Kilkenny, Ireland's prettiest medieval city, is doubly symbolic. It is indeed the former capital of Ireland. A Parliament known as the Kilkenny Confederation was established here in 1641, the fiefdom of the Butlers - whose origins go back to Theobald Fitzwater, a Norman-born man - who lived in the castle until 1930. Perched on a hill, the medieval cathedral of the 13th century is rightly very famous: after the siege of the English in 1650, it was very badly treated by Oliver Cromwell. The cathedral is named after St. Canice who founded a monastery on this site in the 6th century. The very name of Kilkenny has its origin there: Cill Chainnigh, that is, "the monastery of Canice". Kilkenny has also been nicknamed The Marble City, the city of marble, because of the region's black stone, often used in its architecture (especially for the cathedral).

Today, Kilkenny is a pleasant and lively city, with its shops, local crafts, good restaurants and many pubs.

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