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In America they have Independence Day; Australians celebrate Australia Day and let us not forget here in Ireland, we have our very own St Patricks Day! All national days of celebrations and reasons for us to get out and explore the very best cultural and heritage experiences that surround us. Well, let us introduce you to ‘Kilkenny Day’, a day dedicated to everything that is great about Kilkenny!! The first Kilkenny Day will take place on Sunday 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!!


To celebrate ‘Kilkenny Day’ and to acknowledge the wonderful work of our fantastic frontline workers we are asking all the churches, chapels and places of worship in the City and County to ring their bells at 3pm on Sunday 11th October. We are encouraging everyone in Kilkenny to join in – Ring a bell at your home or place of work and wear black & amber with pride and show that we are all at one with our frontline workers. Upload your photos to our facebook page and tag #kilkennyday. 



For ‘Kilkenny Day’ create your own village cat, ideally using recycled materials!

We are looking for towns, villages and neighbourhoods across the city and county to create and display a Kilkenny Cat that is fitting of the title ‘King of the Cats’! Upload your King Cat to our facebook page before October 11th and tag #kilkennyday.

The most creative cat wins a wild flower meadow for their community!

Taste Kilkenny

Let's Taste Kilkenny

Kilkenny is home to many of Ireland’s finest food growers, producers and retailers. We also have some of the best chefs and cooks in the country who take our beautiful ingredients and convert them into amazing dishes. For ‘Kilkenny Day’ make sure to treat yourself to some delicious takeaway food from your favourite Kilkenny City and County eateries. Special Kilkenny Day dishes available from Cakeface Patisserie, Aran Bakery, Zuni, Cafe la CoCo, Muse at the Butler Gallery and many more.

Know The Nore

Know the Nore

‘Know the Nore’ will have an environmental theme, where people will be invited to a talk on the Nore Vision Project, bring along a bag of litter and in return receive a branded bag.

There are two trail options, for a 12km moderate walk. There is the Kilkenny to Bennettsbridge (12km) walk or if you would like a shorter 2.5km walk, the Canal Loop is another option Lacken / Canal / John Street). Meet at tennis court in the County Council carpark John Street. Starting at 10am (to 11am) walkers will set off every 15 minutes after their introductory talk on The Nore Vision Project. 

Due to covid-19, we cannot provide transport from Bennettsbridge. Please arrange for transport or walk back to Kilkenny.

BE EQUIPPED! Wear comfortable footwear and bring rain gear and don’t forget to wear the black and amber for Kilkenny Day!

Let us know you are coming along: Email info@norevision.ie or call 089 6124914

Bling Your Bike

Bling your Bike

A focus on getting outdoors will be very much part of Kilkenny Day, with people been encouraged to get out on their bikes and take part in a photo competition on the day. 

Wear black and amber and ‘bling your bike’ too! Upload your photos to our Facebook page and use the hashtag #kilkennyday.

We have a fantastic prize of a City Cycling Tour for a family of 6 with Kilkenny Cycles for the best dressed rider & bike!


Own Your County..Know Your County

Our city and county has some of the most amazing places to see and things to do; activity centres, heritage sites, visitor centres, gardens, parks and exhibitions. For ‘Kilkenny Day’ be an online tourist in your own city and county and take a virtual tour of all the fabulous attractions that you haven’t visited before. See our Kilkenny Day facebook page and YouTube channel
Get all the family dressed up for Kilkenny Day – Wear black and amber with pride and to be in with a chance to win ‘best dressed local virtual visitor’.

(Upload your photos to our Facebook page and tag #kilkennyday.) 


Kilkenny Conversations

For Kilkenny Day, Edward Hayden has very kindly agreed to host a series of chats with some very interesting Kilkenny people whose life stories have not been heard before.

Edward is a skilled broadcaster and interviewer and always manages to put his guests at ease. He unwinds their lives and get to know them, their passions and their challenges. Join Edward and his guests online at 6pm every day (in the week leading into Kilkenny Day) to hear the interviews pre-recorded in the beautiful surroundings of Kilkenny Castle.


Kilkenny Sculpture Trail

Walking Tour - Sculpture Trail

The trail opens up heritage gardens and courtyards at the heart of Kilkenny, and encourages participants to rediscover the city through fresh eyes.

Beginning from the courtyard of Castle Yard and the Butler House Gardens, you’ll walk through Kilkenny Castle Park, The Medieval Mile, and the Butler Gallery at Evans’ Home, as well as taking in art at shopfronts, hotels and unexpected locations.

Guided walking tours will commence from The Kiosk on the Parade 11am and 2pm.

Booking essential via our Kilkenny Day Facebook page.

Let's Shop Kilkenny

Kilkenny is a great place to shop with an array of fabulous clothing, jewellery, gift, household, craft and hardware shops to choose from throughout the City and County. For Kilkenny Day, we have asked all the shops to do something special, so watch out for incentives and discounts available on Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th October. Participating shops will display their offers in their shop window and will share their special offers on our ‘Kilkenny Day’ Facebook page. For anyone looking for style advice, Siobhan Donohoe, a Kilkenny woman who loves fashion will be available for one to one style online advise.

To book a slot with Siobhan please email her on styleadvicekk@gmail.com.

Local Food Showcased

So that you can stock up on great local ingredients ahead of ‘Kilkenny Day’ we have organised an online ‘showcase’ of the tasty range of food products made by our fabulous artisan producers across the County.

Join the effervescent, life-loving Kilkenny culinary duo, Edward Hayden and Anne Neary who will take a virtual food tour of the County and chat about what makes Kilkenny such a great foodie destination.

See Kilkenny Day Facebook page for details


Our 'Elders' are Our Heroes

Music is good for the soul!

For Kilkenny Day we are bringing music into the grounds of our City and County Nursing Homes. We want to acknowledge the patience and understanding of the fantastic residents and their
families who have had to contend with challenging times over the past 6 months. They have shown such grace and dignity.

We also want to commend the great work of all that staff that care for the residents. We hope that the sound of music from some of Kilkenny’s great musicians will lift all of their spirits!


Literary Kilkenny

Library Podcast 1 – WHO WAS ST. CANICE?

Historian and author Eoin Swithin Walsh investigates the story of St. Canice, the Derry-born Saint that Kilkenny City and County is named after. Much that we know is hear-say and mythological – this podcast will explore what is recorded about his life and legacy. Very fitting given that Kilkenny Day is on the feast of St. Canice.


To mark ‘Kilkenny Day’, Historian and author Eoin Swithin Walsh podcast will introduce listeners to a compendium of Kilkenny facts, figures and trivia, the things that make Kilkenny city and County unique and special. Tune in to hear these fabulous podcasts organised by Kilkenny Library Services.

Available on the Kilkenny Digital Archive and on www.kilkenny.ie

Kilkenny Authors

Kilkenny Born Authors

“A Chapter of Kilkenny Authors Map” – from the Banim brothers in Kilkenny City to the O’Leary clan in Graiguenamanagh, discover a number of interesting authors from Kilkenny City and County.

This is a digital interactive map of authors which has been devised in conjunction with the GIS section in Kilkenny County Council. Travel around the county, digitally – each location has images and a short biography of local authors. Further works by these authors are available through the
Library Service Local Studies Department. www.kilkennylibrary.ie


Young Soldier Tribute

Thomas Woodgate from Mill Street, Callan, Co. Kilkenny was only 14 years old when he died in October 1918. He was the youngest official Irish casualty from the 26 Counties who died as a result of enemy fire in World War 1 1914 – 1918.

Thomas Woodgate drowned along with 500 other souls when the RMS Leinster was struck by 3 Torpedoes fired from the German Submarine, UB 123, just off the Kish lighthouse on October 10th 1918 at almost a month to the day before the end of the war.

For Kilkenny Day, the Kilkenny War Memorial committee are unveiling a new sculpture
dedicated to Thomas Woodgate. Be sure to look out for it in the Market Yard when out and about in Kilkenny.

Cats Eyes

Cat's Eye Competition

How well do you know Kilkenny people who are in the ‘public eye’?

With masks being a feature of life at the moment we all must become better are recognising people by their eyes! We will show you six pairs of eyes and you must guess who’s eyes they are!

Email your answers to kilkennyday@kilkennycoco.ie by 11th October.

Own Black and Amber

Let’s show how proud we are to BE Kilkenny! Let’s own black and amber for the day!

Dress yourself, your home, your street, your village and your pets in
black and amber on Sunday 11th October.

Upload your photo to our Facebook page and tag #kilkennyday. The photo with the most number of likes wins a Kilkenny Day prize in the following categories!

• Best dressed Kilkenny Man
• Best dressed Kilkenny Women
• Best dressed Kilkenny Cat
• Best dressed Kilkenny Dog
• Best dressed Kilkenny Community


Raffle for Cancer

Relay for Life Kilkenny Committee are organising a very exciting raffle to raise much needed funds to support the ongoing work of the Irish Cancer Society. The money raised will be used locally to fund Night Nurses, caring for patients in their home at end of life, and to provide transport for patients attending Hospital for treatments and appointments.

There are two prizes that everyone will want to win!
First prize is a beautiful framed painting, titled “Castle Pink ” painted and donated by the very talented Kilkenny artist Mike Cantwell.

Second prize is a Liverpool jersey, (Size XL) signed by Steven Gerrard, professional football manager and former Liverpool player.

Tickets, priced at just €5 each or three for €10. See Relay For Life Kilkenny facebook page for details.  

 Make sure you are in with a chance to win!!

The Committee is very grateful for the ongoing support we receive every year and we hope this year will be no different. 

Bike To School

1000 Bikes to School

To mark Kilkenny Day, primary school’s in the City and County are being asked to encourage their pupils to cycle to school on Friday 9th October.

Students who cycle to school will enjoy a ‘No Uniform Day’ and the school will benefit too! There will be a sapling tree donated for EVERY bike cycled to school.

Share with us your school name and the number of bikes cycled to your school. Upload your photo’s to our Facebook page and use the tag #kilkennyday.

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