New beginning for Chapter House

This weekend sees the opening of a number of new enterprises in the renovated Chapter House in the grounds of St. Mary’s Cathedral, Kilkenny.

This weekend sees the opening of a number of new enterprises in the renovated Chapter House in the grounds of St. Mary’s Cathedral, Kilkenny.

On Friday of this week the Chapter House Tearooms will open it’s doors to the public for the first time. Situated on the lower floor of the refurbished Cathedral Chapter House the new tearooms will offer an innovative experience to the people of city and their visitors.

The tearooms are bright and airy and are enhanced by the original cut stone walls and brickwork of the building. A small courtyard, from which visitors can enjoy their teas and coffees while enjoying views of St. Mary’s Cathedral itself, adds to the experience. The tearooms provide a wonderful haven in the midst of a busy city where locals and tourists can come and relax. The tearooms, run by the experienced Katie Keoghan (formerly of Pennefeather Restaurant), also offers a wide array of hot and cold lunches and snacks to the general public. Access is from Blackmill Street or via a newly installed lift in the ground floor of the old Chapter House.

The Chapter House Tearooms will be open to the public from 9am to 5pm from Monday to Saturday and 10.30am to 4pm on Sundays.

Also opening its doors for the first time on Friday will be the Chapter House Bookshop. The shop will specialise in good religious and spiritual books and will offer quality merchandise like rosary beads, statues, candles, cards and other religious items. “Such an outlet is to be welcomed in the diocese”, said Bishop Séamus Freeman following his visit to the shop during the week. “There is a great thirst for a deepening of knowledge about our faith at the moment” continued the bishop, “and this bookshop will provide the quality resources which are necessary for such an endeavour.”

The bookshop is on the ground floor of the Cathedral Chapter House and will be open to the public most days of the week. Potential customers can telephone 056 770 3884 for exact details. The shop will be managed and run by Sr. Lil Meagher of the Holy Family Sisters of Bordeaux.

Also opening this weekend is the Chapter Room. Once the location for meetings of the Chapter of Canons of the Diocese of Ossory the room has now been meticulously restored to its original beauty and is available for meetings and conferences. The room, with facilities for up to 80 people is fully equipped with modern communications equipment and is available to rent for gatherings, meetings and conferences. Hot and cold refreshments will be available for delegates. Sr. Lil Meagher at Chapter House Bookshop is handling the bookings on 056 770 3884.

Bishop Séamus Freeman will be on hand to declare the new ventures open at 11am this Friday and all are invited to come along.