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Kilkenny Castle

Kilkenny Castle.
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Detroit Photographic Company, 1905.
From The Library of Congress.

Kilkenny Castle was originally built by Strongbow 1172.
Rebuilt by William Marshal 1192.
Inherited by Sir Hugh le Despenser.
Purchased by 3rd Earl of Ormonde 1391.
Seat of Earls, Marquesses and Dukes of Ormonde.

After the Butlers established their seat, Kilkenny became one of the most important towns in Ireland.
It was in the 1640s the Catholic Royalist capital of Ireland.
Its period of grandeur lasted until the 18th century, leaving behind perhaps the most beautiful town in Ireland, with an unusual number of pre-18th century buildings.

In the 17th century, the 1st Duke of Ormonde gave Kilkenny Castle a wonderful, unfortified, French Chateau look.
But sadly in the 19th century it was restored to a more brutal (and more commonplace, in Ireland) medieval defensive look.
The castle was seat of Marquess of Ormonde until 1935.
Now owned by the state.

Kilkenny Castle.
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From Google Street View.

Kilkenny Castle, 2004. See full size.

Kilkenny Castle, 2004. See full size.

Kilkenny Castle, 2004. See full size.

Kilkenny Castle.
Public domain image from Wikimedia Commons. See full size.

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