National celebration in our colourful city!
The Mayor of Kilkenny at the Kilkenny St Patrick’s Parade 2011. Kilkenny has been a city since 1609 when it was given a charter. For more information, see Kilkenny400.ie
Our current mayor follows a proud tradition. There has been the position of Sovereign/Mayor in Kilkenny for many centuries. The earliest recorded Sovereign was Robert Palmer in 1282. Since then there is an unbroken record of the first citizen each year. In 1609 following the receipt of the City charter, the first Mayor was Thomas Ley (until Michaelmas) and then Robert Rothe. For two years 1655-1656 Daniel Axtell was military governor in the city.