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Kilkenny offers a multicultural vibrancy in a beautiful environment.
One of Ireland’s top international visitor destinations, Kilkenny City is loved for its mix of medieval heritage and cosmopolitan quality of life. The city is surrounded by rolling river valleys with charming towns rich in history and providing a wonderful landscape for outdoor activities such as trail walking, cycling, golfing, angling and kayaking. Kilkenny’s competitive nature is exemplified by the County’s mastery of the ancient Gaelic sport
of hurling, one of the fastest and most skillful field games in the world.
In the 1960’s, Kilkenny was chosen as the location for a national multi-disciplinary design centre, Kilkenny Design Workshops and Kilkenny became a magnet for national and international arts and design professionals,  sowing the first seeds of an exceptionally vibrant cultural community. 50 years later - Art, music, comedy and theatre are all part of the cultural landscape, culminating several times a year in internationally renowned festivals such as the Cat Laughs and Kilkenny Arts Festival. Recently, niche festivals such as Subtitle European Film Festival and Kilkenomics have established themselves on Kilkenny's autumn agenda and are attracting international acclaim as cultural gems. 
The Crafts Council of Ireland is headquartered in Kilkenny as is the National Heritage Council. The city and county is buzzing with creative entrepreneurial activity . Kilkenny is full of picturesque studios where discerning shoppers will find beautifully designed artisan pieces, from Nicholas Mosse Pottery to Chesneau Leather and Jerpoint Glass.
With its mix of executive residences, excellent schools and facilities for children, including the largest sports and leisure complex in the region, Kilkenny is a place where families come first. Property prices are significantly lower than many desirable areas of larger cities including Dublin and Cork. 
Kilkenny has experienced a flourishing food culture and offers a wide range of gourmet eateries and artisan food produce for the most sophisticated palates. Kilkenny successfully hosted its seventh Savour Food festival in November 2013, hosting a spectacular tented food village filled with stalls filled and the aromas, sounds and tastes of the very best Kilkenny artisan producers, restaurants and chefs on the Parade Plaza in the heart of Kilkenny city, with the majestic 13th century Kilkenny castle as its backdrop.
Kilkenny is not only cosmopolitan and beautiful, it is a vibrant and welcoming place where you can live surrounded by inspiration.