Arts, heritage, bikes and treasure hunts at Kilkenny Castle

A VARIETY of public events are taking place at Kilkenny this month, including those associated with the Kilkenny Arts Festival and Heritage Week.

A VARIETY of public events are taking place at Kilkenny this month, including those associated with the Kilkenny Arts Festival and Heritage Week.

‘An Evening of Irish Music, Song and Dance’ with Ceoltoiri Kilkenny will take place at the Parade Tower on August 17, 24 and 31 from 8.30-10.30pm. Tickets are 10 for adults, 7 euro for groups of 10 or more, and 5 euro for students and children; bookings are on 086 824 96 18.

As the Kilkenny Arts Festival continues this week until Sunday, several events are being held in the castle. Taking place today (Wednesday) are classical music with the Amarilli Trio at 1pm; a reading by TC Boyle at 6pm; and The Great Natural Resource Debate at 8pm. Tomorrow (Thursday) brings a classical music performance by Laoise O’Brien at 1pm, followed on Friday by a reading by John Banville as Benjamin Black at 8pm. Francisco Goldman will give a reading on Saturday at 2pm; and Janice Galloway and Claire Keegan will read on Sunday at noon.


Exhibitions on the castle grounds during the Arts Festival include ‘The Darker Wood’ installation at Kilkenny Castle Park by Lucy McKenna (8.30am to 8pm); Daithi O’ hUallachain (David Holohan) exhibition at Corridor to The Butler Gallery (9am to 5pm); ‘Bit Symphony’ by Liam O’Callaghan at The Muniments Room (9am to 5pm); Roslyn Kee at The Rosegarden Corridor (9am to 5pm); and Roisin Kinsella at The Sallyport Cellar (Saturday and Sunday). The Butler Gallery is hosting Ian Burns’ ‘Supreme Fiction’ (9am to 5.30pm).

‘Bee for Battens’ Family Fun Day will then take place in Kilkenny Castle Park from 2pm on Sunday in aid of Battens Disease Charity, with child-friendly games and fun for families.

During Heritage Week from August 20-28, Kilkenny Castle will be “telling tales”, with the following taking place at 2pm daily, free of charge: John Burke will tell The Tale of Life in the “Big House” on August 22, and Peter Kenny will tell The Tale of Kilkenny Castle’s Architecture on August 23. John Walsh will tell The Tale of the Butler Family on August 24, Colm Mangan will tell The Tale of Kilkenny Castle Park on August 25, Bettina Norton will tell The Tale of The Butler Family’s Picture Collection on August 26. Places can be booked by contacting Lesley/Mäelle at 056 7704100.

Discovery Trail

There will also be a Discovery Trail through Kilkenny Castle Park, and Fairy Tales, Folk Tales and other Stories Activity Booklets available for children of all ages visiting Kilkenny Castle during Heritage Week. A free hour-long Other Stories Workshop with activities and storytelling for children under 12 will take place on August 23 and 25 at 11am. (Places can be booked by contacting Lesley or Maëlle at 056 7704100.

Throughout Heritage Week, with every admission there will be free entry to a daily draw for a chance to win a Family Heritage Card, and admission to Kilkenny Castle will be free during that period.

A Family Day Treasure Hunt will then take place on August 21, starting in Kieran Street at 2pm and continuing to Kilkenny Castle Park in aid of GROW and Ceart Patient Wise.


An exhibition of Vintage Motor Bikes will come to Kilkenny Castle Park on August 27 from 11am to 3pm with family-fun events to entertain the younger audience, and a ‘Fifteen to One Motorcycle Run’ will stop off at The Parade Plaza en route to Cork, with beneficiaries of this national bike run including the charities Team Hope and The Cystic Fibrosis Association.