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Kilkenny Catwalk Art Trail

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The Kilkenny Catwalk Trail 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.

This April is the last chance to see the cats before they are auctioned to raise funds for the Kilkenny Civic Trust St Mary’s Alms House renovation project and are delivered to their new owners around the country and the world. The live auction will take place in Butler House Orangeries at 18:30 on 5th May 2022


Visitors are invited to follow the trail on the official Kilkenny Catwalk Trail App and find sculptures that are 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.




See Cat Walk Trail Map Here 

Visit: www.kilkennycatwalk.ie

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 April 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, Mayor


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.

See the complete panel of artists below. Click on the images to learn more about them. 

Saturio Alonso               Print 

Saturio Alonso                                         Steven Aylin


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    Orla de Brí                                              Paul Bokslag  


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Gerard Casey                                              Helen Comerford


 Richard Hearns     Print

  Richard Hearns                                    Bernadette Kiely


 Print    Blaise Smith 

Mick Minogue                                               Blaise Smith 


 Sile Walsh     Print

 Sile Walsh                                       Ossory Youth Group


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  Maria Pareja                                         Graham Carew


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 Chris Judge                                         Mary de Blacam


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John Behan                                                    Eamon Colman


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  Paul Mosse                                                   Francis Tansey


Elizabeth Cope

Elisabeth Cope

Contact Information & Media Enquiries

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

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