Dance

 
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.

Chess

 
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
 

Bridge

 
Clara
Monday nights, 8pm. September to May.
 
Contact: Frances Foley Telephone: 086 8032409
Location: Fox & Goose
 
Graiguenamanagh
Thursdays, 7.30pm. Members only, September to May. Open to all June to August.
 
Contact: Maura Gaynor Telephone: 059 9724262
Location: Duiske Inn, Graiguenamanagh
 
Kilkenny Bridge Centre

Book Clubs

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

Bee-Keeping

 
South Kilkenny Beekeepers Association
The South Kilkenny Beekeepers Association meets on occasional Monday nights during the winter months. Beginners course available.
 
Contact: Richard Moran  Telephone: 056 7727457
Location: Kildalton College, Piltown, Co. Kilkenny
Email:rmoran45@hotmail.com
 

Arts and Crafts

 
ART GALLERIES
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

Writing

 
Creative Writing Course
Creative writing course - poetry, short stories and writing for radio. Gerry Moran, writes regularly for the Kilkenny People and RTE Radio One’s Sunday Miscellany. Courses run for eight weeks and begin mid September and late January.
 
Contact: Gerry Moran Telephone: 056 7721671 / 087 2821605 
Location: Club House Hotel, Patrick St, Kilkenny 
 
Kilkenny Campus, National University of Ireland (NUI) Maynooth

Woodturning

 

George Wills
Lessons in wood turning available for beginners and improvers. Courses are run at weekends or on weekdays.
 
Contact: George Wills Telephone: 056 7758515
Location: Inistioge, Co Kilkenny
 

Wine

 
The Wine Academy Ireland
Evening courses, September to May, including WSET Intermediate and Advanced Certificate courses and Wine Appreciation courses.
 
Contact: Mary Gaynor, MBA Wine 
Telephone: 056 7724894 / 087 2448321                                    
Location: The Quay, Thomastown, Co Kilkenny 

Vocational Training

 
Vocational Training Opportunities Scheme (VTOS)
VTOS provides people who are unemployed with a range of learning options from the practical to the academic. Programmes on offer are Certificate in Information Processing (FETAC Level 5), Certificate in Information Technology / E-Business (FETAC Level 5), City and Guilds Awards, Leaving Certificate, Junior Certificate Options ECDL and Woodcarving.
 
Contact: Geraldine Moran, VTOS Co-Coordinator 
Telephone: 056 7764719

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