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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
  • All Ireland Preview Night with Clonmel 1650 - Tuesday 1st September - Matt The Millers, John St - 9.30pm - A preview of the All Ireland Final with Diarmuid the Rock O'Sullivan, JJ Delaney plus many more with music from the Kilkennys all from 9.30pm on Tuesday 1st September with all funds raised going to the Kilkenny Senior Hurling Team, facebook.com/events
  • Horse Racing: Flat Racing at Gowran Park - Wednesday 2nd September - Gowran Park, Gowran, Co.Kilkenny - first race at 4.25pm - 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, gowranpark.ie
  • Cooking: A Taste of The Middle East - Wednesday 2nd September - School of Food, Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny - 7pm to 9.30pm, €40, schooloffood.ie
  • All Ireland Hurling Final Preview Night hosted by Guinness - Thursday 3rd September - Langtons Bar, John St - 7pm to 9pm - KCLR96FM are teaming up with Guinness for one night in Langton’s as KCLR Breakfast’s John Walsh hosts a live broadcast from the heart of Kilkenny to discuss all things hurling. In a real ‘up for the match’ spirit, there will be former players, food, and five pairs of All-Ireland tickets to be won on the night, kclr96fm.com
  • Concert: Frankie Gavin amd De Danann - Friday 4th September - Ionad Dara, Goresbridge, Co.Kilkenny - 8.30pm, €22 - For many years traditional super group De Dannan were the forerunners in the Irish traditional music world but after 33 years, 14 albums and a number of changes in the line up, the group disbanded in 2003. During August this year original founding member and world famous fiddle player Frankie Gavin unleashed a new De Dannan which in his own words "will reflect a De Dannan of the 21st century”, facebook.com/events
  • Cooking: Quick & Tasty Family Meals - Saturday 5th September - Edward Hayden School of Cookery, Graignamanagh, Co.Kilkenny - 11am to 4pm - The cookery school, with Brandon Hill in the background, boasts a large kitchen suitable for both demonstration and hands-on classes with an adjoining dining room and stylish utility room area. Edward Hayden is a well-known chef and food writer/blogger and is very familiar to radio and television audiences from his weekly cookery slots on TV3's Ireland AM and regular appearances on KCLR 96FM, kclr96fm.com/events
  • Summers End Pop-Up Shopping Experience with SoSueMe - Sunday 6th September - Ormonde Hotel, Ormonde St - 12pm to 6pm, €25 - A fundraiser for the Irish Cancer Society. Discounts on Ladies Fashions, Accessories and Handbags. Hair & Beauty Salons will also be present offering advice and discounts on their services. Suzanne of SoSueMe is one of Ireland's leading fashion and beauty bloggers. Come along and sample and shop in style, eventbrite.ie

 

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

  • Musical Theatre: Listen To My Heart - The Songs Of David Friedman (Saturday 12th September)
  • A journey deep inside your heart can be thrilling, unexpected, even life changing – and always worth the trip. The music of composer David Friedman captures this journey with hope, inspiration, humour and compassion in this exhilarating and moving revue of his music. Presented by Red Alchemy Theatre Company. See full event & ticket details
  • The Legends of American Country Tribute Show (Thursday 17th September)
  • The Legends of American Country Show is now firmly established as Ireland’s No. 1 Country Music Tribute Show featuring the music of 8 of the biggest names on the American scene including Garth Brooks, Randy Travis, Dolly Parton, Tammy Wynette, Merle Haggard, Alan Jackson, Buck Owens and Johnny Cash. The show will include 4 well known vocalists in Evan O’Donnell, Joe Moore, Rod and Tracey McAuley who between them have a wealth of experience and glittering careers that span over 30 years. Each singer will perform a string of hits from the featured artist and complete with authentic costume changes and in the company of a live 6-piece band that will include some of Ireland’s top musicians. 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 31st August until Sunday 6th September 2015

Monday 31st August

Live Music: Trad Session, The Field, High St, 3pm to close
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: Trad Session, Marble City Bar, High St, 7.30pm
Live Music: Raglan Rogues - Trad & Ballad, Kytelers Inn, Kieran St, 8.30pm
Games Night at Billy Byrnes, John St
Movie Night: Carroll's Bar in Thomastown
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, 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 1st September

Craft: Millinery Classes at Kells Mill Craft Centre, Kells, Co.Kilkenny, €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
Live Music: Trad Session, Marble City Bar, High St, 7.30pm
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: Kilford Arms, John St
Live Music: Tynan's Bridge House Bar, John's Bridge
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: Trad Session, Paris Texas, High St, 9pm
Live Music: Ryan Thomas & Friends, The Pumphouse, Parliment St, 9.30pm
All Ireland Preview night with Clonmel 1650, JJ Delaney & Diarmuid 'the Rock' O'Sullivan, Matt The Millers, John St, 9.30pm, facebook.com/events
DJ's at Langton's Nightclub, John St, 11pm

Wednesday 2nd September

Live Music: Trad Session, The Field, High St, 3pm to close
Horse Racing: Flat Racing at Gowran Park, Gowran, Co.Kilkenny, first race at 4.25pm, gowranpark.ie
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: A Taste of The Middle East, School of Food, Thomastown, 7pm - 9.30pm, €40, schooloffood.ie
Live Music: Trad Session, Bollards Bar, Kieran St, 8pm - 10pm
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
Movie Night: Billy Byrnes, John St, 8.30pm, free
Live Music: Kilford Arms, John St
Live Music: Acoustic Session, Carroll's Bar in Thomastown
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: Shane Joyce, The Pumphouse, Parliment St, 9.30pm
Live Music: Trad Session, Cleere's, Parliment St, 9.30pm

Thursday 3rd September

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
All Ireland Hurling Final Preview Night hosted by Guinness ft.Michael Kavanagh, Damien Joyce and more, Langtons Bar, John St, 7pm - 9pm
Live Music: Trad Session, Bollards Bar, Kieran St, 7pm - 9pm
Live Music: Trad Session, Marble City Bar, High St, 7.30pm
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: Trad Session, Paris Texas, High St, 9pm
Kilkenny GAA Fundraiser with Up For The Match event, The Field, High St, 9pm, €10, facebook.com/events
Live Music: 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: Fuse, 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 4th September

Taste Trail at Goatsbridge Farm, Knockdrinna, Stoneyford, 10am, €20, goatsbridgetrout.ie
Live Music: The Field, High St, 3pm to close
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
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
Concert: Frankie Gavin amd De Danann, Ionad Dara in Goresbridge, 8.30pm, €22, facebook.com/events
Live Music: Kilford Arms, John St
Live Music: Phil & Gill, Dylan Whisky Bar, John St, 9.30pm
Live Music: Divil the Bit, Lanigans, Rose Inn St, 9.30pm
Live Music: Billy Byrnes, John St
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 5th September

Kilkenny ParkRun, Kilkenny Castle Park, 9.30am, facebook.com/kilkennyparkrun
Cooking: Quick & Tasty Family Meals, Edward Hayden School of Cookery, Graignamanagh, 11am - 4pm, €80, kclr96fm.com/events
Live Music: Carouse, Cocktail Terrace at Biddy Early's, John St, 2.30pm
Light It Up Gold for childhood cancer awareness with face painting & balloon release, Kilkenny Castle, 4.30pm - 6.30pm, kclr96fm.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
Live Music: Garden Session with Abbey Folk, Kytelers Inn, Kieran St, 8pm
Live Music: An Poc Fada, Rose Inn St
Live Music: Karaoke Night, Kilford Arms, John St
Live Music: The Village Inn, Upper Patrick St
Live Music: Shem's Bar, John St
Live Music: Billy Byrnes, John St
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: Roisin Dubh, Kytelers Inn, Kieran St, 10pm
Live Music: An Poc Fada, Rose Inn St, 10pm
Live Music: Rafter Dempsey's, Friary St, 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 6th September

Summers End Pop-Up Shopping Experience with SoSueMe, Ormonde Hotel, Ormonde St, 12pm - 6pm, €25, eventbrite.ie
Live Music: Hot 4 Jazz Quartet, Left Bank, Patrick St, 5pm - 7pm
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: Carrolls Bar in Knocktopher
Live Music: Kilford Arms, John St
Live Music: Social Dancing with live music, Piltown GAA Complex, 9pm, €8
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: Paschal and Seanie, Tynan's Bridge House Bar, John's Bridge, 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 Lanigans & Biddy Early's & The Field & Billy Byrnes (DJ Bootsy) & Langton's Nightclub & Morrissons Nightclub & more

Exhibitions

  • Exhibition featuring Sculptures by Liam Flynn & Photographs by Nicholas Picchi, Jerpoint Glass Studio in Stoneyford, Co.Kilkenny, until 31st August, jerpointglass.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 28th August to Thursday 3rd September)

  • Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation
  • Hitman: Agent 47
  • Vacation
  • Trainwreck
  • Paper Towns
  • Sinister 2
  • Pixels  [Friday, Saturday & Sunday only]
  • Inside Out  [Friday, Saturday & Sunday only]
  • Minions  [Saturday & Sunday only]
  • Song of the Sea  [Saturday & Sunday only]

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