Heritage News & Events 09-02-2024

New Plaques highlight additional section of Kilkenny’s City Walls

New information plaques have been installed at five sections of Kilkenny’s City Walls. These signs are part of Kilkenny County Council’s strategy to highlight our heritage, and provide information for local people and visitors about the former medieval city walls. Co-funded by the Heritage Council’s Irish Walled Towns Network and Kilkenny County Council, the signage has been installed at Troy’s Gate; Black Friar’s Gate; the Black Abbey carpark; Ormonde Street and Ormonde Road. This new signage complements existing city wall signage at Talbots Tower, James Street and addressing the recommendations for interpretation in the Kilkenny City Walls Conservation Plan. Click here to learn more .


New City Wall Plaque at Black Abbey carpark  Photo: Vicky Comerford 


World Wetlands Day at Newpark Fen

To mark World Wetlands Day, the Kilkenny Branch of BirdWatch Ireland hosted a meet up at the Newpark Fen, in Kilkenny City on Saturday the 3rd of February. The members lead a walk around the fen, providing information on birds seen or heard. It was a lovely event to acknowledge the special habitat in the heart of Kilkenny City.


Donal Cadogan ‘Kilkenny’s Deadly Years’ Talk at Gáirdín an Ghorta

Join Donal Cadogan who will tell some of the stories from his latest book ‘Kilkenny’s Deadly Years’. Listen to stories about Murders, Trials  & Executions in County Kilkenny between 1823 to 1923. The event is taking place at Gáirdín an Ghorta Community Centre Newmarket, County Kilkenny. R95XV52 on Thursday 15th February 2024, 8.00pm. Refreshments served after event and admission is €5. To learn more about the event, call 086 8394349.


Black Poplar & Aspen Survival in the Irish Landscape presentation

Kilkenny Naturalists’ Field Club is holding its’ second presentation: ‘Black Poplar & Aspen Survival in the Irish Landscape’. The black poplar is one of the rarest trees in Ireland. A tree of floodplain forests, it has a contested history here. It’s cousin the aspen is a tree of remote rocky places and river woods, forming clonal stands. Both species face an uncertain future here.  Join Dr Daniel Buckley  who will present the results of his research and conservation work for both species on Monday 12th February from 7:30pm in Fennelly’s of Callan. Car-pooling from Kilkenny City is encouraged. Cover charge €10.00. For further details, contact Lorcán Scott 085 8724741


Puffin Rock Habitats Educational Project

Puffin Rock Habitats is an educational project between The Heritage Council and Cartoon Saloon to promote greater awareness and understanding of Ireland’s nature and biodiversity amongst families with young children, through a touring exhibition, workshops and activity book. To learn more about the project and download the activity book, click here.


Alzheimer/ Dementia Inclusive Tour at Kilkenny Castle

Kilkenny Castle is offering an Alzheimer / Dementia inclusive tour on Wednesday 14th February at 10:00am. This free tour is aimed at people living with Alzheimers and Dementia and their families and supporters. This is an opportunity to explore the period rooms and chat about the artworks and history of the Castle in a friendly environment with their trained facilitator.