The name Kilkenny has its origins in the Irish language. Cill Chainnigh translates to ‘Church of Cainnech’. It is named after the 6th century Irish priest St. Cainneach, also known as Canice, whose memory is honoured in St. Canice’s Cathedral in Kilkenny City.

Co. Kilkenny is surrounded by the counties Wexford, Waterford, Carlow, Laois and Tipperary. The county has no extended coastline, and only has access to the sea at Belview Port on the Suir Estuary and via New Ross on the River Barrow.

Kilkenny City has become well known in recent years as a hub for Arts & Comedy Festivals in Ireland, but it also has a rich and exciting natural environment. The wide meandering Rivers Nore and Barrow create a tranquil landscape in the county, while their sister river, the Suir, forms the border with Co. Waterford.

Outdoor water activities are very popular, as well as equestrian and Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) sports. Kilkenny is famous for its skill in hurling, Ireland’s most ancient sport. The renowned Mount Juliet parkland golf course is the glittering jewel of Kilkenny’s crown. This lush, championship golf course was designed by Jack Nicklaus. It opened in 1991 and has played host to the Irish Open three times. It is widely regarded as one of the best golf locations in the world.

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