KILKENNY CASTLE YARD – MAY 2017
This is the Kilkenny Castle Yard, built in the 1780s by the Butlers, Earls of Ormonde, as the coach houses and stables of historic Kilkenny Castle.
The Castle Yard is home to the National Craft Gallery, one of Ireland’s most exciting artistic venues. Nearby is Butler House and Gardens, an interesting guesthouse that was once the Butlers’ Dowager House.
The historically significant Kilkenny Design Workshops were also established in the Castle Yard in the 1960s. Staffed by bright, young international designers, craftspeople, design graduates and apprentices, the workshops’ remit was to improve design and manufacturing standards in Ireland, which they achieved though their creative output right up until closure in 1988.
The government funded design research and development centre of excellence revolutionised Irish Design with lasting impact.