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Six Great Things To Do in Kilkenny This Autumn

When summer’s heat begins to cool, when the air grows crisp in the morning and the days grow shorter, it’s time to gear up for a Kilkenny getaway. This autumn, Kilkenny has lined up so many activities for visitors, from feline adventures and spooky tours to animation and comedy, start planning your staycation now with our top 6 things to do:

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Kilkenny Cat Walk Trail

The Kilkenny Catwalk 2021 is a trail of 21 wonderful Kilkenny Cat sculptures which have been decorated by some of our most talented artists, mainly local, for public display in and around Kilkenny City in the second half of 2021.

This arts project is a partnership project between Kilkenny Civic Trust and Kilkenny County Council which can be engaged with outdoors, whilst adhering to physical distancing requirements, regardless of restrictions. The Cat Walk art trail will be fun, bright and engaging and will bring a smile to people’s faces and support the Keep Well Campaign. People are invited to get outdoors, follow the trail and enjoy it.

Visit: www.kilkennycatwalk.ie


Kilkenny Ghost Tour

Kilkenny Ghost Tours

Why not try a ghost tour through the ‘Medieval Capital of Ireland’ and uncover terrifying tales and horrid histories. With its narrow cobbled laneways, 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. Scares await at every turn.  

 Visit: www.kilkennyghosttours.com


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Kilkenny Animated - 1st - 3rd Oct

Kilkenny Animated is a festival of visual storytelling, incorporating cartoons, animation and illustration in a series of exhibitions, talks, performances, workshops and experiences that celebrate the creativity and craft of the visual image. The festival is hosted by twice-Academy Award® nominated animation studio, Cartoon Saloon and is set against and inspired by the backdrop of Kilkenny’s medieval streets and slipways at the heart of Ireland’s Ancient East. Kilkenny Animated is the first festival of its kind in the world to bring together so many different aspects of visual storytelling for the enjoyment and appreciation of wider public audience.

Visit: www.kilkennyanimated.com

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Kilkenny Day - 11th Oct

Let us introduce you to ‘Kilkenny Day’, a day dedicated to everything that is great about Kilkenny! Kilkenny Day will take place on Monday 11th October and will consist of a packed programme of events that will run across the city and county, showcasing the very best the county has to offer. But before we give you some of the line-up of events, let us remind you that people are been asked to don black and amber on the day to demonstrate pride in the county colours, so whether it’s a GAA shirt or a colourful holiday shirt that’s been lying in the wardrobe, there are no excuses!

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Ireland's Medieval Mile

Ireland’s Medieval Mile stretches from the iconic Castle to St. Canice’s Cathedral, with similarly notable historic gems along its path. Furthermore, it has become one of our biggest attractions. You simply can’t miss the Churches, Museum and historical treasures. Well preserved examples of Ireland’s past for example include a 13th century Dominican Abbey and the only complete early 17th-century merchant’s townhouse are similarly show stopping.

Visit: www.medievalmile.com


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Kilkenomics: 4th – 7th November

Save the date in your diary, November 4th – 7th 2021. Kilkenomics is the world’s first economics and comedy festival, brings together some of the world’s leading economists, financial analysts and media commentators with some of our funniest, sharpest stand- up comedians.

Jump into Kilkenomics and engage with as many shows as possible, get equipped with the information and insight that hopefully can help everyone make smart choices for the future – inform and be entertained- just for the laugh!!

Visit: www.kilkenomics.com

From feline trails and spooky tours to animation and comedy, start planning your autumn staycation now!