Jan 04

A New Year Message from President Marion Acreman 

A New Year Message from President Marion Acreman

2018 has been a challenging year for business. We have had to cope with changing weather conditions more online purchasing impacting our retail capacity and the turbulent effects of the still unknown British EU withdrawal agreement which has hampered business investment locally and nationally.

I hope 2019 brings a steadying of consumer confidence and assurances that Brexit will not hamper our export markets.

In an ideal situation it would bring opportunity as Ireland offers the only English-speaking European nation to large employers seeking a European HQ and conversely will force us to seek larger export markets in mainland Europe and to forge better business relationships with other non-EU nations.

I hope we win the overall National Enterprise Towns Award as we nearly got there this year winning the regional award!  I hope we ringfence a substantial third level campus commitment for the TUSE to offer university level education to our children right here in the City.

I would love to see hundreds of new high-quality jobs on offer as a result of businesses setting up at the Abbey Quarter and, with that, to see the skate park and linear park developed so we can enjoy the entire riverside amenity.

I hope Kilkenny enjoys a wonderful warm temperate year in terms of our weather that brings a sense of joy and pride of place.

I hope we connect with our neighbours and remember the real value of friendship and kindness.

I hope Neil Young and Bob Dylan resurrect our appreciation of them at Nowlan Park under a hot Summer sun.

I hope everyone makes a committed effort to #shopkilkenny for life and finally I hope that we can overcome the homeless crisis and the mental health crisis that is destroying the lives of our young men to suicide.



Dec 19

Kilkenny Chamber wishes all its members and friends a very happy Christmas.

Dec 07

Kilkenny Business Awards 2018

What a night!  19 Award winners were announced, with Nora Twomey from Cartoon Saloon receiving the President’s Award, and jewellery and goldsmith Rudolf Heltzel receiving the Lifetime Achievements Award.  See Winners with Logos 2018 for all the Winners.  A huge debt of gratitude is owed to our Sponsors, particularly State Street who were the main sponsors of the evening, but also all those companies who sponsored individual awards and who contributed in no small way to the success of the evening.   Thanks are also due to Mary Kennedy for her superb work as MC for the evening, and to Purcell Masterson. Fastlane Audio Visual and Mycrofilms who produced a spectacular event.

Mycrofilms have put together a terrific video of the evening so if you missed it (or if you want to be reminded of a great evening) have a look HERE.

Julian Hughes, Hughes Farming receives the overall award from Mayor Peter Cleere, President Marion Acreman and Cathal Smyth, State Street at the Kilkenny Chamber Business Awards PICTURE: PAT MOORE

Oct 19

Kilkenny Business Awards – tickets on sale now!


THE Business event of the year is taking place on Saturday 17th November at the Lyrath Estate Hotel.  Sponsored by State Street, these awards represent the very best of business in Kilkenny city and county. Mary Kennedy will announce the winners of 19 awards, plus the Overall Business of the Year, the President’s Award and the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Tickets can be purchased by calling 056 7752767 or emailing admin@kilkennychamber.ie   Special discounts available for members and finalists.

See the highlights of last year’s event:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sfoL3Frc9dU 

Sep 25

Kilkenny Business Awards 2018 – Application Process


Nominations have now closed, and application forms are being sent out with closing date for their return being Monday 8th October.     Criteria and Guidelines  and Definition of Categories should be downloaded and used when completing the application form.   Successful shortlisted entrants will be notified after 8th October, and will be invited to attend for interview on 24th October 2018. The winners of each category will be announced at the Gala Awards Night on 17th November 2018 in the Lyrath Estate Hotel.


Sep 05

Kilkenny Business Awards 2018 – Nominations sought!


The Kilkenny Business Awards 2018 were successfully launched on 5th September in the Rivercourt Hotel, and nominations are now being sought.  You can nominate your own business or someone else’s, and there are 20 award categories.  The Nomination Form KBA 2018 is here.  Once we receive it by the 19th September, the business nominated will be informed and asked to complete an application form.  60 companies will be shortlisted and invited for interview in October. The winners will be announced at the Gala Awards Evening in the Lyrath Estate Hotel on Saturday 17th November.

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