On the way to Kilkenny to prepare Tourism Development Plan for the City
In April 2012 Sherwood and Associates successfully tendered and have been selected by Kilkenny County Council and Failte Ireland to develop a Sustainable Tourism Development and Implementation Plan. This plan will aim to steer tourism development in Kilkenny City in to the future.
It will provide an exciting, dynamic vision which can be supported by a capital investment.
The assignment is now well underway and significant developments are already taking place:
Councils give green light for €2.1m brewery site purchase
Kilkenny People – Published on Wednesday 9 May 2012 16:43
KILKENNY local authorities have given the go-ahead to purchase the St Francis Abbey Brewery site from Diageo for €2.1 million, following two unanimous ballots at an historic joint meeting held yesterday (Tuesday) in City Hall.
Members of Kilkenny Borough and County Councils gathered to discuss an offer from Diageo regarding the 10.6-acre site, and to vote on whether to purchase it. Two separate motions, one for the county council and one for the borough, were passed following unanimous agreement by those present.
The local authorities hope to take possession of the site in 2014/15, subject to it being cleared and remediated in accordance with Environmental Protection Agency regulations. Diageo says it will use the €2.1 million purchase fee from the council to cover the cost of this operation, meaning the acquistion is essentially cost-free.
The purchase will exclude the Victorian brewing buildings, which currently house the visitor centre fronting onto Parliament Street. Diageo plans to retain these buildings, although for what purpose it has not yet been revealed.