Smirting is a combination of the words smoking + flirting, geddit? It started when people had to go out for a ciggie after the ban was enforced, and got chatting to fellow smokers outside on the street, eyes meeting across a cloud of blue nicotine... ;) So you may just meet a local hottie in this way!!
REMEMBER - Since March 2004, you CANNOT smoke inside bars, cafes or restaurants, or anywhere where people are working (e.g. taxis, offices etc.)
The legislation is officially known as the Public Health (Tobacco) Act, see link to it below for a summary.
You may smoke in outside in the street or in designated smoking areas, but never inside a place where people are working (includes offices, bars, restaurants, shops, shopping centres, taxis, etc)
The Kilkenny Rhythm and Roots Festival takes place over the first weekend in May every year. It features a mixture of Irish, American, Canadian and European acts covering Folk, Americana, Bluegrass music. There's over 80 shows in various venues throughout the city, with more than half of them free.
There's a bit of a hoo-ha about Kilkenny's city status. By rights it is really too small by most standards to be even considered as a city, as its population is only about 30,000. Yet it was granted City Status by King James in 1609 (at the time Kilkenny was a powerful Norman city) but it hasnt grown as much as would be expected since. There has been talk of deregulating Kilkenny to 'Town' Status under a new Local Government Bill, which has caused a lot of controversy in Kilkenny but nowhere else :)
Now Barryg23 doesnt agree with me, but he's biased anyway ;))
I've never stayed in the Newpark but, as it's close to home, I've often been in for dinner and...more
Very pleasant and would recommend.However be warned that the hotel still needs a little time to iron...more
Tourist and visitor numbers to Kilkenny have increased significantly in recent times and this is...more