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Rugby Tours To Kilkenny

Rugby Tours To Kilkenny another new destination by Irish Rugby Tours.

kilkenny usually known in sporting terms for its hurling prowess does in fact have a rugby team and a very good one at that.

Its grand Kilkenny Castle was built in 1195 by Norman occupiers.

The town has deep religious roots and many well-preserved churches and monasteries. For example the imposing St. Canice’s Cathedral and the Black Abbey Dominican priory, both from the 13th century.

It’s also a crafts hub, with shops along its winding lanes selling pottery, paintings and jewellery.

Tour Information


Our Popular Inclusions for a Rugby Tour to Kilkenny

  • Attend a training session with our exceptional coaches.
  • Watch a top Pro14 fixture.
  • Spend a day at an activity centre team building.
  • Take a walk on a city ghost trail.
  • Mix a day involving zip lining and boating activities.
  • Pick up a bargain at Kilkenny Car Boot Sale.
  • Visit the splendour of kilkenny Castle.
  • Fourrrrr, foot and rugby golf on a real golf course.
  • A trip to the National Reptile Zoo.
  • Pop into the kilkenny Famine Experience read and learn of our history.

Kilkenny Famine Experience

Visit the Kilkenny Union Workhouse now restored. The tour will bring you around the buildings of the workhouse telling the human stories of the inmates that lived and died within the walls.

Learn about the unexpected discovery of over 970 human remains which was described as the most significant in the world relating to the Irish Famine.

At the same time meet the two young brothers John and Patrick who sought refuge in the workhouse in 1842. After they were abandoned by their parents on the docks in Dublin.

Faced with an audacious journey on foot they eventually made it to Kilkenny which was in fact not their home place.

Here they presented themselves to the workhouse and were furthermore admitted.

The National Reptile Zoo

Come face to face with some of the world’s rarest and most amazing animals.

The National Reptile Zoo is dedicated to the conservation of these amazing creatures and their habitats, and they want you to experience why they are so passionate about them.

The centre holds animal encounter sessions every day, usually every hour during our busier times and less frequently at other times.

But they like to ensure that everyone gets the chance to hold or touch some of their scaly friends.

Animal encounter sessions are carried out by their trained reptile wranglers and they’ll show you a side to these beautiful creatures that you never knew existed.

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Kilkenny Castle

Kilkenny Castle stands dramatically on a strategic height that commands a crossing on the River Nore and dominates the ‘High Town’ of Kilkenny City.

Over the eight centuries of its existence, many additions and alterations have been made to the fabric of the building, making Kilkenny Castle today a complex structure of various architectural styles.

The original Anglo-Norman stone castle was built for William Marshal, 4th Earl of Pembroke during the first decade of the 13th century.

Kilkenny Castle later became the principal Irish residence of the powerful Butler family for almost 600 years.

The Butler ownership began when James Butler 3rd Earl of Ormond, purchased the castle in 1391, and lasted until 1967 when Arthur Butler, 6th Marquess of Ormonde presented it to the people of Kilkenny in return for a token payment of £50.

Kilkenny Activity Centre

This is one day out not to be missed, great fun and yet at the same time great team building.

There are 5 activities to choose from, paintball, bubble soccer, splatball, foot archery and then afterwards if you feel fit enough the assault course.

Activities are individually priced, but if your budget was big enough one in the morning and then afterwards one in the afternoon.

Imagine all the fun that you could have in one afternoon.

The centre would be able to accommodate your needs if required.

Be aware to bring a change of clothes , showers available as towels are available too for a very small charge.

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Foot & Rugby Golf Pococke Golf Club

Foot and rugbygolf are one of Ireland’s newest and coolest sport games.

Pococke is the 1st course to be added to the UK RugbyGolf Association.

Footgolf is played over 18 holes on a normal golf course using a football.

The objective is to get the ball into the hole in as fewer kicks as your team mates.

Rugby Golf is played over 9 holes using a rugby ball and kicking tee. Again, the same rules apply in this adaptation.

The course will provide all the balls which come in the standard size for footballs and size 3, 4 and five for the rugby ball so that all ages can play.

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