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Kilkenny Roots Festival

3rd – 6th May 2019

Smithwick’s Kilkenny Roots Festival celebrates its twenty second year with an exciting line-up including Grammy winner Patty Griffin, legendary Mexican-American rock musician, songwriter and singer Alejandro Escovedo, Canadian roots rockers The Sadies, retro country soul band The Delines and bluesy guitarist/vocalist Joey Landreth. Also confirmed for 2019 are Michael McDermott – described by author Stephen King as “one of the best songwriters in the world,” Virginia native Dori Freeman and River Whyless. Latest additions to the 2019 line-up include The Accidentals, Susto, Robbie Fulks, Malojian and William The Conqueror.

In addition to the ticketed shows, there will be over 70 gigs on the free Smithwick’s Music Trail throughout Kilkenny city. Tickets are available online and from Rollercoaster Records, Kilkenny, Tel 0567763669.

Kilkenny Cat Laughs

30th May – 3rd June 2019

Kilkenny Cat Laughs festival is Ireland’s annual craic pilgrimage and has been heralding the start of the summer season since 1995. This June Bank Holiday, the festival is celebrating its 25th anniversary! Over the years Kilkenny Cat Laughs has played host to international and domestic world class comedy and is renowned for treating both talent and the audience to a warm, welcoming and convivial atmosphere in Kilkenny, at the heart of Ireland’s Ancient East.

Savour Kilkenny Festival of Food

24th – 28th October 2019

Ireland’s favourite food festival is back! Savour Kilkenny is marking its 13th Anniversary with a range of activities, each celebrating the varied, complex, and enticing world of food. From artisan producers to restaurateurs, food agencies to food farmers, allow every area to fuel your fascination… and appetite!

This year we welcome back the ever-popular Savour Village. The foodie haven is packed with food stalls, celebrity chef cooking demos, talks, workshops, competitions, dining events; all steeped in delicious flavours and aromas. For further information, click HERE

Subtitle European Film Festival Kilkenny

 25th November  – 1st December 2019

SUBTITLE Festival  is celebrating its seventh year running. Jump at the opportunity to catch some of the most captivating, thought-provoking, and original European films that rarely make an appearance at the multiplex. Get the chance to meet the stars and filmmakers responsible. If you’re looking for provocative, comedic, accessible, and clever content, you’ve come to the right place. For further information, please click HERE


7th – 10th November 2019

2019 marks the 10th year of Kilkenomics. It is Europe’s first economics festival, bringing together some of the world’s leading economists, financial analysts, and media commentators, complimented by some seriously sharp stand-up. The festival has earned the title, “Davos with jokes”. We couldn’t agree more. For further information, click HERE.