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Trip to Kilkenny

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With the slow but consistent improvement in the quality of Irish roads, it becomes increasingly easy to spend a different weekend on the Emerald Island. Tired of the Dublin rainy routine and pubs, last weekend we decided to rent a car to make a short break for a couple of days through several towns south of the capital, to appreciate its rain and pubs. But, oh my god! It didn't rain.

Our first stop was Kilkenny.

Kilkenny is located about 130 km south of Dublin and is reached in an hour and a half if you don't get lost. I rented the car online at the agency that has always given me better results for any rental in Ireland: autoeurope. They use offices of other franchises offering prices - normally - quite lower.

The day was pretty good and we could enjoy a quiet walk through this city that has clear traces of the Norman occupation. The clearest is the kilkenny castle, built in the 12th century on one of the banks of the Nore River, thus granting it a unique strategic importance. You can take a guided tour for 5.30 Euros but if you prefer to take a look outside you can choose to walk through its vast expanses of green and the paved road that borders the river.

Another point of historical and architectural interest of the city is the St Canice Cathedral. Sample of the Gothic, it is the second largest cathedral in Ireland and its original form has been jealously preserved in the various conservation works applied over the years.

It is a small city where you will find the typical structure that is repeated in almost all Irish towns: street -or streets, according to the dimensions- that serves as the soul of the city and a multitude of pubs, restaurants and take aways - Small fast food beach bars of different colors and flavors- so that people take shelter from the rain in a warm and cheerful atmosphere.

Kilkenny is especially bustling and alive on two designated dates of the non-existent Irish summer. The Kilkenny Arts Festival takes place at the end of August and offers theatrical performances, dance, visual art, literature, cinema, painting, sculpture and live performances of different types. The program also usually includes concerts of traditional Irish, classical, ethnic and jazz music.

The second important date of the year is the Smithwicks Cat Laughs Comedy Festival held in June and brings together the best comedians not only Irish and British but from other English-speaking countries, such as Bill Murray and the famous Umbilical Brothers. Thousands of people congregate those days in the city and leave while they taste the famous Irish red beer that sponsors the festival. Of course, an appointment to keep in mind if you can match your dates.

Get lost one day by the Norman memories of Ireland in the peaceful Kilkenny.

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