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The Kilkenny Catwalk 2021 is a fantastic arts trail of 21 wonderful Kilkenny Cat sculptures which have been decorated by some of Ireland’s most talented artists, mainly local, for public display in and around Kilkenny City. Trail goes live from Kilkenny Day 2021 to Easter 2022

The Kilkenny Catwalk 2021 art trail featuring 21 magnificent cat sculptures will follow a route similar to the one indicated above. Visitors will be invited to follow the trail on the official Kilkenny Catwalk Trail App and find sculptures that will be located in Kilkenny’s beautiful public spaces many of which are attached to the heritage buildings around the city. The trail is designed to immerse people in Kilkenny’s rich heritage while at the same time supporting our local Tourism and Hospitality businesses in their re-opening efforts. At the conclusion of the project, all artwork will be auctioned to raise funds for the refurbishment of the St Marys Almshouse in Kilkenny.


This project is a partnership between Kilkenny Civic Trust and Kilkenny County Council and was created by The Art of Tourism who specialise in the delivery of public art trails. The Kilkenny Catwalk Art Trail can be engaged with outdoors, whilst adhering to physical distancing requirements, regardless of restrictions. It provides creative work for mainly local artists and gives local businesses the knock-on benefits of visitors being attracted to Kilkenny to view the new creative and colourful trail.

The Cat model is a 5ft tall fibreglass resin sculpture based on The Secret of Kells character, Pangur Bán, created by four-time Academy Award®, Golden Globe®, BAFTA and Emmy nominated Kilkenny-based animation studio, Cartoon Saloon.


The trail goes live from Kilkenny Day 2021 to Easter 2022 and people from all over Ireland are invited to get outdoors, follow the trail and enjoy a fun, bright and engaging activity.



“The Kilkenny Catwalk brings business, arts and local communities in Kilkenny together to support our local tourism and hospitality sector and creates an amazing public arts trail, while raising much-needed funds for the Kilkenny Civic Trust for their vital conservation work with the St Marys Almshouse refurbishment project.”  Cllr. Andrew McGuinness Cathaoirleach





Meet the Artists

All of the artists invited to take part in this project will receive a 5ft blank canvas in the shape of Pangur Bán shown above. They will all be decorated in the artist’s unique style! We cannot wait to see this process unravel.

The complete panel of artists is made up of

Saturio Alonso       Print       Print      Print

Saturio Alonso                                       Steven Aylin                                                  Orla de Brí                                             Paul Bokslag  



Print      Print      Richard Hearns      Print

 Gerard Casey                                              Helen Comerford                                      Richard Hearns                                    Bernadette Kiely



 Print       Blaise Smith         Sile Walsh        Print

Mick Minogue                                               Blaise Smith                                                    Sile Walsh                                                Ossory Youth Group



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  Maria Pareja                                         Graham Carew                                               Chris Judge                                               Mary de Blacam



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John Behan                                                    Eamon Colman                                              Paul Mosse                                                   Francis Tansey


Elizabeth Cope

Elisabeth Cope



Contact Information & Media Enquiries

To find out more about this new public art trail, visit kilkennycatwalk.ie or email KilkennyCatwalk@gmail.com


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