Ireland Invests $113 Million Into Historic City of Kilkenny

Kilkenny Castle

Prime Minister of Ireland (Taoiseach) Leo Varadkar is investing more than $113 million into Kilkenny: a historic city known for its Abby Quarter, one of the oldest sites in the country.

Several historic artifacts have been unearthed in recent years, including the city's medieval center, and the destination has established a discovery trail running through its center known as Ireland’s Medieval Mile.

Classical stories of the St. Francis Abbey, its monks and their life, are etched into the fabric of the city. Kilkenny is further defined by its tradition in brewery (300 years of Smithwick’s Brewery), its 12th century Kilkenny Castle and St. Canice's Cathedral, which is protected by the City Wall.

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“The investment has been granted to Kilkenny County Council to help achieve the vision for the Abbey Quarter, with the 800-year-old Abbey as its stunning centrepiece, a new linear park running along the banks of the River Nore, and a new Public Realm works around the iconic Brewhouse and Mayfair buildings and the renovation of two 19th century teahouses,” Prime Minister Varadkar said in a written statement.

The Brewhouse, when complete, will include nearly 50,000 square feet of office space, divided into a dozen units surrounding a central atrium. The building is slated for a fit-out by the end of summer 2020.

Kilkenny County Council in partnership with the County Councils of Waterford and Wexford are marketing this development for investment, particularly in the U.S. (Kilkenny is one of the most popular tourist destinations for American visitors.)

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