The joint launch of both Kilkenny Tradfest and St. Patrick’s Festival Kilkenny took place in Paris Texas, Kilkenny on Thursday February 22nd. A great night was had by all with music from Reel to Reel and food by Paris Texas. Both festivals take place from March 15th – 18th in Kilkenny city, stretching St. Patrick’s celebrations into a four day event.

Speaking at the launch, Chairperson of the St. Patrick’s Festival, Cllr. Joe Malone said that the local council were delighted with the variety of entertainment for the weekend:  

‘We will again welcome five American Bands to our city in the days before the Parade and our celebration of our national Saint’s day on the 17th will be another step forward in the fantastic revival of St. Patrick’s Day in Kilkenny. We particularly look forward to seeing all the voluntary groups from all over our County and City. There is no better experience for a local Kilkenny child or adult than walking in our parade and waving to their family members and neighbours. We are delighted to have Richie and Stevie leading the event.’  

Tim Butler, Director of Services, Kilkenny County Council said: ‘Kilkenny County Council is delighted with the growth and expansion of St. Patrick’s Festival which is a very important municipal event supported by Failte Ireland’s Festivals Programme. We know that St. Patrick’s Festival and Kilkenny Tradfest will present a superb attraction for both domestic and international visitors to enjoy this year encapsulating the city’s medieval origins aswell its myths and legends and the notorious Kilkenny Cats!” 

Chairperson of Kilkenny Tradfest, Brendan Treacy, said that Kilkenny Tradfest is once again at the forefront of music festivals in the country: 

‘With the continuing and fantastic sponsorship from Bulmers, who have been loyal supporters of Kilkenny Tradfest since we began, we can promise visitors, both local and international, the real spirit of Irish culture, through our music on our national festival weekend. The brilliant coming together of so many musicians who meet up as friends and jump in on each other’s sessions, mean that this is as close as you can get to a Fleadh Cheoil atmosphere. All of this happens in our pubs who offer superb food and atmosphere as side dishes to the wonderful music for the weekend. Visitors can be assured that Kilkenny will be the heart of the action this St. Patrick’s weekend.’