Floating the idea of water taxis, events on the Nore

It would be Kilkenny’s version of Venice.

It would be Kilkenny’s version of Venice.

The addition of landing areas at John’s Bridge and Greensbridge at the Nore in Kilkenny city could create a new form of river tourism, with river taxis, dinners on the river and even stage performances.

Cllr David Fitzgerald (FG) raised the suggestion at a meeting of Kilkenny County Council’s Kilkenny electoral area on Thursday, proposing that it could allow people to enjoy the city from the river “day and night.”

“The idea has been mooted by a number of people, that they would open a water taxi service,” he said after the meeting, with such a service linking the St Francis Abbey/ St Canice’s Cathedral quarter to the Kilkenny Castle quarter of the city.

It would also create a possibility of other types of tourism uses, he said, including dining on the river.

Another suggestion raised at the recent Town Hall meeting, he noted, was to have a barge on the Nore where performances could be staged, with amphitheatre seating on the Michael Street side of the river.

To start with, he said, “a water taxi is cheap and doable.”