Santa Claus - My Kilkenny Life

Kilkenny Santa Claus

Santa Claus spent time in Kilkenny this year

What’s your idea of a perfect day, or perfect weekend out in Kilkenny?

Well at the moment, I am enjoying spending a lot of time in Kilkenny, especially in the Discovery Park where I am overseeing some of the top elves as they prepare for Christmas. I did a little bit of sleigh training with the reindeers and we got to fly over Kells Priory, the Medieval City, and some of the most beautiful towns in the world. My perfect day is flying over the county and taking in all its spectacular beauty.

What’s your first Kilkenny memory?

Well I have been coming here for as long as time itself and I have seen so many changes, from the start of the building of St. Canice’s Cathedral in the 13th Century to the most recent developments as a modern town. I keep up to date with all the news, and I can concurr with Kilkenny’s most recent award “Foodie Destination of the year.” I have eaten the most beautiful home made treats as I have travelled from house to house. They are particularly good bakers in Bennettsbridge!

What’s your favourite part of the county - and why?

I have to say Castlecomer Discovery Park because I take up residence here every year for a short while before I make my way around the world. It’s not easy keeping all the elves concentrating on the job at hand, I often catch them zooming down the zipwire.

What do you think gives Kilkenny its unique identity?

The little boys and girls in Kilkenny are very good, and I love visiting them. I especially love to deliver lovely new hurleys to the up and coming Henry Shefflins.

Do you have a favourite local writer or author?

My favourite writers are the little boys and girls of Kilkenny who write such lovely letters, they tell me about their hobbies and interests. Their writing is particularly good.

What’s the biggest challenge facing the county today?

There are so many challenges for the world, and these also affect the county. I have a lot of faith in our young people to help bring more awareness to the need to be mindful about our environment and to make sure we take care of our planet.

If you had the power to change on thing in, or about Kilkenny, what would it be?

I would make the chimneys a little bit bigger….all the lovely cookies that are left out for me are taking their toll.

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