Kilkenny comes from the Irish word Cill Chainnigh - Cainneach's church, founded in Kilkenny City by St. Canice.
Kilkenny boasts a unique selection of historic sites and buildings from the 7th century and is also known as the marble city because of the black marble which is quarried there.
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The ancient Irish game of hurling is an important part of life in Kilkenny with its county hurling team being many times champions of Ireland.