Entertainment Listings, Gig Guide, Events, what's On in Kilkenny City and County this week | Visit Kilkenny- Kilkenny Tourism

Entertainment in Kilkenny - Weekly Gig and Event Guide

Share

On this page, you will find:

  • Upcoming Events
  • Gig Guide (scroll down to see)

Congratulations to Campagne being named Ireland's best restaurant AND The Lady Helen In Mount Juliet wins Best Hotel Restaurant in Ireland at the Irish Restaurant Awards in June 2014

NEW Adventure in Kilkenny - Special Offers on Hotels and Activities, visitkilkenny.ie/adventurous_kilkenny

 


Recent Articles

  • Campagne (The Arches, Gas House Lane) and Lady Helen (at the Mount Juliet Hotel) have been awarded a Michelin star. Off the 9 Michelin Star restaurants in Ireland, 2 are in County Kilkenny!  (thejournal.ie)
  • Kilkenny’s reputation as a culinary destination is growing.... (irishtimes.com, February 2014)
  • Kilkenny voted Irelands Top Tourism Town for 2013 by Failte Ireland who are Ireland's main tourism body, (failteireland.ie)
  • Kilkenny voted Cleanest Town in Ireland at end of 2013 by Irish Business Against Litter (IBAL) (visitkilkenny.ie)
  • Culture, Adventue and Great Food, (her.ie)

2014 Festivals

 

 

This Week's Musical / Theatre / Events

  • For up to date information on what is happening in Kilkenny City and County, see the twitter accounts @Kilkenny and @loveKilkenny.
  • Food and Craft Events in Kilkenny City and County over the next few months, visitkilkenny.ie
  • First Week of Smithwick’s Experience Kilkenny - open from Thursday 31st July - access from Parliment Street - 10am to 6pm daily, €12/9.50/7 - This multi-sensory and interactive experience will take visitors on a journey through the medieval origins of brewing on the site of the St. Francis Abbey Brewery to the arrival of John Smithwick in the 1700’s, and right up to the present day.  The tour includes a life-size holographic monk and living portraits of the Smithwick’s family members.  During the tour, the Smithwick’s brewing process will be brought to life with visitors having the opportunity to experience the smells, tastes and textures of the raw materials involved in creating the perfect pint of ale. French, German, Spanish and Italian speaking visitors will be offered an audio guide to take them through the tour, which lasts approximately 70 minutes
  • Concert: Llyod Cole - Monday 1st September - Set Theatre, John St - 8pm, €25 - Through both his lauded work fronting the Commotions and his more eclectic solo efforts, Lloyd Cole established himself as one of the most articulate and acute songwriters of the post-punk era. With The Commotions he released hit singles such as 'Perfect Skin, 'Lost Weekend' and 'Jennifer She Said'. Solo hits include 'No Blue Skies' and 'Like Lovers Do', set.ie
  • Kilkenny Hurling Training open to viewing public - Tuesday 2nd & Friday 5th September - Nowlan Park - With the All Ireland Final this Sunday, here's your final chance to catch the team training before the final, kilkennygaa.ie
  • The Great Hurling Debate - Tuesday 2nd September - Kytelers Inn, Kieran Street - 9pm to 11pm, free - Hosted by Kevin Mc Gillicuddy and Adrian Ronan, and featuring input from hurling luminaries like: Michael Rice, PJ Ryan, Conor Phelan, Richie Power Senior, Michael Walsh, John Leahy, Liam Cahill, Pat O'Neill, Michael 'Titch' Phelan, John Hoyne, facebook.com/events

The Great Hurling Debate

  • FlatRacing at Gowran Park - Wednesday 3rd September - Gowran Park, Gowran, Co.Kilkenny - For the ultimate day out, go racing at Gowran Park Racecourse, gowranpark.ie
  • Theatre: What Happened Bridgie Cleary - Wednesday 3rd September - Watergate Theatre, Parliment St - 8pm, €15/12 - see the Watergate Theatre section below for more information
  • Comedy: Kieran Butler - Thursday 4th September - Hole In The Wall, High St - 9pm - Kieran Butler is an Australian performer with over 20 years experience. During that time he has traveled the world and performed all over Australia as a comedian, musician and satirist. He has received critical acclaim at the Edinburgh and Adelaide Fringe festivals for his full length comedy and musical productions and has been regular contributor to radio stations in Scotland with (BBC - MacAulay & Co) and Melbourne (SEN - The Run Home), facebook.com/events
  • KRSP host Splash & Dash Aquathon (for ages 8+) - Friday 5th September - The Watershed - 6pm, €5 - The sport of aquathlon consists of a continuous, two-stage race involving swimming followed by running. The distances for the swim and run vary depending on age group. Registration will start from 5pm and the event kicks off at 6pm, krsp.ie

KRSP Splash and Dash Aquathon

  • GetOut.ie host Kilkenny Singles Party Night (for ages 30-45) - Friday 5th September - Left Bank, Patrick St - 7.30pm - Looking to meet that special person? Let us help you! That`s right; if you want something to happen in your love life then join Ireland`s most successful matchmakers "GetOut.ie" and meet loads of fun people at Ireland`s biggest Singles`s Party! The packed night will be as follows: Hilarious Ice-Breakers, Prize Give Aways and Dancing with MC Tommy, getout.ie
  • Concert: Caladh Nua - Friday 5th September - Ionad Dara in Goresbridge - 8.30pm, €20 - Support from Nell Ni Chroinin (TG4 Singer of The Year 2012) and Caoimhin O Fearghaill (TG4 Young Musician of the Year 2012). Caladh Nua is a tightly-knit, vibrant and staggeringly talented band with its origins deeply rooted in the Southern counties of Ireland. Comprised of five versatile musicians and singers playing a wide selection of instruments – from banjo to fiddle, guitar to bodhran and tin whistle to button accordion, kclr96fm.com/events
  • Concert: Israel Nash - Friday 5th September - The Pumphouse, Parliment St - 9.30pm, €16 - Gig moved from Set Theatre to The Pumphouse. In support of 2013's "Rain Plans" which Uncut said is “soaked in rural American lore” and was named their 7th best album of 2013. The album was inspired by Israel's new home outside Austin, deep in Texas hill country. The young songwriter has fully embraced the meandering hills and endless skies of his Texas home. Rolling Stone Germany called it ""A neo-psychedelic monument, the most phenomenal Americana record of the year...", set.ie
  • Fab Food Trails present "Kilkenny Walking & Tasting Trail" - Saturday 6th September - 10.30am to 1pm, €45 - Kilkenny is a city with great food, great craft, great history. A very special way to get to know a city is through its food. Fab Food Trail guides will introduce you to Kilkenny’s many unexpected culinary and craft treasures on a leisurely walk, peppered with fascinating and lighthearted snippets of information on the city’s history and architecture. What makes it fun for all is a shared interest in good food and curiosty. They keep groups small and intimate, fabfoodtrails.ie

Fab Food Trails Kilkenny

  • Kilkenny Triathlon Club running their 1st VGraph KTC Triathlon - Saturday 6th September - Graiguenamanagh, Co.Kilkenny - starts at 11am - The swim route will be 750 m Downstream. The bike route will be 2 laps of a 10km route and will head out to Carriglead, on towards Coolnamara and then straight back to Graiguenamanagh. The run will be a 5km out and back route along the river bank. There will be a water stop and timing mat at the turnaround point, kilkennytriathlonclub.com
  • Concert: 'The Joni Project' with Edel Meade & Dick Farrelly - Saturday 6th September - Set Theatre, John St - 8pm, €15 - Award-winning singer, Edel Meade, and the legendary guitarist, Dick Farrelly, pay tribute to the iconic Canadian singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell performing an eclectic blend of Mitchell's back catalogue including songs from Blue, The Hissing of Summer Lawns and Court and Spark. The Sunday Independent says "Edel Meade has what it takes. Remember the name. You'll be hearing it again", set.ie
  • Concert: Nathan Carter and his band - Saturday 6th September - Ballykeeffee Ampitheatre - 8pm, €30/27.50 - In support of his recent album "Where I Wanna Be". His previous album featured the song Wagon Wheel`, which was the single taken from the album of the same name and become a huge hit for Nathan, with over a million hits on YouTube and the wheels continue to roll for this special song, which can now be heard in clubs, discos, and dancehalls alike and on all major National Irish radio stations, nathancartermusic.com

Upcoming Events at Set Theatre in Kilkenny

 

Set Theatre Kilkenny

Set Theatre in Kilkenny

 

Kilkenny Castle Events

  • The 'Decius Mus' Tapestries have returned to the Castle. The Tapestries are among the great glories of the wonderful historic Ormonde Collection at Kilkenny Castle. The 'Decius' suite had been in the ownership of the Ormonde family for over 300 years and was displayed in several of their residences before being acquired by OPW for display in Kilkenny Castle. It forms a highlight of the Ormonde Collection in the Tapestry Room and fabulous Picture Gallery - one of the finest historic and architectural spaces in Ireland, kilkennycastle.ie
  • Orienteering Course - Following the December launch of the new permanent Orienteering Course at Kilkenny Castle Park, OPW is delighted to announce that three maps, Short (1.8km), Medium (2.4km) and Long (3.5km) distances, are now available to download for free on the Kilkenny Castle Website. The orienteering course is open to all, families, individuals, clubs, schools and what an amazing way to explore the flora and fauna of Kilkenny Castle Park whilst enjoying the exercise in beautiful surroundings.  There is also a small area of the Canal Walk involved in the courses, kilkennycastle.ie
  • PDF's of the Orienteering Course at Kilkenny Castle - PDF of Long Course. / PDF of Medium Course. / PDF of Short Course.

 

Watergate Theatre (on Parliment St) - Upcoming Shows

  • Theatre: What Happened Bridgie Cleary - Wednesday 3rd September - 8pm, €15/12 - "What Happened Bridgie Cleary" by Tom MacIntyre is a poetic and dramatic interpretation of this important story. Starring Joanne Ryan (Ros na Rún) who was nominated this year for an Irish Times Theatre Award for her portrayal of Bridgie, alongside well-known actor Myles Breen and Pius McGrath. With an original soundscape by Stephen Ryan (of the Choice Music Prize nominated band windings) and directed by John Anthony Murphy, this is another must see production from Limerick’s Bottom Dog Theatre company, watergatetheatre.com
  • Theatre: Keegan Theatre presents "A Few Good Men" - Thursday 11th to Saturday 13th September - 8pm, €20/16 - First produced on Broadway in 1989 and inspiring an Academy Award-nominated film of the same name, Aaron Sorkin’s A Few Good Men tells the story of military lawyers at a court-martial who uncover a high-level conspiracy in the course of defending their clients, two United States Marines accused of murder . Based on events that took place at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in July 1986, A Few Good Men is a riveting courtroom drama that investigates both the nature of our military mentality and the Marine code of honor, watergatetheatre.com

 

Events for Kids

 


Gig in Ryan's Bar Kilkenny

By night Kilkenny comes alive as visitors and locals alike enjoy the city's vibrant cultural and entertainment life. The city offers an eclectic mix of cosmopolitan designer bars, and traditional old style hostelries. What better way to spend an evening than enjoying a meal in one of the many restaurants throughout Kilkenny? Live music and theatre takes place throughout the week, so whether your taste is for dance music, poetry, theatre or rock! - Kilkenny has something to offer you.

Weekly Gig Listings are courtesy of Edwina Grace at the Kilkenny People Newpaper. If you want to publicise events or gigs you can contact Edwina at EdwinaGrace@hotmail.com

You can also follow daily updates via Twitter @kilkenny or on our FaceBook page Kilkenny Tourism Facebook

Full listing of what's happening in Kilkenny in the week starting Monday 1st September until Sunday 7th September 2014

Monday 1st September

Live Music: Wallop The Cat, Matt The Millers, John St, 6pm
Live Music: Irish Beats with Damien Walsh, Kytelers Inn, Kieran St, 6.30pm
Live Music: Trad Music, Langtons, John St, 7pm
Concert: Llyod Cole, Set Theatre, John St, 8pm, €25, set.ie
Live Music: Raglan Rogues - Trad & Ballad, Kytelers Inn, Kieran St, 8.30pm
Chillout Monday's in the Garden with Soul, Jazz and Funk, Billy Byrnes, John St
Live Music & Dancing: Cu Chulainn with Irish Dancers, Lanigan's, Rose Inn St, 9pm
Live Music: Trad by Mick Leech, Paris Texas, High St, 9pm
Live Music: The Briars & late bar, The Field, High St, 9pm
Live Music: Stephen Murphy, Dylan Whiskey Bar, John St, 9pm
Live Music: Trad Session, Cleere's, Parliment St, 9.30pm
Live Music: John Hogan, Tynan's Bridge House Bar, Johns Bridge, 9.30pm
Live Music: After Dark followed by DJ Eddie Hughes, Matt The Millers, John St, 10pm

Tuesday 2nd September

Patchwork and Quilting Group meet (experience not necessary), Ferrybank Library, 11.30am, kclr96fm.com/events
Creative Writing Group Meeting, Ferrybank Libary, 5pm, kclr96fm.com/events
Kilkenny Hurling Training open to viewing public at Nowlan Park, kilkennygaa.ie
Live Music: Live Trad, Matt The Millers, John St, 6.30pm
Live Music: Irish Beats with Damien Walsh, Kytelers Inn, Kieran St, 6.30pm
Live Music: Trad Music, Langtons, John St, 7pm
Drink & Draw Event, Brewery Corner, Parliment St, 8pm
Live Music: Trad Music session (musicians welcome), Bollard’s Bar, Kieran St, 8pm - 10pm
Bingo every Tuesday at Community Centre in Stoneyford, 8.30pm
Live Music: The Raglan Rogues, Kytelers Inn, Kieran St, 8.30pm
Live Music: Trad Session, O'Ceallaigh's Pub, Parliment St, 8.30pm
The Great Hurling Debate ft. Adrian Ronan, Michael Rice, PJ Ryan & many more, Kytelers Inn, Kieran St, 9pm - 11pm, free, facebook.com/events
Live Music: Trad by Mick Leech, Paris Texas, High St, 9pm
Live Music: Kevin and Eugene (40s to the 90s), Dylan Whiskey Bar, John St, 9pm
Live Music: Hooly Night with music from Mighty Ghosts of Erin and irish dancing from Gerard Hayes(ex-Riverdance), Lanigan's, Rose Inn St, 9pm
Live Music: Rob Strong Band, The Field, High St, 9pm
Live Music: The Kilkennys, Matt the Millers, John St, 9pm
Live Music: Pascal and Sean, Tynan's Bridge House Bar, Johns Bridge, 9.30pm
Live Music: White Diamond, Langtons, John St, 11pm
Langton's Nightclub & Bar, John St, 11.30pm

Wednesday 3rd September

Crafty Crew (bring your knitting, sewing & other craft work) , Graignamanagh Library, 10.30am - 12pm, kclr96fm.com/events
FlatRacing at Gowran Park, Gowran, Co.Kilkenny, first race at 4.30pm, gowranpark.ie
Live Music: Live Trad, Matt The Millers, John St, 6pm
Live Music: Irelands Tunes and Tales, Kytelers Inn, Kieran St, 6.30pm
Live Music: Trad Music, Langtons, John St, 7pm
Theatre: What Happened Bridgie Cleary, Watergate Theatre, Parliment St, 8pm, €15/12, watergatetheatre.com
Learn to Swing Dance at 8pm(Improvers) - at 9pm(Beginners) + live music at 10pm, Left Bank, Patrick St
Live Music: Irish Ballad Session, O'Ceallaighs Pub, Parliment St, 8pm
Live Music: Raglan Rogues - Trad & Ballad, Kytelers Inn, Kieran St, 8.30pm
Bingo at Piltown Community Centre & Danesfort Community Centre, 8.30pm
Movie Night: Billy Byrnes, John St, 8.30pm, free
Live Music: Rusty Springs (folk/trad/bluegrass), The Field, High St, 9pm
Live Music: Trad Night, Dylan Whisky Bar, John St, 9pm
Live Music: Trad by Mick Leech, Paris Texas, High St, 9pm
Live Music: Wallop The Cat, Matt The Millers, John St, 9pm
Live Music: The Pumphouse, Parliment St, 9.30pm
Live Music: Trad Session, Cleere's, Parliment St, 9.30pm

Thursday 4th September

Parent & Toddler Morning, Ferrybank Library, 10am - 12pm, kclr96fm.com/events
Live Music: Trad Session, Kytelers Inn, Kieran St, 6pm
Live Music: Wallop The Cat, Matt The Millers, John St, 6.30pm
Radio: Off the Ball from Newstalk broadcast live from River Court Hotel, John St, 7pm, facebook.com/KilkennyRiverCourtHotel
Live Music: Trad Music, Langtons, John St, 7pm
Live Music: Trad Music session (musicians welcome), Bollard’s Bar, Kieran St, 7pm - late
TNT present National Singing Championship with €15,000 prize fund - 3rd of 4 heats, The Field, High St,
Learn Set Dancing, Home Rule Club, John's Quay, 8.30pm - 10.30pm
Live Music: O'Ceallaigh's Bar, Parliment St, 8.30pm
Live Music: Raglan Rogues - Trad & Ballad, Kytelers Inn, Kieran St, 8.30pm
AIB Ireland Start Up Nights, Set Theatre, John St, 9pm, eventbrite.ie
Comedy: Kieran Butler [from Australia], Hole In The Wall, High St, 9pm, facebook.com/events
Live Music: Stephen Murphy, Dylan Whiskey Bar, John St, 9pm
Live Music: Seattle, The Field, High St, 9pm
Live Music & Dancing: Cu Chulainn with Irish Dancers, Lanigan's, Rose Inn St, 9pm
Live Music: Trad by Mick Leech, Paris Texas, High St, 9pm
Live Music: Trad Music, The Metropole, High St, 9.30pm
Live Music: Trad Music, Ryan's, Friary St, 9.30pm
Entertainment: Big John’s Krazy Karaoke & Fun Night, Biddy Early’s, John St, 9.30pm
Live Music: John Hogan, Tynan's Bridge House Bar, Johns Bridge, 9.30pm
Live Music: The Pumphouse, Parliment St, 9.30pm
DJ Ken Doddy with Northern Soul, Ska, Funk, Reggae, Mod & more, Brewery Corner, Parliment St
Live Music: Pete Fagan & Davy Cashin followed by DJ Eddie Hughes, Matt the Millers, John St, 10pm
Pegasus Nightclub & Langton's Nightclub, John St, 11pm

Friday 5th September

KRSP host Splash & Dash Aquathon (for ages 8+) - events at The Watershed from 6pm, €5 krsp.ie
Live Music: Wallop The Cat, Matt The Millers, John St, 6pm
Kilkenny Hurling Training open to viewing public at Nowlan Park, kilkennygaa.ie
Live Music: Trad Music, Langtons, John St, 7pm
Live Music: Trad by Mick Leech, Paris Texas, High St, 7pm
GetOut.ie host Kilkenny Singles Party Night (ages 30-45), Left Bank, Patrick St, 7.30pm, getout.ie
Live Music: Trad Music session (musicians welcome), Bollard’s Bar, Kieran St, 8pm - 10pm
Concert: Caladh Nua [support: Nell Ni Chroinin / Caoimhin O Fearghaill], Ionad Dara in Goresbridge, 8.30pm, €20, kclr96fm.com/events
Live Music: Acoustic Folk Ballad & Blues Set from Philip Coulter, Dylan Whisky Bar, John St, 9pm
Live Music: An Poc Fada, Rose Inn St
Live Music: Divil the Bit, Lanigans, Rose Inn St, 9pm
Concert: Finn (Rhythm & Blues band from Australia), Paris Texas, High St, 9pm, facebook.com/events
Live Music: Kevin and Eugene (40s to the 90s), Tynan's Bridge House Bar, Johns Bridge, 9.30pm
Concert: Isreal Nash, The Pumphouse (moved from Set Theatre), Parliment St, 9.30pm, €16, set.ie
Live Music: The Ambassadors, Langtons Bar, John St, 10pm
Live Music: The Field, High St, 10pm
Live Music: The Acousticats - Trad & Ballad, Kyteler's Inn, Kieran St, 10pm
Live Music: Friday Session, Hole In The Wall, High St, 10pm
Live Music: Band followed by DJ, Matt The Miller's, John St, 10pm
Live Music: The Papa Zitas, Left Bank, Patrick St, 10pm
Live Music: Ryan's, Friary St, 10.30pm
DJ's at Kyteler's Inn (DJ Matchstick Men(80's & 90's) & Biddy Early's (DJ SuperCoolTossyO'Toole) & Morrisons (DJ Ronan - Feel Good Friday) & Peagsus Nightclub & Billy Byrnes

Saturday 6th September

Fab Food Trails present "Kilkenny Walking & Tasting Trail", 10.30am - 1pm, €45, fabfoodtrails.ie
Kilkenny Triathlon Club running their 1st VGraph KTC Triathlon, Graiguenamanagh, start at 11am, kilkennytriathlonclub.com
The Bula Bus - Street Food Saturday, Billy Byrnes, John St, 4pm
Live Music: Trad Session, Kytelers Inn, Kieran St, 6pm
Live Music: Mighty Ghosts of Erin, Lanigan's, Rose Inn St, 7pm - 9pm
Live Music: The Field, High St, 7pm
Live Music: Beer Garden Session with Abbey Folk, Kytelers Inn, Kieran St, 8pm
Live Music: The Rolling Waves, Statham's Bar at Pembroke Hotel, Patrick St, 8pm
Concert: 'The Joni Project' with Edel Meade & Dick Farrelly, Set Theatre, John St, 8pm, €15, set.ie
Concert: Nathan Carter and his band, Ballykeeffee Ampitheatre, 8pm, €30/27.50, nathancartermusic.com
LLive Music: The Waxies, An Poc Fada, Rose Inn St
Live Music: The Village Inn, Upper Patrick St
Live Music: The Metropole, High St
Live Music: Kevin and Eugene (40s to the 90s), Tynan's Bridge House Bar, Johns Bridge, 9.30pm
Live Music: The Huja's, Kytelers Inn, Kieran St
Live Music: Club House Hotel, Patrick St, 10pm
Live Music: Home Rule Club, John's Quay, 10pm
Live Music: Rafter Dempsey's, Friary St, 10pm
Live Music: Ryan's, Friary St, 10.30pm
DJ's at Biddy Early’s (DJ Ob1) & Matt The Millers & Morrisons (DJ Paul K) & Brewery Corner & Lanigans & Billy Byrne's & Langtons Nightclub & Pegasus Nightclub & The Pumphouse & An Poc Fada & Marble City Bar (Over 25's Club) & Paris Texas & Set Theatre

Sunday 7th September

All Ireland Minor Hurling Final: Kilkenny v Limerick, Croke Park in Dublin, 1.30pm
All Ireland Senior Hurling Final: Kilkenny v Tipperary, Croke Park in Dublin, 3.30pm (live on big screen at Set Theatre)
The Bula Bus - Street Food Sunday with live DJ, Billy Byrne's, John St, 4pm
Live Music: Ryan's, Friary St, 6pm - 8pm
Live Music: Generation 5 (aka O'Dwyer Brothers), Kytelers Inn, Kieran St, 6.30pm
Live Music: Paris Texas, High St, 6pm - 8pm
Live Music: Trad Music, Langtons, John St, 7pm
Live Music: Rusty Springs at 7pm & Loose Cannons at 10pm, The Field, High St
Live Music: Pascal and Sean, Tynan's Bridge House Bar, Johns Bridge, 9pm
Live Music: Kevin O'Dwyer & Eugene Dewberry (50's - 70's music), Dylan Whiskey Bar, John St, 9pm
Live Music: The Kilkennys, Lanigans, Rose Inn St, 9pm
Live Music: Wallop The Cat, Matt The Millers, John St, 9pm
Live Music: Social Dancing with music from The Images, Piltown GAA Complex, 9pm, €8
Live Music: Tomas Jackman - Irish Songs & Ballads, Kyteler’s Inn, Kieran St, 9.30pm
DJ's at Morrisons (DJ Mattie - Sunday Night Rock) & Kytelers Inn (DJ Vinnie Nolan) & Lanigans & Biddy Early's

Exhibitions

  • "Resonance" by Karen Donnellan and Róisín de Buitléar, National Craft Gallery, until 15th October, visitkilkenny.ie/culture

 

Film: Kilkenny Cineplex has a wide variety of films to suit all ages and interests on show at a number of times each day

This Week's Films (Monday 1st September - Thursday 4th September)

  • Guardians of the Galaxy
  • Let's Be Cops
  • Lucy
  • What If
  • The Grand Seduction

View This Weeks Kilkenny Film Listings From Official Site