Set on the banks of the Nore, Kilkenny, the county town, is one of the liveliest and most appealing towns in Ireland. The castle dominates the historic centre, which has retained its medieval looks and is constantly bustling with intense cultural and artisan activity, and of course tourism. Indeed Kilkenny is very popular with tour operators.
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