19 February-Cainneach (St Cannice)

Cainneach is a sculpture located on Parliament Street in Kilkenny City, Ireland. Made of bronze and Kilkenny limestone the sculpture is by the Spanish born artist Saturio Alonso. Kilkenny City is named after Saint Canice (Cainneach), the patron saint of Kilkenny, who was born in 514 AD.

Though dating back to the 6th century Kilkenny (Cill Chainnigh) is first mentioned in The Annals of the Four Masters in 1085. The city, which is located in the Southeast of Ireland on the banks of the river Nore, has a population of almost 25,000. Including Lisburn (71,465), Newry (27,433) and Armagh (14,749), Kilkenny is one of just four inland cities on the island Ireland.

Settlement in Kilkenny can be traced back to early medieval times. Following the Norman invasion the Anglo-Norman Lord of Leinster William Marshall gave Kilkenny its first charter and the first Council was elected in 1231. The chief magistrate was called the Sovereign and the Kilkenny became the seat of the lordship of Leinster. Since 1231 Kilkenny has continued to have a municipal government.

Almost 400 years after the granting of its first charter Kilkenny sought to be elevated to the status of a ‘city’. Thomas Butler of Kilkenny Castle, a cousin of Queen Elizabeth I through Anne Boleyn, was at the time the 10th Earl of Ormonde. It was during his time that city status was obtained for Kilkenny. In 1609, six years after James I became King of England, Nicholas Langton was sent to London by Kilkenny Corporation to receive a Royal Charter creating Kilkenny a city.

Today Kilkenny is a thriving tourist and commercial centre. Together with Kilkenny Castle the city retains many of its historical buildings including the Round Tower at St Canice’s Cathedral, Rothe House and the Tholsel.

Cainneach (St Canice), a sculpture by Saturio Alonso, was unveiled by its sculptor on Parliament Street in Kilkenny City in the year 1999 On This Day.

Cainneach (St Canice)

St. Canice’s Cathedral

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