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Kilkenny is the capital of Kilkenny County, located along the River Nore in the southern central parts of Ireland, about halfway between Dublin and Limerick, which are both around 100 kilometres away. It has around 22,000 inhabitants and in 2009 it celebrated the 400th birthday as being a city.
Like all of Ireland, Kilkenny has a cool maritime climate. Summers from June to August average around 18 °C to 20 °C during the day and around 10 °C at night, while winters from December to February are around 8 °C during the day and slightly above zero at night on average. September to January are the wettest months with around 70-90mm of precipitation a month, but it rarely is dry here, with June being the driest month at 50mm of rain.
|Avg Max||7.7 °C||7.9 °C||10 °C||12.4 °C||15.1 °C||18.1 °C||19.9 °C||19.6 °C||17.2 °C||13.9 °C||10.1 °C||8.4 °C|
|Avg Min||1.4 °C||1.6 °C||2.3 °C||3.4 °C||5.6 °C||8.4 °C||10.4 °C||9.9 °C||7.9 °C||6.1 °C||2.8 °C||2.1 °C|
|Rainfall||86 mm||66 mm||63 mm||51 mm||61 mm||50 mm||52 mm||69 mm||73 mm||84 mm||73 mm||88 mm|
Kilkenny has five trains daily to/from Dublin (1¾ hours) and Waterford (50 minutes).
From Dublin it is about 2 hours along the M7 and M9 motorways.
|Ashbrook House||Ballyquirke Clifden||Guesthouse||88|
|Brandon View B&B||Ballyling Lwr Graiguenamanagh||Guesthouse||-|
|Cradog B&B||Tubrid, Woodsgift, Co. Kilkenny||Guesthouse||89|
|Kilbawn Country House||Dungarvan, Co. Kilkenny||Guesthouse||-|
|Kilkenny Tourist Hostel||35 Parliament Street Kilkenny City||Hostel||86|
|Macgabhainns Backpackers Hostel||24 Vicar Street||Hostel||89|
|Rose Cottage||10 Vicar Street Kilkenny||Guesthouse||-|
|Aspect Hotel Kilkenny||Smithsland South Springhill||Hotel||-|
|Lanigan's Hostel, Kilkenny||Mary's Lane Kilkenny||Hostel||80|
|Celtic House||18 Michael Street Kilkenny||Guesthouse||-|
|Church View B&B||Cuffesgrange, Callan Road,||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Shillogher House B&B||Callan road||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Castlelodge B&B||Castle Rd.||GUESTHOUSE||88|
|Aard Oakleigh||Ballyredding West Bennettsbridge||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Castlefield B&B||Sion road||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Rodini B&B||Waterford Road Kilkenny||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Butler House||16 Patrick Street||Guesthouse||-|
|Cleeres Greensbridge House||Greensbridge New Road||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Oldtown Farmhouse B&B||Oldtown, Stoneyford, Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Dunboy B&B||10 Parkview Drive Freshford Road||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Avila B&B||Freshford Road||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Berkeley House||5 Lower Patrick Street||Guesthouse||-|
|Rosquil House||Castlecomer Road Kilkenny||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Butler Court Guest Accommodation||Patrick Street Kilkenny||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Melrose House||Circular Rd Kilkenny Ireland||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|The Laurels B&B||College Road||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Breagagh View Bed and Breakfast||1 Maiden Hill Kells Road, Kilkenny City||Guesthouse||-|
|Budget Accommodation Kilkenny||13 John Street||Guesthouse||-|
|Parrk Villa||Castlecomer Road Kilkenny||Guesthouse||-|
|Glendine House||Glendine Road||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Launard House||2 Maiden Hill,Kells Road Roundabout,Kilkenny||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Newlands Country House||Seven Houses Danesfort||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Ard Alainn||Thornback Road,Keatingstown,Kilkenny||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Pomadora House||Clinstown Road, Freshford||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Twin Oaks||Bawnlusk Kells Road||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Aurburndale||Springmount Waterford Road||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|The Metropole||High Street||HOSTEL||82|
Public WiFi services are available in many cafes, bars, restaurants and hotels. They are also available on most Irish long-distance Intercity trains, some commuter trains and buses. Internet cafes are available in major urban areas, but are not as common as they once were, due to the growth of 3G data services and public WiFi. However, you will still find them in areas popular with tourists.
See also: International Telephone Calls
There are currently four main mobile phone operators dominating the Irish market:
Most European phones and operators will allow you to roam on Irish networks, however you should ensure before arrival that your phone can operate on the GSM900/1800 network and that your service provider has set you up to allow roaming. This is especially true for visitors from outside the Eurozone. You can also buy a cheap prepay SIM card if you have an unlocked handset. This can be considerably cheaper as it means that you will be assigned an Irish number which you can be called at during your trip and your outgoing calls are charged at normal Irish mobile rates.
Pay phones are fairly widely available (but becoming less so) and most take euro coins, prepaid calling cards and major credit cards.
The police service (An Garda Síochána) and fire services can be contacted by dialling 999 or 112 on any phone or mobile phone throughout the country.
An Post is the national postal service provider. They're generally open Monday to Friday, between 9:00am to 5:30pm or 6:00pm, and smaller post offices would also impose lunch-time closure. Half-day service is available on Saturday, from 9:00am to 1:00pm. The General Post Office (GPO) on O'Connell Street in Dublin is the main post office in Dublin, and it is open Monday to Saturday, from 8:00am to 8:00pm. The post offices are closed on Sunday and Bank Holiday. If you want to use private courier services for sending packages you can also use companies like DHL, UPS or TNT.
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