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Kilkenny Tourism Brochure 2016

You can now download the 2016 Kilkenny Tourism Brochure. It's available in booklet form at hotels and various businesses throughout Kilkenny - Download PDF (10mb)

 

Valentines Weekend in Kilkenny

Celebrate Valentines this year with 5 Romantic Things to Do in Kilkenny plus great offers for things to do, restaurants and accommodation, visitkilkenny.ie/valentines_day_in_kilkenny

 

Rod Stewart returns to Kilkenny in 2016

On the eve of releasing a brand new studio album ’Another Country’, ROD STEWART has announced a return to Ireland in 2016 to play Nowlan Park in Kilkenny on Saturday 25th June as part of his ‘HITS 2016’ Tour. More information at visitkilkenny.ie/rod_stewart_live_in_kilkenny

 

Festivals in Kilkenny in 2016

 

 

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.
  • 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: Man In The Kitchen - Wednesday 10th February - School of Food, Thomastown, Co.Kilkenny - 7pm to 9.30pm, €40 - After the success of our last Man in the Kitchen class, the class returns for another evening of cooking! Join the chef as they instruct you in preparing and cooking an array of dishes to suit all tastes and abilities. This is a hands on class where you will be trying and tasting a range of tasty and nutritious dishes designed to impress, schooloffood.ie
  • Concert: August Wells - Wednesday 10th February - Brewery Corner, Parliment St - 9pm, €7 - Support on the night comes from Little Black Wren and Brian Mooney. The music of August Wells has been described as “Strange other worldly chamber music”, “Sinatra singing Lou Reed songs” and “The secret marriage of Willy Nelson and Lee Hazlewood” Songs to walk across your troubled heart with, visitkilkenny.ie/calendar
  • Comedy: Jason Byrne - Thursday 11th February - Set Theatre, John St - 8pm, €23 - The Star of Wild Things (Sky) and The Snaptastic Show (TV3) celebrates 20 years of stand up with a brand new hilarious show. Jason Byrne's Shows have been getting better every year and his first one was brilliant. So don't miss the show that is 20 times better than brilliant, visitkilkenny.ie/calendar
  • Concert: Reeling in the Showband Years with Ronan Collins - Thursday 11th February - Watergate Theatre, Parliment St - 8pm, €30 - See the Watergate Theatre section below for more information.
  • Live Music: Rhythm 'n Brews - Thursday 11th February - Brewery Corner, Parliment St - 9pm - Hear the best of local talent, including Brenda Bolger, JP Power, Conor Clancy, Richard O'Gorman and Anna-liese, facebook.com/photo
  • Cooking: Kids Cooking Camp (for ages 6+) - Saturday 13th February - Kilkenny Cookery School, Friary St - 10.30am to 12.30pm, €20 - Kids can have a fun time this Valentines weekend as they learn to cook tasty food with their friends, kilkennycookeryschool.com
  • Craft: Animal Alchemy - Saturday 13th February - National Craft Gallery, Castle Yard - 10.30am & 12pm & 2.30pm, free - Transform toy animals into jewellery, workshop inspired by Felieke van der Leest amazing animal creations featured in our contemporary jewellery exhibition Not Too Precious. Transform different materials into wearable magical creatures of your own design. Children are invited to bring old animal toys to transform, nationalcraftgallery.ie
  • Athletics: Run Mount Juliet - Saturday 13th February - Mount Juliet, Thomastown, Co.Kilkenny - 11am - Three events taking place with 10km, Half Marathon + 2km. Sonia O'Sullivan said of the race "What a beautiful setting for a run, intimate smooth roads on the estate, followed by some challenging hills on the country roads outside. The perfect finish fast downhill return to the Mount Juliet Hunters Yard", runmountjuliet.ie
  • Horse Racing: Connolly's Red Mills Race Day - Saturday 13th February - Gowran Park, Gowran - 1.30pm - Gowran Park is a right handed oval of 1 1/2m (Chase) and 1m 3 furlongs (Flat) with run in of 3 furlongss and uphill finish. 6 hurdles and 7 fences on circuit. There will be free buses leaving Kilkenny Castle from 12pm, gowranpark.ie/horseracing
  • KCLR96FM hosting Singles Party - Saturday 13th February - Set Theatre, John St - 8.30pm, €15 - The night will feature Ice Breakers, Fun & Games, Speed Dating & Dancing followed by a club disco, kclr96fm.com/events
  • Concert: The Eskies - Saturday 13th February - Cleeres Theatre, Parliment St - 9.30pm, €8 - The Eskies have brought this unique brand of folk noir/gypsy jazz/sea shanty and swaggering stage spectacle to ballrooms and booze houses the length and breadth of the country. Sullying soirees and lowering inhibitions of get togethers and social occasions wherever they have ventured, cleeres.com
  • Live Jazz Music + Free Children's Entertainment - Sunday 14th February - MacDonagh Junction Shopping Centre - 2pm to 4pm - MacDonagh Junction will be spreading the love throughout Valentine's week with their Love Is In The Air campaign. There will be gift ideas for that someone special, daily give-aways on their Facebook page, FREE children's entertainment with Gymboree, soothing jazz sessions and their mega give-away on Valentine's Day where one lucky winner will win a prize package worth OVER €500, facebook.com/events
  • Film: Screening of "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" - Sunday 14th February - Watergate Theatre, Parliment St - 8pm, €10/7 - See the Watergate Theatre section below for more information.
  • 6th Annual Kilkenny Valentine Night Dinner - Sunday 14th February - Langtons, John St - 8pm, €30(aid local charities) - Enjoy a romatic 4 course meal followed by live music from The Ambassadors, all in aid of a great cause, facebook.com/events

 

  • Artisan Kilkenny - Renowned as the 'Craft Capital of Ireland' and with a thriving food scene, Kilkenny is bursting with exceptional artisan experiences. Take a journey through some of the best locally produced pottery, leather goods, knitwear, custom made furniture and jewellery in Ireland. Dine in outstanding restaurants drawing from a rich stock of local produce, such as organic orchards, a rainbow trout farm, award winning meats and artisan cheeses. Click here for some great artisan craft and food experiences to help you get the most out of your visit to Kilkenny. PDF on Kilkenny Artisan Food and Craft Experiences (1 MB)

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

  • Concert: Reeling in the Showband Years with Ronan Collins (Thursday 11th February)
  • Ronan Collins sings his renowned tributes to the great Joe Dolan, Dickie Rock and more. Shaun O’Dowd, Keith and Lorraine McDonald, Joe Mac, Gina from The Champions, The Conquerors Showband, Tommy and JImmy Swarbrigg and more all take to the stage. See full event & ticket details
  • Film: Screening of "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" (Sunday 14th February)
  • A newly engaged couple have a breakdown in an isolated area and must pay a call to the bizarre residence of Dr. Frank-N-Furter. 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 at @LoveKilkenny or @Lilkenny or on our FaceBook page Kilkenny Tourism Facebook

Full listing of what's happening in Kilkenny in the week from Monday 8th February to Sunday 14th February 2016

Monday 8th February

Live Music: Live Trad, Matt The Millers, John St, 6.30pm
KRSP's Fitness Walking Programme, Canal Square, Rose Inn St, 7pm, kclr96fm.com/events
Games Night at Billy Byrnes, John St
Live Music: Trad Session, The Field, High St, 9pm
Live Music: The Metropole, High St, 9pm
Live Music: John Hogan, Tynan's Bridge House Bar, Johns Bridge, 9.30pm
Live Music: Stephen Murphy, Dylan Whiskey Bar, John St, 9.30pm
Live Music: Trad Session, Cleere's, Parliment St, 9.30pm
Live Music: After Dark followed by DJ Eddie Hughes, Matt The Millers, John St, 10pm

Tuesday 9th February

KRSP's Fitness Walking Programme, Castlecomer Discovery Park, 10am, kclr96fm.com/events
KRSP's Fitness Walking Programme, Canal Square, Rose Inn St, 11am, kclr96fm.com/events
Live Music: Live Trad, Matt The Millers, John St, 6.30pm
Drink & Draw Evening, The Village Inn, Upper Patrick St, 8pm
Live Music: Metropole Hotel, High St
Live Music: Trad Session, Abbey Bar, Parliment St
Live Music: Wrong Direction, Tynan's Bridge House Bar, John's Bridge, 9.30pm
Live Music: Wandering Souls, Dylan Whiskey Bar, John St, 9.30pm
Live Music: Rob Strong Band, The Field, High St, 9.30pm
Live Music: Matt the Millers, John St, 9.30pm
DJ's at Langton's Nightclub, John St, 11pm

Wednesday 10th February

Live Music: Live Trad, Matt The Millers, John St, 6.30pm
Cooking: Man In The Kitchen, School of Food, Thomastown, 7pm - 9.30pm, €40, schooloffood.ie
Table Quiz in aid of Watergate Theatre, Dicksboro GAA Clubrooms in Palmerstown, 8pm, €40 for 4, facebook.com/events
Table Quiz: Flying Column High Nelly Club Quiz Night, Egans Bar, John St, 8.30pm, €20 for 4, kclr96fm.com/events
Movie Night: Billy Byrnes, John St, 8.30pm, free
Live Music: Open Mic Night, Abbey Bar, Parliment St
Live Music: Paschal and Seanie, Tynan's Bridge House Bar, John's Bridge, 9pm
Live Music: Willie Maher, Metropole Hotel, High St, 9pm
Live Music: Trad Session, The Field, High St, 9pm
Concert: August Wells, Brewery Corner, Parliment St, 9pm, €7, visitkilkenny.ie/calendar
Live Music: Paschal and Seanie, Tynan's Bridge House Bar, John's Bridge, 9.30pm
Live Music: Wallop The Cat, Matt The Millers, John St, 9.30pm
Live Music: Wandering Souls, Dylan Whiskey Bar, John St, 9.30pm
Live Music: Acoustic Session, The Pumphouse, Parliment St, 9.30pm
Live Music: Trad Session, Cleere's, Parliment St, 9.30pm

Thursday 11th February

Live Music: Live Trad, Matt The Millers, John St, 6.30pm
KRSP's Fitness Walking Programme, Iverk Showgrounds in Piltown, 7.45pm, kclr96fm.com/events
Comedy: Jason Byrne, Set Theatre, John St, 8pm, €23, visitkilkenny.ie/calendar
Concert: Reeling in the Showband Years with Ronan Collins, Watergate Theatre, Parliment St, 8pm, €30, watergatetheatre.com
Live Music: Martin (Mush) Molloy, Druid Nua, Abbey Bar, Parliment St, 9pm
Live Music:  The Field, High St, 9pm
Live Music: Metropole Hotel, High St, 9pm
Concert: Rhythm 'n Brews with Brenda Bolger, JP Power, Anna-liese & more, Brewery Corner, Parliment St, 9pm, facebook.com/photo
Entertainment: Big John’s Krazy Karaoke & Fun Night, Biddy Early’s, John St, 9.30pm
Live Music: John Hogan, Tynan's Bridge House Bar, Johns Bridge, 9.30pm
Live Music: Stephen Murphy, Dylan Whiskey Bar, John St, 9.30pm
Live Music: Trad Music with Heebee Geebees & Friends, Ryan's, Friary St, 9.30pm
Live Music: Open Mic Night, Red Door at Thomastown, 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 12th February

Live Music: Live Trad, Matt The Millers, John St, 6.30pm
Live Music: Irish Fiddle session (musicians welcome), Bollard’s Bar, Kieran St, 8pm - 10pm
Castlecomer Union of Parishes Annual Dinner Dance with music from Limelite, Springhill Court Hotel, Waterford Rd, 9pm, €25
Live Music: John Murray and The Duende Dogs, Boscos Cafe @ Watergate Theatre, Parliment St, 9pm
Live Music: Friday Night 80's, Abbey Bar, Parliment St
Live Music: The Field, High St, 9pm
Live Music: Metropole Hotel, High St, 9pm
Live Music: Eugene and Beano (greatest hits from the 50's to 00's), Tynan's Bridge House Bar, Johns Bridge, 9.30pm
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 Ambassadors, Langtons, John St, 10pm
Live Music: An Poc Fada, Rose Inn 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: The Unusual Suspects, Left Bank, Patrick St, 10pm
Live Music: Ryan's Bar, Friary St, 10.30pm
DJ's at Biddy Early’s & Matt The Millers & Lanigans & Billy Byrnes & The Pumphouse & Paris Texas & The Field & Left Bank & Kytelers Inn & Langtons Nightclub & Morrissons Nightclub & more

Saturday 13th February

Kilkenny ParkRun, Kilkenny Castle Park, 9.30am, facebook.com/kilkennyparkrun
Cooking: Family Food & Tasty Suppers, Ryeland Cookery School, Cuffesgrange, 9.30am - 4.30pm, €145, ryelandhousecookery.com
Cooking: Kids Cooking Camp (for ages 6+), Kilkenny Cookery School, Friary St, 10.30am - 12.30pm, €20, kilkennycookeryschool.com
Craft: Animal Alchemy, National Craft Gallery, Castle Yard, 10.30am & 12pm & 2.30pm, nationalcraftgallery.ie
Athletics: Run Mount Juliet (10km / Half Marathon / 2km), Thomastown, 11am, runmountjuliet.ie
Horse Racing: Connolly's Red Mills Race Day, Gowran Park, Gowran, 1.30pm, gowranpark.ie/horseracing
Live Music: The Field, High St, 7pm
Strictly Let's Dance with the Village, Lyrath Estate Hotel, 8pm, facebook.com/villagestrictly
KCLR96FM hosting Singles Party with Speed Dating, Ice Breakers & more, Set Theatre, John St, 8.30pm, €15, kclr96fm.com/events
Live Music: The Village Inn, Upper Patrick St
Live Music: Live Band, Metropole Hotel, High St, 9pm
Live Music: Tynan's Bridge House Bar, Johns Bridge, 9pm
Live Music: The Ocelots, Boscos Cafe @ Watergate Theatre, Parliment St, 9pm
Live Music: Acoustic Trans Atlantic Session, Bollards Bar, Kieran St, 9.30pm - 11.30pm
Live Music: Paschal & Sean, Tynan's Bridge House Bar, Johns Bridge, 9.30pm
Concert: The Eskies, Cleeres Theatre, Parliment St, 9.30pm, €8, cleeres.com
Live Music: Little Andy's, Ormonde Road, 10pm
Live Music: Roisin Dubh, Kytelers Inn, Kieran St, 10pm
Live Music: Celtic Rhythm, Home Rule Club, John's Quay, 10pm
Live Music: An Poc Fada, Rose Inn St, 10pm
Live Music: Rafter Dempsey's, Friary St, 10pm
Live Music: The Uptown Band, 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 & Langtons Nightclub & Morrissons Nightclub & more

Sunday 14th February

Callan Does Strictly holding Valentines Day Family Fun Run & Bruch, Parish Hall in Callan, 11am, €10, kclr96fm.com/events
Live Jazz Music + Free Children's Entertainment, MacDonagh Junction Shopping Centre, 2pm - 4pm, facebook.com/events
Live Music: Live Trad, Matt The Millers, John St, 6pm
Live Music: Garden Session with Generation 5, Kytelers Inn, Kieran St, 6.30pm
Live Music: Rusty Springs, The Field, High St, 7pm
Film: Screening of "The Rocky Horror Picture Show", Watergate Theatre, Parliment St, 8pm, €10/7, watergatetheatre.com
6th Annual Kilkenny Valentine Night Dinner, Langtons, John St, 8pm, €30(aid local charities), facebook.com/events
Enjoy dinner by candlelight with live music from The Heart String Quartet, Cafe Sol, William St, 8pm, €35, facebook.com/events
Concert: Christian Collins with Emma Ni Raghallaigh, Brewery Corner, Parliment St, 9pm, €5, facebook.com/brewery.corner
Live Music: Tom Healy, Carrolls Bar in Knocktopher, 9pm
Live Music Music: Metropole Hotel, High St, 9pm
Live Music: Social Dancing with live music from Finbar Denehy, Piltown GAA Complex, 9.30pm to midnight, €8
Live Music: Wallop The Cat, Matt The Millers, John St, 9pm
Live Music: Lanigans, Rose Inn St, 9.30pm
Live Music: Tomas Jackman, Irish Songs & Ballads, Kyteler’s Inn, Kieran St, 9pm
Live Music: Paschal & Sean, Tynan's Bridge House Bar, Johns Bridge, 9.30pm
Live Music: Kevin and Eugene (greatest hits from the 50's to 00's), Dylan Whiskey Bar, John St, 9.30pm
Live Music: A Tribute to Nick Cave with the Barlflies, The Pumphouse, Parliment St, 9.30pm
Live Music: Rockout with Loose Cannons followed by DJ, The Field, High St, 10pm
DJ's at Matt The Millers & Lanigans & Biddy Early's & The Field & Billy Byrnes & Morrissons Nightclub & more

Exhibitions

  • A Selection from the Butler Gallery Collection at Butler Gallery, until 21st February 2016, butlergallery.com
  • Not Too Precious - Jewellery by 25 international makers at National Craft Gallery, until 30th March, nationalcraftgallery.ie

 

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 (Monday 8th February to Thursday 11th February]

  • The Revenant
  • Room
  • Spotlight
  • Ride Along 2
  • Dad's Army
  • Goosebumps
  • The Big Short
  • Airlift   [Monday only]

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