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Sporting Tours To Kilkenny

Sporting Tours to Kilkenny another new destination by Irish Sporting Tours.

Kilkenny usually known in sporting terms for its hurling are the leading front runners in the sport.

Its grand Kilkenny Castle was built in 1195 by Norman occupiers.

The town has deep religious roots and many well-preserved churches and monasteries. For example the imposing St. Canice’s Cathedral and the Black Abbey Dominican priory, both date from the 13th century.

It’s also a crafts hub, with shops along its winding lanes selling pottery, paintings and jewellery.

Every year famous Irish and international comedians from around the world descend on Kilkenny.  The Kilkenny Cat for Laughs festival attracts thousands of people to the city every year for an abundance of laughs.

Taste KilkennyPosted by Kilkenny Tourism on Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Tour Information


Our Popular Inclusions for a Sporting Tour to Kilkenny

  • Attend a training session with our exceptional coaches.
  • Watch a top Pro14 fixture.
  • Spend a day at an activity centre team building.
  • Take a walk on a city ghost trail.
  • Mix a day involving zip lining and boating activities.
  • Pick up a bargain at Kilkenny Car Boot Sale.
  • Visit the splendour of kilkenny Castle.
  • Fourrrrr, foot and rugby golf on a real golf course.
  • A trip to the National Reptile Zoo.
  • Pop into the kilkenny Famine Experience read and learn of our history.
  • Walsh Whiskey Distillery for a grand tour and tasting with an option to purchase.

Day 1

  • Private transfer to accommodation in Kilkenny City.
  • Stop for afternoon lunch.
  • Group arrive in Kilkenny.
  • Intensive 1st training session with guest coach.
  • Evening meal at accommodation.

Day 2

  • Breakfast for group at accommodation.
  • Depart by private transfer for sightseeing with a visit to Kilkenny’s famous castle.
  • Afternoon lunch.
  • 2nd training session by guest coach.
  • Evening meal for group at accommodation.

Day 3

  • Group breakfast at accommodation.
  • Free time in Kilkenny City for shopping or enjoy a guided city walk.
  • Depart for next fixture on tour.
  • Post match function.
  • Return to accommodation.

Day 4

  • Group breakfast for group and depart from accommodation.
  • Group depart for Dublin Airport / Dublin Port or next city on tour.

Kilkenny Activity Centre

This is one day out not to be missed, great fun and yet at the same time great team building.

There are 5 activities to choose from.  Paintball, bubble soccer, splatball, foot archery and then afterwards if you feel fit enough the assault course.

Activities are individually priced, but if your budget was big enough one in the morning and then afterwards one in the afternoon.

Imagine all the fun that you could have in one afternoon.

The centre would be able to accommodate your needs if required.

Be aware to bring a change of clothes , showers available as towels are available too for a very small charge.

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Kilkenny Famine Experience

Visit the Kilkenny Union Workhouse now restored. The tour will bring you around the buildings telling stories of the inmates that lived and died within the walls.

Learn about the unexpected discovery of over 970 human remains.

This was described as the most significant in the world relating to the Irish Famine.

At the same time meet the two young brothers John and Patrick who sought refuge in the workhouse in 1842.

The poor boys were abandoned by their parents on the docks in Dublin.

Faced with an audacious journey on foot they eventually made it to Kilkenny which was in fact not their home place.

Here they presented themselves to the workhouse and were furthermore admitted.

Smithwicks Brewery Tour

The Smithwick’s story starts long before a Smithwick ever set foot in Kilkenny.  In the 13th century, monks settled at St. Francis Abbey.

For more than 300 years the Abbey grew in size.  However, the arrival of Henry VIII and the Reformation in 1537 meant that the Abbey was forced to close its doors.

When John Smithwick moved to Kilkenny in the early 1700s to forge a life for himself.

Penal laws for Catholics were in full swing, meaning he couldn’t own property or run for elected office.

In spite of this, John went into the brewing business with Richard Cole on a piece of land.

This was land that Cole had leased from the Duke of Ormond in 1705, who lived in Kilkenny Castle.

John Smithwick spent decades stealthily using his wit and keeping his business affairs private.  People liked doing business with the mysterious Mr. Smithwick.

His was a name that had earned respect, although the laws still forbid him attaching it to anything.

When penal laws were finally revoked in the late 1700’s the Smithwicks were free to take their rightful place in Kilkenny society.

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Kilkenny Castle

Kilkenny Castle stands dramatically on a strategic height that commands a crossing on the River Nore and dominates Kilkenny City.

Over the eight centuries of its existence many additions and alterations have been made to the fabric of the building.

Thus making Kilkenny Castle today a complex structure of various architectural styles.

The original Anglo-Norman stone castle was built for William Marshal, 4th Earl of Pembroke during the first decade of the 13th century.

Kilkenny Castle later became the principal Irish residence of the powerful Butler family for almost 600 years.

Walsh Whiskey Distillery Tour

Just 20 minutes from Kilkenny, in the heart of Ireland’s Ancient East, you will find a world class distillery.

Here you will find Irish Whiskeys produced by hand on an 18th century estate.

Visitors can experience the ancient craft of distilling in a fully guided, multi-sensory tour.

You will be shown a first-hand view of how all three styles of Irish whiskey are created under one roof.

These three whiskey’s are pot still, malt and grain.

The tour includes time to relax and savour a taste of their award-winning whiskeys, with a range of tasting options to choose from.

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Foot & Rugby Golf Pococke Golf Club

Foot and rugbygolf are one of Ireland’s newest and coolest sport games.

Pococke is the 1st course to be added to the UK RugbyGolf Association.

Footgolf is played over 18 holes on a normal golf course using a football.

The objective is to get the ball into the hole in as fewer kicks as your team mates.

Rugby Golf is played over 9 holes using a rugby ball and kicking tee. Again, the same rules apply in this adaptation.

The course will provide all the balls.

Standard size for footballs and size 3, 4 and 5 for the rugby ball so that all ages can play.

Adventure Park

Set in the former grounds of the Wandesforde Estate, Castlecomer Discovery Park comprises of 80 acres of stunning natural woodland and lakes.

It began as a community project to rejuvenate the town of Castlecomer following the closure of the coal mines in 1969.

This relatively ‘young’ park opened to the public in 2007 with the launch of the Coal Mining Exhibition, Visitor Centre and Design Craft studios.

The Park continues to evolve and is actively developing a range of exciting recreational, cultural and educational activities for visitors of all ages.

Growning from strength to strength since it first opened the park attracts thousands of visitors each year.

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