Kilkenny

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Kilkenny
Cill Chainnigh

Coat of arms
Kilkenny is located in Ireland
Kilkenny
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 52°38′52″N 7°15′22″W / 52.6477°N 7.2561°W / 52.6477; -7.2561Coordinates: 52°38′52″N 7°15′22″W / 52.6477°N 7.2561°W / 52.6477; -7.2561
Country Ireland
Province Leinster
County County Kilkenny
Dáil Éireann Carlow–Kilkenny
EU Parliament East constituency
Area
 • Total 3.74 km2 (1.44 sq mi)
Elevation 60 m (200 ft)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 24,423
 • Borough 8,711
 • Environs 15,712
Irish Grid Reference S506563
Dialing code +353
Vehicle registration code KK

Kilkenny, (Irish: Cill Chainnigh, meaning Church of Cainneach), is the county town of County Kilkenny in Ireland. It is situated on both banks of the River Nore, at the centre of County Kilkenny in the historical province of Leinster in the south-east of the country. Kilkenny City is administered by a borough council and has a Mayor. The majority of the population of Kilkenny City live outside the borough boundary. It is the smallest city in the country, with only 25,000 people living here.

From being founded by the church, Kilkenny was the ancient capital of the kingdom of Ossory. The town was established, then a city, in 1609 by royal charter. Kilkenny was the capital of Confederate Ireland between 1642 and 1649. The seat of the Roman Catholic Bishop of Ossory and the Church of Ireland Bishop of Cashel and Ossory are in Kilkenny.

Kilkenny is famous for its medieval building and castle. The town has been referred to as the "Marble City" for centuries. People from Kilkenny are often referred to as 'Cats'.

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