Jun 13

Medieval Mile Pass Launched

Following months of planning and design, Kilkenny Chamber launched the new Medieval Mile Pass last month during a Business Lunch in the Kilkenny River Court Hotel. There was a large attendance by the business community in Kilkenny and the event also featured guest speaker Colette Byrne, CEO Kilkenny County Council who gave an update on the Abbey Creative Quarter and how it is envisaged that it will link in with Ireland’s Medieval Mile.

John Hurley CEO of Kilkenny Chamber said “Last year saw the launch of Ireland’s Ancient East which encourages visitors to the South East region and our Medieval Mile Pass fits very neatly into this space. We are very excited about this new initiative and it promises to be a huge support to an already vibrant tourism dynamic in Kilkenny. It will help attract more visitors to the city and also give them more reasons to stay longer, all of which is great for Kilkenny.”

The Pass is designed for tourists and visitors to the city to help them discover the history and culture of Kilkenny. It’s a simple sightseeing card that acts as your ticket into Kilkenny’s best attractions. With this Pass, the holder gets free admission into Kilkenny Castle, Rothe House, Smithwick’s Experience, St Canice’s Cathedral, Kilkenny Hurling Way, Kilkenny Cycling Tours, Castle Express Train, Kilkenny City Tours Train and Kilkenny Ghost Tours. You also get discounted prices at a selection of cafes and restaurants along the mile and a free map of the Medieval Mile showing where everything is located.

Medieval Mile Pass Launch
The Medieval Mile Pass is now on sale for €25 from the Kilkenny Chamber Office, MacDonagh Junction Shopping Centre as well as the participating attractions.  Additional sales outlets will be added over the coming weeks. 

May 25

Kilkenny Chamber Golf Challenge 2016

Golf Winners 2016

Tippo International 2016 Winning Team with Paul Whitnell, President BITA, Deirdre Shine, President Kilkenny Chamber & John Hurley, CEO Kilkenny Chamber

The Kilkenny Chamber Golf Challenge took place on the splendid Mount Juliet Golf Course on Thursday 19th May.  The event saw some 100 golfers compete for the coveted 1st Prize of a place in the BITA Ambassadors Challenge in Foxhills, London playing for Ireland against England in a Ryders Cup format on 30th September.

There was an international flair to the event with 6 teams entered by members of BITA (the British Irish Trading Alliance). Paul Whitnell, President of BITA explained “Our mission in BITA is to offer a helping hand to people of both the UK and Ireland who are seeking new business opportunities, relocating or adapting to cultural changes in either country. We are people who know people who help people.”

John Hurley, CEO of Kilkenny Chamber said “The Chamber is all about supporting businesses in Kilkenny and we are delighted to welcome BITA here today and look forward to working with them to help Kilkenny businesses gain footholds, contacts and competitive advantage in the UK market.”

The weather held up very nicely for the event and made for a great days golf. The prize winners were as follows:
1st Prize: Tippo International Team. Paddy Martin, Colwyn Martin, Paul Maloney, Greg Cooke.
2nd Prize: Hibernian Hotel / Left Bank Team. John McNena, Aidan McCarrick, Jim White, Niall O’Gorman.
3rd Prize: O’Neill Foley Team. Alan Seery, Marcus O’Hagan, Eoin Garry, John Joe Farrell.

Nearest the pin: Paul Moloney
Longest Drive: Niall O’Gorman

If your business is seeking to expand into the UK market and you would like to know more about BITA, contact Kilkenny Chamber on 056 7752767.


Golf 2016 Sponsors & Teams

Apr 25

Kilkenny Chamber AGM 2016


The Kilkenny Chamber AGM was held in the Springhill Court Hotel on Thursday 21st April and the well attended meeting saw the election of Deirdre Shine as President for the term 2016/2017. Outlined below are the Officers and Board members who were also elected:

President Deirdre paid tribute to outgoing President Martin Costello and the Board Members and staff of the Chamber for their continued dedication and hard work which has seen the Chamber’s influence and relevance grow exponentially. Deirdre confirmed that during her term she will focus on supporting the Action Plan for Jobs, working with SME’s and Start Ups and developing the Chamber proposition for the next generation.

A warm welcome was extended to guest speaker Mr Sean McKeown, Director of SE APJ Implementation Committee who outlined the challenges facing the SE and what the Action Plan for Jobs was tasked to achieve for the region in this context.

CEO John Hurley, who was recently appointed as Chairperson of the South East Regional Chamber Co Ltd, confirmed that Kilkenny Chamber is playing a significant role in the regional space with specific objectives in the Action Plan for Jobs, the Three Sisters 2020 Bid and supporting a range of Tourism initiatives in the region.

Martin Costello passes the President's chain to new Kilkenny Chamber PresidentDeirdre Shine at the Kilkenny Chamber AGM. Photo: Pat Moore.

Martin Costello passes the President’s chain to new Kilkenny Chamber PresidentDeirdre Shine at the Kilkenny Chamber AGM. Photo: Pat Moore.

Board Of Directors 2016-2017

Apr 09

Three Sisters 2020 – European Capital of Culture Bid



In 2020 Ireland will host its next residency of the European Capital of Culture title.  Kilkenny, Waterford & Wexford County Councils have put forward a combined regional bid to host the title under the name Three Sisters 2020.

Winning the title would allow us to develop a year long programme of events & projects for 2020 that demonstrate & promote the region’s cultural, arts, heritage & communities sectors to a national, European & International audience.

To be awarded the ECOC title we must demonstrate that; we want, we need and we can deliver the role of ECOC for Ireland in 2020.  The Three Sisters Bid Team will be attending some of the biggest festivals and events across the region between March – July 2016 and WE NEED YOU!

Become a Volunteer

Please download you volunteer form here: http://threesisters2020.ie/contact/volunteer/

And send the complete form to:

Help us bring the ECOC to the South-East for 2020.

For more details visit:  www.threesisters2020.ie 

Mar 01

See Kilkenny’s Medieval Magic Captured Below


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