The Kilkenny Cats are a fabled pair of cats from County Kilkenny in Ireland who fought each other so ferociously that only their tails remained at the end of the battle:
There were once two cats of Kilkenny.
Each thought there was one cat too many;
So they fought and they fit,
And they scratched and they bit,
Till, excepting their nails,
And the tips of their tails,
Instead of two cats, there weren’t any.
In the nineteenth century the Kilkenny cats were a common simile for any conflict likely to ruin both combatants, but has since been reclaimed by the people of Kilkenny as a positive symbol of their tenacity and fighting spirit. “The Cats” is the county nickname for the Kilkenny hurling team.
This screenprint, issued as part of Serigrafia’s Mother Goose portfolio, was produced in an edition of 300, with 100 copies retained by the artists, 100 copies retained by Serigrafia, and 100 copies donated to The Children’s Health Fund for sale at an initial offering price of $5000. The portfolio was designed by Chiu Li Design.