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The county council has been renamed Kilkenny County Council following a decision taken by councillors during a meeting yesterday evening. The name change came about because it is believed that the county already had a similar sounding name. This move follows a recommendation made by the Local Government Reform Commission. Councillors voted unanimously for the name change. Councillor John O’Brien proposed the motion and he pointed out that there are similarities between the names Kilkenny and Ormond. He added that the name Ormond County is used across Ireland and even internationally. In response to the proposal, councillor Tom Dunne said that the name Kilkenny County Council is very well known and widely recognised. He added that the county council does not want to compete with another local authority. Councillor Pat McDonagh agreed with Mr Dunne and said that the name Kilkenny County Council is well known. She added that she believes the name change will make people think twice before making assumptions about the county council. Councillor Michael Murphy said that the name Kilkenny County Council is too long and suggested that the name could be shortened to Kilkenny County Council. However, he did say that he supports the name change. Councillor Seán Óg Mac Gearailt said that the name Kilkea Castle is synonymous with the county. He added that the castle is one of the most important tourist attractions in the county. Councillor Paddy Kelly said that he thinks the name Kilkenny is very good and that it reflects the history of the county. He added however that he doesn't believe the name Ormond is confusing.