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About Kilkenny

Kilkenny City & County

Kilkenny From the Irish 'Cill Chainnigh', meaning the Church of St Canice.

County Kilkenny is situated in the South East of Ireland. It has a land area of 2,062 square kilometres and a population of 99,118 (2016). The County has an area of 2062 square kilometres (206,200 hectares).
The main urban centre is Kilkenny City and Environs. The next largest towns in County Kilkenny are the Ferrybank area, adjacent to Waterford City, and the district towns of Callan, Castlecomer, Graiguenamanagh and Thomastown.

Kilkenny Population and Actual and Percentage Change 2011 to 2016
Both sexes
Population 2011  (Number)95419
Population 2016   (Number)99118
Actual change since previous census  (Number)3699
Percentage change since previous census  (%)3.9
Cenuse 2016 are preliminary figures only.     

Kilkenny is a medieval city with a population of 27,751 (2016), is known internationally as a centre for craft and design. Tourism, agriculture food processing, financial services, light engineering and arts and design are the main industries in the county. Throughout the year Kilkenny hosts many international festivals, and the city is a popular tourist destination.

Electoral Division20112016change %
Kilkenny No. 1 Urban5,2115,76410.6
Kilkenny No. 2 Urban35004,04315.5
Kilkenny Rural16,83317,9446.6

This medieval city is characterised by restored buildings and winding slipways (laneways) - it is small and compact enough to explore on foot, yet full of historic buildings and contemporary shops, design galleries, pubs, cafes and restaurants.

The ancient city of Kilkenny was named after a 6th-century Christian monk St Canice. His memory lives on in the beautifully restored St Canices Cathedral, built overlooking the city in the thirteenth century. Kilkenny Castle, one of the most imposing castle's in Ireland was built in the 12th century by the Normans.

Photo of Couple sitting on lawn in front of Kilkenny Castle

Kilkenny County Council, County Hall, John Street, Kilkenny
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