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Henry was, of course, treated just like a lord and was provided with an excellent education that enabled him to rise to the highest ranks in the political world of his time and in the process amassed a considerable fortune in money and property.

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When his time came to leave this world he made a most controversial will. He left some money to provide for his wife, made a few other bequests and left the bulk of his estate to Trinity College for the advancement of the study of the Irish language. Loftus of Mount Loftus. The then owner was Mr. John Eaton, a grandson of the original grantee of the same name. It would appear that the winner of the game was Rt.

Nicholas Lord Loftus , first Viscount Ely. The difficulty encountered by the Rt. Nicholas in getting actual possession would lead one to believe that the story of the card game was very probably true. Lord Loftus was compelled to seek legal redress and obtained a Chancery suit. Eaton refused to quit. He had two bodyguards, prize-fighters, one armed with a pike and the other with a blunderbuss to prevent the Chancery suit being served.

John Eaton , the son of Theophilus Eaton and grandson of John who got the original estate in , which was called Mount Eaton, was still embroiled in the legal wrangle over the ownership of the estate in McCalmont of Mount Juliet. They purchased the house and property a short time later in Even before they purchased the demesne, they continued to maintain and improve the house and the grounds. He was left over four million pounds by an uncle in Harry purchased Cheveley Park Mansion and estate in England.

As if he had a premonition of his death he handed his watch and ring to his aide-de-camp, prior to his charge, telling him to give them to his wife. These brothers blazoned a trail in their respective fields, that still to this day, lights the way for many Kilkenny rural and urban dwellers.

The traditions they nurtured and to which they devoted a great amount of time may have resulted in the love of Kilkenny people for the sport of hunting and the pastime of amateur dramatics, as evidenced today by the existence in the city of a vibrant theatrical company named Barnstorm and the Watergate Theatre. The Smithwick family bought the lands from the Merediths. Francis Abbey Brewery.

John Smithwick, the son of Edmond Smithwick d. They spent considerable money on the house and grounds. In a lake with a waterfall and additional features was formed from a stream that ran through the property. These works included installing a system of running water and Kilcreene Lodge was the first house in Kilkenny to have a bathroom with running water. Evelyn St. George was the celebrated Mrs. George, who, having become quite friendly with William Orpen , the internationally renowned artist, became his inspiration leading him to paint many portraits of her, which afterwards became quite famous.

A full length portrait of Mrs. Classical tastes are catered for in St Canice's Cathedral , where classical musicians and choirs often perform. The Kilkenny Choir and a Gospel Choir frequently perform in churches throughout the city.

Cleere's pub and theatre on Parliament Street is well known for touring Irish and international bands including indie, jazz and blues. They also have a traditional music session every Monday night, as does Ryan's on Friary Street on Thursdays. Kilkenny had a tradition of dramatic performance going back to when the Dublin company set up in Kilkenny.

It was a blatantly political work with the Lirenda of the title being an anagram of Ireland. Many of them went to Kilkenny to join a confederacy of Old English and Irish that formed in that city. The Court in Kilkenny. The Watergate Theatre in Kilkenny is a centre for the performing and visual arts.

The theatre plays an important role in the cultural, artistic and literary life of Kilkenny along with its festivals, professional and amateur theatre companies. Radio Kilkenny, which began as a pirate station Kilkenny Community Radio, [46] received a licensed to broadcast to Kilkenny city and county on The station ceased broadcasting at 2: Beat is a regional youth radio station broadcasting across the South East of Ireland. Newspapers have been produced in Kilkenny for centuries. Kilkenny produced some of the eighteenth and nineteenth century's most important papers.

The papers cover more than years, and includes the Finns Leinster Journal later the Kilkenny Journal from to , the Kilkenny People from to , and the Kilkenny Moderator from to Finn's Leinster Journal — was founded by Edmund Finn in and published on Wednesdays and Saturdays and was brought to such places as Carlow and Castledermot. The paper brought prosperity to the Finn family but Edmund Finn died in Edmund's wife Catherine Finn took on the task of running the paper while raising seven children.

Catherine became famous by the death of her husband and the fact that during the 18th and 19th century no other woman played such a role.


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It was published in Kilkenny but some content was relevant to Carlow. The paper has the highest readership in the southeast. According to the Audit Bureau of Circulations , the Kilkenny People had an average weekly circulation of 17, for the first six months of [49] One of the senior journalists, Sean Keane, is a son of John B. Keane, the novelist and playwright. It is printed by the Kilkenny People Group at Purcellsinch and the group also publishes a number of other regional papers. John's Parish Collection , as well as many historical postcards.

Kilkenny won the Irish Tidy Towns Competition in and is the only city to have won the competition. Education in Kilkenny only goes as far as secondary school, although the National University of Ireland, Maynooth maintains an outreach centre at St. Kilkenny is the home of many noted secondary schools, including the Church of Ireland Kilkenny College , founded in This is one of the oldest schools in the country, and is past pupils include Jonathan Swift and George Berkeley. He was born near Kilkenny and lived in Dysart Castle, Thomastown.

Kieran's College was founded in and was the first Roman Catholic secondary school in Ireland. It was created after Grattan's Parliament which permitted some relaxation of the Penal Laws in the country.

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These also are noted for their focus on the games of hurling and camogie. Many children from Catholic families were sent to continental Europe to be educated as priests, in Louvain, Salamanca and Rome and returned with the new liberal ideas emerging on the mainland at this time. To prevent further spread of European liberalism, the establishment in Ireland decided to allow the Catholics to be educated in Ireland, where they could be monitored.

Thus the emergence of such colleges as St. Kilkenny railway station opened on 12 May Unlike other countries, the location of railway stations in Ireland was closely related to military matters rather than trade or public transport. Kilkenny railway station is a fine example of this peculiarity, with Stephens Barracks being closely positioned to the railway station.

In the City of Kilkenny celebrated its th year since the granting of city status in Though referred to as a city, Kilkenny is actually a large town, the seventh largest town in Ireland.


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  • Kilkenny is a tourist destination, and its environs include historic buildings such as Kilkenny Castle , St. Francis Abbey , Grace's Castle, and St. Kilkenny is also known for its craft and design workshops, the Watergate Theatre, public gardens and museums. Kilkenny began with an early sixth century ecclesiastical foundation within the kingdom of Ossory.

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    Following Norman invasion of Ireland , Kilkenny Castle and a series of walls were built to protect the burghers of what became a Norman merchant town. Following the Rebellion of , the Irish Catholic Confederation , also known as the "Confederation of Kilkenny", was based in Kilkenny and lasted until the Cromwellian conquest of Ireland in Kilkenny was a brewing centre from the late seventeenth century, and still houses a number of breweries. The Heritage Council offices are at Church Lane. Canice on the hill now containing St. Canice's Cathedral and the round tower.

    This seems to be the first major settlement. The early Christian origin of the round tower suggests an early ecclesiastical foundation at Kilkenny. Kilkenny's foundation began with an early sixth century ecclesiastical settlement, with a church built in honour of St.