If you fancy a night out in Kilkenny that doesn’t involve going to a Pub then attending a screening of one of Kilkenny Film Club’s quality offerings might be just perfect for you.
Kilkenny Film Club is a non profit organisation that aims to bring independent, art house, foreign and not on general release films to audiences in Kilkenny and offer an alternative to mainstream cinema viewing. There is a good mix of Classic and newer films all expertly chosen and diverse in subject matter.
The Set Theatre is the venue for the film screenings and it offers plush comfy seats, drinks, a state of the art sound system and a massive big screen that really enhances the viewing experience.
Films run fortnightly on Tuesdays at 8pm and a single admission for non members is 8 Euro.
Next week’s offering is the excellent Beasts of the Southern Wild much beloved by your friendly Hostel Staff.
Here’s what Kilkenny Film Club have to say about it:
Cleeres is definitely one of our favourite pubs in Kilkenny.
It’s cosy, comfortable, has an old school vibe and is a great place to relax and have a pint or 3… plus Cleeres is just across the road from us in Parliament street..you can’t get more local than that!
Every Monday night there is a mighty Traditional Music Session beloved by locals and visitors alike. This is the longest running Traditional Music Session in Kilkenny taking place every Monday night for over 20 years and there’s always plenty of stories, tunes, songs and sing alongs. There is also an open Traditional session on Wednesday nights where anyone can join in and play a few tunes.
Cleeres recognise great music and the intimate little venue out the back has played host to some amazing world class musicians from home and abroad and some top quality gigs and Theatre. Your friendly Hostel Staff have been there many nights and enjoyed the music, the atmosphere and the friendly crowds.
Last but not least Cleeres do an Amazing daytime Soup and Sandwich menu that hands down is the best in Kilkenny. There are always 6 or 7 delicious Soups to choose from that definitely keep everyone happy (especially the vegetarians)..think Mushroom and Port, Broccoli Pear & Bluecheese, Parsnip Cumin & Almond, Cajun Red Bean Stewp to name but a few. Plus there are delicious Doorstep Sandwiches with tasty fillings and a basket full of condiments to choose from. ♥
And the Pints are pretty good too!
It’s safe to say we’re expecting great things this year from Kilkenny Roots our favourite little festival in Kilkenny and if past years are anything to go by we’re sure we won’t be disappointed. The music has always been so great, the vibe nice and relaxed, and the fellow music lovers chilled out and friendly.
If you’re looking to spend a relaxed weekend in Kilkenny wandering from pub to pub and venue to venue taking in some of the best in Americana, low fi, and Roots music then make sure to visit us on May 3rd to 5th.
You’ll be treated to John Grant, Phosphorescent, Hurray for the Riff Raff, Chuck Prophet, Ha Ha Tonka and Angel Olsen among many others. And..there’s loads of free gigs too..it doesn’t get any better than this
Here’s a preview..tickets are on sale now!
Stretching up to the heavens these 3 amazing churches in Kilkenny have been places of worship for centuries.
The first picture shows expertly crafted stained glass windows diffusing colourful light into the quiet and peaceful surrounds of the Black Abbey church in Abbey street.
The middle photo is of St Marys Church from the vantage point of Rose Inn street in Kilkenny just by Sid Harkins Pub. We think it’s a particularly beautiful shot.
The last photo shows the vaulted ceilings and carved stone interiors of Kilkenny’s magnificent St Canices Cathedral. No visit to Kilkenny is complete without a visit to this amazing place.
Fancy learning the fine Art of pre Christmas Shopping?
December 1st is the day the Kilkenny Arts Office hosts an indoor Art and Craft Market where talented local artists sell unique and interesting creations at affordable prices in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.
It’s a perfect place to get some one off Christmas presents for loved ones..anything from ceramics, printed t shirts, jewellery, fine Art prints and ornaments, and the best part is you’ll be helping to foster local talent! Wanna be a mini Medici and be a patron of the Arts..well you can be!
Plus there’ll be tasty treats on sale to munch on while you wander around or to take home and enjoy later.
The last Market held a few years back was a thoroughly enjoyable day and your friendly Hostel staff even bagged themselves some gorgeous pressies to give to family and friends on Christmas day.
Here’s the heads up from the Arts Office:
On Saturday 1st December Kilkenny County Council Arts Office will host THE market, an event certainly not to be missed. For one day only Kilkenny County Council Arts Office will play host to a number of amazing artists, illustrators and makers who will be selling exceptional, original, unique, quirky, and exquisite creations. Our range will include jewellery, ceramics, paintings and drawings, t-shirts, fine art prints, origami accessories, pill boxes, crocheted collars, hats and vintage inspired headbands and plenty more besides. Of course no market would be complete without offering sustenance to our valued customers so we will also have artisan foods including brownies, mince pies, breads and cakes to keep our visitors energies up.
Now, how can you resist, please join us on the 1st December
Date: Saturday 1st December 2012
Times: 10.30am – 6.30pm
Venue: no. 76 John Street, Kilkenny
Sounds like a great day out don’t you think
Ever wanted to know what it’s like to:
Visit the Long Room in Kilkenny Castle?
Take a tour around Thomastown County Kilkenny and meet some locals?
Pop into a Traditional Irish Music Session in a great old pub?
Wander around the Farmer’s Market in Kilkenny then have a picnic in Kells Priory with all the goodies?
A picture paints a thousand words so check out this video..it’s a upbeat and alternative look at what it’s like to spend the day in Kilkenny.
Here at Kilkenny Tourist Hostel we have a good mix of Dorm Room and Private Room accommodation available so everyone is catered for . If you want cheap and social then we have 3 to 8 bed dorm rooms that are either mixed or Female only.
Dorms are a great way to meet up with other travelers from all over the world, have a chat, go out for a drink or explore the city together. You’ll have fun, you never know who you’ll meet and you’ll never be lonely!
If you want something a little more private then why not check out our 4 bed Family rooms, Triple Rooms, Twins and Doubles. We even do Doubles for Single use when we have the availability.
You’ll still get that social buzz in the Sitting Room and Kitchen but you wont have to share and when you’ve been on the road for a while you definitely need a treat now and then!
Sometimes we are super lucky here at Kilkenny Tourist Hostel to have talented musicians as guests and even luckier when these guests decide to put on a little show of live music in our Sitting Room. We just love Hostel jam sessions!
The other day members of the “Speech Project” crew who were performing next door in the Watergate Theatre did an impromptu performance for our other guests and it was the loveliest music we’ve heard in a longtime. Declan played fiddle, Colman played the flute and Tommy played the dulcimer and as you can imagine everyone really loved it .
Later that evening the boys played another impromptu gig in that most special of venues “The Hole in the Wall” and apparently it went down a storm. What’s not to love about celtic, tango and Iranian sounds!
If you’re staying with us and can put on a little performance speak up and let us know.. we’d be delighted to have you!