Jul 19

British Ambassador Visits Kilkenny

Kilkenny Chamber of Commerce was pleased to meet with the British Ambassador to Ireland, Robin Barnett this week and discuss the implications of Brexit for businesses based in Kilkenny and the SE Region.

The discussions were very positive and culminated in an agreed plan of engagement going forward with an emphasis on identifying our areas of strength on which we can capitalise and turn into opportunities.

Acknowledging that Kilkenny Chamber is already partnered and working closely with the British Irish Trading Alliance (BITA), the Ambassador welcomed this relationship and expressed confidence and optimism for the future.

Chamber President Deirdre Shine said “We were delighted to welcome the Ambassador to Kilkenny and reaffirm the already strong relationships that we have with the UK. With all eyes fixed firmly on the future, we look forward to working closely with the Ambassador and his team for the benefit Kilkenny businesses.”

The meeting took place in the Board Room at MacDonagh Junction Centre and the Ambassador participated as a signatory in the new Famine Experience initiative being spearheaded by Centre Manager, Marion Acreman who said “The discoveries at MacDonagh Junction Centre have been lauded as the most significant in the world regarding the Irish Famine and it is great to have the Ambassadors participation today. We look forward to welcoming him back for the official opening in November” she added.

Marion Acreman, MacDonagh Junction, British Ambassador, Robin Barnett & Deirdre Shine, Kilkenny Chamber of Commerce

Jun 07

GreenSave Programme

The Greensave Programme is an initiative which has first piloted in County Wexford to help small businesses to save money by reducing their energy, water and waste costs. Click HERE to view the GreenSave Programme video.
The programme has now been extended to assist small businesses in County Kilkenny.

Read MORE and Apply.

May 30

Innovation Transport Conference 2017

Limited Ticket Offer Available to Innovative Transport Conference

KLP and its partners are running a conference on integrating public transport over Tuesday the 27th and Wednesday the 28th of June in Kilkenny Castle.  The iRoUTE (Integration of Rural & Urban Transport Evolution) Conference is ambitious is seeking to develop a model for public transport integration outside the major cities in Ireland.  Attached is the agenda for the two days.

The iRoUTE partners have designed the conference in the hope it will be of interest to a broad spectrum of the stakeholders in public transport- existing providers, communities, local authorities, local development companies, regulatory bodies.  The conference fees are designed to encourage that mix- with a limited number of community tickets available at €20 – €25 a head for the two days of the conference.  There’s an ‘early bird’ offer on the lower price at the moment.

Booking can be accessed through the Eventbrite online system  https://iroute.eventbrite.ie/ If you want more information contact Fergus on 056-7752111 or on at


May 22

Kilkenny Chamber Golf Challenge 2017

The Kilkenny Chamber Golf Challenge took place on the splendid Mount Juliet Golf Course on Thursday 18th May.

The event saw nearly 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 later this year.

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.”

“As Brexit continues to unfold it becomes even more important that interconnectivities between businesses in Ireland and the UK are maintained and supported and Kilkenny Chamber’s relationship with BITA has a tremendously positive role to play in this context” he said.

The players enjoyed a great days golf in one of the best courses in Europe and the prize winners were as follows:

  • 1st Prize: Lyrath Estate Hotel Team. Hugh Fitzpatrick, Alan Phelan, Tom Brennan and David Travers
  • 2nd Prize: State Street Team. Cathal Smyth, Pat Jones, Colm Gaffney and Justin Woods.
  • 3rd Prize: O’Neill Foley Team. Alan Seery, Marcus O’Hagan, Paul Campion and John Joe Farrell.
  • Nearest the pin:  Paul Campion (hole in one!)
  • Longest Drive:  Ned Nolan

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.

Hugh Fitzpatrick of Lyrath Estate Hotel receiving the winners cup from John Hurley & Deirdre Shine, Kilkenny Chamber of Commerce




Apr 24

Kilkenny Chamber Golf Challenge 2017


Kilkenny Chamber Golf Challenge 2017 will take place on Thursday 18th May 2017 in Mount Juliet Estate at 1pm. To book your teams or to avail of the non-golfing options phone 7752767 or email .  

Apr 06

Kilkenny Chamber AGM 2017

You are invited to the 69th Annual General Meeting of the Kilkenny Chamber.

Please join us for
Registration & Finger Food from 12 noon




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