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Learn a New Skill

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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.

Our hard earned leisure time is precious and while it’s important to spend time relaxing and recharging, there’s so much more that can be achieved in our time off. Kilkenny offers a myriad of opportunities to learn new skills or improve existing ones, to try out new hobbies and activities and, above all, enjoy ourselves.

From ceramics to cooking, from jewellery making to printing, from gardening to life skills, Kilkenny has a course for you, your friends and your family.

For craft courses, check out events and workshops at the National Craft Gallery (www.nationalcraftgallery.ie) for adults, children, secondary school students and groups. Their programme for 2015 includes short courses in printing, drawing and seasonal craft themed events. Grennan Mill (www.grennanmill.net) in Thomastown and the Craft Yard in Castlecomer Discovery Park (www.discoverypark.ie) offer a year round range of art and craft courses. Local artisans regularly open their studios for classes in jewellery making (Dani Bergman), basketry (Heike Kahle).

For children and teenagers, why not sign them up for a Summer or Easter course with Young Irish Film Makers (www.yifm.com), or for more active kids, there are Easter and Summer Swim and Multi Activity camps at The Watershed (www.watershed.ie). At Lavistown House Centre for Creative Living, you can take mindfulness workshops, sign up for a gardening course or join a mushroom hunt (www.lavistownhouse.ie). You can book into a cheesemaking course with award winning cheesemaker Helen Finnegan at www.knockdrinna.com.

The recently opened, and very impressive, School of Food in Thomastown has a jam-packed schedule of courses running throughout the year for adults and children, beginners and improvers, in a wide range of cooking, gardening and food related courses. See the full programme at www.schooloffood.ie. Get booking and start the Spring off with a new skill!