A step back in time with theatrical tour

Mary Cody


Mary Cody

15/07/2013 (NO REPRO FEE) Travelling back in time! Pictured at the launch of "Medieval Kilkenny - Stories Through Time", a theatrical walking tour of Kilkenny featuring characters in medieval costume, are: American tourist Lewis Seward and Irish tourist Deirdre Beirne with the bishop Witch, Soverign and John Rothe outside the Tholsel in Kilkenny city. Photo: Pat Moore.
The city’s rich medieval history will be brought to life with the launch of a new theatrical walking tour featuring actors dressed in period costume.

The city’s rich medieval history will be brought to life with the launch of a new theatrical walking tour featuring actors dressed in period costume.

Visitors can sign up to an intriguing journey back in time led by interesting characters from Kilkenny’s past who will colourfully interpret the city’s history. Medieval Kilkenny – Stories Through Time will give insights into what life in Kilkenny was really like centuries ago. The tour will be led by the “Sovereign” or Mayor of the town and along the way you will meet wealthy tradesmen, bishops and witches!

The launch took place at the Hole in the Wall where refreshments were provided by Cafe TBA which recently opened downstairs.

On the tour visitors will see some of Kilkenny’s most popular historic sites including Hole in the Wall, the city’s most famous Inn’s which was a notorious house of ill repute, Rothe house, Black Abbey, St. Canice’s Cathedral and Kytelers Inn.

The tour was written by John Morton, of Devious Theatre, and features local actors. It is being presented by Pat Tynan of Kilkenny Walking Tours in association with Failte Ireland. The Kilkenny Walking Tour has become an integral part of the Kilkenny visitor experience and celebrates its 30th birthday this year.

Launching the new walking tour Mayor of Kilkenny Martin Brett said: “The Medieval Kilkenny – Stories Through Time Tour is a welcome addition to Kilkenny’s rich tourist offering. Tourism makes a vital contribution to Kilkenny’s economy and it is important that we are innovative and offering visitors something fresh and unique. I would like to thank Pat Tynan and Failte Ireland for this innovative tour which will bring to life our rich history for visitors.”

Speaking about Kilkenny’s newest visitor experience, Gary Breen, Head of Operations for Failte Ireland East& South East commented: “Failte Ireland are delighted to be involved in supporting creative and innovative projects such as this Medieval Kilkenny - Stories through Time animated tour, through our ‘Sharing our Stories’ initiative. This experience will provide yet another reason for visitors to come to Kilkenny and the South East to explore more of the city, and appreciate its history in an entertaining and engaging way.”

“Narrated by some of the interesting characters that influenced Kilkenny’s colourful past, and set against the backdrop of the wonderfully built heritage sites waiting to be discovered along the streets and slipways of the mystical city of Kilkenny, we believe this will add to the richness of the Kilkenny experience for visitors of all ages and encourage even more people to visit the destination.”

According to Pat Tynan, of Tynan Tours, this new theatrical costume tour will offer a unique insight into the lives and characters of the people who made Medieval Kilkenny such a unique city in Irish History.

“It will enhance the visitor experience of Kilkenny and provide an added exciting dimension to the story of Kilkenny, through dramatisation. The tourism industry is important for Kilkenny’s economy and the new tour will drive additional business to heritage sites in the city

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank the people associated with the development of this new tourism venture. Failte Ireland and Amanda Horan for their confidence in supporting this new venture. Karan Thompson for her business support and advice, John Morton Script Writer, Ken McGuire Event Media, the characters Mike Moylan, Pat Moylan, Eleanor Walsh, Rosetta Tynan, Rothe House & Garden, St. Canices Cathedral, Kyteler’s Inn and the Hole In The Wall.”

For more information see www.medievalkilkenny.ie