We had a fantastic night of great food, drink, and camaraderie at Lanigan's bar in Kilkenny, and it was first and foremost thanks to our server, whose name, if I recall correctly, was Anthony. (My apologies to him if it wasn't!) The food was fantastic. We wanted traditional Irish fare, and Anthony recommended the bacon and cabbage. Sure enough it was phenomenal. But what was really great was his contagious spirit and passion about all things Irish, especially hurling. He explained how the sport works, why it's so interesting, and what makes it so Irish. He even called his sister-in-law to come to the restaurant in the middle of the evening with two boxes of a children's hurling set when I expressed interest in giving one to each of my nephews. He was patient and forthcoming when we asked for general travel recommendations, which were all spot-on. The guy should be working for the town tourism board or as Irish ambassador to the U.N. His charm, enthusiasm, and expertise really made our stay in Kilkenny unforgettable. If you're in town, eat at Lanigan's and ask for Anthony.
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