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Entertainment in Kilkenny - Weekly Gig and Event Guide

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  • 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 - 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
  • Antiques: Auction of 1,600 Lots - Tuesday 24th To Thursday 26th March - Mealy's, Kilkenny Road, Castlecomer, Co. Kilkenny - 11am - Lots feature furniture, paintings, jewellery & more, mealys.ie
  • Theatre: Patrick Talbot Productions presents "God Bless The Child" - Thursday 26th & Friday 27th March - Watergate Theatre, Parliment Street - 8pm, €16/12 - See the Watergate Theatre section below for more information.
  • Darts Exhibition by Gary Anderson (2015 World Champion) - Thursday 26th March - Salmon Pool in Thomastown, Co.Kilkenny - 8pm, €20 - Darts Exhibition given by this year's Darts World Champion, Gary "The Flying Scotsman" Anderson, facebook.com/thesalmonpool
  • Meeting of Kilkenny Great Beers Club - Thursday 26th March - Brewery Corner, Parliment Street - 8pm - Join them once a month for a sit down in the bar to discover great beers & chat about all things brewing. At this meeting, meet the man behind Costello's Brewing Company, Gerald Costello and sample thier craft beer, facebook.com/brewery.corner
  • Live Music + Dinner: Celtic Airs & Graces perform, followed by dinner - Friday 27th March - Mount Juliet, Thomastown, Co.Kilkenny - €110 - Mount Juliet presents Karin Leitner (flute) and Cormac De Barra (harp) performing Celtic Airs & Graces. Concert and Dinner in the Michelin Star, Lady Helen Restaurant. Includes champagne on arrival, two musical performances, dinner in the Lady Helen followed by coffee and petit fours, facebook.com/events
  • Concert: Damien Dempsey - Friday 27th March - Murphy's Bar, Thomastown, Co.Kilkenny - 8pm, €20 - Support act is Deetrich. Since his first live outings in the mid-1990s, Damien’s gigs have seen him wow audiences across the globe, and his performances have taken on a spiritual and soulful quality, facebook.com
  • Concert: The Whileaways - Friday 27th March - Ionad Dara in Goresbridge, Co.Kilkenny - 8pm, €20 - The Whileaways sees three distinct voices combine to weave a beguiling tapestry of harmonies and beautifully crafted original songs. Their sound is true, their delivery undeniably engaging, facebook.com/TheWhileaways
  • Concert: John Murry - Friday 27th March - Cleeres Theatre, Parliment Street - 9pm, €20 - A former guest of the Kilkenny Roots Festival and one of his recent videos, for track "The Ballad of the Pajama Kid" was filmed on location in Kilkenny, facebook.com/johnmurryofficial
  • Family Fun Day with Easter Egg Hunt - Saturday 28th, Monday 30th & Tuesday 31st March - Nore Valley Park in Bennettsbridge, Co.Kilkenny - Their annual egg hunt is one of their most popular event of the year. Search the farm for the eggs and get loads of chocolate in return! €3.50 per family for the egg hunt, on top of the normal farm entry price, norevalleypark.com
  • Craft: Make Your Own Natural Beauty Products Workshop - Saturday 28th March - Rothe House, Parliment Street - 10am to 12.30pm, €45 - Creative, informative & fun workshop. Use wonderful natural ingredients and achieve radiant skin, naturally/ Take home your beautiful handmade products: Lip Balm, Facial Serum, and Body Butter, worth €45. Course costs €45 per person including all raw materials and recipe sheets. Opportunity to purchase kits for home use also, kclr96fm.com/events
  • Market Cross 21st Birthday Party with Family Day Fun - Saturday 28th March - Market Cross Shopping Centre, James Street - 12.30pm to 4pm - Come and enjoy a full day of Family Events to include: walk about costume characters, face painters, along with top quality shows and entertainment including Puppet Show, Minion Characters and Magic Show, facebook.com/MarketCrossKilkenny
  • Concert: Meltybrains? - Saturday 28th March - Set Theatre, John Street - 10.30pm, free - Meltybrains? are a 5-piece, experimental, electronic band, based in Dublin, Ireland. Their sound is quite at odds with much of what is on offer from the music scene, yet takes its inspiration from hip-hop, IDM, rock and contemporary classical music, among other things, facebook.com/events
  • Dance: Grainne Mulvey School of Ballet and Modern Dance presents "An Evening Of Dance" - Saturday 28th & Sunday 29th March - Watergate Theatre, Parliment Street - 7.30pm, €12/10 - See the Watergate Theatre section below for more information.
  • Family Fun Day - Sunday 29th March - Kilkenny Cafe at Market Cross Shopping Centre, James Street - 12pm to 4pm - There will be face painting, story telling, art and much more, facebook.com/kilkennycafe
  • Concert: Bridal Rock (Wedding Band's) - Sunday 29th March - Set Theatre, John Street - 4pm to 10pm, €10 - Bridal Rock is the Ireland’s (and the World’s) ONLY Wedding Band Festival. Finding a quality wedding band is one of the most important decisions a couple will make when planning their wedding. There will be 6 award-winning bands on the night, including Time Machine, Twisted Ninja, Showtime, Suzie Q, Carouse and White Diamond, set.ie
  • Jazz Dinner Evening with music from Paris Swing - Sunday 29th March - Cafe Sol, William Street - 7pm to 9pm - Paris Swing are a superb 4 piece line up with violin, accordion, guitar and double bass. They play a great selection of gypsy jazz, swing, musette and tango music from the 1920's, ’30's and ’40s. Now you can hear Paris Swing, live and unplugged, play a very special Jazz Dinner evening at SOL in Kilkenny. Enjoy our three course menu by Head Chef Rory Nolan with a fine wine or a craft beer, aperitifs to whet your appetite and digestifs or liqueur coffees to complete your meal, restaurantskilkenny.com/events
  • Easter Activities for Kids
    • Easter Egg HuntFriday 27th March to Saturday 4th April - MacDonagh Junction Shopping Centre
    • Multi-Activity Easter Camp - Monday 30th March to Friday 3rd April - The Watershed - 9am to 3pm (ages 4-12), €85 for 5 days/€75 for 4 days
    • Visit The Easter Cabin - Monday 30th March to Friday 10th April - Workhouse Square at MacDonagh Junction
    • Discovery Camp - Tuesday 31st March & Wednesday 1st April - Castlecomer Discovery Park, Castlecomer, Co.Kilkenny - 10am to 2pm (ages 7-11), €40
    • Brian Doyle Tennis Easter Camp - Monday 6th April to Friday 10th April - Kilkenny College - 1.45pm to 5pm (ages 5-16), €80
    • Multi-Activity Easter Camp - Tuesday 7th April to Friday 10th April - The Watershed - 9am to 3pm (ages 4-12), €85 for 5 days/€75 for 4 days

 

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: Patrick Talbot Productions presents God Bless The Child (Thursday 26th & Friday 27th March)
  • A new play based on stories by Frank O’Connor - the short stories of Cork born Frank are universally regarded as being classics of their kind. Now, for the first time, three of those funniest stories: My Oedipus Complex, The Genius and First Confession are brought together within a single full-length play, which will provide a hugely entertaining and uplifting night of theatre. See full event & ticket details
  • Grainne Mulvey School of Ballet and Modern Dance presents An Evening Of Dance (Saturday 28th & Sunday 29th March)
  • Ranging in age from 3 to 20, students from from both Bagenalstown and Kilkenny will perform a variety of dances showcasing their ballet and jazz styles. This promises to be an evening packed full of family entertainment. 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 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
  • Sunday 7th June - Three Choir Concert - at St Canices Cathedral, Kilkenny City - 4pm, €10/5 - A unique concert featuring the combined choirs of St Canice's Cathedral Kilkenny, Christ Church Cathedral Waterford and St Mary's Cathedral Limerick. Programme will include much-loved choral music from the Tudor period right up to the present day.

 

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 Wednesday 25th March until Tuesday 31st March 2015

Wednesday 25th March

Antiques: Auction of 1600 Lots ft.furniture, paintings, jewellery & more, Mealy's, Kilkenny Rd, Castlecomer, 11am, mealys.ie
Live Music: Wallop The Cat, Matt The Millers, John St, 6.30pm
Live Music: Raglan Rogues, Kytelers Inn, Kieran St, 8pm
Bingo at Community Hall in Thomastown, 8pm
Movie Night: "Pride", Billy Byrnes, John St, 8.30pm, free, facebook.com/billy.b.bar
Live Music: Open Mic Night, Ryans, Friary St
Live Music: Trad Session with Adrian & Donie Cashin from Wrong Direction, The Field, High St, 9pm
Live Music: Trad Session, Dylan Whisky Bar, John St, 9pm
Live Music: Live Trad and Ballad, Matt The Millers, John St, 9.30pm
Live Music: Trad Session, Cleere's, Parliment St, 9.30pm

Thursday 26th March

Antiques: Auction of 1600 Lots ft.furniture, paintings, jewellery & more, Mealy's, Kilkenny Rd, Castlecomer, 11am, mealys.ie
Art & Craft classes for kids aged 6+, Ferrybank Library, 3.15pm - 4.30pm, €3
Live Music: Live Trad, Matt The Millers, John St, 6pm
Annual Meeting of Kilkenny Horticultural Society with garden lecture & plant sale, Club House Hotel, Patrick St, 7.30pm, kclr96fm.com/events
Culture: South Kilkenny Historical Society host lecture titled "WB Yeats & Irish Politics", Parish Hall in Mullinavat, 8pm, €5
Theatre: Patrick Talbot Productions presents "God Bless The Child", Watergate Theatre, Parliment St, 8pm, €16/12, watergatetheatre.com
Meeting of Kilkenny Great Beers Club, Brewery Corner, Parliment St, 8pm, facebook.com/brewery.corner
Live Music: Raglan Rogues, Kytelers Inn, Kieran St, 8pm
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 with Adrian & Donie Cashin from Wrong Direction, 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: An Poc Fada, Rose Inn St, 9.30pm
Live Music: Trad Music with Heebee Geebees & Friends, Ryan's, Friary St, 9.30pm
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 27th March

Culture: "Side By Side" Exhibition Curator's Talk & Launch at National Craft Gallery, Castle Yard, 6pm, nationalcraftgallery.ie
Live Music: Wallop The Cat, Matt The Millers, John St, 6pm
Live Music: Trad Session, Kytelers Inn, Kieran St, 6pm
Tea Party & Auction in aid of Clara Camogie Club, 7.30pm, €10, facebook.com/clara.kilkenny
Theatre: Scoil Mhuire Johnstown presents the musical "The Sound Of Music", Scoil Mhuire in Johnstown, 7.30pm, €12/6
Cancer Service with Relic of St Peregrine present + music by Kilkenny Gospel Choir, St Marys Cathedral, 7.30pm, facebook.com/KilkennyGospelFestival
Table Quiz in aid of Rower Hall, Rower Hall in Inistioge, 8pm
Darts Exhibition by Gary Anderson(2015 World Champion), Salmon Pool in Thomastown, Co.Kilkenny, 8pm, €20, facebook.com/thesalmonpool
Live Music + Dinner: Celtic Airs & Graces perform, followed by dinner in the Lady Helen at Mount Juliet, Thomastown, €110, facebook.com/events
Theatre: Patrick Talbot Productions presents "God Bless The Child", Watergate Theatre, Parliment St, 8pm, €16/12, watergatetheatre.com
Concert: Damien Dempsey [support: Deetrich], Murphy's Bar, Thomastown, 8pm, €20, facebook.com
Concert: The Whileaways, Ionad Dara in Goresbridge, Co.Kilkenny, 8pm, €20, facebook.com/TheWhileaways
Lecture on local Thomastown people involvement in WW1 - "From Bugle Call to Tolling Bell Thomastown and Tullaherin’s Great War", Concert Hall in Thomastown, 8pm, kclr96fm.com/events
Table Quiz in aid of Cois Nore Cancer Support, Rafter Dempseys, Friary St, 8.30pm, kclr96fm.com/events
Live Music: Trad Music session (musicians welcome), Bollard’s Bar, Kieran St, 8.30pm
Concert: John Murry, Cleeres Theatre, Parliment St, 9pm, €20
Table Quiz in aid of Tidy Towns, Fitzpatrick's Bar in Ballyragget, 9.30pm, €20 for 4
Live Music: Divil the Bit, Lanigans, Rose Inn St, 9.30pm
Live Music: Phil & Gill, Dylan Whisky Bar, John St, 9.30pm
Live Music: R.N.A, Tim's Bar in Thomastown
Live Music: Tynan's Bridge House Bar, Johns Bridge, 9.30pm
Live Music: Band followed by a DJ, The Field, High St, 10pm
Live Music: Friday Session, Hole In The Wall, High St, 10pm
Live Music: The Electrix followed by DJ Eoin, Matt The Miller's, John St, 10pm
Live Music: Monroe, Kytelers Inn, Kieran St, 10pm
Live Music: Thank Funk, Left Bank, Patrick St, 10pm
Live Music: Southern Freud, Ryan's Bar, Friary St, 10.30pm
DJ's at Kyteler's Inn (Matchstick Men) & Billy Byrnes & Biddy Early's & The Pumphouse & Morrissons Nightclub & many more

Saturday 28th March

Kilkenny Park and Run, Kilkenny Castle Park, 9.30am, facebook.com/kilkennyparkrun
Discover & Design: Visitors can design, draw, build with self-guided activies at National Craft Gallery, Castle Yard, 10am - 5.30pm, nationalcraftgallery.ie
Craft: Make Your Own Natural Beauty Products workshop, Rothe House, Parliment St, 10am - 12.30pm, €45, kclr96fm.com/events
Family Fun Day with Easter Egg Hunt, Nore Valley Park in Bennettsbridge, Co.Kilkenny, norevalleypark.com
Market Cross 21st Birthday Party with Puppet Show, Magic Show & more, Market Cross Shopping Centre, James St, 12.30pm - 4pm, facebook.com/MarketCrossKilkenny
Live Music: Trad Session, Kytelers Inn, Kieran St, 6pm
Dance: Grainne Mulvey School of Ballet and Modern Dance presents "An Evening Of Dance", Watergate Theatre, Parliment St, 7.30pm, €12/10, watergatetheatre.com
'Starting Over' Social Event for divorced/seperated people, Ormonde Hotel, Ormonde St, 8pm, separated.ie
Live Music: An Poc Fada, Rose Inn St, 8pm
Live Music: The Field, High St, 8pm
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: The Village Inn, Upper Patrick St
Live Music: The Metropole, High St
Live Music: Roisin Dubh, Kytelers Inn, Kieran St, 10pm
Live Music: An Poc Fada, Rose Inn St, 10pm
Live Music: Pat Wall, Home Rule Club, John's Quay, 10pm
Concert: Meltybrains, Set Theatre, John St, 10.30pm, free, set.ie
Live Music: Ryan's, Friary St, 10.30pm
DJ's at Biddy Early’s & Matt The Millers & Lanigans & An Poc Fada & Billy Byrnes & Langtons Nightclub & Pegasus Nightclub & The Pumphouse & Marble City Bar (Over 25's Club) & Paris Texas (Cleveland Mike) & The Field & & Left Bank (2 Floors) & Kytelers Inn & Morrissons Nightclub and more

Sunday 29th March

Discover & Design: Visitors can design, draw, build with self-guided activies at National Craft Gallery, Castle Yard, 10am - 5.30pm, nationalcraftgallery.ie
Family Fun Day with story telling, art and more, Kilkenny Cafe, Market Cross SC, James St, 12pm - 4pm, facebook.com/kilkennycafe
Concert: Bridal Rock (Wedding Band's), Set Theatre, John St, 4pm - 10pm, €10, set.ie
Concert: The Kilkennys & Friends, Langton's Ballroom, John St, 4.30pm, €10 (in aid of charity), twitter.com
Live Music: Hot 4 Jazz Quartet, Left Bank, Patrick St, 5pm  - 7pm
Live Music: Live Trad, Matt The Millers, John St, 6pm
Live Music: Trad Session, Kytelers Inn, Kieran St, 6pm
Live Music: Generation 5, Kytelers Inn, Kieran St, 6.30pm
Jazz Dinner Evening with music from Paris Swing, Cafe Sol, William St, 7pm - 9pm, restaurantskilkenny.com
Dance: Grainne Mulvey School of Ballet and Modern Dance presents "An Evening Of Dance", Watergate Theatre, Parliment St, 7.30pm, €12/10, watergatetheatre.com
Live Music: Rusty Springs, The Field, High St, 7.30pm
Live Music: Gary O'Neill / Geoff Warner-Clayton / Colobe, Hole In The Wall, High St, 8pm, facebook.com
Live Music: Brendan Lee, Carrolls Bar in Knocktopher
Live Music: Social Dancing with live music from Michael Sexton, 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: Tomas Jackman, Irish Songs & Ballads, Kyteler’s Inn, Kieran St, 9pm
Live Music: 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: The Barflies, The Pumphouse, Parliment St, 9.30pm
Live Music: Track Dogs, Kytelers Inn, Kieran St, 10pm
Live Music: Rockout with Loose Cannons followed by DJ, The Field, High St, 10pm
DJ's at Morrisons (DJ Mattie) & Lanigans & Biddy Early's & The Field & Langton's Nightclub & more

Monday 30th March

Family Fun Day with Easter Egg Hunt at Nore Valley Park in Bennettsbridge, norevalleypark.com
Games Night at Billy Byrnes, John St, 6pm
Live Music: Live Trad, Matt The Millers, John St, 6pm
KRSP host Free Guided Walk Series at 7pm from Canal Square in Kilkenny + 7.30pm in Callan
Movie Night at Hole In The Wall, High St, 8pm
Live Music: The Briars, The Field, High St, 9pm
Live Music: Stephen Murphy, Dylan Whiskey Bar, John St, 9pm
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 31st March

Family Fun Day with Easter Egg Hunt at Nore Valley Park in Bennettsbridge, norevalleypark.com
Live Music: Live Trad, Matt The Millers, John St, 6pm
Theatre: The Importance of Being Oscar, Kyteler Inn, Kieran St, 7pm, €20/15, facebook.com/events
OPW Kilkenny Castle give free garden talk: "Wrestling a Garden from the Wilds" from Carl Wright(Caher Bridge Garden), Kilkenny Castle, 8pm, free, kilkennycastle.ie
Live Music: Rob Strong Band, The Field, High St, 9pm
Live Music: Wallop The Cat, Matt the Millers, John St, 9.30pm
DJ's at Langton's Nightclub, John St, 11pm

Exhibitions

  • Painting Exhibition by Tia Vellani, at City Library (Johns Quay), until 31st March, kclr96fm.com/events
  • Recent Paintings by Michael Kane, Butler Gallery, until 19th April, butlergallery.com

 

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 27th March - Thursday 2nd April)

  • Cinderella
  • Divergent Series: Insurgent [2D + 3D]
  • Run All Night
  • Focus
  • Seventh Son
  • The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out Of Water [2D + 3D]
  • Home
  • Shaun The Sheep: Movie [Saturday + Sunday only]

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