WRAP UP, limber up and get your skates on, because Kilkenny on Ice is back. Mayor of the city, Cllr David Fitzgerald officially launched the 2011 Kilkenny on Ice installation at The Hub in Cillín Hill, Kilkenny on Friday night. The event runs until January 22 and promises to be a fun filled experience for people of all ages.
Over 90 tons of real ice, 500 pairs of skates, an impressive sound rig, laser and LED light show along with bungee trampolines, a rodeo reindeer and the mammoth ice slide came to life this weekend to create Kilkenny’s very own Winter Party Palace at Kilkenny on Ice. Fast becoming Ireland’s premier ice rink installation, Kilkenny on Ice promises fun for young and old alike with something for everyone this Christmas.
The 600 sq metre ice rink, among the largest in Ireland, and the 30 metre Ice Slide are both made
with real ice and promise an authentic winter leisure experience. The ice rink is also wheelchair friendly and the organisers have teamed up with the Kilkenny Storm Ice Hockey Team to provide free skating lessons for patrons in the first skate session every day, normal skate prices will still apply in this hour but the members of Kilkenny Storm will be on hand to provide free lessons for tentative skaters of all ages. All skate session times are available at www.kilkennyonice.com
There is also an Ice Cafe with hot chocolate, reas, a full coffee menu, hot soup’s and sandwiches which will be freshly made each day with a seating area where parents can relax while keeping an eye on their children. There’s no general admission charge so if just want to along for a look and soak up the atmosphere, you’ll be more than welcome.
There are some very special events planned this year including outside broadcasts from KCLR, Beat FM and Today Fm Friday night 80s show coming live from Kilkenny on Ice with Phil Cawley on Friday. It has also been rumoured that one of the main reasons Liam McCarthy has returned to Kilkenny is that he wanted to visit Kilkenny on Ice! So, you never know who you might meet on the ice. One of the most special events happening this year will be a 12 hour, overnight Skate-A-Thon in conjunction with the Kilkenny Storm Ice Hockey Team. The Skate-A-Thon will raise much needed funds for both Enable Ireland and some other local Kilkenny charities. The organisers are very excited about the project and are delighted to be bringing a fun filled experience for young and old and over 30 jobs to Kilkenny for the Christmas period. If you’d like to know more about Kilkenny on Ice, visit www.kilkennyonice.com, facebook/kilkennyonice or twitter@kilkennyonice.