October: Michelin stars for Kilkenny

Two Kilkenny restaurants were awarded highly coveted Michelin stars in the latest edition of the vaunted cuisine guide.

Two Kilkenny restaurants were awarded highly coveted Michelin stars in the latest edition of the vaunted cuisine guide.

The city and county was celebrating after Campagne Restaurant and the Lady Helen Restaurant at Mount Juliet Estate made their debuts on the prestigious list, which featured seven other Irish restaurants.

It was announced this month that there is potential for 1,000 jobs to be created at the soon-to-be-vacant St Francis Abbey brewery site over within the next five years

The 15-acre city-centre site, which will become available to the local authorities when Diageo departs, is regarded as ideal for a new development comprising research/education, business, and public amenities. Proposals for a substantial development were unveiled at a council meeting at the beginning of the month.

History was made this month when Kilkenny’s Lodge Park Stud, owned by the Burns family, sold a filly for a record-breaking €6.2 million.

It’s the latest success story for the Freshford-based stud, which previously bred the Epsom Derby-winning New Approach.

A conferring ceremony with a difference was held at Kilkenny Castle as 44 Welcome Ambassadors graduated and received their parchments from an unusual dignitary.

At the event in the Parade Tower, the group committed to making the medieval city a haven for tourists, adding to its reputation as the friendliest city in Europe.

Clara was one of many communities to hold a public meeting regarding the Eirgrid plans to build a new electricity network, which may run through the Kilkenny landscape.

Other meetings were also held this month in Piltown, Carrickbeg and Carrigeen. The outcry from people about the consequences of the plans eventually led to the consultation process deadline being extended until January 7.