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Ireland 2016 - Centenary Celebration in Kilkenny

Ireland 2016 - Centenary Celebration

1st January to 31st December 2016

2016 will belong to everyone on this island and to our friends and families overseas – regardless of political or family background, or personal interpretation of our modern history.

Ireland 2016 will offer the world an insight into our particular journey towards independent statehood and how we fared post-independence, while at the same time we will deepen our knowledge of ourselves by understanding the journeys of other nations.
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TradFest Kilkenny with accommodation at Kilkenny Hibernian Hotel

TradFest Kilkenny 2016

Tuesday 15th to Friday 18th March 2016

The 4th Kilkenny TradFest will bring the best of traditional music, song and dance to Kilkenny for another memorable St Patrick’s Weekend, which promises t be full of Craic agus Ceol.

This new festival has proven to be a great success with live music, Trad Trail, music and dance workshops, family activities and much much more.
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Medieval Kilkenny Festival with accommodation at Kilkenny Hibernian Hotel

Kilkenny Medieval Week 2016

Friday 15th to Sunday 24th April 2016

Step back in time and enjoy Medieval food, costume, music, workshops and special events.

Take a Medieval rooftop tour, a Medieval ghost tour or a unique guided tour of one of Kilkenny’s stunning Medieval buildings.

Learn about the Black Death in medieval Kilkenny, drink mead in a Medieval church or attend a Medieval banquet.

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Kilkenny Roots Festival with accommodation at Kilkenny Hibernian Hotel

Kilkenny Rhythm & Roots Festival 2016

Friday 29th April to Monday 2nd May 2016

Since 1998, The Kilkenny Rhythm and Roots Festival has attracted some of the finest names in the Americana canon; acts like Calexico, Giant Sand, Ryan Adams, Alejandro Escovedo, Mark Eitzel, Guy Clark, Chuck Prophet, Ray LaMontagne, Richmond Fontaine, Rodney Crowell… the list is very long, and these are but a small few names who have been drawn to the magnet of the Marble City Mardi Gras in the past. All forms of what we like to call Americana are well represented over the four days.

From midday to midnight audiences wind their way through the medieval streets sampling the huge range of music in the 30 plus venues, hosting over 30 acts from Ireland, USA, Canada, UK and Sweden, with over 80 ticketed and free shows. There’s a mixture of old and new acts on the free pub gig trail and all styles will be catered for, from swing to bluegrass, rockabilly to cajun, folk and the blues.

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Sky Cat Laughs Comedy Festival with accommodation at Kilkenny Hibernian Hotel

Sky Cat Laughs Comedy Festival 2016

Thursday 2nd to Monday 6th June 2016

Rated as one of the five best comedy festivals in the world The Cat Laughs Comedy Festival has become an annual diary fixture for both comedy fans and comedians alike. The festival has consistently showcased world-class comedians and captivated comedy fans for the last 20 years and has grown from a small event in 1994 comprising of a handful of shows to an internationally acclaimed festival which showcases the very best in renowned Irish and international comedy acts as well as newcomers and break through acts.

The fact that no shows are recorded and there are no competitions means the performers are relaxed, there for the fun and usually on top form.  Annually the festival attracts in excess of 30,000 visitors to Kilkenny.

Kilkenny International Gospel Choir Festival with accommodation at Kilkenny Hibernian Hotel

Kilkenny International Gospel Choir Festival 2016

Friday 17th to Sunday 19th June 2016

The medieval city of Kilkenny is the backdrop for the Europe’s’ first International Gospel Choir Festival. Gospel Choirs from all over the world will converge on the city for a festival of outstanding music combined with workshops on various aspects of gospel music and singing.

A host of international gospel artists will share their music and experience in the field of gospel music that will gather together choirsters and musicians for an experience of gospel choral, solo and instrumental music never before experienced in this country. This will not only be a sharing of gospel music and stories from around the world but also a cultural exchange in gospel singing.get!

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Kilkenny Arts Festival with accommodation at Kilkenny Hibernian Hotel

Kilkenny Arts Festival 2016

Friday 5th to Sunday 14th August 2016

For 10 days each August, Kilkenny comes alive with a feast of artistic entertainment. This festival now draws more than 80,000 visitors annually to enjoy 10 days of cutting edge art. The festival is committed to the presentation of a unique, distinctive and inspiring programme in a range of artistic disciplines to as wide an audience as possible.

Now in its 43rd year, the festival showcases the following art forms; theatre & dance, classical music, jazz/new world & trad, visual art, film, literature, street and a young people’s programme, each discipline being curated by an expert in their individual field. So come to Kilkenny, be part of the festival and experience the arts in a way you will never forget!

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Savour Kilkenny Festival of Food with accommodation at Kilkenny Hibernian Hotel

Savour Kilkenny: Festival of Food 2015

Friday 23rd to Monday 26th October 2015

Savour Kilkenny is about celebrating the whole of Kilkenny’s food heritage. Set against the dramatic backdrop of Kilkenny Castle, the festival centre piece will be a bustling open-air market on the Parade plaza where visitors can taste and buy the best of local and regional produce while street performers, musicians, and face-painters provide the sights and sounds.

In the heart of the open-air market will be a spectacular food marquee where visitors can experience the journey from farm to fork through a variety of events for all the family from wine tastings, food talks and cookery demonstrations to workshops on apple-pressing, cheese-making and other artisan skills to fun events such as a local celebrity Ready Steady Cook-off. The event will give people a chance to appreciate Kilkenny's heritage, culture and personality through its food, with something for all the family.

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Kilkenomics Festival with accommodation at Kilkenny Hibernian Hotel

Kilkenomics 2015

Thursday 5th to Sunday 9th November 2015

The sixth edition of Kilkenomics will bring together some of the world’s leading economists, financial analysts and media commentators with some of our funniest, sharpest standup comedians. The festival has been called “Davos with jokes”!

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Subtitle European Film Festival with accommodation at Kilkenny Hibernian Hotel

Subtitle European Film Festival 2015

Monday 23rd to Sunday 29th November 2015

The SUBTITLE European Film Festival provides a unique opportunity to catch some of the most popular European films that rarely show up at the multiplex. And a chance to meet its filmmakers and stars. If you’re looking for provocative, funny, accessible and smart European films, then SUBTITLE is for you!

It closed on the Sunday evening with the inaugural Angela European Film Awards, where European talent across disciplines was celebrated – from actors, directors and composers to production designers, casting directors and beyond.

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