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- This is a great place to visit as it is a historic building which is obviously important to Kilkenny folk. The history of the building and its monuments are well explained, and it is a very beautiful building. And if you are good with heights, climb the adjoining round tower - a really wonderful way to see Kilkenny and an interesting experience!Written 3 December 2023This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- This mid 19th Cent, Catholic cathedral, designed as Early English Gothic style, is situated on the highest point in Kilkenny City and is a significant local landmark. Impressive towering outside and beautiful (stained glass works and flooring) inside.Written 21 October 2023This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- The west nave’s granite doorway with each stone individually carved, is worth a visit to see the craftsmanship.
Have a look through the carved window frames in the east nave.
Don’t miss the Celtic High Cross in the adjoining graveyard.
Much less attractive is the early 20th century handball alley.
Get your STDs & warts (if you have ‘em) cured in the nearby holy well.
Explore the link between the patron of this church (St. Fiacre) and the taxis of Paris, France?
United States House Speaker Paul Ryan’s ancestors originated from just down the road.
Relax, enjoy the solitude. Contemplate the silence.Written 30 April 2019This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- Early 19th Cent. Gothic style Catholic church ,stern and calm , yet beautiful, with delicate stain glass panels and colorful floors.
Very nice .Written 21 October 2023
- Go to see the Cantwell Fada, an effigy of a knight from the 1300's. Said to be the top of his tomb, it now sets upright so you can really see just how big and lifelike it is. Worth the visit!Written 2 March 2020
- this was a lovely, welcoming church. It was a wonderful wedding ceremony.., thanks to the great job done by Fr Jim MurphyWritten 29 July 2016
- Soaring pinnacles are an attractive aspect of this fine church. Completed in the last years of the 19th century it occupies an important location not far from a number of colleges and schools.
A marvellous barrelled dark wooden ceiling is beautiful. It oversees a sweeping nave to the ornate altar area.
Impressive statuary is to be seen including of St. Joseph. Gorgeous stained glass windows bring an atmospheric illumination that suffuses the full space.Written 4 October 2019
- The remaining sections of the old Abbey that still stand are closed to the public, barricaded and apparently under repair/restoration when I was allowed to have a look through the access gate. The building dates to circa 1231 when it was founded by the Earl of Pembroke as a base for the Franciscan priests who had arrived in Ireland in 1226. The original structure had various extensions but it seems that most have disappeared to facilitate the expansion of the adjacent brewery. The sacristy was restored and is now an oratory within the brewery. The Abbey was disestablished in 1829 on the death of the last Abbot. My brief look indicated that it was an imposing building for the times, perhaps when repairs/restorations are finalized we can once again admire this medieval building.Written 22 June 2019
- A very interesting place. Make sure you either get an audio guide or book a tour. Also you can get a combined ticket for a walking tour of Kilkenny. Thisis very good value and Johns tour was exceptional. Don’t miss …Written 8 October 2023
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