Kilkenny tourism boost as Borris House hosts National Country Fair

KILKENNY is in line for a significant financial boost over the August Bank Holiday weekend as stunning Borris House in Co. Carlow is to welcome 10,000 plus visitors from Ireland and the UK to its 650 acre estate for the National Country Fair on August 4 and 5.

KILKENNY is in line for a significant financial boost over the August Bank Holiday weekend as stunning Borris House in Co. Carlow is to welcome 10,000 plus visitors from Ireland and the UK to its 650 acre estate for the National Country Fair on August 4 and 5.

Final preparations are being made for the internationally-renowned event which is set to be a massive revenue-spinner for Kilkenny, Carlow and the entire south east region.

Borris House, the ancestral home of the McMorrough Kavanaghs, High Kings of Leinster, forms the perfect backdrop for the National Country Fair which will feature a host of country lifestyle events. The families enjoyed very close links with the Butlers from Kilkenny and visitors to their home will be able to view stunning pieces including pictures and paintings from the Butler family collection which are on display in the Kavanagh home.

A huge attraction will be medieval jousters and professional stunt teams on horseback in full costume sword fighting. The will include screen heroes who featured in the Robin Hood TV series and the movie First Knight, which starred Richard Gere.

A professional falconer from Scotland, UK sharp shooter, Michael Yardley, and Britain’s strongest man, Glenn Ross, will also be putting on displays.

Visitors will also get to try their hand at clay-pigeon shooting, archery, falconry and fishing, as well as enjoying equestrian and gundog events, horses and hounds, birds of prey displays and children’s pet shows.

There will be legendary Borris lamb to enjoy at the artisan food festival with cookery demonstrations and food tasting as well as over 150 trade stalls selling foods, country clothing, fishing and shooting accessories, crafts and antiques.

Borris House is one of the country’s most beautiful, historic and centrally located country houses, just over an hour from Dublin and Cork and close to the Wexford and Kilkenny borders. Its owners, Morgan and Sara Kavanagh, look forward to welcoming visitors to their home and feel it’s the perfect venue for the family-focused, country lifestyles event.

In a bid to raise awareness about the estate the Kavanaghs are holding Borris House Open Day on Bank Holiday Monday, August 6th with carriage driving through the woods, historic tours of the house and stunning woodland walks along the River Barrow.

“The National Country Fair features a unique range of events, competitions, products and services reflecting all aspects of country life in Ireland and we’re thrilled to host it for the first time,” Morgan Kavanagh said. “Lots of people drive past and wonder what goes on behind our high walls. This is a unique opportunity to discover our hidden gem and the events we host here.

“We host concerts, civil ceremonies, weddings, historical house tours, runs, walks and corporate events. We also have self catering accommodation and recently hosted Mundy and Mary Coughlan in concert. We have great acoustics in our concert area.

Borris House has a busy calendar of events planned for the next 12 months, including special exhibition immortalising the famous Borris Lace collection.

A BBC television crew filming an antiques rescue programme to be screened in the autumn is featuring Borris House, and will be finishing filming over the bank holiday weekend, adding further excitement and buzz to the event. The fair is family-friendly, with children under 16 going free. The entrance fee for adults is just €15.