Night Time Economy

The Night Time Economy refers to the diverse social, cultural and economic activity occurring during specified evening and night time hours. It balances the needs of the inter related communities that co-exist to bring it to life and create a special sense of shared place.


Following the publication of the NTE Taskforce Report, Kilkenny City was successful in being designated by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media as one of nine pilot towns and cities in the country that will prepare and implement an action plan setting out a range of interventions to support the coordinated development of our night time economy. A Night Time Economy Advisor has been appointed and a dedicated stakeholder forum representing cross business sector and community interests has been formed to oversee and implement the plan.


This first phase of our stakeholder engagement comprises a short online survey in the form of a questionnaire. This survey is an opportunity for residents of Kilkenny City and County and visitors to the city to provide their feedback on the challenges and opportunities that exist for the night time economy. The feedback provided will form the basis for the action plan and will allow us to focus on the key priorities, which in turn, will assist us in realising our ambition to develop Kilkenny City as the foremost evening and night time destination which can offer a sustainable vibrant, cultural and diverse experience.

The survey will be open for completion for three weeks from Monday 15th Jan to Friday 2nd February. The survey is anonymous, however if you wish to be included in a draw to win one of six €50 Kilkenny Chamber vouchers, please submit your email address at the end of the survey and we will be in contact with the winners once the survey has concluded.

Check back in here for regular updates on the development and implementation of the Kilkenny City Night Time Economy Pilot Action Plan 2024-2025

If you have any further queries in relation to the Night Time Economy, please contact