After traveling to mainland Europe for several trips in a row, it was nice to stay within the Emerald Isle for the weekend of November 7th and head down to Kilkenny. This was a trip facilitated by Boston College, so it was even more enjoyable for the fact I did not have to plan anything at all. We took the Heuston Station train from Dublin, a smooth hour and a half ride.
I had been to Kilkenny at the start of my abroad experience in August when staying with my Aunt's friends nearby, but only for a brief drive through. This time around I had two days to see the city - which was plenty of time considering it is the smallest "city" I have ever experienced. Having arrived on Friday afternoon with a free schedule until dinner, we walked up and down the main street, stopping in a neat old bar for a small bite to hold us over. There were numerous cool pieces of autographed sports memorabilia scattered about the walls, including an apparently authentic jersey signed by Pelé. I hadn't had much to eat all day, so dinner could not come soon enough. We ate at a place called Café Sol, and it was absolutely fantastic. I ordered pan seared scallops, the fish special for the night (haddock with garlic, vegetables, and potatoes), and finished it off with a tasty slice of cheesecake. (For a bit of background: all BC students in Dublin area schools convene weekly for a course on Modern Irish History - this is the group I traveled with, along with the Professor of the course who organized all our excursions/meals.)