Notice: 23rd November- One Day closure for some trails

The following walks/trails will be closed for one day only (23rd November)

  • Kilmacoliver Loop
  • Freshford Loop
  • Gathabawn Loop
  • O’Gorman’s Lane Loop
  • Nore Valley Walk: Kilkenny to Bennettsbridge
  • Nore Valley Walk: Thomastown to Inistioge

Any queries:  Contact Harry Everard – 086 0485553

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Walk , Talk and Eat Success!

IMG_3433[1] IMG_3445[1] 20171031_143735[1] The October Bank Holiday Weekend in Kilkenny is renown for its Savour Food Festival.

This year the Tyndall Mountain Club partnered up with Trail Kilkenny to deliver a joint food and walking experience – WALK, TALK, EAT. The WALK was the iconic stretch of the River Nore between Kilkenny and Bennetsbridge.

This is an extremely popular walk in Kilkenny following tight up against the bank of the river for approx. 10km. The TALK was provided by Jimmy Heally , Chairman of the Tyndall Mountain Club. Jimmy has a wealth of knowledge covering the local natural, built and social history. As we progressed along the route we were entertained by a variety of interesting and amusing tails. Then there was the EAT.This was provided by the Corner House pub in Bennettsbridge. Two events were held; one on the Saturday morning starting with brunch in the pub and walking back to Kilkenny City Centre to join in the Savour Festival.

The other, an afternoon start, on the Bank Holiday Monday walking out to Bennettsbridge for an artisan food producer inspired meal and a glass or two.

IMG_3439[1]The events attracted over 50 walkers who demanded more of the same. So we shall – WALK, TALK , EAT -Brandon Hill, Graiguenamanagh, WALK, TALK , EAT – Nore Valley Walk, Thomastown coming soon.

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Caution to Trail Users: Potential Fallen Trees on Trails

Caution Trail WalkersNote to Trail Walkers:

Trail Kilkenny would like to notify all trail users on to exercise caution when walking trails. Due to the past storms, there is the possibility of fallen trees along the trails and lanes.  The Trails Team is in the process of inspecting trails for damage.

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Savour Kilkenny at Highbank Orchards & Distillery

Fats: Facts & Fictions


Learn more about the role of fat in our diet during the Savour Kilkenny Food Festival 2017!

You will explore the three fats butter,  rapeseed  oil and olive oil and hear their story from the three fat advocates Darina Alleen, Ben Colchester and Karen Cryan, scientifically supported by nutritional therapist Jemma Kehoe. You will also have the chance to sample some of these fats, don’t miss out!

Venue: Highbank Orchards & Distillery, Cuffesgrange

Date: Thursday, 26th October

Time: 18:30

Tickets: 9€

To book: T: 056 772 9918

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Save the Date: Walk, Talk and Eat

Screen Shot 2017-08-15 at 11.50.11Date: 30th October 2017 (Monday)

Time: 2:00pm

Details: Meet at the Parade at 2pm , then enjoy a guided walk and talk by Jimmy Healy of the Tyndall Walking Group along the River Nore out to Bennettsbridge. Enjoy the full a la carte menu at the Corner House Pub offering dishes specially created to include the wealth of great produce from in and around Kilkenny

For further info and bookings
Trail Kilkenny Coordinator:
Harry Everard
8 Patrick’s Court, Patrick St, Kilkenny Tel: 056 7752111

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The Jenkinstown Loop

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Heritage Week: Walk, Talk & Eat

Walk, Talk and Eat

A Partnership between Trail Kilkenny, Tyndall Walking Group and The Corner House Pub, Bennettsbridge.

Click the poster below to download pdf.

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Nore Valley Walk: One of the Best in the Country

Nore Valley Walk:  One of country’s best walking trails

Screen Shot 2017-05-17 at 15.05.21Trail Kilkenny’s Nore Valley Walk has joined new ranks as one of the top walks in the country.   Over 32,000 outdoor enthusiasts have enjoyed its riverside flora and fauna over the last eighteen months.

In 2015, the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs established a number of counters on key walking trails around the country.  Of these monitored trails, the Nore Valley Walk is the third most visited trail after the Cliffs of Moher and the Burren Way.

The walk has two sections, both equally scenic, taking you though diverse countryside, woodlands and riverbank settings.  Rich in history and local wildlife, the Nore Valley Walk has been described by the Irish Independent as; “ one of the most delectable river walks in Ireland”.

The Kilkenny to Bennettsbridge 12km section takes roughly 2 hours at a relaxed pace. Follow the river as it meanders through meadows, shady glades and past ancient mills; woollen, grain, paper and saw mills from where Kilkenny’s famous ‘black marble’ was honed (Maddockstown). You may spot a swift, a heron, or catch a fleeting glimpse of kingfisher or an otter emerging from the riverbank.

Nore Vally’s Thomastown to Inistioge stretch  (10.9kms) takes you through countryside, pastoral lands and woodlands.  The river is noted for its salmon, crayfish and otters and the arches of its bridges are favoured roosting spots for Daubenton bats.  Steeped in history, since the 12th century the Nore was a vital trading route for export of corn, hides and livestock and the importation of exotic goods from other parts of the world such as wine, tobacco, cloth and spices via New Ross and Waterford. There is the ruin of Grennan Castle built by Strongbow’s son-inlaw in the 13th century at the start of the walk and through the pretty Dysart Woods, carpeted in springtime with wood anemones, bluebells and primroses. You’ll pass the ruins of Dysart Castle before you make your way to Ballyduff House; a glorious Georgian country house in its stunning parkland setting.  Brownbarn Woods will lead you down the riverside track into Inistioge.

Trail Kilkenny is an award winning, non-profit company that formed in 2006 as a result of the work of BNS Rural Development, one of the predecessors of Kilkenny LEADER Partnership, in the rural tourism and walking trail development sector.  The Trail Kilkenny company has 9 scenic walks, three river walks and four cycling routes.

With summertime on the way,  there is no better time to get out and enjoy the Kilkenny countryside.  For more information on this Trail, or any of the Trial Kilkenny walks, contact Rural Recreation Officer, Harry Everard.  KLP, 8 Patrick’s Court, Patrick Street, Kilkenny.  Tel: 056 7752111   Email:

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Jerpoint Annual Sale Starts on the 17th Feb

Jerpoint Glass_Square collection in 'Poppy' colour from €48.50

Jerpoint Glass Studio’s Annual Seconds Sale
Starts Friday 17th February until Saturday 25th February

Can’t make it to the studio? Shop on-line with 10% discount code: SA17LE


Annual Seconds Sale starts Friday 17th February until Saturday 25th February.

All seconds’ stock will be greatly reduced across all lines.


The sale will take place at the Studio Shop in Stoneyford, Co.Kilkenny

Click here for directions to the studio.


February 17th to February 25th 2017

Opening Hours:

10.00 to 17.00 Monday to Friday

12.00 to 17.00 on Saturdays and Sunday (Feb 19th)

Can’t make it to the Studio? Don’t Miss Out.

Shop online and avail of our 10% sale discount by using voucher code: SA17LE

For more information like and follow onFacebook/jerpointglass and  @JerpointGlass

*Valid throughout February 2015 for online purchases only

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Made in Kilkenny – Rhythms in the Making Exhibition


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