Record Store Day 2014 at Rollercoaster Records Kilkenny

record store day

record store day


It’s Record Store day 2014 this coming Saturday April 19th and that means heading down to your favourite music shop to buy limited editions, new releases or classics, and join in the fun with fellow music lovers. Here in Kilkenny Rollercoaster Records on Kieran street is flying the flag for independent Record Stores and has some great live music lined up to add to the celebratory atmosphere. With the promise of limited edition vinyl in store we can’t wait to get there early and check it out.


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Light Colour Sound Music Festival Kilkenny July 4th and 5th




Yay! There’s a new kid on the block when it comes to Summer Festivals in Ireland and this one is looking decidedly brilliant.

Situated in the picturesque surrounds of Shankill Castle in Paulstown County Kilkenny the Light Colour Sound Festival promises quality music from loads of amazing Irish musicians, bands and Djs plus a few international acts thrown in for good measure. The vibe looks relaxed, friendly and very welcoming. What could be better on a lazy Irish summer weekend than strolling through beautiful Castle grounds, hanging out with friends, eating delicious food, having a few drinks and listening to great sounds! And whilst there is camping available onsite it’s also an an easy peasy commute from Kilkenny city to Paulstown if you wanna sleep comfy in a bed in our cosy Hostel.

Here’s what the Festival organisers have to say about the Light Colur Sound Festival and why you should come:

What’s your dream of summer?
Dancing under dappled green, great music pumping up your tempo, old friends, new faces, Irish, wellie-stomping weather, campfires fueling wild conversation?
Or something more refined maybe?
Strolls through formal gardens, fine seasonal dining, literature, craft workshops, open debate,campfires settling to embers warming the days’ memories?
Light Colour Sound is a brand new festival. Set amongst the beautiful grounds of Shankill castle in Co Kilkenny we are aiming to select the best of entertainment for you.

Check out all the details here:

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Kilkenny in Words

Here’s some of our favourite words to describe Kilkenny and why we think its such a great place to visit :-)


kilkenny in words



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Travel Tip of the Day: There’s No App for Adventure!

Here’s an inspiring one for all out Guests at Kilkenny Tourist Hostel.

There are Apps for most things these days but to really live in the moment you just gotta get out and about and experience life ;-)



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Kilkenny Film Club

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:


Beasts of the Southern Wild
Dir: Benh Zeitlin, USA, 2012, 93mins
In a forgotten bayou community cut off from the rest of the world by a sprawling levee, six-year-old Hushpuppy (Wallis) lives a semi-feral life of freedom. When a storm floods the area she sets off with her sick father on a mission to reclaim their land. Beasts of the Southern Wild is an extraordinary film, a wondrously weird slice of Cajun magic realism, exploding with energy and colour. One of the cinematic highlights of 2012, beautiful, funny and tender.



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Cleeres Pub Kilkenny the perfect Local Bar

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 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!



Cleeres Kilkenny

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Kilkenny Roots Festival May 2013

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 doesn’t get any better than this :-)

Here’s a are on sale now!


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Kilkenny’s medieval Churches

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.







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Christmas Art and Craft Market in Kilkenny


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 :-)





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A Day in Kilkenny

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’s a upbeat and alternative look at what it’s like to spend the day in Kilkenny.

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