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Saturday at Kilkenny

then the drive home to the Cottage in Irishtown, Dublin

sunny 56 °F

Saturday in Kilkenny

I like this blogsite, but I’m discovering that all my photos I add, don’t stay added. So, I think I’m going to switch to Facebook for the actual photos.

After a good breakfast at Hotel Kilkenny, we put our bags in the *boot* of the Skoda and drove to the centre of the town. We found a parking place on the street, and proceeded to park, not noticing the cleverly hidden note of Pay Parking. More on that later.

First stop was the Kilkenny Castle, with it’s huge parkland behind it. We parked in a no parking zone, thought better of it, then found parking on the street. Robin stood guard whilst I walked back to the car to park it on a safer spot. Neither of us noticed the sign (way down at the end) telling of the pay parking, nor the discreetly hidden central parking meter, where one buys a ticket and displays it on the dashboard. More later about this.

The Castle was a 12th century construction, though castles had been on this spot since before the Vikings. The Fitzgerald family was Butler to the King, which sounds fairly lowly in our time, but at the time, was a very prominent position; so much so that they took the name Butler as their Surname.

Someone on the tour asked how they got their wealth. Well, they were a well connected family, with lands and farms producing income. Additionally, Butler collected 10% of all wine imported into the region. We call this a steady cash stream. It also made the Butler family loyal to the Crown, which got the attention of über Calvinist and Regicide Oliver Cromwell. He attacked the castle at Kilkenny, and destroyed one whole section of the four.

The house was restored in the mid-1800s, then vacant during the Depression until civic pride rallied to restore it.

In barbaric fashion, photos are not permitted. However, you can see some of this from their website: http://www.kilkennycastle.ie/en/

We came back to the Skoda to find a E40 parking fine. Time to drive home to the Cottage in Dublin, and enjoy a quiet evening.

Look for the photos on Facebook. S+

Posted by stbrides 13:02 Archived in Ireland

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