Kilkenny Castle

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23 October 2019

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Kilkenny Castle

Kilkenny Castle

One of Kilkenny’s most iconic visits, the present castle is located on a prominent vantage point at a bend in the River Nore giving tourists a spectacular view. The history linked to it forged the current scenery of the town as during the Norman invasion, Richard De Clare (also known as Strongbow) built the first Norman tower on the site in 1172. Twenty years later, De Clare’s son-in-law, William Marshal, Earl of Pembroke, built the first stone castle on the site, of which three towers still remain. The entrance was through the (now missing) east wall. With the Norman invasion, the town was segregated between the Irish locals and the invaders. Now the castle side of town is known as englishtown whereas the other half of town where Saint Canice Cathedral is located is called irishtown. It used to separate the Irish from the Normans and British by a wall now in a state of ruins you can still see walking by the Black Abbey. Even though, the British monarchy tried to infringe a strict segregation between the Catholic Irish and the Protestant British, the local British families couldn’t help but adopt the endearing Irish culture. It is said that they became “more Irish than the Irish”.

 

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