Ice cream was a popular sight in the Castle Park over the sun-filled weekend, and now it could be complemented with an ice rink too.
A planning application has been submitted to Kilkenny Borough Council for a temporary ice skating rink, to be operated for a couple of months in the summer and in the winter.
The application was made by TBEM Partnership, with an address at 1 John Street, Kilkenny.
“The ice skating rink shall be erected periodically and be in use for a few months at a time (preferably July and August in the summer period and December and January in the winter period),” the application states. It “shall be erected for a maximum of six months a year.”
The proposed ice rink is 20 metres wide and 30 metres long inside a marquee tent, with a skate changing area/ viewing area and two portable toilets.
It is proposed to have eight employees, with opening hours from 30 minutes after the Castle Park opens until 30 minutes before the park closes.
It is planned to have a ticket booth outside the castle grounds, for which the applicant will be seeking a casual trading licence from the council.
A letter submitted with the application states that “the applicants are more than aware of the sensitive nature of the castle and the care that is needed to be carried out at all times.”
The file also includes a letter from the Office of Public Works (OPW) confirming that it does not object to the application being lodged “for the provision of an ice rink on the grounds of Kilkenny Castle for the month of August 2012.”