Brewery Site

Approved Masterplan for Abbey Creative Quarter

Cover and Contents

Section 1 Introduction

Section 2 Context

Section 3 Analysis

Section 4 Masterplan Strategies

Section 5 Masteplan Proposals


Appendix A Kilkenny City & Environs Development Plan 2014-2020 Environmental and Sustainable Development Provisions

Appendix B Appropriate Assessment, Natura Impact Report , Strategic Environmental Assesment (SEA) Environmental Report  , SEA Statement

Appendix C Archaeological Strategy

Appendix D Flood Risk Assessment

Appendix E Spatial Content & Process Principles

Appendix F Observations on Urban Code

FINAL Sweeneys Orchard Archaeological Testing Report (Court Deery)



The Brewery: RE-visioning

The report on Public Consultation was published on the 30th March 2015

Download the Consultation Report

Download the Appendices

Young People’s Public Re-visioning Workshop

Kilkenny County Council is currently engaged in a process of drawing up a Master Plan for the long-term redevelopment of the Smithwick’s Brewery lands in Kilkenny city centre.   As part of this Master Plan process, we are holding a young people’s public workshop in conjunction with Comhairle ná nÓg on Wednesday 18th of February 2015, from 10-13.00pm in the County Council, John Street, Kilkenny.

This event, entitled ‘The Brewery: Re-Visioning’ is an opportunity for young people and schools/youth clubs to contribute to the drawing up of a vision and principles for the redevelopment of the site. If you would like to get involved please contact your local school or youth club by 5pm Thursday 12th of February 2015 as pre-registration is required for the event. 


Re-Visioning Workshops

Two Re-Visioning workshops were held in January, on the 9th and 10th, and 23rd and 24th.  The format for these and the exercises undertaken are set out below.  

Workshop Format

Cover Story

Visual Preference Polling exercise 


A summary of the points reported from the Friday night's workshops were made available at Saturday's workshops.  These are available here: 

Summary of reported notes 9.01.2015

Summary of reported notes 23.01.2015



Archived material:

Open Call to participate in The Brewery: RE-Visioning 

Kilkenny County Council invites Kilkenny residents new and old to come together to contribute to the drawing up of a vision and principles for the redevelopment of the Brewery site in Kilkenny City Centre.  There are two alternative weekends for this event; Friday the 9th and Saturday 10th January and Friday the 23rd and Saturday the 24th January.  

Some background reading for these workshops is available here

Why should I participate?

The Brewery: RE-Visioning is your opportunity to shape the vision for the Brewery site, setting out how it should look in 30 years time.  The Council will use this Vision to guide development on the site. 

Who'll be there?

Everyone is welcome to attend, once they’ve registered by the 19th January. 

What's happening over the two days?

On the Friday evening, you will work with the group towards developing a vision.  (Time 19.00 to 21.30)

On Saturday morning, you will develop this further, and work on how to achieve the vision, and what principles should be adopted to guide development on the site. 

(Time 10.00 to 13.00) The day will end with a light lunch where all participants can swap experiences.

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Do I have to attend both the Friday and Saturday?

Yes, to get the most from this event, we ask that you commit to attending on the Friday evening and Saturday morning, on either weekend.  Places are limited, so register early, and those that can attend on the consecutive Friday and Saturday will be given preference.  



Register online by clicking here for the weekend of the 23rd and 24th

Or email us at, or ring us at 056-7794010 - with the following information:

  • Your name
  • Contact email (if you have one)
  • Telephone number
  • If you are attending on behalf of a particular group, please state the name of the group.


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