Kilkenny On Ice and Skyfall: A Mammoth success

KILKENNY On Ice is back and it’s even bigger and better than last year with a new Skyfall zip line ride over the ice that will thrill even the most hardened James bond fan. And there is loads of room with 600 square metres of real ice in a rink that is perfect for beginners or seasoned skaters.. And if that wasn’t enough, the Mammoth Ice Slide which is 30 metres of real ice, is a cool downhill ride certain to set pulses racing.

Also making a reappearance this year is the very popular bungee trampolines and the hard to stay on, Rodeo Reindeer.

For those with really young children, there is a kiddies corner, which is free of charge. Mums and dads can relax right beside the little ones while enjoying a nice hot drink from the Ice Café.

What makes the Cillin Hill on the old Dublin road, the perfect venue is that there is loads of free carparking and there are no traffic jams and no problems accessing or egressing the site.

It was officially opened on Thursday night by Mayor of the city, Sean O’hArgain who swapped his running shoes for a pair of blades and showed he is also a dab hand on the ice only falling a few times and he was well padded to avoid injury and no he didn’t wear the chain on the ice for safety reasons..

The Mayor praised the local business people behind the initiative and said that Brendan Treacy of Matt The Miller’s, at John’s Bridge and his partners had provided the city with a wonderful service and he advised all parents and children to try out the ice.

“People need to support these kind of ventures because all the money goes back into the local community and you could not ask for a better venue than Cillin Hill,” the Mayor said.

Skates are provided and there are special safety type zimmer frames for the very young while supervision on the ice is a top priority with safety coming first. And if you get hungry Supermacs have a stall as well.

All sessions commence on the hour every hour, with 50 minutes skating time. Please arrive at least 20 minutes before the session you wish to take. Advance bookings not necessary. Pay at the ticket desk on arrival

Opening hours

It will open between now and December 20 from 2 to 9pm each week day with doors open at 1.30pm - last session 8pm. At weekends it is open from 11am to 9pm with doors open 10.30am and the last session at 8pm. From December 21 to January 6 it is open from 11am to 9pm with last session 8pm. From January 7 to 20 it will open from 2 and weekends from 11am to 9pm to 9pm. Christmas Eve - Last Session at 5pm. New Years Eve - Last Session at 5pm. Christmas Day - Closed