St Patrick's Day Festivities & Kilkenny Tradfest 2018

OPW Kilkenny Castle is delighted to welcome St Patrick's Day Festivities and Tradfest 2018, which will take place in the City from 16th to 19th March.   A fun and fantastic programme of events has been scheduled for the entire weekend and full details are available from and

In addition to the exciting large American Marching Bands, the following events will also take place at The Castle:

St Patrick's Day - Saturday 17th March  -  from 3pm approx  -  several of the acts from the St Patrick's Day Parade will continue to the Castle Park for further fun - FREE:

  • Fanzinis Brothers 'Tour de Pants'
  • Hakuna Matata (Acrobatics, Comedy, Contortion & Juggling!)
  • Fuinneamh Drum - Giant Community Drum
  • Lots more....

Sunday 18th March - FREE:

  • Fuinneamh Drum - Giant Community Drum - 11:30am to 4pm - at Castle Park

Sunday 18th March at The Parade Tower:  Drumming workshops for Kids with booking and fees at / Rollercoaster Records

  • 10am:  4-6 years (45 minutes)
  • 11am:  7 - 12 years (45 minutes)
  • 12noon:  13 - 17 years (45 minutes)

2018 - Drumming Workshops


Monday 19th March at The Parade Tower wing - bookings and fees at / Rollercoaster Records

  • Accordion Masterclass with Máirtín O'Connor at The Ormonde Boadroom
  • Fiddle Masterclass with Zoe Conway at The Parade Tower
  • Bouzouki Masterclass with Donal Lunny at The Duchess Boardroom

2018 - Masterclasses Tradfest