• Ace Fire Protection

    Provide the following training courses: Basic Fire Safety training Module 1, Fire Safety training Module 2, Fire Warden's course, Emergency Evacuation Ski sheet, Skipad and AlbacMat training. Also provide risk assessments and advice. Observed evacuation drills with debriefing and report.

    All instructors in Fire Safety are Institute of Fire Engineer (IFE) accredited and are active fire fighters. Instructors in Emergency Evacuation Aids are certified instructors with Phoenix Ireland.

  • Alliance Française

    Alliance Française

    French conversation and written French evening classes run by qualified teachers for adults of all abilities from beginners to advanced conversation. There are social and cultural evenings consisting of talks, films and meals out once a month. Enrolment early September and early January.

  • Art It - Didi’s Walk In Art Studio

    Didi’s Walk In Art Studio. For all ages, offers everyone the possibility to be creative. On Wednesday mornings there is an Age Friendly class at a reduced price. There is a handy Drop In service for children besides Art and Craft Classes, Oil Painting and Perspective Drawing Classes. Art It caters to parties and events of all sorts.

    Visit us on Facebook at Art It Kilkenny!

  • Buddy Bench

    Buddy Bench Ireland is a school based positive mental health programme that promotes emotional resilience.  Celebrate children who act with compassion, kindness and empathy and releases the stigma of asking for help and encourages the development of conflict management skills thus relieving anxiety, stress and feelings of isolation.

  • Cois Nore

    A community centre for people affected by cancer. Supports include: free counselling, massage and reflexology, as well as numerous group activities. Specialised counselling for children, advice and information. Open Monday to Friday, 10am to 4pm for drop-in support or by appointment.

  • Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann

    Traditional Irish music lessons for children from age 6 and adults.

    Classes in whistle, banjo, mandolin, flute, fiddle, button accordion and concertina.

    Contact: Noreen O'Neill                     

    Location: St John’s Senior School, Ballybough St, Kilkenny. Thursdays from 7pm.

    Piano accordion, keyboard, whistle and flute lessons. September to April.

  • Community Education

    This service facilitates and supports community based learning in locations throughout the City and County. Its aim is to encourage adults to return to learning in their own local communities. Subjects include personal development, art, sign language, crafts, computer skills and others as identified by the community or group themselves. Classes generally run for 6 to 10 weeks and the Kilkenny and Carlow Education and Training Board assists funding a tutor or facilitator. A minimum number of participants is required to begin a class.

  • County Kilkenny Adult Guidance Service

    This service is part of the Kilkenny Adult Education Service, Kilkenny and Carlow Education and Training Board (ETB). It is primarily aimed at adults who left school without formal qualifications and who are at risk of long term unemployment and/or for those adults who wish to improve their basic education and skills. All adults are welcome to contact the service for the purpose of up to date, impartial education information. 

  • Dyslexia Association Ireland (DAI)

    Aims to promote awareness of Specific Learning Disability (SLD/Dyslexia) and to serve the needs of people with this difficulty.  The DAI provides a free information service to the public as well as other services. Local branches act as parent support groups, provide information and run out-of-school facilities (workshops) for children.  Membership of the Association is open to anyone concerned with promoting the treatment and prevention of the problems of SLD/Dyslexia.




    Kilkenny Adult Learning Service 

    English language classes for beginners, intermediate and advanced. Classes are offered September to June, on a part-time basis, mornings and evenings. All classes are subject to availability and fees may apply.

  • Gowran Park Racecourse

    Gowran Park is the only Grade 1 racecourse in the South East, with sixteen top-quality National Hunt and Flat meetings all year round.

    Gowran Park provides modern facilities, in the heart of racing country, to enjoy the excitement and spectacle of a day at the races.



  • Grennan College

    The Grennan College Equestrian Centre offers practical and academic courses for those seeking careers in the horse industry. The Centre has an all-weather outdoor ménage and an indoor school. Courses available in Equestrian Studies and Horsemanship. 


  • HSE Health Promotion & Improvement, Health & Wellbeing Division

    This division can provide information and advice on a range of health initiatives and programmes. Perhaps you would like help to quit smoking, find out more about how to manage Type 2 Diabetes or attend an 8 week programme for older adults called Taking Stock or Ageing with Confidence. Monday to Thursday, 9am to 5pm. Please leave a voicemail message and your call will be returned.

  • Irish Circle

    Simple conversational Irish for Adults at all levels of fluency takes place at the following libraries:

    • Loughboy, Wednesdays 11 am.
    • Ferrybank, alternate Tuesdays 11.45 am.
  • Irish Pony Club

    The Irish Pony Club offers instruction and training in riding and horse/pony care and they organise annual summer camps. Annual membership €110. Check the website for contact details of your local branch.

  • KASES (Kilkenny/Carlow Area Supported Employability Service)

    A free and confidential service available to employers, employees and jobseekers. KASES is a Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection funded initiative that enables and empowers people with varying abilities who require extra support or those with a disability or an illness to search for employment in the open labour market. We prepare people to access and maintain employment while also assisting them to integrate into the staff team. We are also available to those who are in paid employment and need support to sustain their role.

  • KCAT (Kilkenny Collective for Arts Talent)

    KCAT Art Centre offers a variety of courses, both short and long-term for adults. Courses are facilitated by experienced tutors. These include introductory art courses, open studio days, photography, life drawing, artist’s workshops, dance, ceramics, glass art, creative writing and sculpture. Additional week-end and summer courses are continually on offer. News can be found on our website. Summer camps for children and teens are available. Visitors are welcome by appointment.

  • Kildalton College

    Kildalton College offers a wide range of further and higher level courses in agriculture, horticulture and equine studies. Courses range from Certificate to Degree level (in conjunction with Waterford Institute of Technology). Kildalton also offers a wide range of adult training programmes and short courses in association with the local Teagasc Advisory Services.


  • Kilkenny Academy of Music

    Tuition available for adults and children, beginners to advanced, in singing, piano, keyboard, violin, cello, guitar and viola. Group classes in Junior Cert and Leaving Cert Music available.  Occasional master classes from professional musicians. Professionally qualified teachers.

  • Kilkenny and Carlow Education and Training Board (ETB)

    Kilkenny and Carlow ETB run a variety of evening classes in locations around the County. Courses range from short hobby and leisure subjects to longer work-orientated programmes which can lead to certification. Evening classes provide the opportunity to learn a new skill or brush up on an existing one in a friendly relaxed environment.

    Enrolment takes place in September and January of each year. Details of classes and enrolment nights are available from each School/Centre directly and are advertised through the ETB website, on local radio and in the local newspapers.


  • Kilkenny LEADER Partnership

    Kilkenny LEADER Partnership (KLP) is the non-profit integrated company driving community development and rural enterprise in Kilkenny City and County.

    The aim of KLP is to empower local communities to improve their quality of life by providing information, assistance, support and training.

    A diverse range of adult courses is offered across the County and City.

    Contact our offices to locate your nearest KLP office and find out what we can do to help you.

    Find us on Facebook and Twitter

  • Kilkenny Liberal Studies Group

    This group offers a programme of lectures and cultural activities covering literature, history, music, poetry and art history. Classes run September to April on Monday and Tuesday mornings. Lecturers are experienced in their field and include a published poet, museum curator and a member of Opera Ireland.

  • Kilkenny Multimedia Centre

    Beginners and advanced computer courses at low cost including internet, social media and e-mailing, ECDL, CVs. Funding may be available to unemployed people, check with the Centre.

    Open Monday to Thursday, 9.30 am to 1 pm. Community drop-in Monday to Thursday, 1pm to 1.30pm.

    Free ten hour computer classes for adults.

  • Kilkenny Recreation & Sports Partnership (KRSP)

    KRSP runs activities for Older Adults, Children & Adults with Disabilities and other groups that have few opportunities for participating in sport. KRSP run local events including Operation Transformation, Ciclovia (Street Festival), National Play Day, National Recreation Week and also a Schools Sports programme for all schools in Kilkenny.  We organise a full and inclusive cycling and active travel programme comprising balance bike, couch to 40k cycling, get back on your bike, park and stride and smarter travel workplace initiatives.  Additionally, we are responsible for co-ordinating

  • Kilkenny School of Music

    Pupils from Senior Infants to 6th Year. New pupils in Senior Infants, 1st or 2nd class in primary school join the Foundation Class before starting to play an instrument. Lessons are given on violin, cello, double bass, recorder and piano. Also for older pupils, clarinet, oboe, flute and brass instruments. Lessons are held after school hours and on Saturdays.

    Orchestras and Choirs: The majority of enrolments are taken in June for the following September.

  • Kilkenny School of Yoga

    Kilkenny's oldest yoga school, now in it's eleventh year. Offers classes in all styles of Yoga and Pilates, including Hot Yoga, Core Strength and Flexibility training, Hatha Yoga, Pregnancy Yoga, Kids Yoga, Power Yoga and Ashtanga Yoga, as well as Yogalates and teen Yoga. We are open all year round, offering classes at all levels. We welcome drop-in students.

    Want to become a yoga teacher? We offer Yoga Alliance UK certified teacher training.

  • Kilkenny Toastmasters

    A public speaking club for enjoyment - no pressure! Meetings include speeches and table topics.

    Qualifications may be obtained (Competent Toast Master and Advanced Toast Master).

    Meet 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month, September to May, 8pm.

  • La Leche League

    Breastfeeding help and support group for pregnant women and new mothers, offering telephone counselling service, home visits, coffee mornings and informal information evenings, second Monday of each month, 8pm, in St Luke’s Hospital.

    Also available at Urlingford Community Childcare Centre on the last Wednesday of each month at 10.30am.

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  • Lavistown House-Centre for Creative Living

    Lavistown House offers a wide variety of courses in crafts, gardening, cooking, painting, yoga, meditation and creative living.

    Some of our courses are suitable for children.

    The courses run on Saturdays from 10am to 5pm, with gardening courses held one Saturday per month.

    See our website for more information.

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  • Libraries

    Internet access is free to library members - booking is advisable. Non members are allowed one free session and then there is a €3 charge per ½ hour session. WiFi is available in the Loughboy, Ferrybank and City Library, John's Quay.

    Library H.Q.Administrationand Local Studies John’s Green Hse Johns’ Green Kilkenny
    Phone:056 7794160

  • Mary Ellen Brennan

    Mary Ellen Brennan teaches the Viniyoga approach to yoga. The hallmarks of this approach are adapting postures and practices to suit the needs of individuals. Students are encouraged to work at their own level and a class may have people practicing at various levels.

    Mary Ellen offers individual sessions in yoga as therapy for physical, emotional and mental well-being. Tuition for yoga teachers also available. Facilitates yoga day retreats and introductory days for beginners. Working with groups and individuals since 1994.

  • Mary Gaine

    Painting classes taught by experienced local artist in watercolour, oil and acrylic. Suitable for adults of all abilities, including beginners. Courses run for eight weeks, starting in September, with one two-hour class each week.

  • Maynooth University Kilkenny Campus

    Maynooth University's Kilkenny Campus offers the First Year of a full time, Honours Arts Degree (Applications for this course are through the CAO only and the Course code is MH901)

    Subjects on offer include: English, History, Law, Anthropology, Economice, Sociology, Philosophy and Theology. The second and third year fo the degree on the main campus in Maynooth.

    Keep an eye on our website for details of our other courses.

  • Mooncoin Parish Drug Awareness Programme

    Under the auspices of the Irish Bishop’s Drug Initiative, meets Wednesday 6.30pm to 8 pm in the Nagle Meeting Rooms next to the Mooncoin Parish Church.

    Training courses that include an hour of youth café and an hour of education, for post primary students (transition year and fifth year) living in the Mooncoin catchment area.

    These trained students run a peer education programme entitled ‘Drug Awareness and Healthy Life Choices’ for confirmation classes in Mooncoin Parish

  • Mount Juliet - Equestrian Centre

    The equestrian centre provides picturesque trails on the beautiful grounds of Mount Juliet Estate which incorporate woodland and river trails. Groups are small and guests can enjoy the trails on our well mannered schoolmasters. We offer trails of 30 minutes, one hour, one and a half hours or two hours as well as group and individual lessons of various durations for both adults and children.

  • Newpark Close Family Resource Centre

    Offers a wide range of activities and supports to Newpark Close and the eastern environs of Kilkenny City including: family support, low cost counselling, parenting programmes, family mediation, childcare service, youth programmes, drugs outreach worker, computer classes, Multimedia accredited test Centre, accredited and non-accredited educational programmes, various older person’s programmes, parent and toddler groups, social groups, Failte Isteach (conversational English classes), Men’s Shed and Community Savings Club.

  • Open Circle Community Arts

    Open Circle is a small community arts organisation based in Kilkenny City which seeks to make the arts available and accessible to woman of all ages and from all walks of life, living in Kilkenny City and County. The project is managed and supported by the Arts Office of Kilkenny County Council, with additional support from Kilkenny Education and Training Board. The heart of the project is our community art space the Open Circle Art House, in Kilkenny City. We offer a varied programme throughout the year, see our website for details.

  • Order of Malta

    Ambulance Corps, course bookings and all general enquiries.

    Courses offered: Cardiac First Response/AED and Paediatric and Basic First Aid.

    Contact: Officer in Charge

    Telephone: 087 2395685

    Enquiries for Ambulance cover at events:

    Concerts / Festivals / Sports / Equestrian / Community Service.

    Contact: Duty Manager

    Enquiries regarding the Youth Section

    Cadets  Youth section (ages 10 to 16)

    Contact: Cadets Kilkenny Unit

  • Piano

    Lessons, beginners onwards. Adults and children from age 6. Helps develop all-round  learning and creative ability. Lots of fun!

  • Premier First Aid

    One day course in Basic First Aid and one day Paediatric First Aid, three day courses in Health and Safety (occupational first aid) and half day courses in CPR/defibrillation available. We now provide one day Sports First Aid and four day Emergency First Responder courses.

  • Psychology Drop-in Clinic

    Psychology Drop-in Clinic.  Drop-in, support to parents (please do not bring children along as it is not possible to see people when they are accompanied by children).  First and third Wednesday of each month, 9am to 12pm. No appointment necessary. First come first served basis, four slots available. We also run a series of Workshops for parents.

  • Rhythm Riot Music

    Samba drumming and Brazilian music workshops for Community, School and Social groups for children from age 6.

    From once off “Samba taster workshop” to parades and performances.

    Programmes are tailor-made for your group. One to one lessons in hand-drumming and percussion also available.

  • Ryeland House Cookery

    Practical cookery demonstrations including Christmas cooking, BBQ’s and salads, casseroles, one pot wonders, fish and family meals and Thai. Watch Anne Neary at work and then you eat the results! Courses run from September to June on Saturdays or weekday evenings. Private parties catered for. We have cookery camps for children in July and also classes for 13 to 15 year olds.

  • Spanglish

    Spanglish specialises in the Spanish language and offers Spanish lessons from beginners to advanced.

    Group and private lessons to suit everybody’s needs.

    For adults and children from age 3, we aim for a fun and friendly approach to education so that everyone enjoys learning.

    Spanish Grinds from 1st to 6th year. Summer camps in Alicante for ages 12 to 17.

  • The Edward Hayden School of Cookery

    Located in beautiful Graiguenamangh, The Edward Hayden School of Cookery boasts a state of the art kitchen in which Edward, known and loved from his weekly cookery appearances on TV3’s Ireland AM, hosts a wide range of cookery classes, ranging in theme suiting all levels of culinary proficiency.

    All courses include fresh ideas for you to re-create at home, using easy to source ingredients. Edward also offers group bookings, private dining options, children’s cookery classes as well as bespoke classes and tuition.

  • The Icing on the Cake

    Hands-on cake decorating workshops for adults and children, all abilities, by experienced and qualified sugarcraft teacher. No experience necessary. Learn to create your own cake masterpiece to impress your family and friends. Group and private lessons available. Children’s cupcake parties and summer camps are also available. All ingredients and materials supplied.

  • Yoga for All

    Heated Yoga (energetic): Yin Yoga (releases fascia & connective tissue): Chair Yoga (over 65's): Yoga of the Heart (cardiac & cancer therapy): Specialising in Somatics (corrective exercises for chronically tightened muscles and chronic pain): Yoga Holidays Abroad: Workshops.

    Classes available at: The Watershed, Kilkenny; Kilkenny School Project, Waterford Road; Marble City Physio, Smithlands; also teaching at the Wellwood Centre, Wells, Bagenalstown.

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