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.