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Entertainment in Kilkenny - Weekly Gig and Event Guide

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(September 2014) Kilkenny City has been named as Ireland's Tidiest Town for 2014, beating competition from 849 towns and villages, rte.ie/news

(Autumn 2014) 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

 


Recent Articles

  • Campagne (The Arches, Gas House Lane) and Lady Helen (at the Mount Juliet Hotel) have been awarded a Michelin star. Off the 9 Michelin Star restaurants in Ireland, 2 are in County Kilkenny!  (thejournal.ie)
  • Kilkenny’s reputation as a culinary destination is growing.... (irishtimes.com, February 2014)
  • Kilkenny voted Irelands Top Tourism Town for 2013 by Failte Ireland who are Ireland's main tourism body, (failteireland.ie)
  • Kilkenny voted Cleanest Town in Ireland at end of 2013 and 2014 by Irish Business Against Litter (IBAL) (visitkilkenny.ie)
  • Culture, Adventue and Great Food, (her.ie)

2015 Festivals

 

 

Things To Do in Kilkenny City and County

 

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 - access from Parliment Street - 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.  The tour includes a life-size holographic monk and living portraits of the Smithwick’s family members.  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
  • Concert: Tradfest Gathering for Kevin O'Driscoll - Friday 30th January - Lanigans, Rose Inn Street - 8pm - In conjunction with Bru Colmnabus House. Charity gig feautring live music, Liam McCarthy Cup, raffle and food, facebook.com/events
  • Theatre: Catalpa - Friday 30th January - Watergate Theatre, Parliment Street - 8pm, €15/13 - See the Watergate Theatre section below for more information.
  • Theatre: Kilquan Players present "The Whiteheaded Boy" - Friday 30th January to Sunday 1st February - Community Hall in Castlecomer, Co.Kilkenny - 8pm, €10 - Kilquan Players 23rd annual production is a comedy which is 98 years old and deals with a lot of the political questions in Ireland during 1916. It also look's at the setting up of the co-operative movement. This movement has its roots in the area with the first co-op in Kilkenny being set up in Coon in 1896. Proceeds from the show go to local charities, facebook.com/pages/The-Kilquan-Players
  • Live Music: 1st Black & Amber Sampler - Friday 30th January - Cleeres Theatre, Parliment Street - 8pm, €5 - This gig will be showcasing some of the finest musical and lyrical talent in Kilkenny, kclr96fm.com/events
  • Meal & Live Music: Robert Power with Electra & New Blue Sioux - Friday 30th January - The Bula Bus at Billy Byrnes, John Street - 8pm, €20 - On the upstairs of the Bula Bus, there will be a 3 course meal and live music, facebook.com
  • Comedy: Brendan Grace - Friday 30th & Saturday 31st January - Springhill Court Hotel, Waterford Road - 8pm, €30 - Legendary Irish comic Brendan Grace will be performing in the Springhill over two nights. The hotel has offered a package for €89 pps including 4 course meal, a show, one night accomodation and full irish breakfast, springhillcourt.com
  • Spoken Word: rhymeNreason - Saturday 31st January - Hole In The Wall, High Street - 8pm - The Laughing Stock Comedy Club present a night of Lyrical, Satirical and Hysterical talk along with a raffle featuring unwanted christmas presents! In aid of the Good Shepherd Centre
  • Theatre: The Importance of Being Oscar - Saturday 31st January - Kytelers Inn, Kieran Street - 7pm/8pm, €20/15 - A unique link is being revived between Rothe House and Micheál MacLiammóir this month, with a performance of his play ‘The Importance of Being Oscar’ at Kyteler’s Inn on 31st of January at 8 pm with pre-show reception at Rothe House at 7 pm. The eloquent actor, stage designer, wit and playwright, wrote his tribute to Oscar Wilde in 1960 and performed it in New York and London as well as Dublin. This piece is now being presented by Banba’s Crown Theatre Company, in an informal setting at Kyteler’s Inn, as part of the fundraising campaign for the Renaissance Project at Rothe House. Tickets for this event are €15 (€20 to include the pre-show reception and recitation), facebook.com/events
  • Live Music: Kilkenny Uilleann Piper's Club - Saturday 31st January - Cleeres Theatre, Parliment Street - 9pm, €10 - The eighth annual concert run by the Kilkenny Uilleann Piper’s Club sees a mix of the best local and national traditional musicians taking to the stage. Musicians on the stage will include Harry Bradley, Nell Ní Chronín, Seamus O’Rochain, Caoimhin O’ Fearghail and many more, kclr96fm.com
  • Wedding Showcase at Newpark Hotel - Sunday 1st February - Newpark Hotel, Castlecomer Road - 2pm to 6pm - Set amid thirty acres of parkland and with award-winning landscaped gardens, the Newpark Hotel provides an opulent and perfect backdrop for your wedding day. Their Dunmore Suite can cater for up to 160 guests and the Glendine Suite can cater for up to 130 guests for the main wedding meal. For weddings over 180 guests both suites combine to offer you the perfect setting for a larger wedding party. Within each banqueting suite is a bar area where your guests can relax in comfort and privacy, flynnhotels.com/Newpark_Hotel_Kilkenny
  • Xeniaensemble with Eilis Cranitch - Sunday 1st February - Castalia Hall, Ballytobin, Callan, Co. Kilkenny - 4pm, €15 - See the Music in Kilkenny section below for more information.

 

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

  • Theatre: Catalpa (Friday 30th January)
  • Catalpa is a story in the great epic tradition of Moby Dick and Gone With The Wind- with a passing glance at The Great Escape, all in the vibrant imagination of a rejected screenwriter- the best movie never made! Based on the true story of the daring 1875 rescue of 6 Irish political prisioners, Catalpa is about heroes and visionaries, political intrigue and personal loyalty, with hot romance, bumbling rebels and battles at sea, See full event & ticket details
  • Equinox Theatre Company present "Memory Box" (Wednesday 4th to Friday 6th February)
  • A dystopian world in which people who are different are feared,persecuted and hunted. Memory Box tells the gripping tale of an extraordinary man who journeys to escape the ‘regime’ armed only with his memories. Equinox Theatre Company was started in 2008 as part of KCAT Art & Study Centre. It has grown into a bold, brilliant, beautiful and brave ensemble. Artists with learning disabilities and other disadvantages work in collaboration with other professional theatrepractitioners to create work that challenges and delights both its makers and its audience, See full event & ticket details

 

Music In Kilkenny 2014/2015

  • Events taking place at Castalia Hall, Ballytobin, Callan, Co. Kilkenny. Music in Kilkenny organises a series of concerts every year. Music in Kilkenny is supported by the Arts Council of Ireland, Kilkenny County Council & the Camphill Community of Ballytobin. €15 admission for each concert or go to 10 concerts for €100.
  • Sunday 1st February - Xeniaensemble with Eilis Cranitch - 4pm - A homage to Italy, Past and Present, playing the music of Malipiero, Colla, Castiglioni and Casella. Xenia Ensemble was founded in Turin in 1996 by four foreign musicians living in Italy and sharing a keen interest in contemporary music. The Ensemble has presented the work of many foreign composers in Italy and conversely propagates and performs Italian contemporary music abroad, musicinkilkenny.com
  • Sunday 14th February - Vogler Quartet - 4pm
  • Sunday 22nd February - Piatti String Quartet - 4pm
  • Saturday 7th March - Irish Baroque Orchestra - 8pm
  • Saturday 21st March - Istvan Vardai (cello) & Finghin Collins (piano) - 8pm
  • Sunday 26th April - Duo Dzeta ft. Aude Miller (violin) & Geoffrey Baptiste (piano) - 4pm
  • Sunday 4th May - Royal Irish Academy of Music Symphony Orchestra - 4pm
  • Saturday 9th May - Ashley Wass (piano) - 8pm
  • Sunday 24th May - Athens Guitar Duo - 4pm

 

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 Friday 30th January until Wednesday 4th February 2015

 

Friday 30th January

Live Music: Wallop The Cat, Matt The Millers, John St, 6.30pm
Concert: Tradfest Gathering for Kevin O'Driscoll in conjunction with Bru Colmnabus House, Lanigans, Rose Inn St, 8pm, facebook.com/events
Theatre: Catalpa, Watergate Theatre, Parliment St, 8pm, €15/13, watergatetheatre.com
Theatre: Kilquan Players present "The Whiteheaded Boy", Coon Hall in Coon, 8pm, €10, kclr96fm.com/events
Live Music: 1st Black & Amber Sampler ft. mix of Kilkenny Talent, Cleeres Theatre, Parliment St, 8pm, €5, kclr96fm.com/events
Meal & Live Music: Robert Power with Electra & New Blue Sioux, The Bula Bus at Billy Byrnes, John St, 8pm, €20, facebook.com/billybyrnes
Comedy: Brendan Grace, Springhill Court Hotel, Waterford Road, 8pm, €30, springhillcourt.com
Live Music: Trad Music session (musicians welcome), Bollard’s Bar, Kieran St, 8.30pm
Table Quiz hosted by Johnswelll Badminton Club, Community Hall in Clara, 8.30pm, kclr96fm.com/events
Clara GAA Club hold Club Night with food and music, Set Theatre, John St, free
Live Music: Brand New Cadillac, The Field, High St, 9pm
Live Music: Phil & Gill, Dylan Whisky Bar, John St, 9.30pm
Live Music: Trad Night (musicians welcome), Tim's Bar in Thomastown
Live Music: Kevin and Eugene (greatest hits from the 50's - 00's), Tynan's Bridge House Bar, Johns Bridge, 9.30pm
Live Music: Stephen Murphy & Jack Butler, Billy Byrnes, John St
Live Music: Andy Mac, An Poc Fada, Rose Inn St, 10pm
Live Music: The Acousticats - Trad & Ballad, Kyteler's Inn, Kieran St, 10pm
Live Music: Friday Session, Hole In The Wall, High St, 10pm
Live Music: Sway followed by DJ Eoin, Matt The Miller's, John St, 10pm
Live Music: The Cosmic Funk Band, Left Bank, Patrick St, 10pm
Live Music: TV Jones & The Tomahawks, Ryan's Bar, Friary St, 10.30pm
DJ's at Kyteler's Inn (Matchstick Men) & Biddy Early's & Morrisons (DJ Ronan - Feel Good Friday) & The Pumphouse & many more

Saturday 31st January

Kilkenny Park and Run, Kilkenny Castle Park, 9.30am, facebook.com/kilkennyparkrun
Hurling: Leinster Schools Quarter Final - St Kieran's College v Kilkenny CBS, Nowlan Park, 2pm
The Bula Bus - Street Food Saturday, Billy Byrnes, John St, 4pm
Comedy: Brendan Grace, Springhill Court Hotel, Waterford Road, 8pm, €30, springhillcourt.com
Theatre: The Importance of Being Oscar, Kytelers Inn, Kieran St, 7pm/8pm, €20/15, facebook.com/events
Theatre: Kilquan Players present "The Whiteheaded Boy", Coon Hall in Coon, 8pm, €10, kclr96fm.com/events
Spoken Word: rhymeNreason, Hole In The Wall, High St, 8pm
Live Music: Andy Mac, An Poc Fada, Rose Inn St, 8pm - 10pm
Live Music: The Field, High St, 8pm
Live Music: Roisin Dubh, Kytelers Inn, Kieran St, 8pm
Live Music: Kilkenny Uilleann Piper's Club, Cleeres Theatre, Parliment St, 9pm, €10, kclr96fm.com
Live Music: Tynan's Bridge House Bar, Johns Bridge, 9.30pm
Live Music: Acoustic Music Session, Bollard's Bar, Kieran St, 9.30pm
Live Music: Sunbeam, The Village Inn, Upper Patrick St
Live Music: The Metropole, High St
Live Music: The Dirty Elves, Brewery Corner, Parliment St, 9.30pm
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: John Cassidy (to launch of the New Look Riverview Bar), River Court Hotel, John St, 10pm
Live Music: Michael Black Band, Ryan's, Friary St, 10.30pm
DJ's at Biddy Early’s & Matt The Millers & Morrisons Bar + Nightclub & Lanigans & Langtons Nightclub & Pegasus Nightclub & The Pumphouse & Marble City Bar (Over 25's Club) & Paris Texas (DJ Cleveland Mike) & The Field

Sunday 1st February

Wedding Showcase at Newpark Hotel, Newpark Hotel, Castlecomer Road, 2pm - 6pm, flynnhotels.com/Newpark_Hotel_Kilkenny
Charity Waltzing Competition & Social Dancing at Glen Country Club Hotel, Slieverue, Co.Kilkenny, 2.30pm - 6pm, €10, kclr96fm.com/events
Concert: Xeniaensemble with Eilis Cranitch, Castalia Hall, Ballytobin, Callan, Co. Kilkenny, 4pm, €15, musicinkilkenny.com
The Bula Bus - Street Food Sunday with live DJ, Billy Byrne's, John St, 6pm
Live Music: Wallop The Cat, Matt The Millers, John St, 6.30pm
Live Music: Generation 5, Kytelers Inn, Kieran St, 6.30pm
Live Music: Rusty Springs, The Field, High St, 7pm
Live Music: Kilkenny Gospel Choir perform at Our St Bridget's Day Service in St. Fiacres Church, Loughboy at 7.30 pm
Theatre: Kilquan Players present "The Whiteheaded Boy", Coon Hall in Coon, 8pm, €10, kclr96fm.com/events
Live Music: Derek Veale, Carrolls Bar in Knocktopher
Live Music: Social Dancing with live music from Glen Flynn, Piltown GAA Complex, 9pm, €8
Live Music: Lanigans, Rose Inn St, 9pm
Live Music: Live Trad and Ballad, Matt The Millers, John St, 9.30pm
Live Music: Strange Brew, An Poc Fada, Rose Inn St, 9.30pm
Live Music: Kevin and Eugene (greatest hits from the 50's - 00's), Dylan Whiskey Bar, John St, 9.30pm
Live Music: Tynan's Bridge House Bar, John's Bridge, 9.30pm
Live Music: Tomas Jackman - Irish Songs & Ballads, Kyteler’s Inn, Kieran St, 9.30pm
Live Music: The Barflies, The Pumphouse, Parliment St, 9.30pm
Live Music: Rockout with Loose Cannons followed by DJ, The Field, High St, 10pm
DJ's at Morrisons (DJ Mattie - Sunday Night Rock) & Lanigans & Biddy Early's & The Field & more

Monday 2nd February

Games Night at Billy Byrnes, John St, 6pm
Live Music: Live Trad, Matt The Millers, John St, 6.30pm
Theatre: Deenside Players Pantomime Society present "Pirates of the Caribbean", Community Hall in Castlecomer, 8pm, €10, kclr96fm.com/events
Learn Set Dancing with live music, Community Hall in Urlingford, 8.30pm
Table Quiz in aid of Kilmacow Town Twinning, Fox's Den in Kilmacow, 9pm, €20 for 4
Live Music & Dancing: Cu Chulainn with Irish Dancers, Lanigan's, Rose Inn St, 9pm
Live Music: The Briars & late bar, The Field, High St, 9pm
Live Music: Stephen Murphy, Dylan Whiskey Bar, John St, 9pm
Live Music: 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 3rd February

Live Music: Live Trad, Matt The Millers, John St, 6pm
Theatre: Deenside Players Pantomime Society present "Pirates of the Caribbean", Community Hall in Castlecomer, 8pm, €10, kclr96fm.com/events
Drink & Draw Evening, Billy Byrnes, John St, 8pm
Live Music: Rob Strong Band, The Field, High St, 9pm
Live Music: Wallop The Cat, Matt the Millers, John St, 9.30pm
Social Dancing with live music by Solitaire, Community Hall in Urlingford, 9.30pm - 12.30am, €10
Live Music: Tynan's Bridge House Bar, John's Bridge
DJ's at Langton's Nightclub

Wednesday 4th February

Theatre: Equinox Theatre Company present "Memory Box", Watergate Theatre, Parliment St, 2pm, €12/10, watergatetheatre.com
Theatre: Kilkenny Barnstorm Theatre presents "The Bockety World of Henry & Bucket", Barnstorm Theatre, Church Lane, 3.30pm, €6, facebook.com/barnstormtheatrecompany
Live Music: Wallop The Cat, Matt The Millers, John St, 6.30pm
Theatre: Deenside Players Pantomime Society present "Pirates of the Caribbean", Community Hall in Castlecomer, 8pm, €10, kclr96fm.com/events
Movie Night: Billy Byrnes, John St, 8.30pm, free
Live Music: Trad Session with Wrong Direction, The Field, High St, 9pm
Live Music: Trad Session, Dylan Whisky Bar, John St, 9pm
Quiz Night, James Stephens Clubrooms, 9.15pm, €20 for 4
Live Music: Live Trad and Ballad, Matt The Millers, John St, 9.30pm
Live Music: Tynan's Bridge House Bar, John's Bridge, 9.30pm

Exhibitions

  • "Portraits from The David Kronn Collection", Butler Gallery, until 22nd February, butlergallery.com
  • UPCOMING: "Sorrocco" by Eoghan O’Drisceoil, Watergate Theatre, 2nd February to 27th February, kclr96fm.com/events

 

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 30th January - Thursday 5th February)

  • American Sniper
  • The Theory Of Everything
  • Kingsman: The Secret Service
  • Big Hero 6  [2D + 3D]
  • Taken 3  [Friday & Saturday only]
  • Tinkerbell And The Legend Of The Neverbeast  [Saturday & Sunday only]
  • Penguins of Madagascar  [Saturday & Sunday only]
  • Paddington  [Saturday & Sunday only]

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