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Things to do in Kilkenny

Jerpoint Park

Jerpoint Glass

Honouring the past

Boutique Hotel Stays

Autumnal Family Escapes

Perfect Fairways

Catching up with the gal pals

Kilkenomics - A festival of Economics and Comedy

Tasting the Medieval City & County

Beautiful film village of Inistioge

Kilfane Glen & Waterfall, Homestead of the Mosse family

Romantic Rendezvous

Kilkenny, a great location for Solo Explorers

Family Friendly places to stay in Kilkenny

Kilkenny - so much to explore within walking distance

The Kilkenny Arts Festival

The Kilkenny Cat Laughs Festival

Kilkenny, winner of Ireland's Foodie Destination Award 2018

The hero county of Ireland’s Ancient East

Hospitality - a warm welcome awaits in Kilkenny

Festival Guide to Kilkenny

Dig a Little Deeper and look beyond to discover hidden gems

A Magical Woodland Christmas

Self Catering Stays in Kilkenny

Five great things to do in Kilkenny this Autumn

Taking to the High Ropes at Castlecomer

A fashion mecca for the style conscious

Holiday Gift Guide

A tale of three sisters in Ireland's Ancient East - Kilkenny waterways

More than a Menu

Outdoor Experiences in Kilkenny

Lads' Weekend in Kilkenny

Racing at Gowran

Malzards Pub & Hurling Experience

MADE in Kilkenny

Taste Kilkenny - Food Trail

Top City Spots for the Coffee Connoisseur

Adventures in 'Kid-kenny'

3 Adventures for Young Historians

6 Brilliant Free Things To Do in Kilkenny

Things You Need To Know Before Travelling to Kilkenny

Night Time Vibrance

Close to nature

5 Ways To Unwind in Kilkenny

5 Insta-Perfect Kilkenny Locations

4 Destinations That Are So Kilkenny

Walking through the woods bennettsbridge

These Boots Were Made for Walkin': Bennettsbridge and the Nore Valley Walk

Castlecomer Craft Yard

Kilkenny Craft Delights

Castle Curiosities

Jerpoint Park

Jerpoint Glass

Honouring the past

Boutique Hotel Stays

Autumnal Family Escapes

Perfect Fairways

Catching up with the gal pals

Kilkenomics - A festival of Economics and Comedy

Tasting the Medieval City & County

Beautiful film village of Inistioge

Kilfane Glen & Waterfall, Homestead of the Mosse family

Romantic Rendezvous

Kilkenny, a great location for Solo Explorers

Family Friendly places to stay in Kilkenny

Kilkenny - so much to explore within walking distance

The Kilkenny Arts Festival

The Kilkenny Cat Laughs Festival

Kilkenny, winner of Ireland's Foodie Destination Award 2018

The hero county of Ireland’s Ancient East

Hospitality - a warm welcome awaits in Kilkenny

Festival Guide to Kilkenny

Dig a Little Deeper and look beyond to discover hidden gems

A Magical Woodland Christmas

Self Catering Stays in Kilkenny

Five great things to do in Kilkenny this Autumn

Taking to the High Ropes at Castlecomer

A fashion mecca for the style conscious

Holiday Gift Guide

A tale of three sisters in Ireland's Ancient East - Kilkenny waterways

More than a Menu

Outdoor Experiences in Kilkenny

Lads' Weekend in Kilkenny

Racing at Gowran

Malzards Pub & Hurling Experience

MADE in Kilkenny

Taste Kilkenny - Food Trail

Top City Spots for the Coffee Connoisseur

Adventures in 'Kid-kenny'

3 Adventures for Young Historians

6 Brilliant Free Things To Do in Kilkenny

Things You Need To Know Before Travelling to Kilkenny

Night Time Vibrance

Close to nature

5 Ways To Unwind in Kilkenny

5 Insta-Perfect Kilkenny Locations

4 Destinations That Are So Kilkenny

Walking through the woods bennettsbridge

These Boots Were Made for Walkin': Bennettsbridge and the Nore Valley Walk

Castlecomer Craft Yard

Kilkenny Craft Delights

Castle Curiosities

Jerpoint Park

Jerpoint Glass

Honouring the past

Boutique Hotel Stays

Autumnal Family Escapes

Perfect Fairways

Catching up with the gal pals

Kilkenomics - A festival of Economics and Comedy

Tasting the Medieval City & County

Beautiful film village of Inistioge

Kilfane Glen & Waterfall, Homestead of the Mosse family

Romantic Rendezvous

Kilkenny, a great location for Solo Explorers

Family Friendly places to stay in Kilkenny

Kilkenny - so much to explore within walking distance

The Kilkenny Arts Festival

The Kilkenny Cat Laughs Festival

Kilkenny, winner of Ireland's Foodie Destination Award 2018

The hero county of Ireland’s Ancient East

Hospitality - a warm welcome awaits in Kilkenny

Festival Guide to Kilkenny

Dig a Little Deeper and look beyond to discover hidden gems

A Magical Woodland Christmas

Self Catering Stays in Kilkenny

Five great things to do in Kilkenny this Autumn

Taking to the High Ropes at Castlecomer

A fashion mecca for the style conscious

Holiday Gift Guide

A tale of three sisters in Ireland's Ancient East - Kilkenny waterways

More than a Menu

Outdoor Experiences in Kilkenny

Lads' Weekend in Kilkenny

Racing at Gowran

Malzards Pub & Hurling Experience

MADE in Kilkenny

Taste Kilkenny - Food Trail

Top City Spots for the Coffee Connoisseur

Adventures in 'Kid-kenny'

3 Adventures for Young Historians

6 Brilliant Free Things To Do in Kilkenny

Things You Need To Know Before Travelling to Kilkenny

Night Time Vibrance

Close to nature

5 Ways To Unwind in Kilkenny

5 Insta-Perfect Kilkenny Locations

4 Destinations That Are So Kilkenny

Walking through the woods bennettsbridge

These Boots Were Made for Walkin': Bennettsbridge and the Nore Valley Walk

Castlecomer Craft Yard

Kilkenny Craft Delights

Castle Curiosities

Cushendale Woolen Mills

Cushendale Woollen Mills Ltd., Mill Road, Graignamanagh, Co. Kilkenny Ireland. R95 PP83

Tel: +353 59 9724118

[email protected]

https://cushendale.ie/

Cushendale Woollen Mills is one of the few remaining Irish woollen mills continuing to create quality authentic textiles from the fleece of Irish sheep. Set on the millrace of the River Duiske, since the 1700s the Cushen family have continued to produce high quality Irish-made textile products at our mill in Graignamanagh, Co. Kilkenny. We are known for our unique colours and craftsmanship which enables us to produce a broad range of home furnishings, fashion accessories and knitting yarns in Irish Wool, Mohair and Lambswool. Opening Hours Monday – Friday: 09:00 – 17:30 (closed 12:30 – 13:30) Saturday: 10:00 – 13:00 Saturday: 10:00 – 17:00 (December only)

Kilkenny Famine Experience

MacDonagh Junction Shopping Centre, Hebron Road, Kilkenny

Tel: +353 56 7777600

https://kilkennyfamineexperience.com/

Visit Kilkenny Union Workhouse, adjacent to Kilkenny Train Station, now beautifully restored as MacDonagh Junction Shopping Centre to take this FREE audio visual self-led tour. Hear the heartbreaking and poignant human stories recorded in local newspaper articles and minute books from the Board of Guardians, a true reflection of the Kilkenny Famine Experience from the perspective of the Workhouse inmates and staff.

Kilkenny Inn

Located under the shadows of St. Canice’s Cathedral on the Medieval Mile, the budget boutique Kilkenny Inn offers guests excellent value and recently refurbished comfortable rooms in a contemporary urban style perfect for a stay right in the heart of the city. Kilkenny Inn is renowned for warm hospitality, a peaceful location, relaxed atmosphere and great service. Casual all day dining options and evening drinks are available here at Kernel Bar and Kitchen. Close to all Kilkenny’s famous attractions including the Smithwicks Experience, Kilkenny Castle and the myriad of shops in the city centre as well as the pubs, bars and evening entertainment on offer, makes it ideal for your stay in Kilkenny. Hotel facilities include ample secure complimentary onsite parking, hotel lift for full accessibility and ensuite rooms featuring all modern guest comforts.

Laser Combat Experience

Malzards Pub & Hurling Experience

19 Main St, Ballycoam, Stoneyford, Co. Kilkenny

Tel: 0879715304

https://www.malzards.com/

A great pub located in Stoneyford, Kilkenny just a short distance from Mount Juliet, that offers the best craic and great music. Malzards offers a traditional Irish Pub experience, with traditional Irish instruments available for you to play, or sing along with the local musicians in the bar. Learn how to hurl: in a relaxed, fun environment, learn all about Ireland's ancient Gaelic game of hurling with neighbours, young and old will love it!

JJ Kavanagh & Sons

Main Street, Urlingford, Kilkenny

Tel: 081 8333222

[email protected]

jjkavanagh.ie

J.J. Kavanagh & Sons, established in 1919, has developed from being one of the first private providers of public transport, into the largest privately owned Coach Company in Ireland today. With ownership spanning over four generations, we have become a nationally recognized and trusted operator.

Kavanaghs Executive Car Hire

Forest Lodge, Gowran, Co. Kilkenny

Tel: 087 2610959

[email protected]

www.kavanaghcars.ie

Kavanagh Cars, Executive Car Hire is the ultimate Chauffeur drive service in Ireland. Whether you are planning a tour around Ireland, looking for airport transfers, or need to arrive at your meeting in style, Kavanagh's can tailor the ideal transport option for you. Their fleet of vehicles range from elegant cars to luxurious coaches, and their professional mature drivers will ensure that your time spent with us will meet the highest standards in comfort, convenience and professionalism.

Kilkenny Taxi Tours

We are a local Irish taxi company based in Kilkenny City Ireland.We offer private chauffeur day tours around Kilkenny and Ireland specializing in giving you an experience like no other.If you are lucky to be based in the medieval city of Kilkenny on your holidays we can arrange customized day trips to Glendalough, Waterford Crystal, Rock of Cashel,Cliffs of Moher and Blarney Castle just to mention a few.Come with us as we tour Ireland's best kept secrets.

Rhino Car Hire

Launched in 2007, Rhino Car Hire have so far provided over 3 MILLION cheap car hire quotes to our customers for both business and leisure. Join the thousands of happy customers who have booked with us and get a quote for cheap car hire today with our secure online booking facility or call us.

Mint Beauty

In the heart of Kilkenny City, Mint is a Beauty, Laser and Skincare Centre. We are passionate about client care and great skin. We believe in excellence and strive to provide the highest quality of services and products delivered by a knowledgeable and friendly team. Mint offers a full range of services including facials, massages, body treatments, make up application and lessons, threading, waxing, nail treatments, signature packages. Our Clinic is focused on skincare and offers Microneedling, Alumier MD Skin Peels and Candela Max Pro Laser treatments targeting hair removal, pigmentation and more. Our skincare shop is home to Alumier MD, Dermalogica and Decleor brands.

G.L. Ryan Jewellers

G.L. Ryan Jewellers is located in the heart of the medieval city of Kilkenny, the vibrant heartbeat of the south-east. With its narrow paved streets and pedestrianised shopping areas, lively evening cafes and nightlife. Located on High Street, the main shopping street, we are directly across from the entrance to the Market Cross, Kilkenny's premier shopping centre, with ample car-parking close by. Whether you're getting engaged or just looking for that perfect gift? At Ryan Jewellers we have been helping people find the right quality jewellery for all occasions for over 70 years.

Lorimat Jewellers

Known for its vintage inspired diamond engagement rings and jewellery, Lorimat Jewellers is a treasure trove of unique pieces for anybody looking for that something different. We cater for brides and grooms to be with a large collection of wedding rings and bridal jewellery. Handmade shaped wedding bands to fit around engagement rings are also available. All of our jewellery is made from gold, silver or platinum. Lorimat also boasts a diverse range of gift ideas that will suit all tastes and budgets.

Murphy Jewellers

Murphy Jewellers was established at 85 High Street Kilkenny in 1903 by Patrick T. Murphy, whose name resides above the door to this day. A skilful craftsman, he built a solid reputation for reliable, personal service in quality jewellery and watch-making. This tradition has continued over three generations in his family to become the successful jewellery business that you can visit today. Murphy Jewellers is in the same family for three generations as a successful, progressive and vibrant jewellery business located in the heart of Ireland’s medieval capital. They are delighted to present to you their latest catalogue (on their website) of fine jewellery, illustrating a selection of our newest lines. They welcome the opportunity of showing you this jewellery as well as their more regular, classic styles on your next visit to their shop. With private viewing rooms, individual attention is always assured.

Nolan Jewellers

10 Coffee House Lane, Market Cross Shopping Centre, Kilkenny

Tel: 056 7761272

[email protected]

http://www.facebook.com/nolans.kilkenny

Nolan’s Jewellers carry a range of brands and jewellery items that appeal to a very wide audience. Stockists of Swarovski, Alex and Ani, Thomas Sabo, Coeur de Lion, Rebecca, Hugo Boss , Fossil , Tommy Hilfiger, Citizen, Casio, and much more. We are the sole supplier in the Kilkenny region for many of our brands and our on-site watchmaker and goldsmith can make immediate repairs to customer items. We are agile and move with the times and respond to the demands of our customers. Our new retail outlet was designed with all of our customers in mind and to ensure a comfortable shopping experience. Our location in the Market Cross is central and easily accessible with ample parking and other facilities and retail outlets all of whom are complementary to each other.

Rudolf Heltzel Goldsmith

Established in 1968 and now in its second generation, internationally acclaimed Rudolf Heltzel designers gold and silversmiths hand make unique, exquisite jewellery in precious metals and gemstones. Their gallery at 10 Patrick Street, open to the public, displays and sells an exciting range of instantly recognisable, hand made engagement rings and dress pieces in 18ct gold, sterling silver and platinum, set with carefully selected diamonds and magnificent precious gemstones.

Kilkenny Medieval Mile Tours

Welcome to Medieval mile tours where we guide you the back streets and alleyways of the Medieval City of Kilkenny. You will learn about Dame Alice Kyteler and her son both of whom were on trial for which craft in one of the earliest witch craft accusations in Europe. Or how Kilkenny was the ancient capital of the Kingdom of Ossory, and St Canice’s Cathedral stands on a site which has experienced Christian worship since the 6th century.

Shenanigans The Kilkenny City Walk

Kilkenny Castle, The Parade, Kilkenny

Tel: 087 2743865

[email protected]

https://shenaniganswalks.com/

Shenanigans - The Kilkenny City Walk is the fun way to experience historic Kilkenny City, the jewel in the crown of Ireland’s Ancient East. Blending comedy, magic, history, whimsical fun and plenty of Shenanigans our guides will take you on a jolly jaunt tracing Kilkenny City’s fascinating Medieval Mile, regaling you with unique anecdotes, fun facts and a good dollop of irreverent humour, craíc and mischief. Not just a guided tour ... a MIS-guided tour! The fun, magical, historical & hysterical way to experience Kilkenny’s Medieval Mile.

Touch The Past Walking Tours

Tourist Office, Rose Inn Street, Kilkenny

Tel: 087 2776107

[email protected]

www.touchthepastireland.com

Touch The Past history tours are delivered by Amanda Pitcairn who employs her passion for the Middle Ages and public history. More than a mere observation of old buildings, Touch The Past Tours focus on the lives of specific Medieval characters as well as life in general for the majority of ordinary medieval people. Visitors 'dive' into the Middle Ages while meandering through the lanes of Ireland's historic built heritage. Touch the Past tours are delivered in an engaging and accessible manner, providing an enjoyable and informative experience without compromising on the integrity of innate historical fact.

Tynan Walking Tours

When you visited Medieval Kilkenny your Kilkenny experience should be with a local qualified, experienced and knowledgeable guide and historian and Pat Tynan’s Medieval Walking Tour will give that real Kilkenny experience in a city that has become a Medieval Wonderland!! Daily Kilkenny Medieval Mile Walking Tours, Private Walking Tours can be arranged at a time to suit clients and group Medieval Walking Tours all year.

Kilkenny Whiskey Guild

The Kilkenny Whiskey Guild is a collection of 10 establishments throughout Ireland's Medieval capital. Each premises will stock a minimum of 60 Irish Whiskeys and will assist in the customers experience through knowledgeable staff, tasting flights, food pairings and mixology. Regular whiskey events will be held in each of the Guild Houses designed to heighten the public’s knowledge of Irish Whiskey history production and various styles. The guild aims to make Kilkenny the leading Whiskey tourism destination in Ireland.

Goatsbridge Trout Farm

At Goatsbridge Fish Farm, trout is their passion. Their knowledge and experience farming rainbow trout has been passed down through three generations. Each catch comes daily from the crystal clear waters of The Little Arrigle River, giving their trout unique taste and texture. They love trout, and they know if you give it a try you will too! Goatsbridge Trout is available from their online shop, all major supermarkets in Ireland as well as specialist shops, or directly from their farm gate. Visitors are welcome to look around their trout farm at any time during opening hours. Come and see Goatsbridge visitor center and shop, where you can sample and buy our products. The center is located beside the trout ponds, and you can organise single or group tours around the farm where you will learn all about Goatsbridge Trout Farm, it’s herritage and business history.

Marchioness Boutique

The Marchioness Boutique is one of Kilkenny’s longest established and one of Ireland’s best known boutiques and has a clientele from all over Ireland, the UK, Europe and United States.

Marble City Barbers

Marble City Barbers is Kilkenny’s oldest Victorian style barbers. At Marble City Barbers they are dedicated to providing the best value and quality service. They do this by providing high quality salon services, a unique customer focus, all in a warm, friendly atmosphere. They are a contemporary old style classic barbers focusing on quality care of their clients. They are not a unisex hairdressers - they are specially trained in cutting mens hair. On entering the premises you will see that immediately from the design, the walls covered in sporting pictures. This is the perfect place to relax and have a bit of craic while getting a quality haircut or traditional hot towel shave. From the marble countertops to the old traditional style barbershop chairs and barber sinks the decor makes you feel like you have stepped back in time while maintaining a contemporary atmosphere.

Market Cross Shopping Centre

Situated in the heart of Kilkenny city and growing from strength to strength since 1994. We continually boast some of the best known branded shops and retail outlets in Ireland, including such names as Supervalu, Heatons, and Penneys, to name but a few. We as a Centre pride ourselves not only on the quality of the products and services we provide but on the fact that in this ever changing, fast moving retail environment one thing has and will never change for us, the importance of you, the customer.

Mimi Boutique

Mimi Boutique is a treasure trove of beautiful clothing and accessories which scream style and individuality. From Evening wear to casual classics, Mimi has a wide selection of elegant, comfortable and affordable designs, whatever the occasion.

Connolly’s Red Mills shopping

Cillin Hill Retail Park, Dublin Road, Kilkenny

Tel: 056 4449011

[email protected]

redmillsstore.ie

Our RED MILLS flagship retail store has just opened up in the heart of Kilkenny City. In this purpose built, state of the art premises you'll find a carefully curated selection of Country Living wares - from saddles and horse feeds, to clothing & footwear from top brands like Dubarry, Musto, Ariat and Berghaus, to dog food and kennels. Our Cafe is open from 8am where we serve freshly brewed coffee from Cork based brewers Badger & Dodo, as well as a selection of homemade scones and treats. Pop into our store at Cillin Hill where our experienced staff are on hand to help with advice on everything from the right feed for your calves, to the best waterproof jackets for hiking.

Serendipity Boutique

A beautiful Boutique in the heart of Kilkenny City. Opened in 2005 we sell a range of clothing, with headpieces and jewellery to match.

38 Co Boutique

38co Boutique is a new unique and contemporary own brand created by Cathy in 2017. 38co style is high fashion, on trend. The unique styling is an art form with a range of colours to suit your individuality. The range was carefully selected for women through all walks of life, help women feel confident in their individual style every day, comfortable yet stylish.

Tiffany Boutique

What started out as a retirement venture over eight years ago has snow balled into a very successful shoe shop business offering stylish Ladies Shoes, Hand Bags, Fascinators and Jewellery for all occasions. Tiffany started as a shoe shop but we soon realised there was a market for matching accessories. Our shop is unique in that we carry shoes and bags in every colour that's available. Tiffany is an Alladin's Cave, people like to pop in for a browse and say it gives them that feel good factor.

The Wardrobe

The Wardrobe is the leading Designer Consignment Store in the South East. Stocking beautiful pre-loved clothes shoes and accessories. We can sell your gently worn pre-loved items or you can buy from us.

Valley of Roses

Unique place where you Create Your Own Signature Scent. Our workshops are for creative, design sensitive people. You’ll find the perfect perfume in our collection; including the hottest brands!

Biz Locator

BizLocator Kilkenny can help you and your friends discover the perfect adventure to embark upon, world class dinning experiences, bargain shopping outlets and discounts. Founded in August 2014 theBizlocator.ie website and smartphone app are your online directory. Bringing you up to date information on businesses in your area and beyond.

Irish Car Rentals

Irish Car Rentals offers cheap car hire services from a network of 15+ locations in Ireland. Renting a car from a member of the Car Rental Council of Ireland means you are using a company committed to providing a high quality car hire service to customers.

Kilkenny.com

Mettle Media, Cillin Hill, Kilkenny

Tel: 086 8309022

[email protected]

kilkenny.com

Kilkenny.com offers a digest of news and events from around the county. Sport, Business, Agriculture, Community and Lifestyle, all are listed on the site together with videos and Events listings. They also promote events in Kilkenny with video and more

Made in Kilkenny

‘MADE in Kilkenny’, established in 2009, consists of 27 craft members who have combined their drive and passion for their craft to initiate professional makers coming together to directly promote their business, increase public awareness of their craft and of Kilkenny as a tourist destination. MADE in Kilkenny consists of some of Ireland’s finest craftmakers. Many of the craftmakers have won major national and international accolades including, Mark Campen of the ‘Bridge Pottery’ who was three times winner at the Royal Dublin Show 2011 for Ceramics, the Crafts Council of Ireland Purchase Award and the RDS Award of Excellence! Jane Huston was also a winner in the Precious metal category for her beautiful Sterling silver gilt beakers depicting the “Elements”.

Design & Craft Council of Ireland

The Design & Crafts Council of Ireland (DCCoI) is the national agency for the commercial development of Irish designers and makers, stimulating innovation, championing design thinking and informing Government policy. DCCoI's activities are funded by the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation via Enterprise Ireland.

Kilkenny Design Centre

Kilkenny Design Craft Centre offers an unrivalled selection of Irish handcrafted gifts. While it has many imitators, the Centre remains Ireland’s most prestigious source of Irish gifts of exceptional quality, all chosen with a discerning eye for quality, uniqueness and style. The Centre’s unequalled supplier list, drawn from Ireland’s most eminent craftspeople and designers, gives visitors a uniquely special shopping experience, allowing them to purchase the best of Irish crafts and design under one roof. Visitors from outside of the EU can avail of highly attractive tax free shopping.

Frank’s Medieval Tours

Frank is known to many for once being the topic of conversation at a lunch in Buckingham Palace and to others for throwing an academy award winning actor out of Kilkenny Castle… now that's impressive!! Frank Kavanagh is without a doubt Kilkenny's NO.1 Fan and certainly one of the most familiar faces of Kilkenny, known to many as one of Kilkenny's longest serving tour guides. Story telling for Frank is about connecting to other people and helping people to see what you see. Frank's passionate and friendly tours of Kilkenny Castle and the surrounding historic Kilkenny sites incorporates history, culture and humour with his own personal tales and ghost stories. Franks true character and personality shines with each and every step he takes through the Medieval capital of Ireland, making him a household name to the people of Kilkenny…..

Hidden Trails Walking Tours

Graiguenamanagh, Co. Kilkenny

Tel: 086 0233533

[email protected]

hiddentrails.ie

Hidden trails is based in the historic and picturesque town of Graiguenamanagh, nestled in the beautiful Barrow Valley. From the calm and tranquil walkways along the river barrow, to the stunning heights of Mount Leinster and the rolling walks around Brandon Hill. If you are looking to get away from it all , even for just a few hours, a visit here is a must. We offer a variety of walks to suit all ages and abilities, taking in the scenery and sharing a few stories along the way. There is so much history and beauty here just waiting to be discovered. We also offer cycle tours or just hire a bike yourself and head off, or you might like to try out a bit of canoeing / kayaking on the river with its locks and rapids a plenty.

MackDonald Language Academy

The Village Campus, Waterford Road, Kilkenny

Tel: 01 4429255

[email protected]

mackdonald.com

Mackdonald Language Academy (m.l.a.) is an ACELS and MEI accredited and independent English language school in Kilkenny. English courses are available to learners of all ages, on a year-round basis. Students do not only improve their English, they also get a very good impression of the cultural and natural beauty of Ireland. During the summer months, m.l.a. are specialized in offering 'all inclusive' holiday courses for kids and teenagers in Kilkenny city. Everything is included in the one price: English lessons in small classes, full board host family accommodation, airport transfers (from/to Dublin DUB), afternoon and evening activities, many cultural trips and excursions & sports.

Kilkenny Storyteller Jim Maher Seanachai

For more than four decades Kilkenny Storyteller Jim Maher has entertained numerous visitors to Ireland’s Ancient East, from North America, Canada and from many other far flung places around the globe, with his humorous stories of a Country and lifestyle that many may not now recognise. He takes us back in time to a world of storytelling, which has been handed down over the centuries in a tradition that stretches back to the origins of theatre itself.

St Mary’s Cathedral

St Mary’s is the cathedral church of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Ossory. It is situated on James’s Street, Kilkenny, Ireland. Saint Mary’s was designed by William Deane Butler (c.1794-1857). He was chosen by Bishop William Kinsella (1793-1845) who instigated the building of St. Mary’s in February 1842. Work began in April 1843 and finished in 1857. On Sunday 4 October 1857, St. Mary’s had its grand opening, which consisted of a two-and-three-quarter hour ceremony that began at 6.15am. The cost of the building is estimated to have been £25,000.

St.Canice’s Cathedral

Built between 1202 and 1285, St Canice's has been preserved in its original style and form. Worship has taken place here for over 800 years. See the wonderful stained glass and the largest collection of ancient monuments. View Kilkenny and the surrounding area from the 9th century round tower (weather permitting) and see the seat of the bishop of Ossory dating back to 1120AD. Facilities include: Gift shop, toilets, wheelchair access. Information leaflets are available in 15 languages. Group and guided tours available by booking in advance.

Music in Kilkenny

Castalia Hall, Ballintobin, Callan, Co. Kilkenny

Tel: 086 1777017

[email protected]

musicinkilkenny.com

Music in Kilkenny organises two series of concerts every year; an autumn series and a spring series. All concerts take place in Kilkenny. Music in Kilkenny Committee: John Clark, Brian Fennelly, Beatrice Kelly, Kieran O’Sullivan, Susan Proud Music in Kilkenny is supported by the Arts Council of Ireland, Kilkenny County Council & the Camphill Community of Ballytobin

Rothe House & Garden

Parliament Street, Kilkenny

Tel: 085 8383161

[email protected]

rothehouse.com

Rothe House is a unique Tudor merchant’s townhouse, built between 1594 and 1610. The property comprises three houses, three enclosed courtyards and a large garden to the rear. The property is a lot bigger than it looks from the street! To accommodate his growing family, on this long, narrow plot John Rothe Fitzpiers built three houses, one behind the other, with cobbled courtyards in between. To the rear is a half-acre garden that runs all the way back to the City Wall. The property is now owned by Kilkenny Archaeological Society and is home to their large collection of artefacts relating to Kilkenny city and county. The garden has been painstakingly reconstructed to reflect the Rothe Family garden and is planted with heritage varieties of vegetables, herbs, flowers and fruit; there are even resident ducks! The house is open to the public and visitors will have the opportunity to make their way through the houses, courtyards and gardens on a self-guided tour. Full guided tours can also be arranged for groups by contacting [email protected]

The Watergate Theatre

Kilkenny is steeped in theatrical history. From the time the Duke of Ormonde (1698) brought the first Strollers Theatre group to Kilkenny, to the present day, Kilkenny has been synonymous with the world of theatre. Located in the heart of Kilkenny City, the Watergate Theatre have been keeping audiences entertained since 1993 with local, national and international productions, live music, dance, comedy and much more.

Belle Kilkenny – Shoes & Accessories

Welcome to Belle Kilkenny! We put and lot of time into sourcing our stock for our much appreciated and valued customers, travelling to international shows in Milan and London every season. Some of the shoe brands we stock are: Sam Edelman, Ash, Ted Baker, Pedro Miralles, Wonders, Bruno Premi, Mjus, Amy Huberman. Handbags ranges include Cocinelle and Olga Berg.

Breagagh Valley Artisan Meats

Artisan butcher and delicatessen shop run by Lada Navratil at Newpark Shopping Centre, KK selling top quality meats, cheese, cold meat platters, local produce and many more..

Butterslip Shop

Butterslip opened in 2005, full of colourful ideas and wild notions, the result of much day dreaming, notebook scribling, scrapbook filling and finally one great flight of madness. The scribbler, day dreamer and committed pritt sticker here is me, Anne, still often to be found doodling and daydreaming – these days I just try and make it look more productive…

Duiske Glass Gift Shop

High Street, Graignamanagh, Kilkenny

Tel: 059 9724174

[email protected]

duiskeglasskilkenny.ie

Duiske Glass Gift shop is renowned for its grapevine cut wine glasses, crystal and giftware which are now exclusively available at Duiske Glass. Duiske Glass Gift Shop offers a bespoke engraving service whereby almost any piece of glassware or crystal can be enhanced with personalised engraving to suit the occasion.

Frank Walls Mans Shop

Frank Wall Mans shop is located on High St renowned throughout the south east for quality value and exceptional personal service.

Kilkenny Crystal (Callan) Ltd

Founded in 1969 by Patrick Clancy Kilkenny Crystal is Ireland’s oldest Family-owned Crystal Studio Workshop. Patrick was the first Irish born crystal designer and is regarded as the most important due to the iconic original designs he created. Miroslav Havel the head designer at Waterford visited the studio in Callan to meet Patrick and see his work. The range of Castle shaped items that Patrick pioneered became the symbol of Kilkenny Crystal and Patrick's signature piece. Our use of traditional techniques means that our crystal is likened to antique quality. Each piece is deeply cut by hand and then polished with care to retain a fine finish. We create many original designs and unusual pieces and due to the limited number of pieces produced each year many items become valuable collectors items.

Kilkenny Carboot Sale

Callan Rd, Brownstown, Castleinch, Co. Kilkenny

Tel: 086 2575153

[email protected]

http://www.kilkennycarbootsale.ie

Kilkenny Car Boot Sale is a very large event which is held every Sunday at Castleinch Venue. You’ll find traders of all kinds, selling everything you can imagine! Some traders come from as far afield as West Cork and even Co. Mayo! That’s quite a commitment, but it shows how popular and important the Car Boot Sale has become. Some traders depend on the Car Boot Sale for their income, others do it because they love to have the craic and meet people.

Kilkenny Crafts

26 Rose Inn Street, Kilkenny

Tel: 056 7777456

[email protected]

Kilkenny's only Irish Souvenir shop with the cheapest prices and most friendly customer service. Experience a warm Irish Welcome. In our shop you will find legends of Kilkenny Range, Celtic and Natural Jewellery goods. We are a local source of information on: Castles, Round Towers, Holy Wells, Rag Trees, Solstice Sites, Fairy Forts, Leprechaun Groves, Mullechuaun Hills, Haunted Places, Stone Circles, Sacred and Beautiful Places.

MacDonagh Junction Shopping Centre

Mac Donagh Junction, Dublin Road, Kilkenny

Tel: 086 0407639

[email protected]

macdonaghjunction.com

MacDonagh Junction is the largest shopping centre in the south east. Located in the heart of Kilkenny City beside the train station, it is home to many of the top high street brands such as Dunnes, Next, River Island, TK Maxx, Carraig Donn, Jack & Jones, Only, Name It, Regatta, Pamela Scott, Champion Sports, Field's Jewelers, Eason, K-Bowl and H&M. MacDonagh Junction is also home to Boots, Art it Drop in studio, Carphone Warehouse, Peter Mark Hairstylists, Boston Barber, Flair Beauty Boutique, Fujifilm , Claire's accessories, Sky TV services, The Sweet Factory, St Canices Credit Union, Jump Juice, Sketchers and the Foroige Drum Youth Centre.

Lady Lorna Designer Emporium

Lady Lorna Designer Emporium is host to a range of talented Irish & International Designers, located on the medieval mile in the heart of Kilkenny City. Lady Lorna Designer Emporium’s selection of Designer fashion complimented by a range of stylish accessories emphasises elegance & individuality.

Padmore & Barnes

large retail department store in Kilkenny specialising in Footwear, Outdoor and Luggage with Camping in the summer and Ski in the winter. It also offers a fantastic selection to visitors in Casual Clothing, Sports House & Home, Garden Furniture, Barbeques, Crafts and Childrens clothing. Padmore & Barnes offers a unique blend of quality product in world famous brands such as Ecco, Josef Seibal, Lowa Alpine, Columbia, Samsonite, Nike, Vango and Musto to name but a few. The store is open 7 days a week and has a large car park.

Peaches Boutique

Andrea and Siobhan, who always had a natural love and flair for the fashion world, own one of Kilkenny’s Premier boutiques - bringing you alluring signature collections from Paris, Milan, New York and all the fashion capitals of the world. This stunning boutique is a well known shopping experience that focuses on individuality, allowing every lady to express their own sense of style. It is also a one stop shop for all occasions from casual chic to a day at the races, weddings, confirmations etc. And it does not stop there… The girls at Peaches boutique also offer a personal styling service and after hour opening available on request.

Ballykeeffe Amphitheatre

Ballykeeffe Amphitheatre, Kilmangah, Co. Kilkenny

Tel: 087 3980088

[email protected]

http://ballykeeffeamphitheatre.com

Nestled at the foot of the old Ballykeeffe Quarry, Ballykeeffe Amphitheatre brings the authentic atmosphere of an open-air Italian theatre to the quaint Kilkenny countryside. The once-bustling slate quarry had lain abandoned and in disarray for many years, with most indifferent to its very existence. However, in the late 1990s, a team of dedicated volunteers recognised a unique potential which was brought to fruition through hard work and perseverance, and in the year 2000 the amphitheatre proudly played host to the first of many performances – the Irish Defence Forces band & the Dublin Male Welsh Voice Choir.

Ballybur Castle

Ballybur Lane, Cuffsgrange, Co. Kilkenny

Tel: 087 0505668

[email protected]

http://www.ballyburcastle.com/

Ballybur Castle is a five storey 16th century towerhouse, 8km south of the medieval city of Kilkenny. The castle has been restored to it's former authentic glory using the same techniques and materials as the original 16th century builders. The rooms are larger and the stairs wider than in most of the known square towerhouses. With external dimensions of 38x30 feet, rising to a height of 65 feet, a surprising feature of Ballybur Castle is the light, though narrow, the windows have deep angled sills which deflect the light very efficiently. Ballybur Castle is now a luxury self-catering holiday home where you can have an unforgettable stay. Available for long or short term lettings, modern comforts have been incorporated without detracting from the charm and simple grandeur of this ancient dewlling. All beds in Ballybur Castle have orthopedia matresses, electric blankets, duvets with covers and feathered cushions, bedrooms also have victorian cast iron radiators installed. The castle comfortably sleeps eight people. The kitchen is fitted with a sink, oven grill, microwave and of course crockery, cutlery, glasses, etc. Full cleaning and catering services can be arranged.

The Hub, Cillin Hill

The Hub at Cillin Hill is a premier multi-purpose venue in the South East. Located in a commanding roadside position on the outskirts of thriving Kilkenny City, The Hub is located within Cillin Hill (visit www.cillinhill.com). The Hub is the ideal venue for exhibitions, conferences, comedy gigs, product launches, car/machinery shows, gala dinners, concerts and much more..

Shankill Castle – Festivals & Events

Shankill Castle is a unique family home often described as a living museum. It was first built as a Butler towerhouse near the ruins of a pre-reformation church. In 1708 it was rebuilt and set in a formal landscape, vista to the front and canal to the rear, by Peter Aylward. In the 19th century it was enlarged and castellated, serpentine bays added to the canal and an unusual polyhedral sundial given pride of place on a sunken lawn. The stable yard and castellated entrance to the demesne are attributed to Daniel Robertson. Nowadays visitors can take a guided tour of the castle and a walk around the gardens. Visit in spring for snowdrops, daffodils and tulips, summer for the meadows, art exhibitions and sunshine walks, autumn for the ScareFest, ghost tours and wand and quill making, winter for drawing classes and winter workshops.

BallyKeefe Distillery

Kyle, Ballykeefe, Cuffsgrange, County Kilkenny

Tel: 0877004538

[email protected]

ballykeefedistillery.ie

The BallyKeefe Distillery story is extremely rare and unique with it being the only distillery in Ireland that carries a culture of sustainability and a blue print for the environment. This state of the art new distillery at Ballykeefe is the first Whiskey distillery to operate in Kilkenny in over 200 years. It revives an Irish tradition of family farm distilleries lost for centuries. There is a huge emphasis on being eco-friendly, low carbon footprint and 100% sustainable, with the pot ale and spent grains fed to the cattle on the farm. This is a one of a kind in Ireland where everything from Grain to Glass is done on the family farm with no off-farm waste.

Barnstorm Theatre Company

Founded in Kilkenny in 1991, Barnstorm Theatre Company creates and presents high-standard, professional theatre for children and young people. It is also a resource organisation, using theatre & drama as a participative, personal development process for youth and local community groups, through its Youth Theatre, Adult Theatre Club and a community, schools and youth Outreach programme. The Barn is Barnstorm's own 80-seater black box venue. It is the home venue for our professional theatre for children aged 4-7; for the Adult Theatre Clubs and the Youth Theatre. The Barn features annually as a Kilkenny Arts Festival venue. Barnstorm's plays for children aged 8+ are performed in the nearby Watergate Theatre.

Cartoon Saloon

The Maltings, Tilbury Place, James Street, Kilkenny

Tel: 056 7764481

[email protected]

http://www.cartoonsaloon.ie/

Kilkenny-based Cartoon Saloon is an Academy Award®-nominated animation studio formed by Paul Young, Tomm Moore and Nora Twomey in 1999. From award-winning short films such as From Darkness, Cúilín Dualach/Backwards Boy, Old Fangs, The Ledge End Of Phil, and Somewhere Down the Line, to TV series like Skunk FU! and now Puffin Rock (launched on RTEjr in Jan 2015 and to be broadcast worldwide later this year), Cartoon Saloon has carved a special place in the international animation industry.

Kilkenny Castle

Go back in time to a 12th Century castle, remodelled and restored and set in 1830's splendour and extensive parklands: includes art gallery and playground. Publications are also on sale. Access for visitors with disabilities to ground floor and the gardens only.

Ceolteoiri Eireann

Curragh, Tullaroan, Co. Kilkenny

Tel: 086 8249618

[email protected]

comhaltas.ie

Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann is the largest group involved in the preservation and promotion of Irish traditional music. We’re a non-profit cultural movement with hundreds of local branches around the world, and as you can read in our history we’ve been working for the cause of Irish music since the middle of the last century (1951 to be precise). Our efforts continue with increasing zeal as the movement launches itself into the 21st century. The Comhaltas movement is organised into local branches, where most activities and classes take place. Branches are organised into regions (counties, in Ireland), and regions into provinces. Comhaltas Regional Resource Centres also provide additional services and facilities in their areas. Founded in 1987, they provide music and sean-nós dance classes each Thursday evening from 7 p.m. at St. John’s Senior School, Kilkenny from September to May. Summer Entertainment Show with Ceoltoiri Kilkenny at Kilkenny Castle each Wednesday evening from June - August. And they organise many tours abroad with their junior and senior performing groups and music class pupils.

Creamery House

Creamery House is an 18th century Georgian house located in the centre of the town of Castlecomer in County Kilkenny. Originally built in approx.1750 by the Wandesforde family who lived on the eastern side of the Deen river which flows through the town. Creamery House became dilapidated over the years but has now been extensively restored.

Hole in the Wall

17 High Street (rear), Kilkenny

Tel:

[email protected]

http://www.holeinthewall.ie/

The Hole in the Wall, Kilkenny's renowned 16th century tavern. It is housed in the oldest surviving townhouse in Ireland - the 1582 Archer Inner House, 17 High St. Fully restored over the past 10 years the Elizabethan building with its tavern, snug and Archer room are now open to visitors for the first time in hundreds of years. Tours currently take place on the weekends and evenings that describe the story of the house against the backdrop of the complex history of political and religious change in Kilkenny over the past 400 years.

Kilfane Glen & Waterfall

3.2km north of Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny

Tel: 056 7727105

[email protected]

kilfane.com

Kilfane Glen and Waterfall is a pristine example of a romantic era garden dating from the 1790s. Untouched for 200 years, it is a picturesque paradise with a waterfall tumbling its way to a rushing stream and woodland paths leading to a cottage orné. Tiny bridges sit among ancient trees, wild fox-gloves, ferns and other historically correct 18th century planting. The garden is listed as an Irish Heritage garden and was awarded assistance in 1993 by the European Union Cultural Commission. As an amenity it covers about 15 acres of easily accessible natural landscape. Other nearby gardens of historic significance are Altamount, Haywood (Luyteens), Mount Juliet, Woodstock and Ballymaloe Kitchen Gardens.

Jerpoint Park

Jerpoint, Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny

Tel: 086 6061449

[email protected]

jerpointpark.com

Visit the unique Heritage Site in Jerpoint Park and enjoy a guided tour of the footprints of a deserted 12th Century Medieval town dating back to 1200AD. Your local guide will delve into the history and importance of this once thriving town called Newtown Jerpoint. Take a step back in time and explore the standing remains of St. Nicholas's Church, the domestic tower and the stunning 14th Century Medieval Tomb. Jerpoint Park also offers Angling for wild Salmon and wild brown trout or why not try something completely unique and come watch our Sheep Dog demonstration, showcasing man and dog working together as one.

Kilkenny Arts Festival

Since its foundation in 1974, Kilkenny Arts Festival has gathered many of the world’s finest musicians, performers, writers and artists in Ireland’s medieval city each August. For ten days, the city’s historic churches, castle, courtyards, townhouses and gardens offer a magical setting for unique collaborations and intimate encounters between audiences and artists.

Kilkenomics Festival

2018 will mark the 9th edition of Kilkenomics - Europe’s first economics festival - which brings together some of the world’s leading economists, financial analysts and media commentators with some of our funniest, sharpest standup comedians. We’ve been called “Davos with jokes” and we wouldn’t disagree with that assessment. Our informal, entertaining formats invite our audiences to engage and enjoy. As we like to say: it’s serious, but it’s fun too! Jump into Kilkenomics now and engage with as many shows as possible, equip yourself with the information and insight we hope can help us all make smart choices for our futures - inform and entertain yourselves. People who have taken part in previous years include David McWilliams (co-founder of the festival), Constantin Gurdgiev, Max Keiser, Gillian Tett, Rory Sutherland, Linda Yueh and Yanis Varoufakis.

Kilkenny Country Music festival

This truly unique festival is set in the idyllic grounds of Gowran Park with built in facilities, a giant dance floor, easy parking and 10 minutes from the motorway this venue has it all..Join us for a day of fun, music and dance with some of the best Country musicians in Ireland. There’s something for everyone with activities for the kids, state of the art facilities ,dancing, onsite bars and restaurants and entertained by some of the best country musicians in Ireland this is the place to be on July 1st 2018 GAA fans attending this year will be able to view the Munster & Leinster Finals on the many tv screens around the racecourse so come along and enjoy the music while keeping track of the games.

The Iverk Show

The Iverk show, The oldest show in Ireland, is a one day traditional yet modern. Now in its 188th year the Iverk show is a family / community based event hosting All Ireland championship finals and qualifiers for other finals. There are local classes for horses, sheep, crafts, cattle, flowers, poultry, dogs, fruit, cakes, vegetables, farm produce, arts, jams and honey. There are classes are for adults and children with special sections for primary and secondary schools. There is a competition for the ‘Most Appropriately Dressed Lady’ and a bonny baby competition as well as a fashion show. A display of vintage cars, tractors and machinery with working demonstrations is one of the highlights. The 100’s of trade stands from large outdoor exhibits to small indoor industries & artisan food stands attracts local and national food producers. A garden and entertainment section has been developed in the past couple of years. The show has a total prize fund of almost €30,000.

Kilkenny Outdoor Music Festival

Rockfall Festival

The Rockfall Festival is an annual music festival, which takes on the October Bank Holiday weekend. This festival had meagre beginnings when it started off in 1989 with just 5 bands! The festival has now transformed to become one of the top music festivals in the south east of Ireland and features over 30 acts playing in music venues all over the city. Not only does the Rockfall Festival showcase young up and coming talent in Ireland but all the performers at the festival perform free of charge with all money raised going to charity.

Smithwicks Kilkenny Roots Festival

Since 1998 the festival has attracted some of the finest names in the Americana/Roots canon, including Calexico, Giant Sand, Ryan Adams, Alejandro Escovedo, Guy Clark, Chuck Prophet, Ray LaMontagne, Richmond Fontaine, Rodney Crowell, Phosphorescent, Sturgill Simpson and Alabama Shakes. Audiences wind their way through the medieval streets sampling the huge range of music in the 30 plus venues, hosting over 40 Irish and international acts, with over 90 ticketed and free shows from early afternoon until late into the night. There’s a mixture of old and new acts on the free pub gig trail and all styles are catered for, from swing to bluegrass, rockabilly to cajun, folk, blues and beyond.

Subtitle European Film Festival

The festival brings together a selection of European films that invites you to see cinema in a whole new way. Many of the films in the 2017 festival have never been screened theatrically in Ireland and 15 of them are Irish premieres; highlights for this year include a special VIP preview of Aku Louhimies’s epic film UNKNOWN SOLDIER, which has already smashed box office records in Finland; Valery Todorovsky’s terrific drama, BOLSHOI (he will be in Kilkenny to present both screenings), Alexei Uchitel’s lavish new picture, MATILDA and Tonie Marshall’s outstanding new film, NUMBER ONE (she will be in Kilkenny too). For our 2017 edition, we are presenting 29 films. We have a terrific collection of thrillers, dramas and comedies from Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Germany, Belgium, France, Spain, Italy, Switzerland, Poland, The Netherlands, Russia, Georgia and Bulgaria. We are very excited about the mix of movies available and we are confident that there’s something on offer for all tastes. There will be over 200 guests in Kilkenny for the festival, including over 50 brilliant European actors and some of the finest casting directors on the planet.

Town of Books Graiguenamanagh

The Graiguenamanagh ‘Town of Books’ Festival, now in its 15th year, was ‘born’ in 2003. From its origins as a small weekend event promoted on an experimental basis for one year, it has now grown into a fully fledged festival that features art, music, food and crafts, and a whole host of fringe activities. Of course, at its core the Graiguenamanagh ‘Town of Books’ retains its original vision, to transform Graiguenamanagh, for one weekend only, into a book lovers' paradise where booksellers are matched up with a number of empty spaces in the town.

Tradfest

Burrell's Hall, St. Kieran’s College, Kilkenny

Tel: 083 8722444

[email protected]

www.kilkennytradfest.com

Kilkenny TradFest showcases the best of Irish traditional music, in a variety of unique venues across Kilkenny city. Held across St.Patrick’s Day weekend, the festival is accessible to everyone, with both free and ticketed events. Join Tradfest to see world-class acts, fantastic traditional Irish musicians and bands, as well as all of the St. Patrick’s Festivities including the Parade. There are events for all ages, with the TradTrail, music & dance workshops, family activities and more.

Savour Kilkenny Festival

The Savour Kilkenny Festival is the city’s premier food festival and is relatively new on the scene. There’s a vibrant food culture in Kilkenny so there’s no place better to celebrate this passion. This festival is usually held on the October Bank holiday each year and features exquisite dinners, food tasting, wine tasting, baking competitions, cooking demonstrations, a food trail, food markets, celebrity chef cookery classes and a gala dinner. Of course there will also be lots of music and street entertainment.

Kilkenny Cat Laughs Festival

Kilkenny Cat Laughs is Ireland’s annual craic pilgrimage, and has been heralding the start of the summer season since 1995. Now in it’s 24th edition, the festival has played host over the years to international and domestic world class comedy and is renowned for treating both talent and audience to a warm, welcoming and convivial atmosphere in Kilkenny, at the heart of Ireland’s Ancient East. Cat Laughs has a reputation for being the comedians’ comedy festival, and for creating an atmosphere where anything can happen. Over the years the festival has nurtured the fledgling careers of Irish acts like Dara Ó Briain, Aisling Bea, Graham Norton, Dylan Moran, Maeve Higgins, Ardal O’Hanlon, Joanne McNally, Deirdre O’Kane, David O’Doherty, Des Bishop and many, many more. We have also welcomed international luminaries like Bill Murray, Zach Galifianakis, Laura Kightlinger, Bill Burr, George Wendt, Ross Noble, Peter Kay, Bill Bailey, Tig Notaro, Emo Philips and Sarah Millican among others. In 2017, Matt Smyth and Dan Colley of Collapsing Horse Theatre took over the reins as Artistic Directors, bringing some of their own comedy influences onboard and and building on the fine legacy of the festival. They take the helm again in 2018 and look forward to combining the best in comedy standup with new names in the world of improv, sketch, podcasts and more. Roll on summer!

Sullivans Brewing Company

The Glasshouse, 16 John Street Lower, Kilkenny

Tel: 056 7797980

[email protected]

https://www.sullivansbrewingcompany.com/

The clean hop bitterness and subtle fruit flavours from our cask ale yeast, add balance, interest and enhanced drinkability to create a smooth, balanced classic ale. Brewed by local experts, by hand, in small batches, with enormous heart and the finest locally sourced ingredients Our first beer from the revived Sullivan’s Brewing Company is Maltings Red Ale (4% abv). It’s a refreshingly balanced, ruby tinted classic Irish ale with a depth of malt flavour giving rich biscuit and gentle caramel notes. Traditionally brewed with only Kilkenny-grown ale malt, including three special darker malts and three varieties of hop. Fermented and matured with cask ale yeast and coupled with our no-rush brewing produces a smooth balanced classic ale.

Paris Texas Bar & Restaurant

Looking for restaurants in Kilkenny, Paris Texas is located on the main shopping street in the heart of Kilkenny City. Newly refurbished the pub has transformed into one of the leading Gastro pubs in the South East and is home to an in-house wood smoking oven offering a fusion of traditional American South West favourites with the sophistication of New Orleans French Quarter. Paris Texas delivers restaurant quality food at affordable prices ensuring its popularity with local and visitors alike. Regular offers and specials are available mid week with ladies night on Friday not to be missed. Inside this wonderfully adorned pub the bar extends right back from the High St with a large seated area for dining leading on to a bespoke designed covered smoking area and then on to a Gin Bar where Friday Nights come into their own.

Woodstock Gardens

Woodstock Estate, Inistioge, Co. Kilkenny

Tel: 056 7794373

[email protected]

http://www.woodstock.ie/

The beautiful Woodstock Gardens and Arboretum are located overlooking the River Nore Valley and the picturesque village of Inistioge. The gardens date to the 1740's with the main development taking place in the 1800's. A period of disrepair followed during the 1900's following the burning of Woodstock House, however in 1999, Kilkenny County Council undertook an ambitious programme of garden restoration which is now well advanced. Features include a walled garden, rose garden, rockery garden, a recreated Turner Conservatory, a collection of rare and exotic trees in the arboretum and much more including many tranquil woodland walks.

Kiltorcan Raceway

Kiltorcan, Ballyhale, Co. Kilkenny

Tel: 087 2464872

[email protected]

https://kiltorcan.com

Kiltorcan Raceway is one of Ireland's best go-kart circuit's and is known to be challenging, exhillarating and fun, while still being an extremely safe track. So whether you are coming as an individual, group of friends, on a corporate team building day or that all important fun filled hen or stag party the team at Kiltorcan Raceway will make sure your time here is packed with excitement and fun while ensuring your safety at all times. If you are new to go-kart racing or are an experienced driver our state of the art kart's paired with our outdoor super smooth 1000 metre, all weather, floodlit go-kart track will offer you the buzz of a lifetime.

K Bowl Entertainment Centre

Ten Pin Bowling is a family activity that can be enjoyed by all ages from children as young as 3 years of age. At KBowl you can experience state of the art computerized scoring systems while relaxing on leather sofas enjoying a selection of refreshments. We now serve food. Why not have some pizza and chips with your bowling, kids meals and much more. Always popular is the KZone area with air hockey and more. All lanes are fully accessible to wheelchair users and are fitted with side bumpers to ensure the best chance of a STRIKE every time!!

Kilkenny Golf Club

18 Hole Championship Parkland Course in Kilkenny. Playable all year round due to sand based greens. Close to city centre. Full catering facilities available. The course, which is of championship standard, is set on 120 acres of parkland and measures 5,933 metres with a par of 71. The course is mostly flat terrain with an abundance of trees. Notable features are the difficult par threes, the long par four eleventh and the final four holes which have ruined many a fine card! A feature at the 10th tee is a “Fulacht Fiadh”, or ancient Irish kitchen. This type of structure dates back to the Bronze Age when these ancient cooking places were horse shoe shaped mounds made up of small pieces of stone and situated close to a water source or in marshy ground. After a game visitors will find the clubhouse, like the city - very friendly where they can relax in a convivial atmosphere and partake of the Bar and full catering facilities available throughout the day.

Mountain View Golf Course

A beautiful eighteen hole parkland golf course situated on over 120 acres of prime Kilkenny land. Ideally situated in the South East and only 20 minutes drive from Kilkenny. Pass through the grand entrance, drive up the tree lined avenue and you have arrived. A beautiful and unique golf course awaits you and so to does some of the best scenery in South East Ireland.

Kilkenny Ghost Tours

This one of a kind ghost tour takes you through the medieval capital of Ireland. Kilkenny with its narrow cobbled lanes, remnants of its city walls and with its mystic charm, it should be no surprise that Kilkenny is bursting with tales of the paranormal. Its people have told stories for generations, handed down to become far more than hearsay. Kilkenny’s ghostly tales all have one very important thing in common they are all based around fact and arise from genuine historic tragedies.

Kilkenny GAA

Nowlan Park, home to Kilkenny's famed black and amber stripes since the 1930’s. Kilkenny GAA (Cumann Luthchleas Gael, Cill Chainnigh) is the largest sporting organisation in the county. Community based, it organises Hurling, Football, Camogie, Handball and Ladies Football activities for all age groups while providing a comfortable and modern setting for spectators. Recent renovations have made room for global stars to embark upon Kilkenny to perform under the roof of Nowlan Park and have provided the opportunity for corporate guests to host meetings and events.

Kilkenny Activity Centre

Kilkenny Activity Centre, as seen on TV3, BBC, RTE and Irish TV, is a purpose built activity centre which caters for groups from age 7+. Our activities include bubble soccer, splatball, paintball, giant darts, an outdoor assault course and loads of fun! We are located to the rear of the Orchard House Bar and Restaurant and our grounds, which cover five acres include two bubble soccer fields, four paintball arenas and of course our "Hells Kitchen" assault course. Located just a short distance from the city centre we offer packages to suit individuals and groups alike, be it birthday parties, school tours, hens, stags, corporate groups or families looking for a fun day out.

Castle Express Road Train Ltd

Outside Kilkenny Castle Park, The Parade, Kilkenny

Tel: 087 6997377

[email protected]

http://www.irishtouristtrains.ie/

Sit back and relax on our custom built train and let us bring the wonderful and historic sights of Kilkenny to you. It leaves the Kilkenny Castle at half past the hour, every hour with first departure at 9.30am to final departure at 6.30pm. Sit back and relax on our custom built train and let us bring the wonderful and historic sights of Kilkenny to you. Meander along the picturesque lanes and streets of Kilkenny and let us take you on a nostalgic journey reminiscent of the gone steam train.

Kilkenny Cycling Tours

Kilkenny Cycling Tours offers you the opportunity to visit historical and cultural sites around Kilkenny including Kilkenny Castle, The Kilkenny Design Centre, Shee Alms House, The Tholsel, St. Mary’s Church, Rothe House & Gardens, The Courthouse (Grace’s Castle), St. Francis’ Abbey, The Black Abbey and St. Canice’s Cathedral. Experience Irish hospitality while having an enjoyable easy-paced cycling around the medieval capital of Ireland with photo opportunities and historical information provided at each destination.

Kilkenny Air Soft

Kilkenny Airsoft is the first fully automated airsoft indoor shooting range in the whole of Ireland. The facilities are there to cater for everyone, from experienced shooters to those who have never held a gun before. Special packages are on offer for families (all participants must be 8 or older), birthday parties and even hen and stag parties.Drinks and food are of course available, and the location in Wallslough Village is both convenient – just 3km from Kilkenny city centre – and beautiful. People are travelling there from all over the country to experience the range’s super-fun activities.

Nore Valley Park Open Farm

Nore Valley Park, Bennettsbridge, Co Kilkenny

Tel: 056 7727229

[email protected]

http://www.norevalleypark.com/

Come explore and enjoy some fun at the farm or stay in our campsite full of mod cons at the delightfully idyllic Nore Valley. Take time out and stroll around the energetic farm while the children play in an interactive and relaxed setting. Bottle feed lambs or goats and feed the ducks and turkeys as well as learning a great deal of knowledges about your Irish heritage of farming. Relax with a cup of tea and home baked scones, biscuits and plenty of other delicious treats while the boys rip up the tracks on our Go-Karting race course. With endless things to do at Nore Valley, there is something for the whole family.

The Playstation Family Entertainment Centre

Unit 25, Hebron Business Park, Kilkenny

Tel: 056 7712040

[email protected]

http://theplaystation.ie/

The Playstation offers a fun, spacious, safe and clean children's entertainment play centre in Kilkenny. We have facilities for toddlers and children off all ages. Come and join us for plenty of fun - & coffee and treats for the adults!

Pure Adventure River Activities

Pure Adventure is based in the heart of the Barrow Valley in the Picturesque Village of Graiguenamanagh, Co. Kilkenny. Pure Adventure is a family run business that is built on a passion for the outdoors and for water sports and our mission is to share our passion with our visitors, giving you a great experience and memories that will last a lifetime. Pure Adventure offers a range of Kayaking, Canoeing, Stand Up Paddle Boarding and Hill Walking activities to suit all ages and abilities. All equipment is supplied and all guides are fully qualified and highly experienced.

National Reptile Zoo

The National Reptile Zoo is Ireland’s only dedicated reptile zoo! We give you the unique opportunity to come face to face with some of the world’s most amazing animals – including giant pythons, monitor lizards, snapping turtles, tortoise, alligators, tarantulas and more! We pride ourselves on providing a hands-on, interactive experience for every visitor through our hourly Animal Encounters and Tropical Walk-Through Dome, it’s an experience not to be missed!

Smithwicks Experience

Immerse yourself in the story of Smithwick’s, told as only a local knows how. Where 300 years of history combine with extraordinary brewing innovations, to create the Smithwick’s tour – an experience like no other.

Kilkenny City Road Train

Warrington Equestrian Centre

Excellent facilities to suit every standard of rider. Indoor and outdoor arenas. Cross Country, Lessons, Riding Holidays, and Children's Summer Camps. Coffee Shop. Warrington Top Flight Equestrian Centre run by the Moloney family who have been involved in all aspects of the horse industry for many years, and have competed internationally in showjumping and eventing. The centre has excellent facilities including dressage, trekking and cross country, Members of the club compete in both national and international events. The Riding Club provides tuition for students at all levels.

The Watershed

For Fitness, for Leisure, for Family Fun - The Watershed is THE sports and leisure facility in Kilkenny and one of Ireland's finest. Non-members are welcome to the enjoy the extensively equipped Pool and Fitness Gym facilities where you can take a dip in the 25m Fina Standard Swimming Pool and follow this with a visit to the Health Suite with Sauna, Steam Room and Jacuzzi. Or perhaps work out for fitness or pleasure in our Gym where an experienced staff member will be on hand to offer instruction and advice. Young children will love the Toddler Fun Pool with aqua play features and The Watershed also run a popular Multi-Activity Camp programme specially developed for children of primary school age, throughout the school holiday periods - the ideal way to keep your children active and entertained while you take part in some local retail therapy or sightseeing.

Wild Summits Irl.

At Wild Summits we provide fun and exciting adventure activities for all ages. We have a focus on Rock Climbing and Hill Walking with all our guides being fully qualified in the activities run.

Art It

Priory House, MacDonagh Junction, Kilkenny

Tel: 086 3085270

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http://dididobree-wilson.com/

From life drawing to action-packed paintballing on canvas, Art it offers something to suit everyone. Children can join art and craft classes on weekends, art camps in summer, and they can take advantage of the popular “drop in “ service where parents can leave children in a safe, creative environment to get crafty for an hour or two, painting, decorating and decopatching paper macce' pieces, glassware, pottery, T-Shirts and jewellery, while parents tour Kilkenny or shop. Art It is for all ages, so parents can have great fun here too spending family time together!

Castlecomer Golf Club

Don't miss an opportunity to play this fantastic 18 hole, beautifully designed golf course with breath-taking views of the surrounding landscape. The course is set in a 200-year-old forest of elevated beauty, with magnificent views of the surrounding countryside. With new developments of this course completed in 2003, the new layout has been uniquely designed and well received by all players.

Castlecomer Discovery Park

The Estate Yard, Castlecomer, Kilkenny

Tel: 056 4440707

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http://www.discoverypark.ie/

Castlecomer Discovery Park offers an exciting range of activities around the estate including tree top walks, climbing walls, boating, adventure playgrounds, orienteering and most recently Ireland’s longest zip wire and high ropes challenge. At the hub of the site, there is the Irish Mining Museum, a purpose-built cafe, craft village, and spaces for educational activities. Castlecomer Discovery Park comprises 80 acres of natural woodland and lakes. It opened to the public in 2007 to commemorate the coal-mining heritage following the closure of the local mines in 1969. It aims to develop rural tourism, generate local employment and regenerate the town.

Countryside Activity Centre

Countryside Leisure Activity Centre, Bonnettsrath (Less then 10 mins from city centre) Offers a range of activities including Clay Pigeon Shooting, Indoor Rifle Target Shooting and Archery. All equipment provided and full instructions given. Perfect for all Hen and Stag Parties

Footgolf /Rugbygolf Kilkenny

Pococke Golf Course is a mature 12 hole Parkland course, open to the public and which is just 5 minutes from Kilkenny City Centre. Featuring water on several holes as well as Greenside and Fairway Bunkers, Mature Spinnies and other obstacles. Suitable for both the experienced and new golfer. It is open all year around. Footgolf is one of Ireland's newest and coolest sports games combining two of the worlds most popular sports, football and golf. Rugbygolf... the new sport in Ireland is played over 9 holes, using a rugbyball and kicking tee. You kick, pass & throw the rugby ball. To get it into the hole in as few shots as possible, using Basic Golf rules.

Newpark Golf Driving Range

Enclosed bays, with plenty of outdoor grass space, superb putting green and pitching area.

Go with the Flow River Adventures

Looking to get the family active in outdoor activities – then this is the perfect opportunity for you! Go with The Flow brings you adventurous Canoeing trips in Kilkenny. Our unique experience offers you the chance to explore the beautiful countryside of Kilkenny by taking you into beautiful, unspoilt and exciting waterways. Our charismatic instructors will guide you along exclusive trails and show you how to shoot weirs and ride the rapids. We will pass through dramatic landscapes, mysteries wooded valleys and old navigations once used by the Guinness barges to deliver Ireland’s favourite tipple. Bring a picnic, visit the playground of The Incredible Mr Kavanagh and take a swim in tranquil sheltered waters of our favourite remote pools.

Gowran Park Race Company Ltd

This picturesque track in Co.Kilkenny has developed into one of Ireland’s premier Racetracks. The track hosts 16 race meetings throughout the year featuring both National Hunt and Flat Race meetings. The racing season at Gowran Park has quality fixtures spread evenly throughout the year starting with the Thyestes Handicap Chase in January.

Hawkeye Falconry Ireland

Hawkeye Falconry offers you the Bird of Prey experience of a lifetime. This, the noblest of all field sports, gives you the unique opportunity to personally fly, handle, feed and interact with some of the world’s most amazing Bird’s of Prey. Our skilled Falconers will educate and entertain as you learn some amazing facts about these magnificent birds. You will witness birds swooping from the heavens, gliding through the trees and feel the wind from our Eagle Owl’s wings as she flies to your gloved hand ….. and lots more! Get the experience of a lifetime by joining us on a Hawk Walk or have us come to your event or party for an exciting, fun, entertaining and educational day.

The Kilkenny Way Hurling Experience

We provide a unique sporting experience giving you an insight into the world's Oldest (3000 yrs) and fastest field game in the true Home Of Hurling Champions - Kilkenny. Join us for two Hours of Hurling fun in the Home of the Famous Kilkenny Cats.

Rivercourt Hotel

The Bridge, John Street, Kilkenny City. R95 Y104

Tel: 056 7723388

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http://www.rivercourthotel.com

The Kilkenny River Court Hotel is a gorgeous 4 star hotel located right in the heart of our beautiful Medieval city. It is located in a quiet secluded courtyard just off the main tourist area, yet only a stroll from all major attractions. Each of our 102 guest rooms are stylishly decorated with splendid fine furnishings, crisp white linens and soft neutral tones, ensuring a restful night’s sleep every night. Most guest rooms overlook the River Nore with sensational views of Kilkenny Castle. We also offer FREE Wi-Fi throughout this Kilkenny Hotel and complimentary car parking for our hotel residents and patrons. Guests can dine at the award winning Riverside Restaurant or Terrace Kitchen both offering stunning views of Kilkenny Castle, exceptional service and delicious food.  Guests also have the option of dining outdoors in the summer. The Riverview Bar is comfortable and friendly with an extensive food menu that is served all day, every day! Guests also have the option of dining outdoors in the summer. The Kilkenny River Court Hotel are experts in Weddings, special occasions & family celebrations, conferences and meetings and everything in between!