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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).


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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C-Class article St Canice's Cathedral (also known as Kilkenny Cathedral), is a cathedral of the Church of Ireland in Kilkenny city, Ireland.

The present building dates from the 13th century and is the second longest cathedral in Ireland. Beside the cathedral stands a 100 ft 9th century round tower. St. Canice's tower an excellent example of a well-preserved early Christian (9th century) Round Tower. It is dedicated to St Canice. It is one of only two such medieval round towers in Ireland that can be climbed to the top.[1]

The cathedral stands on an ancient site which has been used for Christian worship since the 6th century. In the 1120s the see of Ossory was moved from Aghaboe to Kilkenny.

Following the English Reformation, a new body was established by decree of the Irish Parliament to became the State Church in the Kingdom of Ireland. Previously the cathedral of the Diocese of Ossory, it is now one of six cathedrals in the United Dioceses of Cashel and Ossory. It is in the ecclesiastical province of Dublin.

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C-Class article Mildred Anne Butler, R.A. R.W.S. (January 11, 1858 – October 11, 1941) was an Irish artist, who worked in watercolour and oil of landscape, genre and animal subjects. Butler was born and spent most of her life in Kilmurry, Thomastown, County Kilkenny and was associated with the Newlyn School of painters.

Mildred Anne's en plein air style is dominated by the theme of nature and reflects scenes of domesticity around the family home in Kilmurry. She achieved distinction in her lifetime and exhibited in major galleries in Ireland and England. Among her patrons were Queen Mary of Teck and Louis IV, Grand Duke of Hesse.

She became a member of the Royal Academy in 1893. In 1896, Butler's Morning Bath was exhibited at the Royal Academy.[a] It was the first work by a female artist to be purchased by the trustees of the Chantrey Bequest and was then presented to the Tate.[b] She became an associate member of the Royal Watercolour Society in 1896 and was granted full membership in 1937.

She was one of the first academicians elected by the Ulster Academy of Arts in 1930. She virtually stopped painting by the 1930s due to arthritis and died in 1941, aged 83. Around four hundred pieces of her work were sold as part of the artist's studio sale in 1980. She is celebrated in an Postage stamp by An Post.

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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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Carrigeen[2] (Irish: Carraigín, meaning "little rock") is a village to the south-east of Mooncoin in County Kilkenny, Ireland. Carrigeen is situated on a hillock within the Suir Valley, contains St. Kevins Church and belongs to the parish of Mooncoin. There is a Primary School and a GAA club in Carrigeen.

Carrigeen is one of the three churches of the parish of Mooncoin, together with a church in Killinaspick and Mooncoin.

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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. ^ According to St. Canice's Cathedral tour pamphlets, published by the church.
  2. ^ Placenames Database of Ireland
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