One of Kilkenny’s longest established institutions reopens – with a beer garden!
One of Kilkenny’s longest-established institutions, now a thriving social hub, has reopened and is inviting the public to join.
The Kilkenny Home Rule Club on John’s Quay in the city has reopened after surviving the lockdown.
Home Rule Club President Darina O’Byrne told KilkennyNow.ie: “We opened on Thursday [June] 10th and plan to open from Thursday to Sunday inclusive 5 to 11 pm for the time being. We are so relieved to have survived lockdown and would like people to know that the Club is open and ready to welcome old and new friends.
“For the moment our beer garden is open. We are trying to spread the word that we do have a beautiful welcoming beer garden and that visitors are welcome. Not only did we survive, but there was constant volunteer work behind the scenes improving the fabric of the Club building.”
Founded in July 2, 1894, Kilkenny’s Home Rule Club is the last remaining club of its type in Ireland.
Home Rule clubs were once widespread throughout Ireland and were formed to support the Irish Home Rule movement.
Today, the club has no affiliations to any political party and is used as a social club and a hub for social and cultural activities and now hosts exhibitions, classes, concerts and other events.