County Kilkenny has a rich geological heritage, and Kilkenny City is known as “The Marble City” due to the ‘black marble’, or limestone, quarried locally. There are 25 County Geological Sites in Co. Kilkenny – sites of geological and geomorphological interest, ranging from Castlecomer coal mines to Limestone quarries and Dunmore caves.
The Heritage Office of Kilkenny County Council commissioned the Geological Survey of Ireland (GSI) to identify and map sites of county geological interest in Kilkenny in 2007. The audit was updated in 2012.
For a brief introduction to the geology of County Kilkenny (by the geoschols initiative with the GSI) suitable for schools, click here