TENS of thousands of euro have been pumped into the local economy in recent weeks with some of the country’s top legal eagles staying in the city for the High Court sittings.
Since the multi million refurbishment of Kilkenny courthouse the High Court has been sitting on the regular basis in the city with a great spin off. “When the High Court is sitting it is like high summer. It has been a huge boost for business and without it I am not sure if we would have stayed open,” one popular restaurant owner said.
Restaurants and hotels reported an increase in trade with some restaurants having to turn away customers at lunchtime because of the increase in business. Many of the legal practitioners are based in Dublin so they stay in the city’s hotels dining out each evening. “What we made over the past two weeks is comparable to what we would take in during the Arts Festival and that injection of cash helps us to keep running our business during the quiet times. To be honest the addition of the High Court and other court sittings in the new courthouse has half saved us,” one business person said.
Chief Executive of Kilkenny Chamber of Commerce, Alison McGrath said: “The High Court sitting in Kilkenny at the moment is very welcomed by the business community in Kilkenny City. It is having a very positive impact on the local economy and in particular local hotels and restaurants.
“This is due to the many members of the legal profession staying in the Kilkenny during the week. Kilkenny is always looking to expand our mid week business and I’m confident that they will leave Kilkenny having enjoyed their stay and hopefully they will return again while also passing on their positive experiences to family and friends.”