Sep 13

Kilkenny Business Awards 2016

Kilkenny Business Awards 2016 are now open for Nominations!

CLICK HERE to download your Nomination Form, Criteria for Entry and Description of Categories. Deadline for nominations is Wednesday 21st September 2016.

Kilkenny Business Awards highlight excellence and provide an invaluable platform to showcase local business success.  The awards are free to enter and are open to both members and non-members of Kilkenny Chamber.

Aug 17

Taiwanese Ambassador Visits Kilkenny

Deirdre Shine President of Kilkenny Chamber and Marion Acreman,Vice President were delighted to meet the Taiwanese Ambassador  Mr. Simon S.K. Tu last week for discussions about establishing economic and cultural links with Taiwan.

Ambassador Tu visited Kilkenny on Friday on the invitation of Deputy John McGuinness who chairs the Ireland-Taiwan Parliamentary Friendship Society.  Ambassador Tu said ‘”Kilkenny is one of the finest cities in Ireland, full of medieval heritage, beautiful historical buildings and a bustling business community”.

The visit included stops at some of the city’s top tourist attractions including Kilkenny Castle, City Hall, Rothe House, Kilkenny Design Centre and the Smithwick’s Experience.  Ambassador Tu spoke passionately of the many opportunities for increased trade between Ireland and Taiwan and said he plans to return to Kilkenny to speak with representatives of our local business community through Kilkenny Chamber.

Photo - Taiwanese Ambassador

Ambassador Simon S.K. Tu, First Secretary Frank Chih-Ming, Deputy John McGuinness, Mayor Patrick O’Neill and Deirdre Shine, President of Kilkenny Chamber

Jul 29

South East Region Chambers Appoints New Chairperson

Deirdre Shine, President of Kilkenny Chamber was delighted to announce recently the appointment of John  Hurley CEO of Kilkenny Chamber of Commerce as Chairperson of the South East Region Chamber Co and in a recent interview explained what this means.

“Kilkenny Chamber has been representing the interests of businesses based in the City and County of Kilkenny since 1948. However many influences on business in Kilkenny come from outside the County and it is important to have robust representation in this wider context.”

The South East Region Chamber Co is the regional voice of Chambers in the South East of Ireland and is comprised of Chambers of Commerce in the counties of Carlow, Kilkenny, Tipperary, Waterford and Wexford.

John Hurley explained “It is essential to have an understanding of the wider regional perspective of business influencers and to proactively engage in that space. Kilkenny Chamber is to the fore in its engagement with the authorities and decision makers on a wide range of regional and national issues.”

Kilkenny Chamber is represented on over 20 different Boards and Committees and these are the means though which the future of business in Kilkenny is planned and promoted. This includes representation on the Local Community Development Committee (LCDC), Kilkenny Tourism, Municipal Policy Committee, all 5 Strategic Policy Committees, Kilkenny Age Friendly, Kilkenny Youth Employment, National UI Maynooth Campus, Kilkenny Leader, Kilkenny City Cares, Carlow Kilkenny Energy Agency, the SE Action Plan for Jobs Implementation Committee and others. Kilkenny Chamber is a key influencer and decision maker in this context and makes a hugely important contribution to the shaping of Kilkenny’s future.

“Every business person knows of the importance of proper representation at this level but many are simply too busy in their own businesses and cannot find the time to attend meetings and get involved in these important discussions and debates. The best solution is often to join membership of Kilkenny Chamber and in that way have your voice heard and your views acted upon.” he said.

Joining Kilkenny Chamber couldn’t be simpler: You can Call In, Call Up or Click OnLine! Kilkenny Chamber office is at The Maltings, Tilbury Place, James Street, Kilkenny. Their phone number is 056 7752767 and website is

Deirdre Shine, President and John Hurley CEO at the Kilkenny Chamber AGM. Photo: Pat Moore.

Deirdre Shine, President and John Hurley CEO of Kilkenny Chamber of Commerce. Photo: Pat Moore.

Jul 21

Business and Commercial Mediation Scheme

Mediation Scheme

If Irish businesses used alternative dispute resolution mechanisms to solve disputes, they would be more efficient and more competitive. Chambers Ireland believe that mediation, in particular, is good for business and we want to get the message out to businesses of all sizes that if they use mediation to solve their commercial disputes, they will not only save on costs and resources but they will also be more likely to protect and retain their business relationships.

In 2015, Chambers Ireland launched the Business and Commercial Mediation Scheme. This service has been developed by a cross section of bodies including the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, the Law Society, the Bar Council of Ireland and the Mediator’s Institute of Ireland. The initiative is also supported by the Courts Service of Ireland.

Provided both parties are willing to mediate, all kinds of business disputes can be resolved through mediation, including for example;

* Boardroom disputes
* Contractual disputes
* Debt resolution
* Defamation
* Negligence
* Partnership disputes
* Shareholder disputes

If your business has a dispute and you would like to use mediation to resolve it, contact Chambers Ireland on 01) 400 4300 or email 

For more information on the initiative or on mediation more generally,  CLICK HERE

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 €29 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. 

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