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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The Bridge Pottery Arts Week Exhibitions


The Bridge Pottery are showing New Work in 3 Exhibitions during AKA Kilkenny Fringe from 5-14 August

Thomastown 10-6 daily

The Bridge Pottery, Burnchurch 10-6 daily, 12-6 Sundays

Butler House, Kilkenny 10-6 daily

Also nearby
Burnchurch, 6-14 Aug, 2-6 daily

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Trail Kilkenny June Newsletter

From artisan food producers to cosmopolitan restaurants and cute cafés, they’re all along the food trail. Our Taste of the Month is Glasrai and Goodies.


Discover Kilkenny’s wonderful craft culture and find craftspeople from glass-blowers to potters, goldsmiths and weavers along the trail. Our Craft of the Month is The Bridge Pottery.

Scenic walks take you along laneways, through woodland, up hillsides and by the riverbank, (there are walks to suit all levels of fitness). A range of activity and themed trails. Trail of the month is the Mountain Grove Loop.

We hope our newsletter will inspire you to get out and explore the county and countryside of Kilkenny.

Read the rest of our newsletter here

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Highbank Orchards Blossom Walk


Highbank Orchards, Kilkenny
Saturday 4th June 2016
In aid of Kilkenny/Carlow Home Care Team

Rod will lead Guided Blossom Walks through the apple trees at their most colourful time of the year.

At: Highbank Orchards,
Cuffesgrange, Co. Kilkenny

On: Sat. 4 June 2016

If you would like to join in one of the walks
Choose from four Starting Times
10a.m. 12 noon 2 p.m. 4p.m.
Time approx. one hour

Entry : €5 per person
Entries will be taken on the day

More info
Tel 056-7729918

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Coillte Tree Felling

Coillte will be carrying out tree felling at Castlemorris for the foreseeable future and people should take care and avoid stacks of timber.

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Upcoming Art & Craft Workshops at Kozo Studios


Bookings and contact:

11 June (Saturday): EMBROIDERY- Beginners
10.30am – 5pm
Tutor: ALEXIS BERNSTORFF, artistic director of the ROS TAPESTRY
This workshop will teach 6 principal stitches and their variations – using wool, cotton/silk and metallic threads. Participants will be inspired by a range of techniques to realise various designs. Alexis has 15 years experience teaching crewelwork embroidery and is the guide behind the dynamics of the Ros Tapestry.
€ 70 for the full day – including all materials

12 June (Sunday): PAPER MAKING DAY- Beginners
10.30am – 1pm HAND PAPER MAKING – Introduction to traditional and contemporary techniques of making beautiful handmade papers from pure plant fibres and a range of recycled materials.
2.30 – 5pm SILK FIBRE PAPERMAKING – A truly fascinating, contemporary technique for making `fabric-like`, colourful silk papers using raw silk fibres and fabric dyes. Easy to continue and set up at home, this process is ideal to create unique interior decorations and striking silk papers for artworks, embroidery, collages…etc.
Fees for each workshop: € 35 OR: € 65 for the full day -including all materials

18 June (Saturday)
10.30am – 5pm BATIK Workshop – Beginners
A full day programme introducing an ancient technique of fabric dyeing where hot wax is used as a resist.
Participants will learn all necessary basic techniques – and complete three small/medium batik pieces with up to 4 colours on cotton fabric and/or paper.
€ 75 for the full day, including all materials

16 July (Saturday)
10.30am – 5pm Felt Making Workshop – Beginners
The workshop introduces wet felting techniques using dyed and un-dyed Merino wool and silk fibre inclusions.
Learn to design and make a unique wall piece or a small but beautiful felted bag. Participants will make a small practice piece before progressing to a larger project.
€ 75 for the full day, including all materials

17 July (Sunday)
10.30am – 5.30pm Paper Making and Paper Art Follow-on Course – Advanced Level

Designed for participants who already work with paper/fibre based processes, this course offers assistance and guidance in areas of three dimensional, sculptural and installation based works, experimental processes of batik, wax based works on paper, paper dyeing and texturing. It also covers ideas for the preparation and use of plant based pulps (without added chemicals). Participants are encouraged to bring their own ideas and questions into the workshop and invited to show and discuss previous works and projects.
Places are limited for 5 participants.
€ 80 for the full day, including all materials

BOOKINGS are confirmed with € 30 deposit paid in advance.* Courses are run for small groups only so please call to book early.
With any questions, for advice or check availability and for all BOOKINGS please contact TUNDE directly:

* DEPOSITs are returned if the Studio has to cancel a workshop. Cancellations from participants will be accepted up to 2 weeks before the course date and deposits will be returned. In other cases participants may be offered rescheduled dates/options.


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Organise a creative birthday party at Kozo Studios


If you would like to organize a workshop or a CREATIVE BIRTHDAY PARTY for children please contact Tunde for details and a quote!
Professional short workshops and full day courses tailored to your interests and experience level are available for small groups at the Studio at Castlecomer Discovery Park or for large groups at your venue.


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Rosemarie Durr Pottery Spring Sale


“We are loving these beautiful bright days and enjoying a little colour in the garden. Inspired and full of new ideas, its time to get rid of the old and in with the new! That’s where you come in… we have lots of odds and ends, seconds and things that we have just been looking at for too long. There will be up to 50% off selected pots, great value in seconds and some interior and gift stock reduced to clear. Andrew will also have some seconds and discounts off selected pieces.”

Open daily Monday to Saturday 10.30 – 5pm

Sundays 1 – 5pm

Bank Holiday 1 – 5pm


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