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  • Upcoming Events
  • Gig Guide (scroll down to see)

2015 Festivals

 

 

This Week's Musical / Theatre / Events

  • For up to date information on what is happening in Kilkenny City and County, see the twitter accounts @Kilkenny and @loveKilkenny.
  • Artisan Kilkenny - Renowned as the 'Craft Capital of Ireland' and with a thriving food scene, Kilkenny is bursting with exceptional artisan experiences. Our Artisan Kilkenny page features great artisan craft and food experiences to help you get the most out of your visit to Kilkenny, visitkilkenny.ie/artisan_kilkenny
  • Smithwick’s Experience Kilkenny - Parliment St - 10am to 6pm daily, €12/9.50/7 - This multi-sensory and interactive experience will take visitors on a journey through the medieval origins of brewing on the site of the St. Francis Abbey Brewery to the arrival of John Smithwick in the 1700’s, and right up to the present day.  During the tour, the Smithwick’s brewing process will be brought to life with visitors having the opportunity to experience the smells, tastes and textures of the raw materials involved in creating the perfect pint of ale. French, German, Spanish and Italian speaking visitors will be offered an audio guide to take them through the tour, which lasts approximately 70 minutes
  • Cooking: Pasta Masterclass - Wednesday 29th July - School of Food in Thomastown, Co.Kilkenny - 7pm to 9.30pm, €40 - Quality raw ingredients are the most important part of the kitchen for any chef and so we spend some time examining and tasting the best that Italy has to offer. Once armed with our tools we get our hands dirty and spend the evening folding, cutting, filling and cooking lots of different types of hand made and shop bought pasta, schooloffood.ie
  • Concert: Irish Country Stars Summer Concert - Wednesday 29th July - Watergate Theatre, Parliment St - 8pm, €20 - See the Watergate Theatre section below for more information.
  • Live Music, Dance and Storytelling with Ceoltoiri Kilkenny - Wednesday 29th July - Langton House Hotel, John St - 8.30pm, free - The show includes the best of Irish music, song, dance and storytelling and provides an authentic traditional entertainment experience, captivating audiences and welcoming their participation, facebook.com/CeoltoiriKilkenny
  • Devious Theatre Company present "The Union" - Wednesday 29th July to Saturday 1st August - Duiske Inn, Graiguenamanagh, Co.Kilkenny - 8pm, €10 - The Union is a furiously funny dramatic retelling of the rise and fall of St. Dominic’s Student Union. The play takes place in the final days of the current student union regime in a failing regional college, kclr96fm.com/events
  • Craft: Family Day with Wizard Wire and Fairy Beads - Thursday 30th July - National Craft Gallery, Castle Yard - 10.30am & 12pm, free - Design and make your own unique piece of jewellery with wire and beads at this fun interactive workshop. Suitable for ages 5+, nationalcraftgallery.ie
  • Concert: Jofridur Akadottir - Thursday 30th July - Set Theatre, John St - 8.30pm, free - Jófríður is one of the young stars of the Reykjavík scene, via her two bands Pascal Pinon and Samaris. Her last album with Pascal Pinon “Twosomeness” was produced by Alex Somers (Riceboy Sleeps, Sigur Rós) and is self described as being “simple and honest, filled with both melancholy and optimism. We hope to make music that can inspire, soothe heartaches and warm you inside”, set.ie
  • Chapterhouse Theatre Company present "Jane Eyre" - Friday 31st July - Ballykeeffe Ampitheatre - 8pm, €19/14 - Young governess Jane Eyre arrives at the mysterious Thornfield Hall deep in the Yorkshire moors and meets enigmatic Mr Rochester. So begins this most unforgettable of love stories. Adapted from Charlotte Bronte’s classic novel, Chapterhouse Theatre Company presents one of the greatest romances of English literature. This beautiful story of undying love is brought alive under a summer sky at some of the most exquisite open-air venues including Ballykeeffe Ampitheatre, ballykeeffeamphitheatre.com
  • Tour de Kilkenny - Saturday 1st August - from Kilkenny Rugby Club, Foulkstown - 9am & 11am - Marble City Cyclers are delighted to announce that they will be hosting the 7th edition of the Tour de Kilkenny. In the last six years, Tour de Kilkenny has raised over €70,000 for charity and we hope that with your help, we can raise even more funds for chairty. As Tour de Kilkenny is now running a 40km, 70km, 110km and 160km route, there is a route to cater for cyclist of all abilities meaning this is a great day out for the family, a group of friends or work colleagues, marblecitycyclers.com
  • Walk: A 10km Ramble by the River from Graignamanagh to Clashganney - Sunday 2nd August - from Graignamanagh, Co.Kilkenny - The Lighthouse Foundation is having a 10k charity walk at €5 per adult to raise awareness around depression. We are hoping everybody will get behind us on the day, get their walking shoes on and enjoy a ramble by the river. A healthy body helps to keep a healthy mind and what better way to do that than going for a walk with friends and family. Bring the dog, bring the children, bring the neighbors and bring yourself. Music and a raffle will be taking place in O' Driscolls around 9pm the same evening with a cover charge of €3, facebook.com/events
  • Concert: R.S.A.G. / Kingston / Foreign Affair / Dabinett - Sunday 2nd August - Brewery Corner, Parliment St - 9.30pm, €10 - Rarely Seen Above Ground (R.S.A.G.) returns to Brewery Corner on the August Bank Holiday Sunday with support from Kingston followed by a DJ set by Foreign Affair and Dabinett, facebook.com/events

 

Set Theatre Kilkenny

Set Theatre in Kilkenny

 

Kilkenny Castle Events

  • The 'Decius Mus' Tapestries have returned to the Castle. The Tapestries are among the great glories of the wonderful historic Ormonde Collection at Kilkenny Castle. The 'Decius' suite had been in the ownership of the Ormonde family for over 300 years and was displayed in several of their residences before being acquired by OPW for display in Kilkenny Castle. It forms a highlight of the Ormonde Collection in the Tapestry Room and fabulous Picture Gallery - one of the finest historic and architectural spaces in Ireland, kilkennycastle.ie
  • Orienteering Course - Following the December launch of the new permanent Orienteering Course at Kilkenny Castle Park, OPW is delighted to announce that three maps, Short (1.8km), Medium (2.4km) and Long (3.5km) distances, are now available to download for free on the Kilkenny Castle Website. The orienteering course is open to all, families, individuals, clubs, schools and what an amazing way to explore the flora and fauna of Kilkenny Castle Park whilst enjoying the exercise in beautiful surroundings.  There is also a small area of the Canal Walk involved in the courses, kilkennycastle.ie

 

Watergate Theatre (on Parliment Street) - Upcoming Shows

  • Irish Country Stars Summer Concert (Wednesday 29th July)
  • Featuring Mary Duff, Paddy O’Brien, Trudi Lalor, TR Dallas, PJ Murphy, with the Ryan Turner Band. See full event & ticket details

 

Events for Kids

 


Gig in Ryan's Bar Kilkenny

By night Kilkenny comes alive as visitors and locals alike enjoy the city's vibrant cultural and entertainment life. The city offers an eclectic mix of cosmopolitan designer bars, and traditional old style hostelries. What better way to spend an evening than enjoying a meal in one of the many restaurants throughout Kilkenny? Live music and theatre takes place throughout the week, so whether your taste is for dance music, poetry, theatre or rock! - Kilkenny has something to offer you.

Weekly Gig Listings are courtesy of Edwina Grace at the Kilkenny People Newpaper. If you want to publicise events or gigs you can contact Edwina at EdwinaGrace@hotmail.com

You can also follow daily updates via Twitter @kilkenny or on our FaceBook page Kilkenny Tourism Facebook

Full listing of what's happening in Kilkenny in the week starting Monday 27th July until Sunday 2nd August 2015

Monday 27th July

Live Music: Trad Session, The Field, High St, 3pm to close
Games Night at Billy Byrnes, John St
Live Music: Traditional Irish Music, Langtons, John St, 6pm - 10pm
Live Music: Live Trad, Matt The Millers, John St, 6pm
Live Music: Live Trad & Ballads with Toss The Feathers, Lanigans, Rose Inn St, 6pm - 9pm
Live Music: Irish Beats with Damien Walsh, Kytelers Inn, Kieran St, 6.30pm
Live Music: Raglan Rogues - Trad & Ballad, Kytelers Inn, Kieran St, 8.30pm
Live Music: Trad Session, Paris Texas, High St, 9pm
Live Music & Dancing: Cu Chulainn with Irish Dancers, Lanigan's, Rose Inn St, 9pm
Live Music: The Briars, The Field, High St, 9pm
Live Music: Stephen Murphy, Dylan Whiskey Bar, John St, 9pm
Live Music: Unplugged Mondays, Kilford Arms, John St, 9pm
Live Music: Best of Local Musicians, Metropole Hotel, High St
Live Music: Trad Session, Marble City Bar, High St, 9.30pm
Live Music: Trad Session, Cleere's, Parliment St, 9.30pm
Live Music: John Hogan, Tynan's Bridge House Bar, Johns Bridge, 9.30pm
Live Music: After Dark followed by DJ Eddie Hughes, Matt The Millers, John St, 10pm

Tuesday 28th July

Craft: Millinery Classes at Kells Mill Craft Centre, €60, facebook.com/KellsMillCraftCentre
Live Music: Trad Session, The Field, High St, 3pm to close
Live Music: Live Trad, Matt The Millers, John St, 6pm
Live Music: Live Trad & Ballads with Toss The Feathers, Lanigans, Rose Inn St, 6pm - 9pm
Live Music: Traditional Irish Music, Langtons, John St, 6pm - 10pm
Live Music: Irish Beats with Damien Walsh, Kytelers Inn, Kieran St, 6.30pm
Drink & Draw Evening, Billy Byrnes, John St, 8pm
Live Music: Trad Session, Bollards Bar, Kieran St, 8pm - 10pm
Live Music: Raglan Rogues - Trad & Ballad, Kytelers Inn, Kieran St, 8.30pm
Live Music: Kitchen Sessions, Shem's Bar, John St
Live Music: Willie Maher, Kilford Arms, John St
Live Music & Dancing: Cu Chulainn with Irish Dancers, Lanigan's, Rose Inn St, 9pm
Live Music: Wandering Souls, Dylan Whiskey Bar, John St, 9pm
Live Music: Rob Strong Band, The Field, High St, 9pm
Live Music: Wallop The Cat, Matt the Millers, John St, 9pm
Live Music: Trad Session, Paris Texas, High St, 9pm
Live Music: Trad Session, Marble City Bar, High St, 9.30pm
Live Music: Ryan Thomas & Friends, The Pumphouse, Parliment St, 9.30pm
Live Music: Trad Session, Marble City Bar, John St, 9.30pm
Live Music: Tynan's Bridge House Bar, John's Bridge
DJ's at Langton's Nightclub, John St, 11pm

Wednesday 29th July

Live Music: Trad Session, The Field, High St, 3pm to close
Live Music: Live Trad & Ballads with Toss The Feathers, Lanigans, Rose Inn St, 6pm - 9pm
Live Music: Traditional Irish Music, Langtons, John St, 6pm - 10pm
Live Music: Live Trad, Matt The Millers, John St, 6pm
Live Music: Ireland's Tunes and Tales, Kytelers Inn, Kieran St, 6.30pm
Cooking: Pasta Masterclass, School of Food in Thomastown, 7pm - 9.30pm, €40, schooloffood.ie
Live Music: Trad Session, Bollards Bar, Kieran St, 8pm - 10pm
Concert: Irish Country Stars Summer Concert (ft. Mary Duff, Paddy O’Brien, Trudi Lalor, TR Dallas, PJ Murphy, with the Ryan Turner Band), Watergate Theatre, Parliment St, 8pm, €20, watergatetheatre.com
Theatre: Devious Theatre Company present "The Union", Cleeres Theatre, Parliment St, 8pm, €10, facebook.com/devioustheatre
Learn to Swing Dance at 8pm(Improvers), at 9pm(Beginners) + live music at 10pm, Left Bank, Patrick St, facebook.com/SwingScene.ie
Live Music: Raglan Rogues - Trad & Ballad, Kytelers Inn, Kieran St, 8.30pm
Live Music, Dance and Storytelling with Ceoltoiri Kilkenny, Langton House Hotel, John St, 8.30pm, facebook.com/CeoltoiriKilkenny
Movie Night: Billy Byrnes, John St, 8.30pm, free
Live Music: Mick Murphy, Kilford Arms, John St
Live Music & Dancing: Cu Chulainn with Irish Dancers, Lanigan's, Rose Inn St, 9pm
Live Music: Trad Session, The Field, High St, 9pm
Live Music: Wallop The Cat, Matt The Millers, John St, 9pm
Live Music: Paschal and Seanie, Tynan's Bridge House Bar, John's Bridge, 9pm
Live Music: Trad by Mick Leech, Paris Texas, High St, 9pm
Live Music: Wandering Souls, Dylan Whiskey Bar, John St, 9pm
Live Music: Ben Reel performs covers, Ryans, Friary St, 9pm, €10, facebook.com/ryansbarkk
Live Music: Trad Session, Marble City Bar, High St, 9.30pm
Live Music: Shane Joyce, The Pumphouse, Parliment St, 9.30pm
Live Music: Trad Session, Cleere's, Parliment St, 9.30pm

Thursday 30th July

Craft: Family Day with Wizard Wire and Fairy Beads, National Craft Gallery, Castle Yard, 10.30am & 12pm,nationalcraftgallery.ie
Live Music: The Field, High St, 3pm to close
Live Music: Live Trad, Matt The Millers, John St, 6pm
Live Music: Live Trad & Ballads with Toss The Feathers, Lanigans, Rose Inn St, 6pm - 9pm
Live Music: Traditional Irish Music, Langtons, John St, 6pm - 10pm
Live Music: The Reel Irish Session, Kytelers Inn, Kieran St, 6.30pm
Live Music: Trad Session, Brewery Corner, Parliment St, 6.30pm
Live Music: Trad Session, Bollards Bar, Kieran St, 7pm - 9pm
Launch of Callan ICA, Edmund Rice Heritage Centre, Callan, Co.Kilkenny, 7.30pm, kclr96fm.com/events
Theatre: Devious Theatre Company present "The Union", Cleeres Theatre, Parliment St, 8pm, €10, facebook.com/devioustheatre
Concert: Jofridur Akadottir, Set Theatre, John St, 8.30pm, free, set.ie
Live Music: Raglan Rogues - Trad & Ballad, Kytelers Inn, Kieran St, 8.30pm
Live Music: Hooly Night with music from Cu Chulainn and irish dancing from Gerard Hayes (World Famous Irish Dancer), Lanigan's, Rose Inn St, 9pm
Live Music: Trad Session, The Field, High St, 9pm
Live Music: Stephen Murphy, Dylan Whiskey Bar, John St, 9pm
Entertainment: Big John’s Krazy Karaoke & Fun Night, Biddy Early’s, John St, 9pm
Live Music & Dancing: Cu Chulainn with Irish Dancers, Lanigan's, Rose Inn St, 9pm
Live Music: Trad by Mick Leech, Paris Texas, High St, 9pm
Live Music: Tom Walsh, Kilford Arms, John St
Live Music: Jen Ramsbottom, The Pumphouse, Parliment St, 9.30pm
Live Music: An Poc Fada, Rose Inn St, 9.30pm
Live Music: Trad Music with Heebee Geebees & Friends, Ryan's, Friary St, 9.30pm
Live Music: John Hogan, Tynan's Bridge House Bar, Johns Bridge, 9.30pm
Live Music: Langtons Bar, John St, 10pm
Live Music: Pete Fagan followed by DJ Eddie Hughes, Matt the Millers, John St, 10pm
DJ's at Langton's Nightclub, John St, 11pm

Friday 31st July

Taste Trail at Goatsbridge Farm, Knockdrinna, Stoneyford, 10am, €20, goatsbridgetrout.ie
Live Music: Wrong Direction, The Field, High St, 3pm - 7pm
Live Music: Live Trad, Matt The Millers, John St, 6pm
Live Music: Trad Session, Kytelers Inn, Kieran St, 6pm
Live Music: Live Trad & Ballads with Toss The Feathers, Lanigans, Rose Inn St, 6pm - 9pm
Live Music: Traditional Irish Music, Langtons, John St, 6pm - 10pm
Theatre: Devious Theatre Company present "The Union", Cleeres Theatre, Parliment St, 8pm, €10, facebook.com/devioustheatre
Chapterhouse Theatre Company present "Jane Eyre", Ballykeeffe Ampitheatre, 8pm, €19/14, ballykeeffeamphitheatre.com
Live Music: Irish Fiddle session (musicians welcome), Bollard’s Bar, Kieran St, 8pm - 10pm
Live Music: Garden Session with Drops of Green, Kytelers Inn, Kieran St, 8pm
Live Music: Phil & Gill, Dylan Whisky Bar, John St, 9.30pm
Live Music: Divil the Bit, Lanigans, Rose Inn St, 9.30pm
Live Music: The Uptown Band, Kilford Arms, John St
Live Music: Kingston, Billy Byrnes, John St, facebook.com/billy.b.bar
Live Music: The Ambassadors, Langtons, John St, 10pm
Live Music: Kevin and Eugene (greatest hits from the 50's to 00's), Tynan's Bridge House Bar, Johns Bridge, 10pm
Live Music: Band followed by a DJ, The Field, High St, 10pm
Live Music: The Acousticats, Trad & Ballad, Kytelers Inn, Kieran St, 10pm
Live Music: Friday Session, Hole In The Wall, High St, 10pm
Live Music: Band followed by DJ, Matt The Miller's, John St, 10pm
Live Music: Left Bank, Patrick St, 10pm
Live Music: Ryan's Bar, Friary St, 10.30pm
DJ's at Kyteler's Inn & Billy Byrnes & Biddy Early's & An Poc Fada & The Pumphouse & Left Bank & Morrissons Late Bar & many more

Saturday 1st August

Tour de Kilkenny with routes of 40km, 70km, 110km & 160km, from Kilkenny Rugby Club, 9am, marblecitycyclers.com
Kilkenny ParkRun, Kilkenny Castle Park, 9.30am, facebook.com/kilkennyparkrun
Cooking: Build Your Own Smoker, School of Food, Thomastown, Co.Kilkenny, 10am - 4pm, €70, schooloffood.ie
Free Children's Entertainment at MacDonagh Junction Shopping Centre, 2pm - 4pm
Live Music: Carouse, Cocktail Terrace at Biddy Early's, John St, 2.30pm
Pumphouse 20th Anniversary with BBQ & live music, The Pumphouse, Parliment St, 4pm, facebook.com/events
Live Music: Trad Session with Anthony McCauley, Kytelers Inn, Kieran St, 6pm
Live Music: Live Trad & Ballads with Toss The Feathers, Lanigans, 6pm - 9pm
Live Music: The Field, High St, 7pm
Theatre: Devious Theatre Company present "The Union", Cleeres Theatre, Parliment St, 8pm, €10, facebook.com/devioustheatre
Live Music: Garden Session with Abbey Folk, Kytelers Inn, Kieran St, 8pm
Live Music: Karaoke Night, Kilford Arms, John St
Concert: Moxie, Murphy's Beergarden, Thomastown, Co.Kilkenny, 9pm, €5, kclr96fm.com/events
Live Music: The Hairy Wallflowers, Sean Byrnes, James Green, 9.30pm
Live Music: Kevin and Eugene (greatest hits from the 50's to 00's), Tynan's Bridge House Bar, Johns Bridge, 9.30pm
Live Music: Acoustic Trans Atlantic Session, Bollards Bar, Kieran St, 9.30pm - 11.30pm
Live Music: The Village Inn, Upper Patrick St
Live Music: Shem's Bar, John St
Live Music: Adventures in Wax / The Kilo 1977, Billy Byrnes, John St, facebook.com/billy.b.bar
Live Music: Roisin Dubh, Kytelers Inn, Kieran St, 10pm
Live Music: An Poc Fada, Rose Inn St, 10pm
Live Music: Home Rule Club, John's Quay, 10pm
Live Music: Rafter Dempsey's, Friary St, 10pm
Live Music: Joe Dolan Tribute Night, Dunphy's Lounge in Kiloganny, Co.Kilkenny, 10pm
Live Music: Ryan's, Friary St, 10.30pm
DJ's at Biddy Early’s & Matt The Millers & Lanigans & Billy Byrnes & The Pumphouse & Marble City Bar (Over 25's Club) & Paris Texas & The Field & Set Theatre & Left Bank & Kytelers Inn & City Bar and Grill (80's & 90's) & Brewery Corner & Morrissons Nightclub & more

Sunday 2nd August

Family Fun Day in Kilmoganny from 10.30am with a 5k/10k Walk/Run
Walk: A 10km Ramble by the River from Graignamanagh to Clashganney in aid of charity, €5, facebook.com/events
Live Music: Jazz Session in MacDonagh Junction Shopping Centre, 1pm - 3pm
2nd Annual Afternoon Tea in the Rectory in Piltown, Co.Kilkenny with stalls & games, 2pm - 5pm
Live Music: Hot 4 Jazz Quartet, Left Bank, Patrick St, 5pm - 7pm
C.R.Y. Charity Soccer Match between River Rangers v Ryan's Celtic, Derdimus Park, 6pm, €5, kclr96fm.com/events
Live Music: Live Trad & Ballads with Toss The Feathers, Lanigans, Rose Inn St, 6pm - 9pm
Live Music: Traditional Irish Music, Langtons, John St, 6pm - 10pm
Live Music: Live Trad, Matt The Millers, John St, 6pm
Live Music: Trad Session, Kytelers Inn, Kieran St, 6pm
Live Music: Garden Session with Generation 5, Kytelers Inn, Kieran St, 6.30pm
Live Music: Rusty Springs, The Field, High St, 7pm
Live Music: Tim Chambers, Dunphy's Lounge in Kilmoganny, 7pm
Live Music: Carrolls Bar in Knocktopher
Live Music: John Murphy, Kilford Arms, John St
Live Music: Social Dancing with live music from One For The Road, Piltown GAA Complex, 9pm, €8
Live Music: Paschal and Seanie, Tynan's Bridge House Bar, John's Bridge, 9pm
Live Music: Wallop The Cat, Matt The Millers, John St, 9pm
Live Music: Lanigans, Rose Inn St, 9pm
Live Music: Tomas Jackman, Irish Songs & Ballads, Kyteler’s Inn, Kieran St, 9pm
Live Music: Kevin and Eugene (greatest hits from the 50's to 00's), Dylan Whiskey Bar, John St, 9pm
Live Music: The Barflies, The Pumphouse, Parliment St, 9.30pm
Concert: R.S.A.G. / Kingston / Foreign Affair / Dabinett, Brewery Corner, Parliment St, 9.30pm, €10, facebook.com/events
Live Music: Rockout with Loose Cannons followed by DJ, The Field, High St, 10pm
Concert: The Eskies, Cleeres Theatre, Parliment St, 10pm, €5, cleeres.com
Live Music: The Works, Dunphy's Lounge in Kilmoganny, 10pm
DJ's at Lanigans & Biddy Early's & The Field & Billy Byrnes (DJ Bootsy) & Langton's Nightclub & Morrissons Nightclub & more

Exhibitions

 

Film: IMC Kilkenny has a wide variety of films to suit all ages and interests on show at a number of times each day

This Week's Films (Friday 24th to Thursday 30th July)

  • Ant-Man
  • Amy [Friday to Wednesday]
  • Ted 2
  • Inside Out
  • Minions
  • Thomas & Friends: Sodor’s Legend of the Lost Treasure [Friday to Wednesday]
  • Song of The Sea [Friday to Wednesday]
  • From Thursday 30th: Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation

View This Weeks Kilkenny Film Listings From Official Site at IMC Cinemas