There has been a mixed reaction from the public on social media to the proposals to develop the St Francis Abbey brewery site into a ‘creative and knowledge quarter’.
The plans were unveiled last Monday at a joint meeting of the borough and county councils. They were greeted with near-universal acclaim by those councillors present.
The views were somewhat more mixed on Facebook, however, as the story appeared on the Kilkenny People and the county council’s own website, as well as local councillors posting pictures from the meeting.
“Looks fantastic and with great access thanks to the CAS,” wrote JP Coady in response to the masterplan pictures.
On another post, Mary Fitzpatrick wrote, “Kilkenny is a medieval city - how does this compliment that! I hate those plans with a vengeance and yes, hate is a strong word but I do hate them.”
Some commenters appeared not to understand that the building designs are rough format and not the finished product, with several criticising their design. Others were concerned about the project’s sustainability.
“Employment? Kilkenny has too many empty business premises all over the city all sizes, they remain empty because the rents are far too high! How can they build new ones when so many empty?” wrote Catherine Eastham-mccarthy.
Facebook user James Murphy wrote: “These look fantastic. What Kilkenny needs. The city is been left behind on so many levels, and this could be the boost the city needs. The Irish town part of the city hasn’t got much happening or going on. Only shops closing or changing hands, so these suggested plans but mainly the tech university is a massive boost for both local kids who don’t have to leave the area for school and work and for future companies coming to Ireland and or kk...”