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May is Project Family at Castlecomer Discovery Park

Here at Castlecomer Discovery Park we are assigning May as Project Family month. What does that
mean? We will be hosting a range of events that are specially designed for families to bond and
spend quality time together in nature.

Our activities are designed to provide the environment where families can bond, completing
challenges that build self- esteem and create wonderful memories.

The beautiful surroundings of the park here are perfect for parents to relieve stress and to avail of
healthy activities that promote good behaviours in young people, and more importantly get rid of
the screens for the day!

Join us on Saturday 12th & 26th May for our family bonding challenge “Raft Building”

Family Rafting at Discovery Park

Our instructors will challenge you with  the task of making a raft. How would you fare getting off a desert island? 

Your family are required to make a water worthy vessel, but using only limited supplies and no instructions! Teamwork, communication, and a positive attitude are key to staying afloat. Work as a family and have lots of fun working out how to get onto our lake. This activity is for family teams up to 5 people (age 8 +). Cost per family is €50 and this activity takes about four hours.

How would your family fare as a nature detective,  join us on Saturday 5th &19th May for our Bug & Nature hunts in our stunning forest.

This is an activity that all the family can do and is suitable for 5upwards.  Children are natural bornexplorers and this activity gives them the opportunity to searchout the abundance of insect life u nder rocks, and logs and in ponds.  Bug viewers are provided andour trained guide will give you lots of interesting facts about our inspect life.

Times are available on our website and the sessions approximately 45 minutes.
Cost per child is €5 and adult price is €2.50.

As part of Project Family we will also have a number of free arts activities for children, these will be
located in the elf and fairy village where you can spend some time relaxing over a freshly ground
coffee or snack.

Of course there is our regular array of adventure activity from Ireland’s longest zip wire to archery ,
tree top walks, to coal mining museum and boating.

To book and for more details please visit


Blackbird Gallery moves to Rothe House

The Blackbird Gallery is Ireland's first stop for the very best selection of contemporary fine art, prints, ceramics and wonderful original gifts. Housed in its new location Rothe House, the gallery spans two floors of engaging work. The gallery is Kilkenny's only permanent commercial space and has built its reputation on great taste and fantastic customer service.


Proprietor: Valerie Walshe

Rothe House
Parliament Street

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Planning a trip to Kilkenny City and Kilkenny County?

Read the recent article in the Washington Post about the highlights of our beautiful heritage county: 'Medieval meets Modern in Charming Kilkenny'.

We are also pleased to share this recent review and video of Arts and Crafts highlights in our wonderful Kilkenny county area:

Click to read the full article here: "Take the art and crafts trail around Ireland"