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Kilkenny

[kil-ken-ee]
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  1. a county in Leinster, in the SE Republic of Ireland. 796 sq. mi. (2060 sq. km).
  2. its county seat.
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Kilkenny

noun
  1. a county of SE Republic of Ireland, in Leinster province: mostly agricultural. County town: Kilkenny. Pop: 80 339 (2002). Area: 2062 sq km (796 sq miles)
  2. a market town in SE Republic of Ireland, county town of Co Kilkenny: capital of the ancient kingdom of Ossory. Pop: 9500 (latest est)
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Word Origin and History for kilkenny

Kilkenny

county in Leinster, Ireland. The county is named for its town, from Irish Cill Chainnigh "Church of (St.) Kenneth." The story of the Kilkenny cats, a pair of which fought until only their tails were left, is attested from 1807.

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