Thank you to everyone who was involved in 2017’s Kilkenny Tradfest & St.Patrick’s Festivities, we couldn’t do this without your support! The Festival and Parade were a huge success and we hope that you enjoyed your visit.  Please come back next year for all 2018 event information and keep an eye on our Facebook and Twitter pages for all latest updates and news.
See you next year!
The Festival Team
 

 

Come along with all of the family and enjoy this special Parade with the theme of Jonathan Swift (1667 -1745), still regarded as our greatest satirist and the man who gave us the world famous book, ‘Gulliver’s Travels’. Swift studied literature at Kilkenny ...

Our ever-popular Vintage Fairground takes pride of place on The Parade once again! Come and enjoy this beautiful attraction and have a go on the rides. The fairground includes a gorgeous carousel, helter-skelter, children’s chair-o-planes, mini train and fun stalls.

Keep a look out for the amazing street performers dotted around the city centre, including the Fanzini brothers-one on a penny farthing and the other, a whip cracking cowboy! AcroHenrik will be here doing flips, jumps and acrobatics, also...

.....is a musician, songwriter, performer, recording artist, storyteller, poet, dreamer – a canvass filled with color and brilliance. His music transports the listener; his live performance captivates the audience. In a world filled with strife and upheaval, a time-out with John Spillane is enough to ease the...

The Maguires all started playing traditional Irish music at a young age and music became the focus of family life in the Maguire household. As the children’s musical ability developed and their repertoires expanded, the joy of ensemble playing unleashed a whole new range of musical possibilities. ...

Enjoy a night at the Watergate Theatre with the St. Patrick’s Brass & Reed Band who celebrate their 135th anniversary with a concert performance. Featuring members of the Hall Royd Band from Shipley, West Yorkshire, England; STADMUSIK – a 32-strong band from Todtnau, Black Forest,...

Visit the cultural heritage and architecture of this Georgian built barracks located in historic Kilkenny City. The museum contains memorabilia from Kilkenny’s military and heritage past, some of these important items include medals, uniforms, weapons and personal items. The Barracks Museum will be open with free entry. AIFRINN AS GAEILGE...

Kilkenny’s newest attraction. Located on the 13th century site of St Mary’s cruciform church and graveyard (considered to be the finest example of a medieval church in Ireland). The Medieval Mile Museum represents an immense treasure trove of artefacts encompassing the work and lives of Ireland and its people...

St. Patrick’s Day pre-parade entertainment commences with DJ Paul Kavanagh on hand to kick start the celebrations! Enjoy spectacular performances in Workhouse Square from the talented Evelyn White Irish Dancers and Dancewise Academy. Families are invited to take part in an exciting snake hunt taking place all weekend. Help search...

Taking place across several Kilkenny libraries, come along for some stories and craft based on St. Patrick & our Irish Heritage. All are welcome to drop in!

They call themselves Barbs instead of Band... The Marching Barbs are the only band to have the "barb" as their mascot.

The Pacific Northwest Intercollegiate Marching Band is 3 marching bands combined for the performance in Kilkenny.

Fuinneamh Drum is a large colourful drum that anyone, of any age can join in and use. It's aim is to unify and build community spirit and come together in a fun and entertaining, inclusive way. Fuinneamh is free for all to come along and bang the drum to...

St. Patrick’s Festivities 2017 Sponsors – Thank you for your support

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