The city that i have chosen to write about is Kilkenny City, First and foremost kilkenny city is located in the south east of Ireland and it was known for being the medieval capital.

Figure 1 : Map of kilkenny 1860, kilkenny county council.

Modern cities nowadays are referred to as those that have changed both economically and physically. Kilkenny has change drastically over the last number of years, especially with this new modern infrastructure of a central access scheme bridge that cuts straight through the city ruining the medieval structure, views of the castle and of the cathedrals have been destroyed forever. In order for this bridge to be put in place, 17th century houses were knocked without any excavations being done, and public spaces were demolished. In the above picture you can see where the city walls are located and a lot of which are left remaining in kilkenny today.

Figure 2: Bridge to nowhere, through the city

This CAS (Central Access Scheme) bridge that runs through the city is now entering the modernised world that we live in today. There is always another way in keeping medieval heritage in Kilkenny city and in this case it was to complete the ring road which surrounds the city. (Figure 2&3).

Figure 3: Kilkenny Ring Road, Why build a bridge through the city when you can finish the road around?



Dating back to Kilkenny city when is was known as the medieval capital of ireland it had a fascinating quality of life for those who had lived there. Urbanism was a big deal at the time. According to Tony Reddy  “It was the first Duke of Ormonde who brought to Ireland, from exile at the court of Louis XIV in Paris” this showed a large amount of appreciation of the importance of public spaces and architecture to the enhancement of our cities and towns. From then on it was Louis XIV who established the Parade in Kilkenny. The parade is the start of the kilkenny medieval mile which runs from the Castle all the way through.


Kilkenny County Council Online, (2015). Kilkenny Central Access: Current status. Available at:  [Accessed on 3rd of October 2016]