‘Savour’ & ‘Conker’- Festivals on the Up!

[caption id="attachment_62" align="alignleft" width="225"] Grace Kearney and Danny Webster duel at the Freshford Conker Festival[/caption] I’ve just got back from a Sunday attending two festivals supported by our company Kilkenny LEADER Partnership (KLP). Savour Kilkenny Food Festival and Freshford’s 11th Irish Conker Festival are at either end of the size and ambition scales. Savour is…
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Development or Charity?

A couple of weeks ago on the great concept that is ‘Culture Night’, Loughboy Library in Kilkenny City was the base for a celebration of Traveller Culture. Regretfully I could not attend the event, but it was by all accounts a tremendous success. It was organised by Kilkenny Traveller Community Movement’s (KTCM) Development Worker, Mary-Helen…
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Tourism -from Smart phone apps to Augmented Reality

Trail Kilkenny© launched a new guide a couple of weeks ago. So what? You might say, haven’t they quite a few of those. Well yes- but this one is not printed on paper and is actually a smart phone ‘app’ which runs on iPhone and their equivalents. It’s the first such guide in Ireland and…
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Is a county really big enough for a Food Strategy?

In Kilkenny LEADER Partnership (KLP) we are currently in the throes of driving the preparation of a ‘food strategy’ for County Kilkenny. Involving food producers, retailers, state and local agencies, it’s both an exciting and a difficult process. The usual complicating stuff in any partnership process is, and will always be there; agreeing on goals,…
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What’s Blocking Renewable Energy Cooperation?

Kilkenny is notable for the number of large rivers that flow through or on the borders of the county. Indeed the Barrow, Nore and Suir define the geography of the county. Kilkenny LEADER Partnership (KLP) is not alone in using images of the rivers in its promotional materials. I have written before on the potential…
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What makes you worth employing?

Kilkenny LEADER Partnership (KLP) has embarked on an ambitious initiative recently. We are proposing that the county develops an ‘employability strategy’. Okay, questions of’ “what’s that?” are far from unfair but it’s not just another bit of fashionable jargoneese. The basic concept is to identify what the employers of Kilkenny want from its potential workforce…
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What are community festivals for?

We have closed the offices in KLP for a two-week holiday shutdown in the last week in July and this first week in August. As sort of a ‘busman’s holiday’ I attended a couple of local Kilkenny festivals over the bank holiday weekend. In passing, I must say how increasingly strange that traditional title for…
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River Cots and the ‘Curse’ of Potential

KLP is currently in the throes of development of a number of exciting projects and initiatives. These include major strategic projects such as the development of a Food Strategy for the county, the creation of a supply chain for wood energy, further development of the Trail Kilkenny brand of walking and other visitor routes and…
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