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Tagairtí do Chill Chainnigh

Cait Chill Chainnigh

Tá muintir Chill Chainnigh aitheanta go tiomsaitheach mar 'The Cats' go sonrach i réimse na hiománaíochta agus déantar iad a cheiliúradh sa limerick:

"There wanst was two cats of Kilkenny
Each cat thought there was one cat too many
So they fought and they fit
And they scratched and they bit
'Til instead of two cats there weren't any."


Shílfeá gurb é bunús an dáin seo go raibh dhá 'threibh' chat ina gcónaí i gCill Chainnigh in aimsir na meánaoise, treibh amháin sa Bhaile Gaelach agus an treibh eile an treibh 'choimhthíoch' sa mBaile Sasanach (Ardchathair) a bhí timpeallaithe le ballaí agus go mbíodh siad ag troid lena chéile gach re seal a fuair siad an deis.

Shílfeá gur rug trúpaí Cromaileacha buntáiste mós barbarach as an tréith aisteach sin trí eireabaill dá chait a cheangal le chéile agus iad a chur a chrochadh ar líne go mairfeadh ceann acu a chéile. Bhí an scéal amuigh ar chait Chill Chainnigh nár chaill siad riamh agus ba é an chaoi gur ceanglaíodh an tréith dochloíte sin le tréithe cosúil léi a léirigh foireann iomána Chill Chainnigh thar thréimhse an chéid seo caite.

Celtic Drawing

"Fire without smoke,
Air without fog,
Water without mud,
Land without bog."


Údar anaithnid, circa 17ú haois
Déanann an véarsa seo tagairt don ghual antraicíte gan deataigh a tháinig as mianach i gCaisleán an Chomair agus freisin don phábháil chloiche aoil i gCill Chainnigh a choinnigh an puiteach ó na sráideanna, maille le cáilíocht aitheanta na cúlchríche.
"To understand Kilkenny's unique character one should retire from the busy streets to the lovely Castle Park and, standing within the shadow of the ancient pile, comtemplate the great jumble of roof-tops, old and young, which tumble down to the quiet-flowing river beneath. Here dove-grey spires and battlemented towers proclaim a city old in Christian living and wise in human experience. One can feel the heartbeat of an ancient civilised community."
Katherine M Lanigan, Gerald Tyler (Eag.), 'Kilkenny, Its Architecture & History', Appletree Press 1977.

"The dearest thing I know is a memory of sunny Sunday mornings in Kilkenny; the lovely line of castle, roof-top, spire and round tower against the pale blue sky, the sun revelling in the quiet colours of old stone, old walls, old tree; the tip-tap of the feet of people on the flagstones, and above all the flocking floating notes of the church bells. Sunday has a flavour of its own there, a clean, sweet, warming flavour."
Francis McManus, scríbhneoir a rugadh i gCill Chainnigh.

Celtic Drawing

"If you ever go to Kilkenny
Remember the Hole in the Wall
You may there get drunk for a penny
Or tipsy for nothing at all."

Údar anaithnid, circa 18ú haois.
Tagairtí tógtha as: Katherine M Lanigan, Gerald Tyler (Eag.), 'Kilkenny, Its Architecture & History', Appletree Press 1977.

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