400th Anniversary Kilkenny stamp

12/06/2009

An Post marks 400th Anniversary of Kilkenny City Status

A new stamp marking the 400th anniversary of Kilkenny’s upgrade from town to city status will be issued by An Post on June 16th.  The 55c stamp, a Roger Reilly illustration of Kilkenny Castle, as seen from the quays with a view of St. John’s Bridge, was designed by Steve Simpson.

In 1609, Kilkenny was granted city status by Royal Charter of King James 1 of England.  Known as the Marble City, Kilkenny is Ireland’s smallest city, both geographically and in terms of population and is famous for its medieval buildings. 

Since its upgrade to city status in 1609 Kilkenny had had a rich and varied history and remains a vibrant commercial and tourist centre, renowned for its friendliness and sporting prowess.  
 

Key dates in Kilkenny’s history:  
  • 1650 - Oliver Cromwell paid a visit with the aim of suppressing nationalist extremism. 
  • 1798 - After a failed rebellion, Kilkenny was placed under martial law for a brief period. 
  • 1922 - Anti-Treaty forces take over Kilkenny Castle, but surrendered two days later.

The stamp may be viewed or purchased online at www.irishstamps.ie,  at main post offices and by phone from Irish Stamps at (01) 7057400.

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