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Events at Kilkenny Chamber


To find out more information on upcoming events, please click on the event below or contact the Chamber directly.

The events schedule is updated on a regular basis, if there are specific events, training needs you would like to see included, please do not hesitate to contact the Chamber on admin@kilkennychamber.com to discuss further. 

Between March 2020 and December 2021, Kilkenny Chamber had to make changes to the way it runs its events. Due to Covid-19, we were unable to host our many events, including our Chamber Chats and our AGM. These were held on line via Zoom, and recordings of all our Chats can be found here and on our Youtube Channel.

Auto-Enrolment for pensions will be mandatory from 1st January next, and the Chamber has teamed up with Cleere Life to find out more about this topic.

Venue:  Pembroke Hotel Kilkenny. 

Time:  12.45 pm – 2.00 pm

To register for this free event, please email admin@kilkennychamber.ie

Lunch will be provided, so booking is essential. 

The Annual Kilkenny Chamber Golf Challenge will take place on Wednesday 29th May at the beautiful Mount Juliet Course.

Teams of 4 : €600

Tee times from 10.00 am to 4.00 pm

Contact admin@kilkennychamber.ie to book your tee time, as tee times are booking up fast! 

The Annual General Meeting of Kilkenny Chamber of Commerce and Industry CLG will take place at Butler House, Kilkenny, on Thursday 25th April at 12.30 pm.

The current President of the Chamber’s (Brian Keyes) term of office will come to an end, and a new President will be elected for the coming two years.

All members and their guests are welcome to attend, and you can pre-register by emailing admin@kilkennychamber.ie

PwC and Kilkenny Chamber were delighted to partner to bring this presentation on Upcoming Changes to Modernise VAT event on 11 April 2024.

The event focused on the key areas of focus forming part of the ViDA proposals which businesses need to start considering and planning for. Particular areas of focus included:

  • E-invoicing – domestic & cross border
  • Digital Reporting Requirements
  • Single EU VAT registration

Sharing their views on ViDA and answering your questions on the day were

  • Brian Hogan, Director PwC
  • Eugen Trombitas, Managing Director PwC

Click on: Slides PwC – VAT in a Digital Age (VIDA) – April 2024 for a copy of the slides which were used in the presentation

Kilkenny Chamber is delighted to partner with Carlow Kilkenny Skillnet and PwC Kilkenny for this International Women’s Day Event on Thursday evening 7th March.

Our guest speakers will be:  Women’s Health Workplace Consultant Catherine O’Keeffe, Tirlán’s Chief ESG Officer, Dr. Lisa Koep, Goatsbridge Trout’s Mag Kirwan and Founder and CEO of The B!G Idea Kim Mackenzie-Doyle.  The event will be hosted by Róisín Purcell, PwC Director.

Register for this event at International Women’s Day 2024 – Profit and Purpose, Women Leading the Way – 1656287 (webcasts.com)

February’s Chamber Chat takes place on Thursday 29th February at 6pm at UPMC Nowlan Park, home of the GAA in Kilkenny.  Our guest speaker will be David Beirne, Senior Vice-President, UPMC International.

To register for a place at this event, please email admin@kilkennychamber.ie

Join us for our first Chamber Chat of 2024 at the new State Street offices in Loughboy for a guided tour of their eco-friendly building, home to their established cybersecurity hub. 

For its final Chamber Chat before the Summer, Kilkenny Chamber was delighted to partner with Smithwick’s Experience for an evening of networking, good food and enjoyment. 

Chamber Chats are free networking opportunities, and are open to members and their guests.  

Kilkenny Chamber hosts annual Golf Outing in glorious sunshine at Mount Juliet

The weather gods certainly smiled kindly on Kilkenny Chamber’s latest event which was their annual Golf Challenge at the splendid Mount Juliet Golf Course last Wednesday. In wonderful sunshine, over 100 players in 28 teams representing a host of Kilkenny businesses and their clients took to the course which was in world class condition.

First prize went to the team from EY, with TransferMate coming in second, followed by Carne Group in third place.

This year, a fourth prize was awarded, which went to Evans Mockler, a British team which travelled with the British Irish Trading Alliance.

The event also facilitated unique networking opportunities and saw some eight teams fielded under the BITA (British Irish Trading Alliance) banner. Chamber CEO John Hurley pointed out that “People like doing business with people they know and by bringing 100 businesspeople together in this way, the consequent effect on business relationships is tremendous. Throughout the day, business leaders chatted with each other about how they could work together to their mutual benefit and many new connections were developed.”

“A Behind the Scenes look at how to build a global brand”

It was standing room only once again at the Kilkenny Chamber Chat held last week in the Cartoon Saloon Studio in Barrack Street. The story of how three young art students with a passion for animation, Nora Twomey, Tomm Moore and Paul Young,  went from small beginnings to being known worldwide was told at the well-attended event.  Today they are celebrated for a series of films from “The Story of Kells” to “Wolfwalkers” and “The Song of the Sea” that have won them a cabinet full of prestigious awards. A panel discussion was chaired by John Hurley, CEO of Kilkenny Chamber.

Nora Twomey talked about the importance of seed money in their early days and Cian McElhone of Screen Ireland talked about how this helps companies to grow and the massive impact this has on local economies in later years. Cartoon Saloon have spent twenty years working hard to successfully combine art and business and are now a large employer in Kilkenny with up to 200 employees working on projects at various stages of production. Key to their growth according to Nora was maintaining a “tricycle approach.”   Film making is an industry where you may need to change direction quickly and you have to stay flexible.

Many business representatives in the audience commented on the beneficial  impact the employees of Cartoon Saloon had on other businesses. To finish Nora outlined some of the many productions in development, all of which will be based primarily in Kilkenny.

Join us once again at Mount Juliet for the annual Chamber Golf Outing!  Some afternoon tee times are still available and you can book them by emailing admin@kilkennychamber.ie 

Our Golf Outing is open to both members and non members, and is always guaranteed to be a great day out. 

The winners of the competition are then eligible to enter the All Island Golf Outing at The K Club, organised by Chambers Ireland, on Thursday 12th October. 

Join us for May’s Chamber Chat at the Cartoon Saloon studio on Barrack Street (R95 WK60) on Thursday 18th May!

Cartoon Saloon’s achievements are known around the world, and now is our opportunity to find out how the business works – what does it take to create a global brand?

Chamber Chats are free to members, and guests are welcome to attend. However, you must register for your place by emailing admin@kilkennychamber.ie

Refreshments are served from 5.30 when there’s also an opportunity to check out the Wolfwalkers Exhibition on display.

Kilkenny Chamber held its 75th Annual General Meeting at the Pembroke Hotel Kilkenny recently.  President Brian Keyes was re-elected for a second year in office, and Vice President Anne Barber was also re-elected.

The following officers were elected:  Owen Sweeney, Hon. Secretary, Gordon Murphy, Hon Treasurer, Mary Brennan, Hon. Assistant Treasurer, John Masterson, PRO.

Members of the Board were elected as follows:  Marion Acreman, Colin Ahern, Paschal Bergin, Michael Brannigan, Margaret Clancy, Martin Costello, Jason Dempsey, Gavin Dixon, Gary Graham, Claire McInerney Brown, Tom O’Connor, and Deirdre Shine.

CEO John Hurley launched the new Explore Kilkenny app. Working in conjunction with Kilkenny Tourism, the app will be the go-to point of information about Kilkenny for visitors and locals alike.  He encouraged everyone to download the App (search for Xplore App and choose Kilkenny) and provide feedback to the Chamber by emailing admin@kilkennychamber.ie.  The App is in operation now and over the coming months its functionality will be expanded to include the Chamber’s Gift Voucher Scheme and much more.

There is a huge amount of assistance available to businesses in Kilkenny via a number of different resources.  Some of those resources came together for our March Chamber Chat to give details of the courses and training available to employers and their employees. Many of these training courses are provided free of charge. 

The overall message was to encourage employers in Kilkenny to engage with the various agencies to find out how best they can help them retrain and retain their staff. 

This week’s Chamber Chat discusses the importance of wellbeing in the workplace, a very relevant topic in today’s world. Brian Kelly from Mindaclient will introduce their new software programme aimed at helping employers to monitor and manage their employees’ wellbeing.

As always, there will be an opportunity to network and meet new business people who could help your own business to grow.

This is a FREE Event, but you must register by emailing admiin@kilkennychamber.ie

The Chamber started its 2023 Schedule of Chamber Chats, with The Core Story in the Set Theatre. Padraig Hyland, co-founder of the Core Story, presented to our biggest ever attendance at a Chamber Chat, outlining the importance of knowing your business story, and learning how to tell it in an engaging way.  Many of our Business Awards finalists and winners attended, and this was deliberate, as we wanted to show them how to use their success at the Awards to grow their business. 

December’s Chamber Chat took place at Paris Texas, where many of the finalists and winners of the Kilkenny Business Awards 2022 met to chat about the Awards.  The Local Enterprise Office also attended, with their Shop Local message for Christmas. 

Join the Kilkenny Chamber and Clare Walsh from Employers for Change to find out what’s involved:

This FREE event takes place at the Pembroke Business Suite (behind the Pembroke Hotel) at 11 Patrick Street at 1.00 pm on 1st September.  As refreshments will be served, please register your intention to attend by emailing admin@kilkennychamber.ie or phoning Róisín at 089 2553585.

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