Briefly Up Close

Jack L

Jack L

Reminder that Jack L returns to the marble city this week. He presents his The 27 Club repertoire, the music of those famous performers who died at the age of 27, at the Set Theatre. Catch the gig this Thursday.

Hugs for Arts

This Friday you may be offered a cuddle as you wander through the city centre. It’s all to get you to embrace the arts and to support the campaign for continued investment for the arts. The National Campaign for the Arts and its supporters are lobbying Ministers Jimmy Deenihan (arts) and Phil Hogan (environment) asking them to minimise the cuts and maximise their support of funding to the Arts Council and local authorities. Show your support at The Parade, Kilkenny, from 12.50-1.10pm on Friday.

On the Outside and On The Inside

Kats Theatre Group will present two plays by Tom Murphy – On The Outside and On The Inside. These are companion pieces set outside and inside a typical 1960s Irish dance hall. The plays will explore themes of redemption, anger and love while never losing sight of what made these experiences so reassuringly Irish. The plays deal with the highs and lows of the time, whilst still holding a mirror up to modern society. On Thursday night they have partnered with Cois Nore Cancer Support Centre, which is fund-raising to provide a cancer resource centre in Kilkenny. Tickets are €10 and available from The Ormonde. Or book tickets on 056 7750200 or from Cois Nore for the Thursday night show, and Kilkenny Ormonde Hotel on Thursday and Friday.

A Night with the Stars

James Stephens GAA Club this Friday presents A Night with the Stars. The Hub at Cillín Hill hosts the event from 8pm. Participants include one of the club’s most famous members, Kilkenny senior county manager Brian Cody, Ireland’s boxing head coach and former Irish Olympian Billy Walsh, rugby legends John Hayes and Mick Galwey and many others. Tickets cost €25.

Subtitle Film Festival

Kilkenny’s newest festival has teamed up with an established local movie session to kickstart the inaugural proceedings. Subtitle Film Festival’s from the same crew that bring us the Cat Laughs Comedy Festival and Kilkenomics. The first flick of this latest event sees the Kilkenny Film Club showcase comedy Lapland Odyssey at the Set Theatre on Tuesday from 8pm.


Two hugely popular productions are set for a comeback in Castlecomer this weekend. Deenside Players are reviving one-act plays The Last Tango at Itchycoo Park and Three’s a Crowd at Shortall’s this Friday from 8.30pm. A local charity will benefit from proceeds. Admission costs €5 per person. For that you get the hilarious The last Tango at Itchycoo Park which tells of an annual AGM of a local drama group and shows the dedication of the members involved who will go to ANY lengths to keep the group running. It stars Mousey Brennan, Susan Boland, Michelle Burke and Midgy Dowd. Then there’s Three’s A Crowd, a very real-life piece where you’ll meet a couple (played by Martina Harding and Barry Byrne) faced with a huge dilemma, watch them argue and try to work it out in this very funny drama.


The latest dance craze is continuing to help with local causes. You’ll have noticed Zumbathons popping up recently and this Friday another one takes place in aid of the children’s ward at St Luke’s Hospital. It kicks off at 7.30pm with a group of children who take Zumbatomics dance classes followed at 8pm by the Zumbathon with Zumba instructors from around Ireland. There will be a break and an interval act to keep you entertained, alongside a raffle with some fantastic prizes. Tickets cost €12 and are available on the door on the night.

Youth Cafe

A new local venue will create a space just for young people this weekend. Kilkenny Youthink open their own youth café in Desert Hall on New Street in the City this Saturday. The outlet will sell drinks, rolls, muffins and promise plenty of solid banter. It’ll open from 1.30-5.30pm each Saturday and would love to see you there.


Irish writer Claire Keegan will give a reading of her work in the city library this (Wednesday) evening from 7.30pm. The author of short story collections Antarctica, Walk the Blue Fields and Foster (the latter of which was one of the texts on the 2014 Leaving Cert), Claire has won many awards, including the William Trevor Prize, The Francis MacManus Award and the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature. All are welcome to the local reading which is free of charge.

Winter Wine Fair

It’s one of the annual highlights and so it’s great to see the Winter Wine Fair taking place for the 14th time this week. Organised and presented by Kilkenny Lions Club and The Wine Centre, the event takes place at the Newpark Hotel on Friday from 7pm. Tickets cost €15 with all proceeds going to help less fortunate people in the city and county this Christmas. You can taste any of over 100 wines and beers from across the world, and there’ll be live music, delicious appetizers, raffle and special guests.

Vegetarian No Meat and Greet

Vegetarian Kilkenny’s next No Meat and Greet takes place this Sunday from 7.30pm in Ossory Youth. This is part of a regular gathering and new people are always welcome. Don’t forget to bring a dish and you can expect to sample others’ creations too.


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