St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower

The Cathedral Church of St Canice,
The Close, Coach Rd,
Kilkenny City, Ireland.

Phone : +353 (0)56 7764971

Mobile number: +353 (0)85 2527787

Email :

Christmas Tree Festival

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The tree festival will take place from Friday 7th to Wednesday 12th December 2018.
Time to start thinking about your tree for this truly inspirational community event in the surrounds of the Cathedral.
Entry forms will be available in the autumn. Open to any individual or group to enter a tree. If you'd like any info please ring the Cathedral.

Fridays 8p.m. Bell Ringing Practice. Please ring the Cathedral during opening hours to give your name if you would like to try out the art of campanology.

Forward Planner for 2018

Friday 10th to 19th August Kilkenny Arts Festival
St Canice’s Cathedral has been at the heart of the Kilkenny Arts Festival since the first edition in 1974, with many of the world's leading artists performing in this ancient space which is at once magnificent and intimate. Kilkenny Arts Festival:

15/08/2018 St Canice’s Cathedral will close from 11.30am to 2.30pm. The Round Tower will remain open.
Kilkenny Arts Festival is hosting a lunchtime concert with Master Organise Malcolm Proud.
1pm Performance Admission €19/€17.

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St Canice’s Cathedral : 20th August 9am to 10am Join us for this free guided tour of our spectacular Cathedral.
Visit a 13th Century Gothic Cathedral in the heart of Irishtown, Kilkenny. Discover the effigy tombs of Knights and Ladies, breath-taking stained class window, architectural delights and much more. Come explore with us and connect with Kilkenny's astounding past. Call 056 7764971 to book a place, free admission.

St Canice’s Cathedral; Tuesday 21st August from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Children’s Craft Workshop at St Canice’s Cathedral: Connecting children with our Cathedral’s history through story and historical craft.
During this year’s National Heritage Week St Canice’s Cathedral will host a special children’s workshop, where children will discover how the Cathedral was built? Who were the monk, knights and Normans who played such a big part of our Cathedral’s past? Activities will include: A Scavenger Hunt to find the Cathedrals story, Design your own Crest, Build a Round Tower, Draw a Celtic Knot and much more...
The Children's Craft Workshop costs €5. Contact us on 056 7764971

St Canice’s Cathedral Graveyard Tour; 22nd August 6pm to 7pm

Explore the Cathedral's grounds; discover the stories of the people who rest in the graveyard and meaning of the symbols that adorn their ornate tombs. With graves dating back to 1690, explore the graveyard of St Canice’s Cathedral, a garden of rest. Learn about the rich symbolism of the tombs and the great characters, from butchers to brewers, from bishops to brigadiers who are interred in the magnificent grounds
Call 056 7764971 to book a place free admission.

Friday 28th September
Provisional Concert Details to follow.

Lunchtime October Talks

Friday 5th October 2018-Anna O’ Sullivan, Curator of the Butler Arts Gallery discussing: A Gallery on the move: The collection moving from Kilkenny Castle to its new residence at the former Evan’s Home. 1pm Light Refreshments served. €5.00

Friday 12th October 2018 – Donal Cadogan discussing his research and findings from his book 99 Lives Kilkenny Connections. This enchanting book captures stories of more than 100 Kilkenny people and should be on every coffee table for people to pick up. 1pm Light Refreshments served. €5.00

Friday 19th October 2018 – John Kirwan (editor) discussing the wonderful complied book on the Chief Butlers of Ireland and the House of Ormond. The book is an excellent illustrated genealogical guide to the great Butler family. 1pm Light Refreshments served. €5.00

Friday 26th October 2018- Dearbhala Ledwidge Heritage Officer from Kilkenny County Council discussing the research and compilation of the Kilkenny Field Name Recording Project. . 1pm Light Refreshments served. €5.00

Sunday 11th November 11.30am Remembrance Sunday

Thursday 8th November
Provisional Service Details to follow.

Sunday 25 November 4pm
St. Canice’s Cathedral, Kilkenny
Patrick Rafter violin and Michael McHale piano
Performing: Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), Sonata 2 in a minor for violin and keyboard,Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791),Sonata for violin and piano in E minor,
César Franck (1822-1890), Sonata in A minor for violin and piano, M Ravel (1875-1937),

Wednesday 5th December
Lions Club Concert 7.30pm

Friday 7th to Wednesday 12th December Kilkenny Christmas Tree Festival

Sunday 16th December
Carol Service 5pm