14 Aug 2022

The Vikings
are coming

Marauding Vikings, yelling their ‘dragon roar,’ are set to take the city by storm.

Marauding Vikings, yelling their ‘dragon roar,’ are set to take the city by storm.

Residents though need not worry, as the new businessventure is set to turn the beautiful River Nore in to a fantastic amenity in the coming weeks.

John McDonald and Jim Croke, business partners in Kilkenny Dragons River Centre, will install a pontoon at the Canal Walk next to John’s Bridge and from there people can take river tours of the Nore, as Vikings once did in centuries passed.

Dressed in Viking helmets, these boats can take up to 20 passengers and are crewed by two.

“The river is a fantastic amenity, it’s a great activity for the city and hopefully it will fit the bill for visitors and locals alike. We have great expectations for it,” said Mr McDonald, a former Kilkenny hurler and proprietor of The Field bar.

Mr McDonald added that the soft market approach taken so far has been received very positively.

“And we have received great support locally,” added Mr Croke who thanked local mayor Andrew McGuinness, the council and the Enterprise Board for their support.

The tour, details now on, involves going up river past Smithwicks brewery, touring around and coming down river while shouting a dragon roar under John’s Bridge. In total, the tour takes an hour and at all times a safety boat accompanies the dragon boats. The ‘crew’ then return to the new Castle Tavern at The Field for food and refreshments. The boats are named after the dragons in hit TV show, ‘Game of Thrones’ - Drogon and Rhaegal.

Canoe and kayaking clubs have expressed interest in sharing the new pontoon facility and the owners are more than happy to accommodate their requests.

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