by William Colles and was designed by George Smith. The bridge is 250 years old in 2016.

Situated on the north side of the city, the location has been a ford since at least the middle of the 10th century. The first bridge was build in the 12th century by settlers from Flanders, and has been rebuilt many times due to constant floods. The bridge itself is known from medieval times, described as "the Bridge of Kilkenny". The Great Flood of 1763 destroyed the previous bridge.

Designed by George Smith and built by William Colles, it is almost a true copy of Bridge of Tiberius in Rimini. Currently used as a road bridge, temporary works carried out in 1969 have not had a positive impact and the general appraisal is that the bridge needs restoration.


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Start-Class article The Church of Saint John the Evangelist, or John's Church, is a Gothic Revival style church in Kilkenny, Ireland. The Church was built from 1903 to 1908 on the site of an earlier church located in the graveyard. The grounds contain a trees and greenery.

It was built as the O'Loughlin Memorial Church by the O'Loughlin family of Sandfords Court. The site was donated by James Butler, the third Marquess of Ormonde. It was built to designs by William Hague (c.1840-99), under the supervision of William Henry Byrne (1866–1917).

The lack of ornamentation to the summit indicates that the additional stage and spire projected by Byrne in association with William Hogan was never executed.


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Start-Class article John O'Donovan (Irish: Seán Ó Donnabháin, 25 July 1806 – 10 December 1861), from Atateemore, in the parish of Kilcolumb, County Kilkenny, and educated at Hunt's Academy, Waterford, is recognised as one of Ireland's greatest Irish scholars.[1]

O'Donovan made a highly significant contribution to Irish history and literature. He and his wife's brother-in-law, Eugene O'Curry, were the greatest Irish scholars of their time. O'Donovan's work in establishing early Irish law texts, genealogies and folklore is still unsurpassed and frequently relied upon in research. (O'Curry and O'Donovan were married to the sisters Anne and Mary Anne Broughton respectively, daughters of John Broughton of Killaderry near Broadford, County Clare.) In 1852, he and O'Curry proposed the Dictionary of the Irish Language, which was eventually produced by the Royal Irish Academy, starting in 1913 and finally completed in 1976.


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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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Gowran (Irish: Gabhrán) is a village and former town in County Kilkenny, Ireland. Gowran Park race course is located nearby. Gowran is located on the N9 national primary road where it is crossed by the R702 regional road.


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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. ^ Autobiographical article in Transactions of the Kilkenny Archaeological Society, 1851, p. 362. Printed in Dublin by John Daly, 1862
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