The sensational Sadies bring me back to my roots in Kilkenny

It was Tom and Lucy Stapleton from Roscrea that first introduced me to joys of the alternative, roots and indie music circuit well over thirty years ago. After some neglect on that front I had a hankering to check out and sample some of the eclectic sounds on the Kilkenny Roots Festival line-up, now in its 22nd year. I have always had a soft spot for Kilkenny and am lucky to have some great friends there, but on this occasion I was up for sussing out a bit of urban stealth camping and test out a snug secret spot I had eyed out, within a short walk of the city centre. Kilkenny is a smashing place. With the confidence of a city with its medieval ancestry still standing in bold stone, yet compact enough to have the feel and familiarity of a provincial town. The natives are a friendly bunch, with a pride in their jersey yes, but not nauseatingly so and a warm céad míle fáilte that knows the value of the visitor.

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