About Us

Kilkenny parkrun is a FREE weekly 5km event for runners of all standards, which takes place every Saturday at 9:30am in Castle Park, Kilkenny. It is not a race against other runners, but a 5k timed run and it can really be whatever you want it to be, whether that's for fun or as part of a training plan.

It offers an opportunity for all the local community, male or female, young or old, to come together on a regular basis to enjoy this beautiful park and get physically active into the bargain. We want to encourage people to jog or run together irrespective of their ability – this event is truly open to all and best of all it really is FREE!

Taking part is easy – just register before your first ever parkrun. The great thing is that you only ever need to do this once! Then just set your alarm for Saturday morning and get yourself there!

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee in Café Nostalgia in Kilkenny Castle Kitchen on wet cold winter days and outside in good weather - please come and join us! Maybe swap stories about your run that day, chat to other runners over a cup of tea or coffee and just be an important part of this new running community.

So whether you are a complete novice looking to get yourself started on your own "running journey" or a seasoned athlete wanting to use this as a part of your training schedule, you’re welcome to come along and join us.

  • Kilkenny Recreation and Sports Partnership Ltd: KRSP is committed to promoting healthy living and personal development through recreational and sporting activity within all age groups and throughout the whole community of Kilkenny City and County.

  • HSE: The evidence base for promoting an active lifestyle for well-being is well documented. Mass participation & community events are being heralded for their potential to get people started and help those who have committed to the change to stay moving. Through the HSE’s Get Ireland Active initiative we are a proud supporter of parkrun and firmly believe that such an event will serve as a fantastic enhancement to the community of Kilkenny.

  • Office of Public Works: The Office of Public Works is delighted to host 'Kilkenny parkrun' at Kilkenny Castle Park - a FREE weekly 5k event for all standards - which will launch on Saturday 13th September and continue every Saturday morning at 9:30am. Do come along and enjoy a 5k in this beautiful picturesque setting.

  • Kilkenny County Council:

    85% of the funds you donate will go towards improving your parkrun and the remaining 15% will be deposited in the parkrun "NEW EVENTS" fund. Your donation could be used for the anniversary event, the annual prize giving, replacing worn equipment or for improving your parkrun. parkrun is completely open about all donations. All donations to this event (and withdrawals that the event teams makes) will be published below. You can also view all donations in this country here

    parkrun Ireland is a not-for-profit organisation.


    Donation DateNameRecipientDonationContribution to EventContribution to New Event FundNote
    2019-02-01JD FlynnKilkenny€270.00€270.00€0.00
    2019-01-04Paula LawlerKilkenny€200.00€200.00€0.00
    2018-02-15Paula LawlerKilkenny€200.00€200.00€0.00From KRSP-Yulefest with much thanks for stewarding support at the festival's hugely successful Medieval Mile Run. Seamus & Paula
    2018-02-01JD FlynnKilkenny€255.00€255.00€0.00Social night hosted by Kytelers Inn
    2017-10-14Grainne KellyKilkenny€45.00€45.00€0.00
    2017-09-30Graham BourneKilkenny€20.00€20.00€0.00Kilkenny Parkrun
    2017-03-26Grainne KellyKilkenny€380.00€380.00€0.00
    2017-02-10John MolloyKilkenny€50.00€50.00€0.00for defibilator
    2017-02-10Grainne KellyKilkenny€1180.00€1180.00€0.00Funds for Kilkenny parkrun Defibrillator raised from social night 27/02/16 Thanks all
    2017-01-26Marie SlatteryKilkenny€20.00€17.00€3.00For Kilkenny Parkrun defibrillator fund
    2017-01-13david wilsonKilkenny€50.00€42.50€7.50
    2016-09-27Grainne KellyKilkenny€60.00€51.00€9.00
    2016-09-13Graham BourneKilkenny€20.00€17.00€3.00Kilkenny Parkrun
    2016-09-13LILLIAN KAVANAGHKilkenny€40.00€34.00€6.00parkrun kilkenny
    2015-12-21Ian ComerfordKilkenny€50.00€42.50€7.50Kilkenny parkrun
    2015-10-17Declan WalsheKilkenny€20.00€17.00€3.00
    2015-10-17John MolloyKilkenny€50.00€42.50€7.50Parkrun Kilkenny
    2015-10-16Michael HanlonKilkenny€20.00€17.00€3.00For Kilkenny parkrun
    2015-10-16Howard TriggsKilkenny€58.82€50.00€8.82
    2015-10-16Graham BourneKilkenny€20.00€17.00€3.00Kilkenny Parkrun
    2015-04-15Grainne KellyKilkenny€50.00€42.50€7.50
    2015-03-21Colm KenneallyKilkenny€20.00€17.00€3.00Kilkenny Parkrun
    2015-03-21Howard TriggsKilkenny€117.65€100.00€17.65Towards the purchase of scanner for Kilkenny Park Run


    Withdrawal DateEventAmountNote
    2015-04-21Kilkenny€144.00purchase additional scanner
    2015-10-23Kilkenny€110.00Anniversary expenses
    2016-10-24Kilkenny€74.00Anniversary costs, cake etc
    2017-02-13Kilkenny€1009.99purchase AED
    2017-02-14Kilkenny€51.70New megaphone
    2017-03-28Kilkenny€400.00CPR & AED training
    2017-10-14Kilkenny€110.00Birthday cakes
    2017-12-08Kilkenny€3.50postage stopwatch
    2018-06-04Kilkenny€37.00Batteries walky talky and watch
    2018-06-18Kilkenny€234.98New camera
    2018-06-28Kilkenny€39.98Camera case and camera card
    2018-09-09Kilkenny€81.60Anniversary expenses
    2018-11-12Kilkenny€189.30Selfie frame and Anniversary costs