General Activities

Arts and Crafts

Butler Gallery
Located in the basement of Kilkenny Castle this contemporary art gallery has its own permanent collection and frequent visiting exhibitions. Admission is free.
Open 7 days a week, all year.
October to March: 10.30am to 12.45pm and 2pm to 5pm.
April:10.30am to 5pm (open during lunch).
May to September: 10am to 5.30pm.
Contact: Pauline Swaine, Gallery Facilitator 
Telephone: 056 7761106

Book Clubs

Graiguenamanagh Library Book Club
Meets first Tuesday of the month, 7pm to 8pm.
Location: The Library, Graiguenamanagh, Co. Kilkenny
Telephone: 056 7794178
New Daytime Book Club
All welcome to join in New Daytime Book Club on Wednesdays.
Location: The Library, Castlecomer, Co Kilkenny 


Kilkenny Chess Club
Teams from the club represent Kilkenny in the Leinster League's first and second divisions. Meet Monday nights, 8pm, September to April.
Contact: Jack Lowry, President Telephone: 056 7767774
Location: The Club House Hotel, Patrick St, Kilkenny


Castle Towers Set Dancers
Meet Wednesdays, 8pm to 9.30pm, September to May.  Beginners or advanced.  Cost €5 per person. For Seniors.
Contact: Margaret Sheppard Telephone: 056 7769427 
Location: Archer’s Street Community Centre, Loughboy, Kilkenny  
Dance Box Studio
Performing Arts School. Fun Hip Hop classes, Wednesday nights. Set Dancing, Monday nights. Ballroom Dancing and Private Wedding Dance lessons available.

Day Care Centres

Alzheimer Society of Ireland     
Rings, cards, bingo, exercise to music, dinner, sports and services such as manicure and chiropody.
Contact: Mary Cahill Telephone: 056 7771230
Location: Caredoc, Waterford Rd, Kilkenny
Castlecomer District Hospital Day Care Centre  


Active Retirement Association         
Active Retirement Associations aim to help retired men and women, usually over the age of 55, to lead full, happy and healthy retirements by offering organised opportunities for a wide range of activities including holidays, outings and socials, creative and learning programmes; indoor and outdoor sports and community work. There is an annual insurance and affiliation fee and a nominal charge for meetings. 
Telephone: 01 8733836


An Taisce
The Kilkenny Association of An Taisce (National Trust for Ireland) are concerned with heritage and the environment. They have regular meetings which consist of talks by invited speakers on topics such as architecture, the Tree Council and the Eco Village in Cloghjordan, Co Tipperary. These are public meetings and everyone is welcome. Occasional outings are organised.
Contact: Coilin O’Drisceoil, Honorary Secretary
Telephone: 086 8392148


The following is a list of some of the many annual events and festivals that take place across Kilkenny City and County. Don't be stuck for something to do!
Castlecomer Wellington Race (January 1st)
Join in the largest rubber boot race in the world over a 6.4km circuit, with hundreds of wellie-booted runners, in all sorts of attire, taking part. A great way to start the year!
Saint Patrick’s Day (March 17th)
Entertainment on the Streets of Kilkenny. Parades at various locations.


Kilkenny Omniplex
Programmes change weekly on Friday. Details in Kilkenny People.  Four screens.
Location: Fair Green, Kilkenny Telephone: 0818 221122
Kilkenny Film Club