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Kilkenny Diary


The Visit Kilkenny Blog.

A preview and review of all that's going on in the Marble City to help you plan a most enjoyable visit to our Faire Medieval Citie.

Kilkenny Craft Beer Festival - 26th & 27th June


A celebration of Irish Beer brought to you by Billy Byrnes & Costellos. There will be 10 breweries coming to the inaugural Kilkenny Craft Beer Festival.

Kilkenny Craft Beer Festival in June

12 Acres Brewing Company is a new craft microbrewery in Clonmore, Killeshin, Co. Laois. Brewing and supplying unique local craft beers

Bo Bristle Brewery beers are Irish crafted, 100% natural beers brewed by hand in small batches. Bo Bristle's mission is simple: to bring you the exceptional beer you deserve.

24 Hours in Kilkenny by


The is a new online magazine dedicated to Ireland's growing foodie culture. Their mission is find all of Ireland's top foodie hotspots and share their journey with you.

They recently did a tour of Kilkenny and wrote an article featuring 5 places to try for lunch, 5 places to try for dinner, 5 bars to try and 5 hotels to try.

Read their article at

What's in a name? That which we now call ‘Ireland’s Ancient East’, announced today at Meitheal


Kilkenny is delighted to be part of the of the new tourism region named ‘Ireland’s Ancient East’. The announcement has come at a perfect time for Kilkenny as it hosts Ireland’s only Medieval Week, running from April 17th – 26th next.

‘Ireland’s Ancient East’ is a new tourism initiative by Failte Ireland for the south and east as a follow-up to the Wild Atlantic Way. The new touring region’s name ‘Ireland’s Ancient East’ was launched by Minister for Tourism Paschal Donohoe and Minister of State, Michael Ring, at Meitheal, Ireland’s largest travel trade workshop in the RDS, Dublin today.

Chairperson of Kilkenny Tourism, Colin Ahern is delighted with the announcement, he says “We welcome this announcement and always had positive hopes that Kilkenny would be included in the new east and south tourism experience. This puts Kilkenny firmly on the map as the Medieval capital of Ireland especially with new development of the Medieval Mile and host of Ireland’s only Medieval Week. The news couldn’t have come at a better time for us, now we can celebrate in medieval style during Medieval Week!”

Kilkenny to roll back the centuries for ‘Ireland’s Medieval Week – Kilkenny’ April 17th – 26th


The city will be rolling back the centuries and inviting visitors to join in many epic events including royal feasts, medieval ghost tours, tales of knights and witches, children’s workshops, historic talks and tours.

Ireland’s Medieval Week – Kilkenny 2015, coordinated by Kilkenny Tourism, is the only one of its kind in Ireland and coincides with the development of Ireland’s Medieval Mile, stretching from Kilkenny Castle to St. Canice’s Cathedral.

Now in its second year, Ireland’s Medieval Week – Kilkenny returns to iconic locations such as Kilkenny Castle, St. Canice’s Cathedral and Rothe House. New venues joining in the fun this year include Jerpoint Abbey and the Smithwicks Experience Kilkenny.

Medieval Week in Kilkenny in April 2015

Blog Post from Hawaii


A recent visitor to Kilkenny, posted a blog post describing their recent visit.

Kilkenny visit

You can read the full blog post here.

St Patricks Festival Kilkenny


Last Thursday, Kilkenny launched its annual, multidisciplinary and well loved TradFest, taking place across the City and County from March 14th – 17th. Coinciding with our National holiday St. Patrick’s Day on March 17th, Tradfest offers a mix of music, dance, theatre and family activities.

Tradfest Kilkenny

Kilkenny's Brilliant Pubs


For most visitors, the experience of the Irish pub is one of the most important and enjoyable aspects of their visit to Ireland. A central institution of Irish culture and society, the pubs and the characters who run them, are at the heart and soul of our communities.

Kilkennys Pubs

Love is in the air!


Love is in the air in Kilkenny at the moment. With Valentine’s Day on the horizon, all of the traditional options are available in the Marble City and County and coincide with Wedding Showcases and Fairs in all of Kilkenny’s top venues. Romantic weekends in our top quality hotels, cosy meals in our award winning restaurants, Kilkenny has all you need to win the heart of the one you love.

Learn a New Skill


The calendar tells us that Winter’s behind us, not that the weather is cooperating. The Christmas excesses seem a lifetime away and the resolve of January is fading fast. But before it vanishes completely, let’s remember it’s a new year, a new Spring and as the evenings lengthen, it’s an ideal time to put our goals and resolutions for 2015 into action.

Festivals for 2015


Looking ahead to the upcoming holiday season, it’s great to note how much there is to see and do  here in Kilkenny, not just in the Summer months, but right throughout the year.

Not only that, but Kilkenny is ideally well situated for easily accessing the events and festivals of our neighbouring counties. It’s no exaggeration to say that there’s plenty for all ages and interests, from gardening to music, from food to cinema, from comedy to kitesurfing.