OPW is delighted to adopt and host two Kilkenny Cats on the grounds of the Castle, as part of the Kilkenny Catwalk Trail, which will officially launch on Sunday 10 October and continue until Easter 2022. This very special exhibition features 21 magnificent cat sculptures, which have been exquisitely decorated and are located in some of Kilkenny’s most beautiful public spaces and heritage sites. Visitors will be invited to download a special trail app and thus enjoy their trail adventure through town.
The Cat models are 5ft tall fibreglass resin sculptures based on ‘The Secret of Kells’ character, ‘Pangur Bán’ which was created by four-time Academy Awards®, Golden Glove®, BAFTA and Emmy nominated Kilkenny-based Animation Studio – ‘Cartoon Saloon’.
We are thrilled to announce that this very special original‘‘Pangur Bán’, which was designed by Bonnie Mier from Cartoon Saloon is now a resident of the formal Rose Garden of Kilkenny Castle for the duration. We are also delighted to welcome our second Cat – ‘Pangur A la’n which was decorated by Francis Tansey and will sit happily in the courtyard area.
This project is a partnership between Kilkenny Civic Trust and Kilkenny County Council and was created by The Art of Tourism who specialise in the delivery of public art trails.