County Kilkenny is a landlocked county located in Leinster in the southeast of country. Kilkenny City, situated on the River Nore is one of the country’s smaller cities and is famous for and attracts many tourists due to Kilkenny Castle, St. Canice's Cathedral, its narrow cobbled streets and its many medieval buildings. The city has a lively cultural scene, with annual events including the Kilkenny Arts Week Festival, and the Cat Laughs Comedy Festival. Kilkenny was granted city status in 1609 and in 2009 Kilkenny City celebrated its 400th birthday. Moving outside the city County Kilkenny boasts a unique selection of historic sites and buildings, which include; Foulksrath Castle in Jenkinstown,Jerpoint Abbey, Duiske Abbey in Graiguenamanagh founded in 1204 which was one of the first and largest Cistercian monasteries in Ireland and Kells Priory which is also one of the largest medieval historic monuments in the country. County Kilkenny’s countryside is dotted with rich river valleys, hills and picture-postcard towns and villages such as; Bennettsbridge, Callan, Castlecomer, Cuffsgrange, Fiddown, Gowran, Inistioge, Kells, mooncoin, Mullinavat, Urlingford and Windgap. County Kilkenny has a strong sporting tradition and relationship with the game of hurling. Its teams have regularly been All Ireland champions since the 19th century and have won the All-Ireland GAA Senior Hurling Championship 33 times. Like many other hurling counties in Ireland who have nicknames attributed to them Kilkenny is no different and are known as “The Cats“. There are a number of national primary roads the run through County Kilkenny, the main ones being the N9, which connects Waterford City to Dublin and the N76, which connects Kilkenny to Clonmel and to south of the country. The county is served by rail in Kilkenny city and Thomastown, which connect to Dublin and Waterford City.