Children at Jerpoint Abbey

Kilkenny

Culture and Creativity Strategy 2018-2022

Long recognised as a hub of arts, crafts, heritage, design, and creativity, Kilkenny is a bastion of culture in Ireland. Featuring architecture from as far back as the Stone Age and modern-day national cultural agencies like the Heritage Council and the Design and Crafts Council of Ireland, Kilkenny attracts the cream of the crop of makers, thinkers and players to its cities and towns, and turns out its fair share of notable creatives, too. Architect James Hoban, best known for designing the White House in the Washington, D.C., was a Kilkenny native, and singer Seamus Moore also claims the county as his home.

From the design excellence of the Kilkenny Design Workshops in the 1960s to the innovative outputs of two-time Academy Award® and BAFTA-nominated animation studio Cartoon Saloon, Kilkenny ensures that the county’s culture, built and natural heritage, arts, public libraries and creativity remain at the core of its identity, wellbeing and economy - then as now.

Architect James Hoban, best known for designing the White House in the Washington, D.C., was a Kilkenny native, and singer Seamus Moore also claims the county as his home.

Kilkenny’s Culture and Creativity Strategy, focused on the Creative Ireland programme’s belief that participation in cultural activity drives personal and collective creativity, has seen a host of projects and initiatives since 2017 designed to illustrate the power of culture and social engagement in the overall well-being of its citizens.