Jul 21

Irish Tourist Assistance Service


Irish Tourist Assistance

The Irish Tourist Assistance Service, ITAS, provides immediate support and assistance to visitors to the country who become victims of crime. The service is free and confidential.

Many can be left stranded without the means to support themselves and this adds enormously to their difficulties. ITAS provides a very comprehensive service – information to cancel credit/bank cards, arranging money transfers, liaising with embassies to issue emergency travel documents, contacting carriers to have travel plans re-scheduled. In emergency situations complimentary accommodation, meals and transport are provided to assist those in need of this support.

Last year 92% of tourists who received assistance from ITAS continued with their holiday plans. The office is open 7days a week and can be contacted on 1890 365 700 or at


Jul 13

Chamber Golf Challenge 2015

Golf Winners 2015

Martin Costello (President of Kilkenny Chamber), John McNamara (Bolands BMW), John Grace, David Good (Bolands BMW), Larry Carroll, Joe Fitzpatrick, John Hurley (CEO Kilkenny Chamber).

The Kilkenny Chamber Golf Challenge got off to a flying start in Mount Juliet on Thursday 9th July when it featured a spectacular parachute drop by two members of the Irish Sky Diving Club based in Kilkenny Airport.

Vince & Conor

This most unusual and exciting start to the golf outing was organised by Chamber member and owner of Kilkenny Airport, Mr David Byrnes. Commenting on the drop, David said “Kilkenny Airport is in business 50 years and was delighted to be part of the Kilkenny Chamber Golf Challenge in Mount Juliet. The two jumpers, Conor Heelan and Vince O’Donnell are experienced sky divers and took off that morning from Kilkenny Airport which is located just 3km from Kilkenny City”.

The Golf outing was a tremendous success with 26 teams entered. The weather smiled favourably on the event and some great scores were produced. The main sponsor on the day was Bolands BMW and the prize winners were as follows:

1st Prize: Bank of Ireland. John Grace, Richard Guilfoyle, Joe Fitzpatrick, Larry Carroll.

2nd Prize: Poe Kiely Hogan Lanigan. Owen Sweeney, Shay Quinn, Niall O’Gorman, James Farrell.

3rd Prize: Ecclesiastical Insurance. John Devitt, Philip Rowe, Brendan Roberts, Declan Lacey.

Longest Drive: John Quinn.

Nearest The Pin: Paul Madigan.

John Hurley, CEO of Kilkenny Chamber said “It was great to receive such tremendous support again this year from the business community and I would like to thank the many businesses that sponsored the event so generously. The course and facilities at Mount Juliet are second to none and it is no wonder that this event is growing in popularity year on year.”

Kilkenny Chamber would like to sincerely thank the following Sponsors & Teams:

Sponsors & Teams


Golf Sky Divers

David Byrnes (Kilkenny Airport), John Hurley (CEO Kilkenny Chamber), David Good (Bolands BMW), Conor Heelan and Vince O’Donnell (Irish Sky Diving Club).

Jun 08

South East’s European Capital Of Culture 2020 Bid

Three Sisters 2020 (2)

The Three Sisters Waterford, Wexford and  Kilkenny officially  launch their website www.threesisters2020.ie for the Bid. Commenting on the launch of the website Michael Quinn the Bid Director said, “We are delighted to launch the official website for the Three Sisters 2020 Bid. Our Bid is from the people  of  three  counties  of  Ireland  and  while  we  are  leading  this  as  a  Bid  team  our approach to the entire Bid is through the people of the South East region and beyond.

The website is an integral part of this, it offers everyone the opportunity to do what we are calling ‘their bit for the bid’. We are asking every person, schoolgoers, communitygroups, individuals, business people, those already involved in arts and culture and more importantly  those  who  feel  they  are  not,  to  come  on-board  and  to  get  involved. The threesisters2020.ie website enables them to do just that through its interactive set-up. I  and  the  Three  Sisters  team  urge  everyone  ‘do  their  bit’.  We  would  like  to  hear everyone’s creative thoughts and even hair-brained ideas for what they would like to see the region create and  look like  for the European Capital of Culture 2020 and to help ensure that the Three Sisters are positioned in the primary spot for the title in Ireland in 2020.”

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