Satirist Jonathan Swift, Bishop George Berkeley, and David Beatty (1st Sea Lord at the Battle of Jutland) all attended Kilkenny College.
Kilkenny was the capital of Rebel Ireland from 1642-49.
The 30m high round tower beside St. Canice’s cathedral is one of only two early medieval roundtowers that members of the public are allowed to climb.
The oldest sections of the Bishop’s Palace, located beside St. Canice’s Cathedral, were constructed from the remains of churches found to be surplus to requirements after the Black Death swept through the city in the 14th century.
The trial of Alice Kytler in 1324 for witchcraft was one the first in Europe. Alice was to escape but one of her servants, Petronella, was burned at the stake.
The smashed faces on the monuments in St. Canice’s Cathedral were caused by Oliver Cromwell’s soldiers during the 1649 siege of the city.
Rothe House is the only example of an early 17th century merchant’s townhouse left in Ireland.
Smitwick’s Red Ale has been brewed at the St. Francis Abbey Brewery since 1710.
The city hosts one of the world’s top comedy festivals, the Cat Laughs Comedy Festival.
The Butler family lived in Kilkenny Castle from 1391 until 1935. The castle’s final siege was in 1922, during the Irish Civil War.