About us

About Kilkenny Tourism

As a shared collective, Kilkenny Tourism CLG strives to increase the economic impact of continued investment in Kilkenny’s tourism sector and maximize the audience reach.

As the primary vehicle by which marketing and communication strategies are implemented, Kilkenny Tourism CLG engages with Kilkenny Leader Partnership (KLP), the OPW, Coillte, Waterways Ireland, Kilkenny Civic Trust, Fáilte Ireland, Kilkenny County Council and Tourism Ireland to refine the tourism offering. Kilkenny is a hero site within Fáilte Ireland’s ‘Ireland’s Ancient East’ campaign – the tourism stakeholders are targeting increasing visitor numbers with a number of major marketing and branding campaigns, consistent with Kilkenny’s history and heritage.

This is a voluntary group of nominated sectoral representatives who work together to enhance the tourist experience.

Kilkenny Tourism CLG Board

The Kilkenny Tourism Board is made up of volunteers from the local tourism industry. Following the 2023 AGM, the current board members are:

Gareth Alcorn
Chairperson Kilkenny Tourism CLG
Director Activities & Outdoor Pursuits
Valerie O’Sullivan
Vice Chairperson Kilkenny Tourism CLG
Director Heritage & Culture
Mairead O’Dwyer
Secretary Kilkenny Tourism CLG
Director Guesthouses & B&Bs
Colin Ahern Director
Fiona Delahunty Director
Michael Prendergast Director Self-catering
Jimmy Walsh Director GAA
Fred Malzard Director Vintners, Breweries & Distilleries
Paul Byrne Director Restaurants
Julie Calder-Potts Director Food Producers
Christopher Heltzel Director Jewellers & Crafts
Nevin Cody Director Shopping, Business, Transport, Health & Beauty
Jaki Jordan Director OPW
Mairead Rohan Director LEADER

Benefits of Membership of Kilkenny Tourism

Why should you join Kilkenny Tourism?

Kilkenny Tourism is a collective marketing body that is concerned with promoting Kilkenny to the domestic and international tourism markets, and influencing the long-term strategic development of Kilkenny city and county. Our vision is that Kilkenny becomes the number one premium tourism destination in Ireland.

We aim to do this by:

  • Marketing and promoting the visitor experience to the international and domestic markets
  • Representing the diversity of tourism offerings across the entire county of Kilkenny to customers
  • Assisting and supporting members to sell the destination and the visitor experience
  • Collaborating with agencies and other stakeholders to influence tourism development

For applications, contact info@kilkennytourism.ie.

Marketing & PR

Our marketing and public relations activities are carried out by O’Connell Marketing.

They bring a wealth of experience, knowledge and contacts across a range of sectors which is a direct benefit to all members. It is their role to ensure all sectors are equally represented and promote all areas of County Kilkenny both nationally and internationally. Their aim is to increase the exposure of Kilkenny Tourism and, in turn, increase visitor numbers and length of stay.

For queries and media requests, please contact karen@oconnellmarketing.ie.

Kilkenny Tourism Website

The Kilkenny Tourism Website (visitkilkenny.ie) promotes the destination of Kilkenny and Kilkenny Tourism members. We hope the vibrancy and dynamism of the destination is captured by the imagery, showcasing the contemporary meets classic appeal of this beautiful place.