Kilkenny's rich heritage is very evident in the fine historical buildings and landmarks of the city, culminating in the famous Kilkenny Castle. The city grew from a monastic settlement to a thriving Norman merchant town in the middle ages, and is now entering a new era in the late twentieth century as an important creative centre.
Kilkenny was a famous brewing centre from the late seventeenth century and the tradition continues until the present day.
The GEN UKI website has an extensive listing of genealogy records about Kilkenny. Kilkenny Archaelogical Society based in Rothe House offer a genealogical research service and is the designated family history research centre for County Kilkenny.