The people of Kilkenny turned out in their droves on Monday (May 23) to see the launch of Kilkenny’s first ever road train.
Despite slight wind and light showers, the Kilkenny City Road Train’s maiden voyage was a rip-roaring success, carrying both tourists and locals alike on a historical tour of the medieval city. Starting at Kilkenny Castle, the Kilkenny City Tour route takes lucky passengers to see many of the landmarks that illustrate Kilkenny’s historical roots. From City Hall to Rothe House, St. Francis Abbey Brewery, to Desart Hall, Talbots Tower, and Butler House, spotting a wealth of over 15 landmarks on its way before returning to it’s home at the Kilkenny Caste. Road trains are a familiar sight in all thriving European cities, it was one such train which inspired local entrepreneur Ivan Sheridan of Kells, to bring this wonder home to Kilkenny while holidaying in Sardinia, Italy. The tour is expected by all to become highly popular with locals and tourists alike. Mayor Martin Brett, speaking at the launch of the event said, “It will breathe new life into Kilkenny’s charming streets and slipways and assist in exhibiting the many historical and other attractions Kilkenny has to offer to visitors that come in their thousands to the city each year”. The charming and brightly coloured Road Train will operate throughout the summer on to the end of October. Adult tickets are set at 7 euros, while children, students and senior citizens can board for only 5. Reduced family rates are also available, as well as special group rates for group and school tours.
The tour is approximately 25 minutes long aboard this custom built road train, where passengers can sit back, relax and enjoy an audio guided tour about Kilkenny’s historical heritage, its sites and lively cultural scene along with some chirpy traditional Irish music thrown into the bargain. When it isn’t chugging around the city bringing delight to its passengers, the glossy black and amber Road Train can be found at it’s starting point outside Kilkenny Castle, tours leaving on the hour, every hour from 10am to 6pm. It is a must for all in the Kilkenny area.