Set on the banks of the Nore, Kilkenny, the county town, is one of the liveliest and most attractive towns in Ireland. The castle and the cathedral dominate the town centre from either side, where the narrow alleyways still follow their medieval layout. Its historic legacy, carefully preserved with beautifully restored ancient buildings, is matched by a strong artistic tradition.
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