County Kilkenny is in the eastern province of Leinster.
the main towns are Kilkenny, Ballyragget and Castlecomer to the north and Graiguenamanagh, Mooncoin, Callan and Thomastown to the south.
Kilkenny Castle was the seat of the Butler family, formerly the family name was FitzWalter.
The castle was sold to the local Castle Restoration Committee and afterward handed over to the State, and has since been refurbished and is open to visitors.
Part of the National Art Gallery is on display in the castle.
There are ornamental gardens on the town side of the castle, and extensive land and gardens to the front. It has become one of the most visited tourist sites in Ireland.
Iarnród Éireann provides rail services from Dublin to Waterford which pass through Kilkenny and Thomastown railway stations.
Bus Éireann provide bus services throughout the county.
Edmund Ignatius Rice, founder of the Irish Christian Brothers and the Presentation Brothers was born in Kilkenny.
The River Nore flows through the middle of the county and the River Suir forms the border with Waterford.
The rivers Nore, Barrow and Suir are natural boundaries to the east and south of the county.
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