County Kilkenny: KILKENNY LIMESTONE

Resting on a bed of grey carboniferous limestone it is no surprise that Kilkenny features a host of buildings constructed entirely from this material, or at least incorporating decorative dressings exhibiting particularly fine stone masonry including doorcases, sills, and suchlike. Although the sites included in this Survey Highlight are located primarily in or around the city area, limestone features widely across the entire county.

Michael Buggy, Parliament Street, GARDENS (ST. JOHN'S PAR.), Kilkenny, County Kilkenny

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Terraced two-bay four-storey over basement red brick house, c.1800, with single-bay four-storey return to east. Part refenestrated. Now in use as offices. One of a pair. Pitched (shared) slate roof behind parapet with clay ridge tiles, rendered chimney stack, and cast-iron rainwater goods. Red brick Flemish bond walls with cut-limestone course to ground floor, and…


Sherry Fitzgerald McCreery, Parliament Street, GARDENS (ST. JOHN'S PAR.), Kilkenny, County Kilkenny

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Terraced two-bay four-storey over basement red brick house, c.1800, reputedly incorporating fabric of medieval range, pre-1700, on site with single-bay four-storey return to east. Renovated, post-1977, with jettied box bay window inserted to left ground floor. Now in use as offices. One of a pair. Pitched (shared) slate roof behind parapet with clay ridge tiles,…


Bridge House (Kilkenny River Court Hotel), John Street Lower, GARDENS (ST. JOHN'S PAR.), Kilkenny, County Kilkenny

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End-of-terrace four-bay two-storey over basement house, post-1763, originally forming part of larger seven-bay two-storey over part-raised basement composition with house to east incorporating fabric of earlier range, c.1600, with three-bay two-storey bowed bay to right, and two-bay three-storey return to south. Renovated and extended, c.1825, comprising single-bay three-storey infill return to south-east. Undergoing renovation, 2004.…


Bridge House (Kilkenny River Court Hotel), John Street Lower, GARDENS (ST. JOHN'S PAR.), Kilkenny, County Kilkenny

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Terraced three-bay two-storey over part-raised basement house, post-1763, originally forming part of larger seven-bay two-storey over part-raised basement composition with house to west incorporating fabric of earlier range, c.1600, with elliptical-headed carriageway to left. Renovated, c.1825. Renovated, 2004, with carriageway remodelled. Pitched slate roof with clay ridge tiles, red brick Running bond chimney stack, and…


Kilkenny County Hall (Saint John's (Kilkenny), John Street Lower, COLLEGEPARK, Kilkenny, County Kilkenny

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Attached seven-bay three-storey Classical-style college, built 1782, originally detached on site of earlier college, 1667, with eight-bay three-storey side elevations. Extensively renovated, 1994, to accommodate use as county hall. Hipped slate roof on a quadrangular plan behind parapet with clay ridge tiles, rendered chimney stacks on axis with ridge, and concealed cast-iron rainwater goods. Unpainted…


Hibernian Hotel (The) (Hibernian Bank (The)), Patrick Street Lower, Ormonde Street, GARDENS (ST. JOHN'S PAR.), Kilkenny, County Kilkenny

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Detached four-bay three-storey limestone ashlar Classical-style bank, built 1904, on a corner site incorporating fabric of earlier bank, 1865, with two-bay three-storey breakfront, and three-bay three-storey side (north) elevation. In use as offices, 1996. Renovated, 2000, to accommodate use as hotel. Pitched slate roof behind parapet with clay ridge tiles, rendered chimney stacks, and concealed…


Provincial House, Patrick Street Lower, GARDENS (ST. JOHN'S PAR.), Kilkenny, County Kilkenny

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Terraced four-bay three-storey over basement house, c.1775, on an L-shaped plan with elliptical-headed carriageway to right ground floor, and single-bay three-storey return to west. Extensively renovated, post-1860, with shopfront inserted to ground floor incorporating single-bay single-storey flat-roofed projecting lower open porch. Now in use as offices. Pitched slate roof behind parapet (hipped slate roof to…


Ormonde Insurance (Kilkenny City Presbyterian Chur, Ormonde Road, GARDENS (ST. PATRICK'S PAR.), Kilkenny, County Kilkenny

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Detached three-bay double-height single-cell Gothic Revival Presbyterian church, built 1839. Renovated, 1994, with interior remodelled to accommodate use as offices. Pitched slate roof with clay ridge tiles, and cast-iron rainwater goods on cut-stone eaves. Limestone ashlar wall to front (south-east) elevation with cut-limestone dressings including gabled panelled stepped buttresses, stepped corner buttresses, battlemented parapet on…


Bank Of Ireland, High Street, The Parade, GARDENS (ST. PATRICK'S PAR.), Kilkenny, County Kilkenny

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Detached five-bay three-storey Classical-style bank, built 1870, on a corner site with single-bay single-storey advanced open porch to centre, single-bay three-storey bowed recessed re-entrant flanking bays, two-bay three-storey side (north) elevation, and five-bay three-storey return to east. Hipped slate roofs on an L-shaped plan behind parapet with clay ridge tiles, limestone ashlar chimney stack on…


The Parade, Rose Inn Street, DUKESMEADOWS (ST. PATRICK'S PAR.), Kilkenny, County Kilkenny

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Freestanding cut-limestone trough, erected 1902, on a corner site comprising carved basin with moulded lip on cut-limestone plinth having carved stoups. Set back from line of road on a corner site on concrete brick cobbled footpath.


Coláiste Pobail Osraí (Ormonde College), Ormonde Road, GARDENS (ST. PATRICK'S PAR.), Kilkenny, County Kilkenny

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Detached seven-bay two-storey limestone ashlar Jacobean Revival model school, built 1853, on a U-shaped plan comprising five-bay two-storey recessed main block with single-bay two-storey projecting end bay to left having single-bay double-height gabled breakfront, and single-bay two-storey gabled projecting end bay to right. Converted to use as technical school, 1939. Pitched slate roofs on a…


Green Street, GARDENS (ST. CANICE PAR.), Kilkenny, County Kilkenny

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Section of cut-limestone kerbing, c.1900.


Saint Mary's Centre (Saint Mary's Presbyte, James's Street, GARDENS (ST. JOHN'S PAR.), Kilkenny, County Kilkenny

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Detached four-bay two-storey Tudor Revival presbytery, dated 1861, with single-bay two-storey gabled advanced entrance bay, and single-bay two-storey side elevations having single-bay two-storey gabled breakfronts. Reroofed, c.1975. Now in use as offices. Pitched roof (gabled to entrance bay; gablets to window openings to first floor in form of half-dormer attic) with replacement artificial slate, c.1975,…


Saint Canice's Steps, Church Lane (off), Saint Canice's Place (off), GARDENS (ST. CANICE PAR.), Kilkenny, County Kilkenny

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Flight of twenty-six cut-limestone steps, laid 1614, in groups of four (south) and twenty-two (north) with limestone ashlar parapet having cut-limestone coping supporting iron spike guards.