We’ve many fans who consider County Kilkenny their ancestral home – names such as Breen, Brennan, Brien, Burns, Butler, Cantwell, Carroll, Delaney, Dowling, Dunne, Earley, Fitzpatrick, Gore, Grace, Holly, Howlin, Marshall, Murphy, Phelan, Plunkett, Power, Purcell, Rochford, Ryan, Shea, Shortall, Sweetman, and Walsh.
This is a picture of Kilkenny Castle built originally by the invading Norman Knights in the 1200s. It was later taken over by a particular family who greatly extended the castle and the town – the Butlers, Earls of Ormond. By the time Cromwell arrived in the mid 1600s, the Normans had so well integrated with the native Irish – that they were often deemed to be “more Irish than the Irish themselves”.
In fact, it was in the City of Kilkenny that the Statutes of Kilkenny came into law in 1366 – their intention to prevent the further “Gaelicisation” of the Norman families. Needless to say – they did not succeed. The Irish women of the time (and today!) were just too good-looking and too charming
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