St. Patrick’s Festival Kilkenny 2024 saw over 80,000 people attend the nearly 80 events across 4 days from March 15th – 18th.  Animating the whole of the city, with the festival’s biggest ever programme, visitors were entertained from day to night!

From sold out children’s shows to performances from 4 American Bands, to fireshows and fireworks the city was alight. The Big Wheel gave visitors beautiful views over the city, while the festival market ensured everybody was well fed!  Kilkenny Tradfest provided a host of workshops, a live music trail and fantastic headliners including the Hothouse Flowers! The Pyro Collective Fire Show excited audiences with their incredible display and energetic performance on Saturday night, while the sold out Fireworks Show in Kilkenny Castle Park did not disappoint on Sunday!!

The St. Patrick’s Day Parade saw it’s biggest attendance ever with over 40,000 people lining the streets to see the 60+ float Parade on March 17th. The lively showcase offering the best culture, music, song and dance in this year’s parade was enhanced by special guests that included hurling legend Richie Power as the 2024 Grand Marshal. Richie was escorted by Bóann, the Irish Wolfhound who has also been chosen as the model for Ireland’s new redesigned passport scheduled for introduction in late 2025. To serenade our VIP stand at the parade was the ultra-talented Kilkenny native and Gael Scoil Osraí student, Stevie Mulrooney who gave a stellar performance of ‘Ireland’s Call’.

The Parade also welcomed international visitors who got to experience and enjoy our cultural celebrations. Our special visitors included Ambassador of Kuwait to Ireland, Mohammad Al-Mohammad, visiting dignitaries from Kilkenny’s twin town Formigine, in Italy and Lebanese representatives honouring our troops in the Lebanon. Also walking in the parade was the Carey Family from the US who came to Ireland to trace their roots and take part in Irish traditions.

Thanks to everyone who took part, helped out and visited Kilkenny this Festival weekend! You helped make it what it was! Special thank you to the festival team, Kilkenny County Council staff and the volunteers who helped the weekend run smoothly!

With 80,000 visitors, 80 events, more than 5,500 tickets sold and a reach of over 1millon online this is a St. Patrick’s Festival Kilkenny we are sure not to forget!!

Commenting on the phenomenal success of the weekend, Director of Services Kilkenny County Council, Tim Butler said: “With two festivals in one city which included live music acts, the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, American Marching Bands, fire shows, fireworks, circus acts, children’s shows, vintage carnival, festival market, workshops and much more, Kilkenny came alive once again to celebrate the creativity and culture that this great City and County has to offer in honour of our nation’s patron saint.’’

Kilkenny vintner Brendan Treacy commented, “Our 11th Tradfest has been Kilkenny’s biggest and best yet, with sold out shows in busy venues across the city and the ever popular Bulmers Music Trail which created a pulsing heartbeat of traditional Irish music along the medieval streets.”