Jul 24

Irelands Medieval Mile – Kilkenny

Irelands Medieval Mile- Kilkenny

What is Ireland’s Medieval Mile?

Ireland’s Medieval Mile is a tourism proposition aimed at increasing Kilkenny’ s appeal to overseas visitors. The Medieval Mile links Kilkenny city’s main historical attractions stretching from St. Canice’s Cathedral to Kilkenny Castle including St. Kieran Street and Rose Inn Street.

Who developed the mile?

The concept was developed by Destination Kilkenny and Fáilte Ireland in collaboration with Kilkenny Local Authorities, Kilkenny Tourism and local businesses.

Why was it developed?

The proposition has been developed to appeal to the burgeoning cultural tourism market identified in Fáilte Ireland’s latest consumer research. The new brand will aggregate the significant historic and cultural offering in Kilkenny and support an ambition to encourage visitor’s to stay longer, spend more and visit often.

Is it only relevant to businesses on the mile?

No. We are asking all businesses to support the brand. The Medieval Mile is an ingredient of Kilkenny’s wider tourism offering. The concept provides the “hook” to present Kilkenny in a new and meaningful way to overseas visitors. Once we can attract interest in Kilkenny it allows us to further present all the other attractions and activities that Kilkenny offers.

Can I get a map showing Ireland’s Medieval Mile?

Yes. On Kilkenny Tourism website you can down load the Kilkenny Heritage map which highlights the Medieval Mile.

Will visitors know they are on the mile?

We are asking businesses to adopt the brand on their signage as well as exploring how they can animate the brand within their business such as in window displays and on menus.

Is there a website for Irelands Medieval Mile?

Information for visitors is available on Kilkenny Tourism website here- www.visitkilkenny.ie/irelands_medieval_mile_in_kilkenny

Why should I get involved?

The brand presents the opportunity to grow new business into Kilkenny and enrich the economic and historical fabric of the city. The objective of our messages is to create awareness and encourage people to book their next trip to Ireland’s Medieval Mile, Kilkenny.

How can I get involved?

Through bringing the brand to life on communications, print literature, display stands, public way finding, websites and presentations. As each message builds the brand, we are contributing to promoting Kilkenny’s rich heritage and culture. The brand artwork and guidelines are available on Kilkenny Tourism’s website. We will also be asking businesses on the mile to help us develop Medieval Mile “experiences” for overseas visitors. Details on how to develop visitor experiences is available from Fáilte Ireland.

Im not on the mile– can I use the brand?

Yes. As above, if you are not on the mile you can support the brand in your communications. Also, display stickers have been developed for businesses supporting the Mile and are available from Kilkenny Tourism.

Where can I find out more about the brand?

The brand guidelines and artwork is available to download on Kilkenny Tourism website. http://www.visitkilkenny.ie/kilkenny_medieval_mile

For full E-version News letter click on the below link

E-version Newsletter one Irelands Medieval Mile


Jun 16

Kilkenny Business Show with Stephen Kelly 12/06/14

Kilkenny Chamber Chief Executive John Hurley speaking to Stephen Kelly about upcoming Innovation Bootcamp on 20/06/14 and the Kilkenny Chamber Gift Voucher Scheme


Check out more videos on Kilkenny.com

Jun 12

Innovation Bootcamp- NUI Maynooth

EDEN Innovation Bootcamp KilkennyInnovation Bootcamp- NUI Maynooth, Kilkenny Campus

Date: 20th June 2014

Time: 10.00am

1. Business Model Innovation

2.Think Visually

3. Problem Solving & Entrepreneurship

May 30

Kilkenny Business Show with Stephen Kelly 30/05/14

Kilkenny Chamber President Martin Costello and Chief Executive John Hurley speaking to Stephen Kelly
Check out more videos on Kilkenny.com


May 09

2014 Inter Company Golf Challenge

2014 Inter Company Golf Winners

2014 Inter Company Golf Winners- Ulster Bank Team, David Nolan, Larry Morrissey, Liam Nolan & Liam A Nolan pictured here with Kilkenny Chamber President Martin Costello.

Congratulations to the Winners of the 2014 Inter Company Golf Challenge. Ulster Bank: David Nolan, Larry Morrissey, Liam Nolan & Liam A Nolan pictured here with Kilkenny Chamber President Martin Costello.

Apr 25

Martin Costello President and John Hurley CEO

Martin Costello, President and John Hurley CEO, Kilkenny Chamber

Martin Costello (President) and John Hurley (CEO).  Photo: Pat Moore.

Martin Costello (President) and John Hurley (CEO) of Kilkenny Chamber pictured after the 2014 AGM in the Newpark Hotel.

Apr 14

Shop Local Campaign


Kilkenny Chamber Shopping Voucher.

Use it to reward your loyal hardworking staff…incentivise your staff or use it for your business clients, family or friends. They are also ideal for Birthdays, Parties, Weddings, Anniversaries etc.

It is now accepted in over 100 stores and outlets in Kilkenny. See www.Kilkennychamber.ie for list of shops/outlets accepting Chamber Shopping Vouchers.

Do remember that under the government gift scheme that a cash reward of €250 will cost you €500 whereas a ‘Shop Local’ Chamber voucher of the same cash value will cost you ONLY €250.

Also Chamber does not charge any commission or fees unlike other national voucher schemes who charge up to 13% and more. Use the Kilkenny Currency –Chamber Shopping Vouchers.10

Support local employment and jobs in Kilkenny. Supporting local business ensures the fabric, heritage and culture of Kilkenny for generations to come. We now have the easy to pay online facility up and running at Kilkenny Chamber.

The Kilkenny Chamber ‘Shop Local’ Shopping Voucher Scheme is fully endorsed and supported by the Borough Council Municipal Policy Committee, Kilkenny City Centre Business Association, Kilkenny Business Club, Rotary, Kilkenny Tourism, Kilkenny Hotels & Restaurants and Destination Kilkenny50

Contact John at john
or 056-77 52 767 or 087-276 8779 for further details.




Mar 15

AIB Chief Executive David Duffy speaking at the Kilkenny Chamber Spring Lunch

W12 14 KK Chamber David Duffy-10

AIB Chief Executive David Duffy speaking at the Kilkenny Chamber Spring Lunch in the Kilkenny River Court Hotel on 13/03/14.

Mar 01

Kilkenny Chamber President’s Lunch


Dominick Chillcott, CMG, British Ambassador to Ireland pictured with Donie Butler, President of Kilkenny Chamber and Henry Shefflin, Bank of Ireland at the Kilkenny Chamber President’s Lunch in the Kilkenny Ormonde Hotel on 28/02/14.

Feb 25

Southern & Eastern Regional Assembly

Southern & Eastern Regional Assembly




Irish Cities and Towns at a Glance

An important new online interactive tool which examines the socio-economic performance of Ireland’s Gateways and Hubs cities and towns is now available following a launch in the Custom House, Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government today, Friday 21st February. The interactive tool tells the story at an easy glance as to how the Cities and Towns designated as Gateways and Hubs under the National Spatial Strategy (NSS) are performing in terms of economic and social development. The dashboard or interactive tool is available on the Regional Assemblies websites (www.bmwassembly.ie[1] and www.seregassembly.ie[2]).

The Index was published by the Border, Midland and Western (BMW) Regional Assembly and the Southern and Eastern (S&E) Regional Assembly and can be now accessed on the All-Island Research Observatory (AIRO) data platform hosted by the National Institute for Regional, Spatial and Spatial Analysis (NIRSA) at NUI Maynooth. The Regional Assemblies collaborated with the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government in the production of the Index and the next phase will see the development of a mapping module which will be embedded in the Department’s myplan[3] website.

The Index establishes what is termed the functional area of each of the urban centres studied.  This methodology acknowledges that the economic reach of the cities and towns extends beyond the administrative boundaries and includes a number of contiguous electoral districts. While the geographic reach is subject to change over time based on development factors the Index provides a valuable aid for policy-makers as to the influence the urban core has on its hinterland. Spatial and socio-economic planning can benefit from this analysis, allowing for a greater emphasis on place-making planning policies to enable a more informed approach to managing diverse growth patterns, agglomeration effects and developmental challenges.

Speaking at the launch, Mr Stephen Blair, Director of the S&E Regional Assembly said “given the vast amount of useful data contained in the Development Index we were very keen to bring it to a wider audience to make the material as accessible as possible. Therefore we were delighted to work with our colleagues in NUI Maynooth who are experts in this area of presenting complex data in an attractive and understandable fashion, using modern computer technology. We hope that the fruits of this collaboration in the form of this dashboard will be widely used”

Mr Gerry Finn, Director, BMW Regional Assembly welcoming the addition of the online tool, said “the update of the Index has resulted in the collation of a rich seam of data that merits sharing on as wide a basis as possible. The dashboard represents our commitment towards open source data sharing arising from the Gateways and Hubs study and brings the data to as wide an audience as possible”.

Speaking at the launch, Prof Jim Walsh, Vice President, NUI Maynooth said “This valuable new digital resource is an important step forward in understanding and monitoring the development of our key cities, towns and associated hinterlands. The results from the Index will allow for far greater integrated and informed decision making and more accurate forward planning. Disseminating the results in such an accessible format will also encourage an increased level of citizen engagement in the planning and development process.”

Note to Editors

The Gateways of Dundalk, Galway, Letterkenny, Midland and Sligo and four Hubs, Hub Ballina-Castlebar (linked Hub) Cavan, Monaghan and Tuam are located in the BMW Region. The Gateways of Cork, Dublin, Limerick-Shannon and Waterford are located in the S&E Region as are the Hub towns of Ennis, Kilkenny, Tralee-Killarney (linked Hub), Mallow and Wexford.

Future Analytics Consulting was commissioned by the Border, Midland and Western Regional Assembly and the Southern and Eastern Regional Assembly to update the Gateway Development Index 2009. The resulting Gateways and Hubs Development Index (GHDI) 2012 was published in May 2013 and was launched by Ms Jan O’Sullivan, T.D. Minister of State, Department of Environment, Community and Local Government with special responsibility for Housing and Planning

Please contact:

Stephen Blair, S&E Regional Assembly, T: +353 51 860700

Gerry Finn, BMW Regional Assembly, T: + 353 94 986 2970

Derville Brennan, S&E Regional Assembly, M: + 353 87 7793755

Adrian O’Donoghue, BMW Regional Assembly, M: + 353 87 212 0307

[1] http://www.bmwassembly.ie/Gateways%20and%20Hubs%20Report/index.html

[2] http://www.seregassembly.ie/en/info/GHDI

[3] http://www.myplan.ie/en/index.html

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