Kilkenny marks 400 years of City status

A Happy 400th Anniversary to Kilkenny City. As RTE reports. And from the Kilkenny 400 history

Four hundred years ago, James I, King of England granted Kilkenny a charter conferring on it the status of a city, with the title of Mayor for its chief citizen. Four hundred years before that, in 1207, William Marshall, Lord of Leinster, had given Kilkenny a charter setting out the rights of its burgesses and freemen. Its first Council was elected in 1231 and since then Kilkenny has had a continuous record of municipal government. From the 13th century to the end of the 16th the chief magistrate was known as the Sovereign, and since then as Mayor.

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  • Mack

    It also was the capital of an independent Ireland for a short time in the 17th Century (Irish Confederacy).

  • Yup, capital of the royalist Irish Catholic Confederacy.

  • …torn asunder by dissident Republicans

  • Dewi

    Interesting post Pete – deems to be a hive of cultural activity by tour links…

    “And in Killkenny It is reported
    They have marble stones there As black as ink”

    what’s all that about?

  • Paddy Matthews

    Dewi:

    “And in Killkenny It is reported
    They have marble stones there As black as ink”

    what’s all that about?

    http://www.kilkennymarble.com/KilkennyMarble2.html

  • Scaramoosh

    “It also was the capital of an independent Ireland for a short time in the 17th Century (Irish Confederacy).”

    Incorrect. The Confederation of Kilkenny was a body that never professed to be independent; not least, because they were loyal to Charles 1. Moreover, they had no control over the Protestant enclaves in Ulster, Munster and Leinster.

    Under the Second Ormond Peace, signed on 17 January 1649, Ormond, acting under the authority of the beleagured King, promised religious freedom to Roman Catholics in Ireland pending a full settlement when the King was restored to power and a free parliament could be convened. In return, the Confederates agreed to supply 18,000 troops to continue the war against Parliament.

    With hindsight, it would seem that Charles was merely duping the Confederates, so as to buy time, and save his own neck (which of course he failed to do).

    The Confederate-Royalist alliance was opposed by Owen Roe O’Neill, who declared that he would only join it on the condition that the six counties in Ulster were returned to Gaelic Irish ownership.

    The notion that the Confederation of Kilkenny represented an independent Ireland, is part of Ireland’s rich tapestry of folklore mythology.

  • Mack

    Scaramoosh – Is it the idea that it was independent that is incorrect (because of the Royalist alliance?), or calling it Ireland. I was aware it didn’t have complete control over the island (but even today the current state to the south calls itself Ireland).

  • Shalva Shine

    Kilkenny is well worth a visit, beautiful castle and round tower. They had a famous “alleged” witch living among them – Dame Alice Kytler. Also, some really cool monuments to the Butlers in the cathedral.

  • Brian MacAodh

    Owen Roe O’Neil was a bada$$