AN ESTIMATED €1 million was pumped into the local economy last week when vintners from all over the country attended their national conference at Hotel Kilkenny.
The three-day conference opened last Monday with the Andy Byrne Memorial Trophy being held at Kilkenny Golf Club. The tournament was followed by the presentation of prizes at the Wine Lodge in Ballybough Street. Vintners were also takes on a craft, heritage and food trail which included Moth to a Flame Candle Factory, Lavistown Cheese Farm, Nicholas Mosees Potter and Jerpoint Glass Studio. There were over 250 delegates with the number swelling to 370 for the gala dinner which took place in Hotel Kilkenny. A National Executive Council Meeting took place last Wednesday when Kilkenny publican was announced as the incoming president. Delegates were also brought on a tour of Kilkenny Castle and a Road Train Heritage Tour around the city. The Joe O’Donnell Memorial Trophy took place in Mount Juliet last Wednesday and that was followed by an evening of music and dancing at Hotel Kilkenny.