Covid-19 UPDATE

 Following the latest Government’s announcement that all counties are moved to level 5 COVID-19 restrictions, Kilkenny Castle will be closed from 1pm on Thursday 24th December, until further notice.

Online booking has been suspended and tickets will be refunded over the coming days, we appreciate your patience as we carry out this process.

The Park & Garden will remain open as normal.

We appreciate your patience and look forward to welcoming the public back to Kilkenny Castle soon

 

The Kilkenny Castle Blog

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Christmas Cards and the Ormonde Family

Christmas Cards and the Ormonde Family

This popular form of seasonal greeting is comparatively recent in origin. W.C.T Dobson, RA, is usually regarded as having sent the first Christmas Cards in 1844. Sir Henry Cole and J.C. Horsley produced the very first commercial Christmas Card in 1846, although it was...

Lady Margaret FitzGerald and Butler Folklore

Lady Margaret FitzGerald and Butler Folklore

The Butler dynasty by the early part of the 14th Century were to emerge as the pre-eminent family in Ireland, even surpassing the FitzGerald and Burke families later in the century. Part of this success can be attributed to their loyalty to the English crown. This...

Folklore and Fairies and the Question of National Identity

Folklore and Fairies and the Question of National Identity

Folklore and Fairies and the Question of National Identity. Due to its complexity folklore does not have a single definition. One definition, includes Folklore, as a historical and cultural process producing and transmitting beliefs, stories, customs, and practices.  ...