Friday, May 18, 2018

Kilkenny and More Discoveries

Arriving in Kilkenny on Wednesday, September 11th,  we found the Newpark Hotel and went to the bar for a drink and dinner of fishcakes for Sandra and fish for Tim. The hotel is 2 km from the city center but we found it convenient, free parking and easy to get out of town. We decided to stay for the remaining 5 nights and make it our base to discover the area.

On our agenda:

  • Tour of Kilkenny.
  • Hike in Glendalough.
  • Visit to Mount Cashel and Cahir Castle.
  • Drive to Wexford for some ancestor hunting.

On Thursday morning (September 12th) we walked to the main info center and were lucky enough to be in time for a walking tour. We were the only ones, so it was quite informative. It was overcast and drizzly at times but our tour guide was good and told us multiple stories about the medieval town.

After the tour we had a quick coffee and snack at the TBA café attached to the Hole in the Wall bar. Cute little place and excellent coffee. We then headed to Kilkenny Castle and with our cool Castle app toured the building which has been restored as if someone still lives in the place. It was an OPW site so got to use our card. they don't allow photos inside so only have exterior views of the place, except...

Ancestry had a display of tracing your Irish descendents. On display was a large scroll listing names gathered in the census over the years. As I stood beside this 30 foot cabinet, I glanced down and saw the name Evoy. Since I was using my phone for the Castle app, I lay it down on the glass, pretending to read and surreptitiously snapped a picture of the entry. That was the first time I had seen Evoy in our travels in Ireland. Supposedly, the Evoy's were from north of Kilkenny around Portlaoise not far from Roscrea.

Kilkenny Castle was home to the Butler family. It has been refurbished in period as if the family still inhabits the rooms.

We then left to have lunch at Kytelers Pub. Fish and Chips for Tim and soup for Sandra. I do like my soup. It was a nice lunch area, outside under a canopy. There were palm trees too!

From there we revisited some of the sights from the morning tour.

St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower 
Toured the Cathedral and climbed to the top of the Round Tower.

Thursday: Kilkenny
Friday: Glendalough hiking
Saturday: Mount Cashel and Cahir
Sunday: Wexford and finding the ancestors

Monday: Check out and drive to Kells. Hotel at Airport--had pizza and bottle of wine in the bar. Flight back home on Tuesday, September 17th in the morning.

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