The official opening and first public crossing of the new Lady Desart Pedestrian and Cycle bridge took place on the 30th January 2014. With the wonderful backdrop of Kilkenny Castle, Mayor Martin Brett and Alan Kelly TD welcomed a large crowd to this unique event. The first new City Centre river crossing in the Kilkenny for many centuries. This new link will further integrate the Johns Quay and Johns Green area to the centre of Kilkenny. It will give a convenient short walking route from the Library car park and will also be a new vantage point from which to see the river Nore, John’s Bridge and Kilkenny Castle. A number of our Primary schools were also represented at the event, to see history being made.
The TriGrandPrix Triathlon Kilkenny took place on Saturday 23rd July 2011. The City looked its best as the competitors swam the river Nore through the city centre, ran in the Castle Park and river side walks, and cycled from the Castle Park into the fertile countryside as far as Bennettsbridge to the south of the City and back. The City Centre was crowded with visitors, the Cafes were full and the sun shone.