My Kilkenny Life: Mag O'Grady

Mag, 36, is from Wexford but works in Kilkenny City as manager of the Book Centre. She first visited the county eight years ago and fell in love with the place.

Darren Hassett


Darren Hassett


My Kilkenny Life: Mag O'Grady

Mag O'Grady

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

I would start off with a walk around the castle then to Café la Coco for a nice bite to eat. I love this place! Then a spot of retail therapy in Kilkenny’s many independent stores and of course pop in to the Book Centre to say hello to my work colleagues. To recover from all the spending then it’d have to be a nice drink and a bit of people watching in one of the many fab pubs around Kilkenny City. I would finish the day off with dinner in Rinuccini Restaurant. That would be a perfect day in Kilkenny.

What’s your first Kilkenny memory?

It was eight years ago, that was the first time I visited Kilkenny. Why I waited so long to visit the county, I will never know.
So, my very first memory was sitting out on a balcony in the River Court Hotel with a glass of chilled wine and looking at the splendid view of Kilkenny Castle.
It was a great few days away and the weather was amazing. It could not have been better and I had such good fun on my visit to the county for the very first time.

What’s your favourite part of Kilkenny county and why?

My favourite part of Kilkenny has to be Inistioge. The village is so beautiful and I love the atmosphere there.

Do you have a favourite local writer or author?

My favourite author would have to be Helena Duggan and her book, ‘A Place Called Perfect’. Helena is lovely and always pops into the Book Centre to sign stock even though she is so busy.

What about a favourite local walk or view?

My favourite walk would have to be in Woodstock Gardens. It’s a really wonderful place and I love going there.

What’s the biggest challenge facing the county today?

As I am not from Kilkenny, I can only assume it is the same as the rest of the country and its biggest challenge at the moment is housing.

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

I think Kilkenny is such a beautiful historic city and it is kept very well at all times of the year. If I could change one thing in the county, maybe I would use The Parade more frequently.