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Grace's Courthouse


Grace's Courthouse,
Parliament Street,

Kilkenny Circuit Court Office

Tel: +353 (0) 56 772 2073
Fax: +353 (0) 56 775 1044

Kilkenny District Court Office

Tel: +353 (0) 56 772 1019
Fax: +353 (0) 56 772 3260

Visit Grace's Courthouse in Kilkenny

The remains of this fortress, which was built in 1210 and converted to a prison in 1568, are now incorporated into the basement area of the 19th century courthouse in Parliament Street, Kilkenny.

Kilkenny Courthouse History

The courthouse is in the historical centre of the town. It was originally built over, and incorporated the remains of, a sixteenth century castle and an eighteenth century Gaol. It was converted to a courthouse in c.1792 and remodelled in c.1828 and extended to the rear in c.1870.


The brief involved the refurbishment of the existing courthouse building along with the construction of a new 3,000 square metre extension. The works provide new and improved accommodation for all court users and include two new courtrooms, judges’ chambers, office accommodation for Circuit and District Court

Grace Courthouse Kilkenny

Side of Grace Courthouse (courtesy of Donal Murphy Photography)


All public and staff areas are fully universally accessible, including the courtrooms which have been redesigned to be accessible to anyone with mobility difficulties. The courtrooms have also been equipped with induction loops to aid peoplewith hearing difficulties.

Grace Courthouse Kilkenny

Exterior of Grace Courthouse (courtesy of Donal Murphy Photography)