Callan | Kilkenny Tourism



Callan is a busy town situated 10 miles to the South West of Kilkenny City. Callan or in Irish, Callainn is called after the high king of Ireland Niall Caille who was drowned while trying to ford the river with his army at this point in 844 A.D. The river is since "Abhann Ri" (or the Kings River) and a few miles away the King lies in buried neath the only High Cross to a High king in Ireland at a place now called "Cill Ri" or the Kings Church. The towns most prominent historical landmarks are its Abbey, Churches, Town Hall and Workhouse. Callan is the home of some famous personalities among whom are Blessed Edmund Ignatius Rice, founder of the Irish Christian Brothers; Humphrey O'Sullivan, schoolmaster and diarist and John Locke, poet and novelist and of more recent fame.

Abhainn Ri Festival 2017 in Callan, Co.Kilkenny

30th June to 9th July 2017 - Abhainn Rí Festival is an annual community festival for Callan and its rural hinterland. The festival will offer an array of fun, educational and inspiring workshops, experiences and events that will cater for all age groups and abilities. Diverse and extensive programme will also include events and activities in music, food, comedy, sport, heritage, ecology and religion.

Music in Kilkenny
Activity / Thing to Do / Heritage

Music in Kilkenny organises two series of concerts every year; an autumn series and a spring series. All concerts take place in Kilkenny.

Self Catering Accommodation in Kilkenny at Carbine Bridge House

Four star self catering holiday home in Callan County Kilkenny, approved to Failte Ireland standards.  Our Kilkenny self catering accommodation is situated 4km from the town of Callan on the Kilkenny/Tipperary border. Carbine Bridge House has four spacious bedrooms, sleeping 8 people and is fully equipped with all modern conveniences, linen and towels provided.

Jars of Clay Ceramics Craft Made in Kilkenny

She designs and produces a wide range of functional and sculptural stoneware ceramics, ranging from hand thrown tableware with rich, colourful glazes to highly decorative one-off pieces.

Cafe L'Arche in Callan Kilkenny
Eat and Drink

Café L'Arche has been opened since January 2007. We specialise in fresh home cooked foods and delicious desserts. We make a wide variety of savoury and sweet dishes, taking inspiration from modern Irish and Mediterranean cookery.