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Published: June 19th 2017
from our parking spot--Go Mike!
and, no ticket upon our return.
Up and out at 8:30 with another couple in tow, heading for Kilkenny. Made it through the roundabouts, into the city, and caught a parking space on the street right next to the castle!
The Castle has three of its original four towers still intact, as well as a beautiful rose garden. The contents were all auctioned off when the Butlers went bankrupt so the OPM have found items "of the times". During excavations, some original wallpapers and fabrics were found and replicated.
Then, walked through town to St. Canice Cathedral--lovely medieval city--pubs and shops. Got a great idea for a sweater. The cathedral included the ancient chair used to anoint bishops of the parish, of whichever religion, currently Anglican.
Then there was the Tower--seven sets of acutely angled steps with a tight landing at each. The landings were the only spots to "pass" folks going the other direction. Could see forever from the top, it seemed.
Mike bought postcards in the cathedral and we stopped by the post office for stamps; mailed them later. Lunch was at a pub on the way back to the castle--the waitresses were whipping cream by hand for the Irish coffee!!
We entered through the archway behind Mike.
Three of the four original towers still stand.
The portion that's missing is the 'front'.
Had great fish and chips.
Then on to Jerpoint Abbey (named for William of Jerpoint who was elected Bishop of Cork in March 1265 until November 1266), highlight of the trip so far. Destroyed (made unusable by the monks) by order of King Henry VIII then gifted to the Butlers (who coveted it for the acreage).
Headed back to Bansha where the last of the group, friends who were sick and had to postpone their flight, had arrived.
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