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OPW Kilkenny Castle is delighted to welcome Parkrun Ireland Kilkenny a FREE timed weekly 5k run at Kilkenny Castle Park every Saturday morning at 9:30am.

Kilkenny Castle Park 5kms Run Map (PDF)

Please visit for full details including registration, barcode and course description.

  • What is Kilkenny Parkrun?  It is a 5km run – it’s you against the clock
  • When is it?   Every Saturday at 9:30am – start
  • Where is it?  Kilkenny Castle Park
  • Coming along for the first time? Please make sure you have registered, received your barcode and also read the course description
  • What does it cost to join in?   Nothing – it’s FREE! but please register before your first run. You only have to register once. Don’t forget to bring a printed copy of your barcode. If you forget it you won’t get your time!
  • How fast do I have to be?  Everyone runs for their own enjoyment.  Please come along and join in whatever your pace!

Kilkenny Parkrun needs you! It is entirely organised by volunteers.
Email to help.

We’re friendly!  Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee at Kilkenny Castle Tearooms.  Please come and join us!


Updated Permanent Orienteering Course at Kilkenny Castle Park

The permanent orienteering courses were first launched at Kilkenny Castle Park in 2013 and have proved to be very popular with all ages. In May 2019, these were updated as follows with now four distances and all available FREE to download.

  • Wheel O (2.0 km)
  • Short (2.0 km)
  • Medium (3.2 km)
  • Long (4.0 km) distances

The orienteering course is open to all – families, individuals, clubs, schools and what an amazing way to explore the flora and fauna of Kilkenny Castle Park whilst enjoying the exercise in beautiful surroundings. There is also a small area of the Canal Walk (by the River Nore) involved in the courses.

To tackle your chosen distance:

  1. Download the map for your chosen distance (as well as the answer sheet for checking at the end)
  2. Find the controls in the order shown on the map
  3. Complete the numbered code of the marker post in the corresponding box
  4. At the end of the Course, check your answers are correct (by referring to the answer sheet)
  5. Good luck and enjoy!

Please note the longer the course, the more technical the control sites may be.

The new ‘Wheel O’ is suitable for wheelchair and buggies as it incorporates the harder surfaces.

To organise a specific event please contact:

Further information on ‘Orienteering in the South East’ please visit Waterford Orienteering club (WATO) on

Twitter @Watoclub, Facebook @WatefordOrienteers or

to arrange specific club or school orienteering events.

Please note that Orienteering is an adventure sport that involves crossing rough and uneven terrain, tracks and paths and thus please wear appropriate footwear.

The Office of Public Works and WATO do not accept responsibility for any injuries.