01 Jul 2022

Kilkenny's Mayfair Memories: Abbey site open day will be important event in city history

Kilkenny People readers invited to submit old photos, tickets, items of nostalgia

Kilkenny's Mayfair Memories: Abbey site open day will be important event in city history

A  unique day in Kilkenny City’s cultural history will take place later this month when the St Francis Abbey brewery site is opened to the people.

For the first time in centuries, on May 20, the historic  St Francis Abbey, city walls, and Evans Turret will be accessible to the public to come in and have a look. There will also be a chance to see the plans to redevelop the Mayfair, Brewhouse building, Riverside Garden, as well as the overall site masterplan.

Excitingly, there are  plans afoot to have an exhibition of memorabilia in the former ballroom — and Kilkenny People readers can play their part.

Those who have worked in the brewery, danced or socialised in the ballroom — or just have some old stories or pictures to share — are invited to dust off the photo album and share their ‘Mayfair Memories’ with the people of Kilkenny. All material will be returned. 

 As the ancient St Francis Abbey site moves forward into a new phase of development, May 20 will be an opportunity to take a trip down memory lane, and look to the future.


If readers have any posters, photos, adverts, tickets or other memorabilia they’d like to share, email: or phone / text  Marian Flannery on 087-6863243.

The open day takes place on May 20 from 10.30am until 4.30pm. No booking is necessary and all are welcome.

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