Arts and Libraries

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The 2011 Arts Festival contributed over €6 million to the local economy.  
The library provides free internet access and free access to online government 
The Arts
Culture is one of the main elements in a city's identity.  Culture is a key factor in attracting people to live, work and visit and is an essential ingredient in local place-making and quality of life for its citizens.  Kilkenny’s Arts Office continues to develop, co-ordinate, motivate, inspire, strengthen and cultivate the arts sector throughout the county.  All of our activities serve as an investment for the community, the local economy, and the tourism and heritage sector. Permission was granted in 2011 for the new Butler Gallery to relocate to Evan’s Home, off John Street.  This will be a significant addition to the city.  
Photo of Woodstock House
There are a total of 8 libraries around the county (Callan, Castlecomer, Thomastown, Graiguenamanagh, Loughboy, John’s Green (Local Studies), John’s Quay & Urlingford).  An additional library, to serve the south of the county, is due to be opened in Ferrybank in 2012.
  • How can the Development Plan serve to support the living, working and exhibition needs of artists, particularly emerging artists?
  • What elements of culture/heritage should be highlighted and promoted in the Development Plans?
Photo Carnegie Library Kilkenny
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