"This city has something special to offer. It is Oxford waiting to be created in the South East of Ireland"
Dr Michael Conway, a native of Limerick studied medicine at Oxford University and found his way to Kilkenny in the late 90's to take up a post at St Luke's Hospital. While here, he purchased a historic city-centre house without knowing at the time that it would combine some of the passions in his life. Michael has an impressive background to say the least, spending 11 years training in John Radcliffe Hospital, many years as a lecturer in clinical pharmacology and therapeutics at Trinity College Dublin and also spent time working as a consultant in London Chest Hospital, but for Michael home is definitely where the heart is and he eventually decided to return to Ireland long-term. "I was very keen to come back - it's like a salmon wanting to come back to its spawning grounds, the Irish wanting to come home". Researching the history of the building known today as "The Hole in the Wall" became a fascinating project where Michael discovered what is now the Hole in The wall was originally the inner house of a mansion built in 1582, part of a very "powerful merchant family". Today the Hole in the Wall is home to powerful and upcoming gigs supported by the enthusiastic music lover himself, where creating opportunity and giving a platform to emerging talent is of outmost importance.