Blogs from Kilkenny, County Kilkenny, Ireland, Europe


Europe » Ireland » County Kilkenny » Kilkenny November 6th 2015

Well it's true, Ireland is emerald. It's a green like we have never imagined. Today we got to see if as we imagined it. Stone walls, small country lanes, sheep by the hundreds, green for miles, lots of old Irishmen in grey caps. We nervously left Dublin after another delicious breakfast. Both of us feeling slightly under the weather from the previous nights activities. Driving wasn't nearly as hard as it seemed on day one. Sharp left, long right. Remember to shift and where the dang mirrors are. Off we go to our first destination: Castletown. A beautiful manor home. The grounds...Stunning!!!!! We stopped in to the cafe for a tea. Then we hit the road again looking for the national stud. Our gps was not participating so we ended up going to the Curragh raceway. ... read more

Europe » Ireland » County Kilkenny » Kilkenny July 5th 2015

I drove to Kilkenny town in under an hour from my B&B. It is a very beautiful small city. The castle was taken over by the town after the war and is really the outstanding feature. Its grounds are large and basically a public park which was packed with people the day I was there. I learnt the derivation of the term “to sally forth” on my visit. Racing is very popular in Ireland. There are bookmaker betting shops in every town and Royal Ascot was covered extensively in the press and on TV. I had been told in the Horse and Jockey pub during the week that the weekend races were at Gowran Park outside Kilkenny town. After I had been to the castle and had a good wander around and had some lunch I ... read more

Europe » Ireland » County Kilkenny » Kilkenny January 18th 2015

Here are some pictures that I took in Kilkenny.... read more

Europe » Ireland » County Kilkenny » Kilkenny January 17th 2015

Today was a nice day and 21 of us international students made the one hour bus trip to the medieval city of Kilkenny. The city is known for its castle and that was the first stop for us. The castle was magnificent. We started off in the rose garden before making our way inside of the castle. Once we were inside we took the guided tour of the castle and learned about its rich history from the attack by Oliver Cromwell to the giving of the castle by the Butler family to the citizens of Kilkenny. Sadly pictures are not allowed inside the castle, for understandable reasons, so none of you will get to see the beauty that was inside. The castle is a little unique in the fact that it looks very much like a ... read more

Europe » Ireland » County Kilkenny » Kilkenny November 11th 2014

I had the easiest drive of my entire trip today, less than an hour from Waterford to Kilkenny. This town is pretty cool. I went to the Kilkenny Castle, and was a little bummed they don’t let you take pictures inside. It's very much a museum though, so I do understand. I've become a bit of a nerd being on this trip and have become quite fond of guided tours. It makes me want to do more of them when I get back home. The castle was right in the center of town, so it was a perfect location to walk around. After I sent off some postcards, I went to my first ever brewery tour. If you know me, you know I’m not a beer drinker, but Smithwick's just looked neat, so I went in. ... read more
Smithwick's Brewery
The Perfect Pint
Quaint town photo

Europe » Ireland » County Kilkenny » Kilkenny September 17th 2014

We are about to farewell beautiful Ireland - on a ferry tomorrow bound for France. Our last days have been fun-filled - silliness and laughter!! :) :) Kilkenny was quite possibly my favourite city from our visit to Ireland. It was quiet - guess it was easier to enjoy as there were not too many other tourists around. It just had so much character with lovely, old buildings and cobblestone roads - also seemed a bit better maintained and cleaner than the bigger cities we've been to. All the streets and shops in both County Kilkenny and County Tipperary were extensively decorated with team colours for the All-Ireland Hurling final - it's a bit like hockey mixed with lacrosse as far as we can tell. We visited the Smithwick Brewery (pronounced Smiddick) - they make the ... read more
Kilkenny Castle
Kilkenny Castle gardens
Kilkenny Castle gardens

Europe » Ireland » County Kilkenny » Kilkenny September 14th 2013

Note: In this blog are a total of 45 photos. Go to bottom of this page and click on Photos. Finally arrived to one of the countries we've wanted to visit for years - Ireland. We've wanted to visit Ireland especially after seeing the movie Leap Year which was filmed totally in Ireland. Our flight took us 7 hours before landing in Dublin Ireland. Not a bad flight but getting a few hours of sleep was important as we landed at 7:00 am and hit the road with our rental car out of Dublin. You would know it that we would catch the Dublin rush hour traffic on a Tuesday morning. Good planning!!?? So we had a crash course in re-learning to drive on the left side of the road and all that goes with it ... read more

Europe » Ireland » County Kilkenny » Kilkenny August 1st 2013

Last night I learned some Irish step dancing. I knew it was difficult, but didn't know it was this hard. After a little bit, I get it down. We are a large group and its a small room, so we all get pretty hot. At least I got a cardio workout. Then, the professionals danced a bit for us. They were amazing, what talent! Then as we were leaving the pub, we could see that it was raining. I didn't bring my raincoat. The bartender was outside too and ran back in to get me an umbrella. I told him it was okay, that I didn't have far to walk. He insisted I take it; while making fun my of high pitched voice. The people of Ireland are so friendly and treat you as if you've ... read more

Europe » Ireland » County Kilkenny » Kilkenny July 22nd 2013

We have no internet here in Callan so doing the Blog is being done in Word then copied when I get a connection. We also discovered that our European plug does not work in their sockets and we need it for the phone, the computer, the e-reader, and the camera. What a pain charging things up is – a cord for this, a cord for that. Today we got an Irish plug each so we now have a NZ plug to a European plug to an Irish plug, plugged into each other. For internet we will have to take our computers to somewhere in Callan to get a connection. Callan is the nearest town about 4 kilometres from the cottage. It is a very old town and celebrated it’s 800th Anniversary in 2008. It is mainly ... read more
Waving from the top of the tower
Stained glass window in the Black Abbey

Europe » Ireland » County Kilkenny » Kilkenny December 29th 2011

Seriously, can you go to Kilkenny without at least one South Park reference? I mentioned previously that I had ventured out to see a bit of Kilkenny while my husband and brother practiced dying (this is the Todd puking in the bushes timetable). I took the map that Rhoda at Rosquil had given me and stood on the street, sun getting ready to set prominently off to my right (aka a clear indication of direction) and did my best to head the wrong way to get myself into town. For someone who makes maps for a living, I have to be one of the crappiest navigators on Earth. I have complete and total map-reading dyslexia. Not something I list on my resume. This problem, while traveling in Ireland, turned out to be an early introduction to ... read more
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I told him to look like he was having a good time
Ka boy

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