Why Kilkenny?

Located in the heart of Ireland’s Ancient East, Kilkenny is a unique commercial location thanks to its exceptional international connectivity. With quality infrastructure, high calibre talent and a low-cost business environment, Kilkenny is the place where business succeeds. Its vibrant city and rich medieval history make Kilkenny a place where people come not only to make a living but to make a life.


Kilkenny is a unique commercial location in the heart of Ireland with a capacity to attract high calibre talent. It is a vibrant place to live and work, steeped in history and rich in culture. 

Why Kilkenny?

• A cosmopolitan city with a rich medieval heritage and National award winners in Tidy Towns, Entante Florale and National Enterprise Towns.

• Kilkenny’s reputation in the commercial, civic, social, design and sporting arena has been achieved through hard work, determination and a respect for history, heritage and tradition. 

• The transformation of the former Brewery Site into a modern new quarter with Commercial, Educational, Recreational and Residential uses is underway in the heart of our Historic City.  

• A creative hotspot and home to the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland, Heritage Council, Cartoon Saloon, Lighthouse Studios and Grennan Mill Craft School with plans afoot for a new school of jewellery in Thomastown.

• One of only five regions worldwide designated as a World Craft City and Region and home to the Made in Kilkenny Group http://madeinkilkenny.ie/

• The City of Festivals with world-renowned festivals such as the Kilkenny Arts Festival, the Cat Laughs Comedy Festival, Kilkenomics, Savour Kilkenny and Yulefest.

• A place for history buffs, with Ireland’s Medieval Mile stretching from Kilkenny Castle to St Canice’s Cathedral while the county boasts the famous Cistercian Jerpoint and Duiske Abbeys dating back to the 12th century.

• Sport is a key part of life for the people of Kilkenny and they are proud to be home of the famous ‘Kilkenny Cats’ hurling team, All Ireland Camogie champion team, Kilkenny Rugby Club, Kilkenny City Harriers Athletic Club and a number of football clubs such as Evergreen and Freebooters. 

• A county of theatre lovers with gems such as the Set, Watergate Theatre, Ballykeeffe Amphitheatre, Cleere’s Theatre Barn and The Red Door.

• A shopping experience to remember, Kilkenny has countless boutiques, shops and shopping centres with everything you could want and more.

• Kilkenny is an attractive location for talented people and their families to live and work with a quality of life that other locations in Ireland can’t offer.

• Kilkenny people have some of the shortest commutes in Ireland, with 64% of people who live there travelling 30 minutes or less to work versus 48% of people in Dublin.


Population and Employment:

The population of Kilkenny County is now greater than 100,000, with more than 27,000 people living in Kilkenny City. There is a population of more than half a million within a 60km radius.

As at October 2022, Kilkenny is currently only one of 6 counties with less than 3,000 people on the live register.


Accessibility and Transport links:

Kilkenny is the closest city to Dublin and just 70 minutes from Dublin Airport via the Motorway

Kilkenny is a gateway to Waterford, Cork, Limerick and Galway

Home to Ireland’s closest multi-modal port to Europe at Belview

Irish Rail operates a train service from Kilkenny MacDonagh to Dublin Heuston six times a day between 06:35 and 19:15. The journey takes approximately 90 minutes.

There is a train service between Kilkenny and Waterford up to seven times a day and the journey takes just under 40 minutes.

The Big Green Bus service operates between Kilkenny and Dublin City Centre up to 9 times per day between 04:40 and 21:40. The journey takes approximately 105 minutes.

There are a number of private bus operators operating routes between Dublin and Kilkenny daily also.

There are up to 8 coaches daily operating between Kilkenny and Cork City, and more than 15 services between Kilkenny and Waterford daily.

The City of Kilkenny has a bus service operated by City Direct and running buses around the City from 07:00 each morning until 22:30 each night.

Bolt, the European mobility champion, has launched its second electric bike service in Kilkenny; the first of its kind in the South East.


The newly launched South Eastern Technological University (SETU) with campuses in Waterford and Carlow are both within a 40-minute commute 

There are seven secondary schools in Kilkenny City, with a further 9 throughout the County. See Appendix 1 for contact details.

There are 80 primary schools throughout the County and City servicing all towns, villages and communities within the county. 

There is a wide range of childcare facilities including Montessori, pre-school and day care across towns and villages in the County.



As at Quarter 4 2022, the average rent in Kilkenny was 1,218 EUR. That is 25% lower than the National Average and 43% lower than Dublin City Centre

The median house price in Kilkenny in Q4 2022 was 284,547 EUR. That is 8.7% lower than the National Average and 23% lower than Dublin City Centre.

See appendix 2 for Real Estate Agents and contact details.



St. Luke’s General Hospital is a large acute general hospital in Kilkenny City which provides a wide range of acute healthcare services to the people of Kilkenny and Carlow. It is part of the Ireland East Hospital Group (IEHG) – Ireland’s largest hospital group – with University College Dublin (UCD) as its academic partner.

St Luke’s is a teaching hospital for medical students from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and from the University of Limerick School of Medicine.

Lourdes Orthopaedic Hospital, Kilcreene is the regional elective orthopaedic hospital for the South East region.

There are two further hospitals within the County located in Thomastown and Castlecomer specialising in the care of older people, and providing day care, respite, convalescent and end of life care.

UPMC Aut Even is a private hospital in Kilkenny with 75 beds offering patients access to a broad range of medical and surgical specialties, departments and diagnostics.

There are more than 25 health care centres across the County.


Social and Dining:

Kilkenny has all the ingredients of a vibrant, top-class restaurant scene and when it comes to eating out. Kilkenny is home to two Michelin Star restaurants, the most prestigious award in the food industry. The Lady Helen & Campagne both take pride in local sourcing thanks to the bounty of excellent produce right on their doorstep. https://tastekilkenny.ie/





Theatre and the Arts:

Kilkenny brings visitors and locals together all year round to celebrate their shared love of arts, culture, food, music, business, and much more through a year-round calendar of Festivals.

During these festivals, the streets of Kilkenny bustle with life. Visitors arrive from far and wide in search of those festival moments that only Kilkenny offers: Kicking back to classical music in Butler Gardens during the Arts Festival, wolfing down street-food in the warming autumn sun during Savour, or randomly finding yourself the drummer at an infamous Hole in the Wall pub gig.


Festival Programme:

  • St. Patrick’s Day (March)
  • Tradfest (March)
  • Kilkenny Roots (April/May)
  • Cat Laughs Comedy (June)
  • Music Series at the Rose Garden (July and August)
  • Kilkenny Arts Festival (August)
  • September Sounds (September)
  • Kilkenny Animated (October)
  • Kilkenny Day (October)
  • Savour Kilkenny (October)
  • Kilkenomics (November)
  • Yulefest (December) 


    Appendix 1

    Secondary Schools in Kilkenny City and County

    St Kieran’s College Secondary School

    College Rd Kilkenny

    Kilkenny City


    Boys, >750 pupils

    Kilkenny City Vocational School

    New Street Kilkenny

    Kilkenny City


    Mixed, >260 pupils

    Presentation Secondary School

    Loughboy Kilkenny

    Kilkenny City


    Girls, >800 pupils

    CBS Secondary School

    James’s St

    Kilkenny City


    Boys, >800 pupils

    Loreto Secondary School

    Granges Road Kilkenny

    Kilkenny City


    Girls, >1,000 pupils

    Kilkenny College

    Castlecomer Road Kilkenny

    Kilkenny City


    Mixed, >900 pupils

    Colaiste Pobail Osrai

    Bothar Urmhumhan

    Kilkenny City

    056 7764557

    Mixed, >200 pupils

    Scoil Aireagail

    Ballyhale Kilkenny

    Kilkenny County


    Mixed, >200 pupils

    Coláiste Eamann Rís

    Callan Co Kilkenny

    Kilkenny County


    Boys, >280 pupils

    St. Brigid’s College

    Callan Co. Kilkenny

    Kilkenny County


    Girls, >250 pupils

    Castlecomer Community School

    Castlecomer Co Kilkenny

    Kilkenny County


    Mixed, >570 pupils

    Duiske College

    Graignamanagh Co Kilkenny

    Kilkenny County


    Mixed, >150 pupils

    Coláiste Mhuire

    Johnstown Co Kilkenny

    Kilkenny County


    Mixed, >590 pupils

    Grennan College

    Ladywell St Thomastown Co Kilkenny

    Kilkenny County


    Mixed, >310 pupils

    Coláiste Cois Siúire

    Mooncoin Co Kilkenny

    Kilkenny County


    Mixed, >130 pupils

    Coláiste Abhainn Rí

    St. Brigid’s College, Callan, Co. Kilkenny

    Kilkenny County


    Boys, >760 pupils

    Appendix 2

    Estate Agents in Kilkenny City and County

    DNG Ella Dunphy

    9 Ormonde Street


    056 7786000


    Fitzgeralds Auctioneers

    24 Patrick Street


    056 7770888


    Fran Grincell Properties

    9 Dean Street


    056 7715000


    Pat Gannon Auctioneers

    55 John Street


    056 7723298


    Donohoe Properties

    Butler Court, Patrick Street


    056 7770400


    Warren McCreery Auctioneers Valuers & Chartered Surveyors

    12 Parliament Street


    056 7702000


    Sherry FitzGerald McCreery Kilkenny

    40 Parliament Street


    056 7721904


    Green Door Properties

    3rd Floor, 22 Friary Street


    056 7789670


    REA Boyds

    The Parade


    056 7764833


    Dee Gibney Properties

    10 The Parade


    056 7705070


    Property Partners Buggy

    4 Watergate, Parliament Street


    056 7796161


    Clodagh Daly Auctioneers Ltd

    81 Johns Street


    056 7773777


    O’Keefes Auctioneers

    13 John Street


    056 7763963


    Cillín Hill Auctioneers

    Cillin Hill


    056 7722260


    Joseph Coogan Auctioneer and Valuer


    Co Kilkenny

    056 4440000


    Sharon O Brien Auctioneers Ltd


    Co Kilkenny

    056 7727001


    Kealy Homes


    Co Kilkenny

    059 9726404


    REA Grace


    Co Kilkenny

    056 7725163


    Thomas O Dwyer and Sons


    Co Kilkenny

    056 8831286


    WR Comerford


    Co Kilkenny

    056 8835266


    Seamus Callanan Auctioneers

    Dunmore upper

    Co Kilkenny

    087 2432944