Ireland — Kilkenny


About forty minutes after leaving Jerpoint Abbey we reached our next destination, Kilkenny. Kilkenny is a smallish town with about 27,000 residents, but it feels larger.

Kilkenny, Ireland

The downtown area, adjacent to the sprawling and impressive Kilkenny Castle (Wednesday’s article) has a bright, colorful charm all its own. Below is Saint Mary’s Roman Catholic Cathedral as seen from The Parade, a street that runs alongside Kilkenny Castle:

Kilkenny, Ireland

There is much to photograph here, and not only from ground level. Be sure to look up. You may recall from last week’s series on Jerpoint Abbey that the moon was visible in several photographs. Here’s that same moon phase as views from Kilkenny:

Kilkenny, Ireland

Ursula and I had a nice lunch at The Field Bar and Restaurant, then took off to take in the sights before we were due to regroup back at the castle. Clicking the link above will take you to Google Maps, where you can find reviews on this charming place. If you’re wondering why I’m sending you to reviews in this manner, it’s because I no longer deal with the abysmal TripAdvisor and their ridiculous policy of protecting bad businesses (see explanation at TripAdvisor is NOT your friend).

Kilkenny, Ireland

Oh, and did I mention colorful? Let’s take a look at some local Kilkenny color:

Kilkenny, Ireland
Kilkenny, Ireland

On Wednesday’s blog article I’ll take you on a tour of Kilkenny Castle. Until then, I’ll just whet your appetite with this:

Kilkenny Castle

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Fun Photo Friday — Jerpoint Abbey Favorites


It’s Fun Photo Friday, and these are my picks for Jerpoint Abbey favorites:

Oh, what a tangled web we weave . . .
Wouldn’t Mind Having This as My Backyard Wall
Picturing the Sky
Bellyachin’ Serf?
Framing Jerpoint

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Ireland — Jerpoint Abbey interior


Today we’ll spend most, but not all, of our time perusing the interior the ruins of Jerpoint Abbey (1180-1541):

Jerpoint Abbey, Ireland

This wondrous area was declared an Irish National Monument in 1880, and I’m sure you can see why.

Jerpoint Abbey, Ireland

Inside you’ll even find the occasional sarcophagus-type tomb:

Other memorials dot the site as well:

When one considers that these structures were constructed using late 12th century methods, the detail is quite impressive:

Jerpoint Abbey, Ireland

Now let us head back outside for a last look of the exterior:

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