6. Kilkenny Castle

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This Norman castle was built in the 12th century and remained in the same family, the Butler family, until 1967 when it was sold to the Castle Restoration Committee for 50 British pounds in order to prevent its ruin. Kilkenny Castle is open to for public visits, with parts of the interior restored to its 18th century state. The servants wing has been converted into the Butler Art Gallery showing contemporary art exhibitions. This year, the Crafts Council of Ireland will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Kilkenny Design Workshops which will take place in the Kilkenny Castle Yard.

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