Jan 16


Kilkenny Chamber of Commerce welcomes HE Mr Lahcen Mahraoui, the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Morocco to the Chamber Offices

Kilkenny Chamber was very pleased to welcome HE Mr Lahcen Mahraoui, the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Morocco, and his Deputy Head of Mission Rachid Seghrouchni , to the Chamber office on Friday 12th January. The ambassador spent over an hour with the CEO, John Hurley, who said it was a very worthwhile meeting, where the long history of bilateral trade and commercial involvement between the two countries was discussed.

‘There are many opportunities for further growth and expansion,’ the Ambassador said, making reference to the ‘Advanced Status’ which Morocco now has with the EU, which can simplify greatly the conduct of business between both countries.

Also in attendance was Mr Michael Feehan, Retail Manager at Connolly’s Red Mills. In business since 1908, Connolly’s Red Mills are one of the most trusted global names within the areas of high performance animal feed, pet food and agri products. They export to over 70 countries worldwide including Morrocco and Michael spoke about how this was achieved through their already well established connections in France.

The Ambassador was on a courtesy visit to Kilkenny, and the meeting was part of a day long programme of activities.

Left to Right: John Hurley, CEO, Kilkenny Chamber, HE Mr Lahcen Mahraoui, the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Morocco, Michael Feehan, Connolly’s Red Mills and Rachid Seghrouchni, Deputy Head of Mission

Jan 03

New year – new opportunities…. join Kilkenny Chamber and take part.

Kilkenny Chamber wishes all its members and the wider business community in Kilkenny the very best of good fortune and prosperity in 2018.

The start of a New Year is always an exciting time and it is important that businesses take time now to set out their strategies and plans for the year ahead in a clear and well thought out way.

The Chamber can help in this context by providing relevant supports and by creating opportunities for you to network and promote your business.

So don’t be shy about recommending membership of the Chamber to business colleagues and partners – you’ll be doing them a favour and supporting the wider business community and the Kilkenny economy!

Joining membership of the Chamber couldn’t be simpler……….



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Dec 21

Kilkenny Chamber wishes all its members a very happy Christmas

Kilkenny Chamber of Commerce wishes all its members and friends a very happy Christmas, and a peaceful and prosperous New Year. We look forward to working with you in 2018.


Our office will close at 5.00 pm on Friday 22nd December, and reopen at 9.00 am on Tuesday 2nd January 2018.


Nov 29

Kilkenny Business Awards 2017 – Winners!

Congratulations to all the finalists at the Kilkenny Business Awards held on 25th November at Lyrath Estate Hotel.

This year’s Kilkenny Business Awards was one of the biggest held in recent years: the gala evening, hosted by Mary Kennedy, saw over 500 local businesspeople gathered to celebrate business and innovation throughout Kilkenny.  Deirdre Shine, President of the Kilkenny Chamber, presided over a very glamorous evening, where awards were given out to small and large businesses as well as the President’s Prize (Mag Kirwan from Goatsbridge Trout), the Lifetime Achievement Award (Maureen O’Keeffe from John Street) and the overall business of the year (TransferMate).

Overall winner Transfermate receive their award from Cathal Smyth, State Street, and Deirdre Shine, President Kilkenny Chamber during the Kilkenny Chamber Business Awards PICTURE: PAT MOORE

Among the 20 category winners a few noteworthy businesses emerged including double winners Cakeface Patisserie for ‘Food and Drink Producer of the Year’ and ‘Emerging New Business’, and Ciphertechs for ‘Information and Communications Technology’ and ‘Investment in Training and Development of Staff’ along with Pat Hayes, at the Newpark Hotel, who took home the ‘Employee of the Year’ award.

Full list of winners can be found HERE.

The charity partner for the Kilkenny Business Awards 2017 was the Carlow Kilkenny Home Care Team and €8,365.90 was raised for the charity.

Oct 20

Kilkenny Business Awards 2017 – Finalists announced

Tickets for the Gala Awards night on 25th November at Lyrath Estate Hotel can be purchased here.   If you are a finalist, please contact Róisín at 056 7752767 or email admin@kilkennychamber.ie as there are special discounts available.


The finalists for the 2017 Business Awards have been announced, and have all made their presentations to the Judging Panels.  Winners will be announced at the Gala Awards Night on 25th November in the Lyrath Estate Hotel.



Customer Service Excellence Zuni
Customer Service Excellence Madigan’s Pharmacy
Customer Service Excellence McCullagh Lupton Quinn Ltd.
Investment in Skills, Training & Development of Staff Castlecomer Discovery Park
Investment in Skills, Training & Development of Staff CipherTech
Investment in Skills, Training & Development of Staff Newpark Hotel
Agri Business of the Year Brett Brothers
Agri Business of the Year O’Shea Farms
Agri Business of the Year Kverneland Group
Service Provider of the Year New Work Junction
Service Provider of the Year Store-All Logistics
Service Provider of the Year Tiny Tots Paradise Creche
Excellence in Communications McSweeney Media
Excellence in Communications Bizlocator
Excellence in Communications Beat 102 103
Info. Communications & Technology Veri
Info. Communications & Technology CipherTech
Info. Communications & Technology The Clubman
Exporter of Year The Taxback Group
Exporter of Year Oakpark
Exporter of Year Ziegler Logistics Ltd.
Craft Producer of the Year Artists by Night
Craft Producer of the Year Breathnach Designs
Craft Producer of the Year Sullivans Brewery
Employer of the Year Kilkenny Design
Employer of the Year Club House Hotel
Employer of the Year Lyrath Estate Hotel
Innovation in Business TransferMate
Innovation in Business Goatsbridge Trout
Innovation in Business R&D Plumbing
Excellence in Hospitality Newpark Hotel
Excellence in Hospitality Zuni
Excellence in Hospitality Lyrath Estate Hotel
Emerging New Business Veri
Emerging New Business Cakeface Patisserie
Emerging New Business Dive & Marine Contractors
Employee of Year Revise.ie
Employee of Year Newpark Hotel
Employee of Year Beat 102 103

Small Business of the Year


Optimize Recruitment

Small Business of the Year McCullagh Lupton Quinn Ltd.
Small Business of the Year Apple Tree Farm Montessori
Corporate Social Responsibility Carlow Kilkenny Home Care Team
Corporate Social Responsibility The Taxback Groups
Corporate Social Responsibility Modus Energy
Family Business of Year DNG Ella Dunphy
Family Business of Year Callanan Couriers
Family Business of Year Dom Young Heating & Plumbing Services Ltd
Food & Drink Producer of the Year Cakeface Patisserie
Food & Drink Producer of the Year Costellos Brewing Co.
Food & Drink Producer of the Year Murphy’s Icecream
Culture Heritage & Tourism Castlecomer Discovery Park
Culture Heritage & Tourism Breathnach Designs
Culture Heritage & Tourism Kilkenny Civic Trust
Environmental  Award R&D Plumbing
Environmental  Award Modus Energy
Retailer of the Year Michael Lyng Motors
Retailer of the Year Blanchfields Centra Mooncoin
Retailer of the Year Kilkenny Design


The winners of each category will be chosen and announced at the Gala Awards Night taking place in the Lyrath Estate Hotel on Saturday 25th November – tickets will be on sale very soon.

Oct 04

Post Budget Lunch with PwC

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