03 Jul 2022

Winter Gardens and Wooden Soldiers

Winter Gardens and Wooden Soldiers


This Christmas, Butler House will create a magical Christmas garden as part of Yulefest Kilkenny Celebrations.

Kilkenny Civic Trust will create a Christmas Garden in the wonderful Butler House Gardens as part of the Yulefest Kilkenny celebrations. This Christmas Garden will be open to visitors young and old for the three weekends of the Yulefest festival. In keeping with the overall objectives of Yulefest Kilkenny to celebrate and showcase all that our City and County has to offer it was decided to strongly promote this magical venue.

Another objective of this festival is the promotion of strong community spirit and cohesion. To reflect all of these aspirations Kilkenny County Council engaged with schools, youth, community and social enterprise groups around the county on a project to join forces and build some Yulefest Spirit!

In keeping with the Christmas Garden theme it was decided to create an army of toy soldiers reflecting nostalgic toys of old, made by U-Casadh Ferrybank and painted with the support of Pat McDonnell Paints, by schools, community groups and artists around the county, (including Kilkenny’s finest, Oscar-nominated Cartoon Saloon).

“Our work with schools, youth, community and social enterprise groups across the county has produced a delightful and diverse troop of wooden soldiers to guide you through Yulefest as well as promote the creative expression of our young, old and just about everyone in between” says the Community Section of Kilkenny County Council. “This army of up to 100 soldiers will be set standing at the Castle Yard entrance to Butler House Garden for the duration of Yulefest“.

Describing the Toy Soldier project Mary Mulholland Director of Services with Kilkenny County Council pointed out that “Our Toy Soldiers together with the Butler House Christmas Garden represent community and Yulefest and we hope that many people will take the time out of the often frantic Chirstmas season to visit and enjoy the display and each other.”

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