APPLICATION FORM or from County Hall Reception, John Street.
Join us for another super St. Patrick’s Day Parade or better again get involved and march in the parade! After the parade, make your way to John Street for the Post Parade Party and enjoy free entertainment for all the family!
There are prizes for the best floats in the following categories (1) Most Creative & Entertaining (2) Best Young People (3) Best Rural (4) Best School and (5) Best Interpretation of the Theme. Prizes are kindly sponsored by the Heritage Department, Kilkenny County Council.​

  • TUESDAY 17 MARCH 2020 
  • 1:30PM
  • From THE MARKET YARD | PARLIAMENT ST HIGH ST | ROSE INN ST | MARKET YARD

2020 ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE GRAND MARSHALL

Kilkenny’s ace hurler, turned dancing star, Aidan ‘Taggy’ Fogarty will step it out at the front of Kilkenny City’s St. Patrick’s Day parade for 2020. The Urlingford Emerald’s man and eight time All-Ireland winner has accepted the honour bestowed by the St.Patrick’s Day committee and will follow many other sporting and community figures to step it out on the route from the Market Yard at 1:30pm on Tuesday 17th March 2020. “I am delighted and honoured to lead such a wonderful celebration of all that makes Kilkenny fantastic.”

OPEN DAY - EVANS’ HOME

This is a fantastic opportunity to view another high-quality conservation project, recently completed by Kilkenny County Council, and the latest addition to Kilkenny’s medieval experience in Kilkenny’s Cultural Quarter. The Evans’ Home site, located just off Johns’ Quay on the east side of the river Nore, is rich in archaeological and built heritage and has been largely hidden from view until now. In addition to the refurbishment of the historic building itself the development delivers a significant new area of public open spaces which will include a Children’s Garden, an Archaeological Garden, a Sculpture Garden and a new pedestrian connection from John Street through the site to John’s Quay. The eagerly awaited finished building will be the new home for ‘The Butler Gallery’, currently located at Kilkenny Castle. There will be information sessions taking place throughout the day which will chart the progress of the project from design to completion.

  • SATURDAY 14 MARCH 2020
  •  11AM TO 5PM
  • EVANS’ HOME, BARRACK LANE, JOHN ST.
  • FREE BUT BOOKING ESSENTIAL​

TRY THE PIPES ‘TASTER’ SESSIONS

Try the Pipes taster session is free of charge open to young people aged 10 – 18 years of age and pipes are supplied. This is a wonderful opportunity to listen to some accomplished uilleann pipers as well as try out the instrument with the assistance of an experienced player.

  • TUESDAY 17 MARCH 2020
  • SESSION 1 - 10AM TO 11AM  SESSION 2 - 3PM TO 4PM
  • KILKENNY COUNTY COUNCIL OFFICES, JOHN STREET
  • Free but booking essential

TRY THE PIPES CLASSES

In addition to the taster sessions there are uilleann pipe classes for beginners and intermediate / advanced players from 10 – 18 years of age. Classes will be taught by local piper Pádraig Butler and by Nollaig Mac Cárthaigh of Na Píobairí Uilleann.

  • TUESDAY 17 MARCH 2020 
  • 11AM TO 12.30PM 
  • EVANS’ HOME, BARRACK LANE, JOHN STREET
  • Free but booking essential

MEET THE HARP MAKER

The harp is Ireland’s national symbol and has been played in Ireland for more than 1,000 years. At the end of 2019, after a campaign by musicians and members of the public, the Irish harp was inscribed on the UNESCO list of Intangible Cultural Heritage.The designation recognises the instrument’s unique place in Irish music and cultural life. Kevin Harrington is an instrument maker based in Co. Wicklow, Ireland, primarily focused on modern Irish harps. Formally trained in violin making at London Metropolitan University (formerly London School of Furniture) and the Newark School of Violin Making, Kevin worked at several violin and double bass repair workshops in London. In 2012 Kevin established his workshop in Ireland, undertaking instrument repair and making new bespoke instruments.

  • TUESDAY 17 MARCH 2020 
  • 3PM-5:30PM
  • 75 JOHN STREET 
  • FREE & UNTICKETED - JUST DROP IN!

PRE-PARADE ENTERTAINMENT

DJ Paul Kavanagh will kick start pre parade entertainment; customers can enjoy spectacular performances from young, local talent including: Dancewise • Evelyn White School of Irish Dancing • House of Fleek • CMD Dance School • Alize’s School of Singing. The fun continues after the parade with a jam packed lineup of entertainment including musical performances, dancing, free face painting and a visit from giant Leprechauns Larry and Lucky! Get the whole family involved by taking part in the exciting snake hunt. Customers will be encouraged to search for a series of colourful (pretend) reptile friends hiding in dark corners throughout the centre - with plenty of prizes on offer for brave snake hunters.

  • TUESDAY 17 MARCH 2020 
  • 11:00AM
  • MacDONAGH JUNCTION SHOPPING CENTRE
  • FREE OF CHARGE

JAMES STEPHENS BARRACKS MUSEUM OPEN DAY

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.

  • TUESDAY 17 MARCH 2020
  • 11AM-1:30PM
  • JAMES STEPHENS BARRACKS
  • FREE OF CHARGE
  • ENTRY FROM CASTLECOMER ROAD

CARTOON SALOON & lighthouse studios LIVE ‘DRAW-OFF’

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.

  • TUESDAY 17 MARCH 2020
  • 3-5pm
  • reception area, COUNTY HALL, JOHN STREET
  • FREE & UNTICKETED - JUST DROP IN!

VINTAGE FUNFAIR

Back by popular demand – the North family return to Kilkenny for their 8th St Patrick’s weekend. With over 200 years’ experience in the funfair business Arthur and Tracey provide great enjoyment for all the family. This year enjoy a fabulous big wheel and get ‘birds-eye’ view of Kilkenny.

  • SUNDAY 08 MARCH -TUESDAY 24 MARCH 2020
  • 11AM - 6PM
  • THE PARADE
  • PAY AS YOU GO

DAN LEO DESIGNS ANOTHER MURAL FOR KILKENNY

To ensure that John Street is looking its best for St. Patricks Day & the post-parade street party on March 17th, Kilkenny County Council, in conjunction with Kilkenny River Court Hotel is bringing another Dan Leo Design street art piece to fruition to add to his other public art works at The Closh, Ossory Bridge and Greensbridge. Inspired by the theme of the 2020 St. Patrick’s Day Parade ‘Bio-diversity......every creature counts.’ the hoarding around Bridge House bring the street to life and will reflect the beautiful nature, wildlife and habitats along the banks of the river Nore.

DUBAI DUTY FREE IRISH OPEN putting green

The Dubai Duty Free Irish Open hosted by Graeme McDowell takes place at Mount Juliet Estate from the 27 – 31 May 2020. The tournament will be represented in Kilkenny’s St. Patrick’s Day parade by a renowned local sports star. Come along to John Street after the parade for a meet and greet, get your photo taken with the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open trophy and take part in the putting green challenge!

  • TUESDAY 17 MARCH 2020 
  • 3pM - 5:30PM
  • John street
  • free-just drop by

JOHN STREET PARTY OB 

WITH EDWARD HAYDEN

This St.Patrick’s day, KCLR will be on John Street for the Post Parade Party where Edward Hayden will broadcast live from 3-5pm.  There’ll be interviews, competitions, ceol agus craic, so make sure to drop by for a cúpla focal.

  • TUESDAY 17 MARCH 2020 
  • 2-5PM
  • John street

Déise Medieval Viking Village

This year in the grounds of Kilkenny County Council Offices, Déise Medieval are setting up their Viking Village and will be holding Viking battle demonstrations. Come along and learn more about how vikings used to live from the fabulous Déise Medieval.

  • TUESDAY 17 MARCH 2020 
  • 3-5.30PM
  • John street

A cappella choir

Sacred Heart Greenwich Madrigals

See them march in our parade and hear them at our post-parade party, enjoy the sounds from our all-female choir from Greenwich, Connecticut, USA. The 45 young cappella singers are are visiting Kilkenny, as part of a 7-day tour to Ireland.

  • TUESDAY 17 MARCH 2020 
  • 3-5.30PM
  • John street

Giant Drum

St Patrick’s day is all about having fun, so come along and have great fun drumming on this fantastic community drum!  FUINNEAMH is a 14ft diameter communal drum made from 90% recycled material. Amazingly it can be played by 25 people, of any age at the same time! Come along and give it a try – there will be help at hand from Mel & Elaine

  • TUESDAY 17 MARCH 2020 
  • 3pM - 5:30PM
  • John street

JOHN STREET POST PARADE PARTY

COME ALONG TO JOHN STREET AFTER THE PARADE FOR AN AFTERNOON OF MUSIC, FUN AND ENTERTAINMENT.

Enjoy some delicious street food from the businesses along John Street as well as some of our regular food stallholders. Soak up the festival atmosphere and enjoy some delicious offerings and entertainment

KÍLA • STREET FEAST • BALLOON MODELLING FACE PAINTING • GIANT COMMUNITY DRUM • VIKING VILLAGE WITH DÉISE MEDIEVAL• DUBAI DUTY FREE IRISH OPEN PUTTING GREEN • SURPRIZE CELEBRITIES • CHORAL PERFORMANCES • SET DANCING • FIFE & DRUM BAND • LIVE DJ • ACROBATICS, COMEDY, CONTORTION, JUGGLING ACTS • FLYING COLUMN REENACTMENT • SAMBA DRUMMING SCREEN PRINTING • SAND ART • FAMILY GAMES • COMMUNITY GROUP • Live Draw off Storytelling • Medieval Games

  • TUESDAY 17 MARCH 2020 
  • 3-5.30PM
  • John street
  • FREE & UNTICKETED

DANCING AT MARKET CROSS

with ALICE JONES

Come down to Market Cross Shopping Centre and see some fantastic dancers from both home and abroad. Visiting from Ripponden in West Yorkshire, Alice’s background is deeply rooted in the English folk tradition; she started dancing at the age of 9 and has gained a fine reputation for her energetic and precise musical dancing style; She will be joined by local Kilkenny dancers so come downtown and witness some great dancing at the Market Cross!

  • saturday 14 MARCH 2020
  • 12PM
  • market cross

THE WONDERS OF THE IRISH WAKE

iN SONG, MUSIC & BARDIC POETRY WITH KEVIN TOOLIS AND THE HENRY GIRLS

This is a unique celebration of one of the oldest rites of humanity, the Irish Wake; in song, music, bardic poetry and story-telling. It celebrates the craic, the joy, the prumsái and the haunting lament of a traditional Irish Wake. There are jigs and reels and another unique revival; bardic poetry that is recited and performed from memory as it would be at a traditional wake. Artistically, Wonders of the Wake is a collaboration between Irish singer Niamh Parsons, the world renowned harpist Joleen McLaughlin and her sisters Karen and Lorna McLaughlin of the Henry Girls and the BAFTA winning writer Kevin Toolis. Wonders of the Wake is based on Kevin ‘s bestselling book, ‘My Father’s Wake: How the Irish Teach us to Live, Love and Die.’ ‘The Wonders of the Wake’ has played to sold out shows at the Skibbereen Arts Festival, The John Hewitt Summer School in Armagh and the London Irish Centre. An event not to be missed!

  • TUESDAY 17 MARCH 2020 
  • 4PM
  • PARADE TOWER, KILKENNY CASTLE
  • €20 + BOOKING FEE

TOM TREACY KILKENNY’S FORGOTTEN COMMANDER 1919-1921

TALK BY LARRY SCALLAN

Tom Treacy was a key person in relation to the significant events which took place in Kilkenny from 1914-1922 and beyond. His leadership as the Senior Irish Volunteer in County Kilkenny from 1914 until the end of the war of Independence is an important story. This talk will recount events and actions in Kilkenny and this important part of our decade of Centenaries. Commandant Larry Scallan is a Company Commander in the 3rd Infantry Battalion and stationed in James Stephen’s barracks. Larry has 32 years of service and has given many talks relating to Kilkennys Military History and Heritage. He was awarded Kilkenny person of the year 2019 for Heritage.

  • TUESDAY 17 MARCH 2020
  • 4 – 5pm
  • COUNCIL CHAMBER, KILKENNY COUNTY COUNCIL offices, JOHN STreet
  • FREE OF CHARGE BUT BOOKING ESSENTIAL

Kíla

Formed in the late 1980's, Kíla’s unique sound has been ever evolving, rooted in tradition, yet inspired by a myriad of influences and ideas from all around the world. Often defined as contemporary Irish World music, Kíla fuse the effects of their own melodies and Irish (Gaeilge) lyrics, Irish folk instruments such as whistles, fiddles, Uilleann pipes, bones and bodhrán with djembe, congas, drums, mandolins, brass and acoustic/electric/ bass guitars. Kíla are widely renowned for their live energetic performances and this outdoor gig on John Street for St.Patrick's day is bound to be fun!

  • Tuesday 17th March
  • Between 3-5.30pm
  • Main Stage in John Street
  • Free of Charge

Screenprinting

This drop-in workshop shows children and teenagers how simple, versatile and fun the age-old craft of screen printing is. Learn how to screen print onto fair trade cotton bags which you can take home and re-use!

  • TUESDAY 17 MARCH 2020
  • Between 3-5.30pm
  • 75 John Street
  • €3

Ballycallan Pipe & Fife band

The Ballycallan Fife and Drum band was formed around 1870 and to this day its members are 3rd and 4th generation family descendants and the members range in age from 10 years to 83 years. From its beginning it was involved in community and national events including playing at the 1885 land League monster meeting held by Fr. Murphy in Ballingarry to the opening of Graigue Ballycallan GAA sports field.The most recent big Drum still in use was purchased in 1916 and we're very excited for their performance this St.Patrick's Day.

  • TUESDAY 17 MARCH 2020 
  • 3-5.30PM
  • John street
  • Free of Charge

Community Groups Information stands

Tuesday 17th March Between 3-5.30pm John Street Free of Charge During the post-parade party on John Street, various community groups will host information stands on John Street so make sure you come along to the post parade party, chat to your local community groups and find out more about what they do. Participating groups include: Cois Nore, Teac Tom, The Dragonboat Paddlers, The TriClub and Relay for Life

  • TUESDAY 17 MARCH 2020 
  • 3-5.30PM
  • John street
  • Free of Charge

Children's Activities

There will be loads of children's activities during the post parade party including Face painting, Balloon modelling, Acrobats, juggling acts, contortionists, sand art, family games, and storytelling. So make sure you come along and oin in the fun this St.Patrick's Day.

  • TUESDAY 17 MARCH 2020 
  • 3-5.30PM
  • John street
  • Various