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^ Baurnafea Willow Works

One-day creative willow workshops. Learn the basic basketry techniques of this traditional skill. All classes are small groups. Suitable for beginners and improvers.

Contact: Heike Kahle, Basketmaker Telephone: 059 9726947

Location: Baurnafea, Castlewarren, Co Kilkenny


Ormonde College of Further Education

Diploma in Beauty Thearpy is a two-year, full-time course leading to internationally recognized Diplomas in Beauty therapy. Accredited by ITEC and CIBTAC. We are working towards CIDESCO accreditation which entitles us to offer students the opportunity of sitting the CIDESCO International examination.

Location: Ormonde College of Further Education, Telephone: 056 7763321

Ormonde Rd, Kilkenny.

Website: Email:


Kilkenny Bridge Centre

Bridge classes for beginners in Kilkenny Bridge Centre, September until March.

Contact: Annette Kennedy Telephone: 056 4441091

Tuesday and Wednesday Class Telephone: 087 6601564

Margaret Walsh Telephone: 056 7765319

Thursday Class Telephone: 087 9466407

Location: Kilkenny Bridge Centre, Loughboy, Kilkenny



Coláiste Cois Siúire

One year FETAC Level 5 Certificate in Computer Applications/Office Administration.

Contact: Winifred Manning Telephone: 051 895112

Location: Coláiste Cois Siúire, Mooncoin, Co Kilkenny

Coláiste Mhuire

One year FETAC Level 5 course in Business Studies/Secretarial.

Contact: Mary Sheehan Telephone: 056 8831135

Location: Coláiste Mhuire, Johnstown, Co Kilkenny

Duiske College

One/two year FETAC Level 5 course in Computer Applications and Business Studies.

Contact: Brigid Keoghan, Marie Hayles

or Kevin Cheasty Telephone: 059 9724177

Location: Duiske College, Graiguenamanagh, Co Kilkenny

Genesis Business College

ACCA Certified Accounting Technician (CAT), FETAC Level 5 and 6 qualifications in Payroll, Employment Law, HR, Marketing, Business Studies, Computerised Accounts, Pitman Training Diplomas and Certificates in Book-Keeping, Secretarial, Legal Secretarial, Medical Secretarial, Executive PA, Business IT with HR or PR, ECDL, Web Design, Microsoft Office, IT Technical.

Location: Unit 7, The Arches, Barrack St, Kilkenny Telephone: 056 7770425



Grennan College

Reception Course – Popular with students who wish to gain computing and organisational skills before attending university and with those wishing to work in areas such as reception, secretarial, administration, technology and travel and tourism industry. It’s also suitable to someone who may wish to change their career or update their qualifications. A one year, full-time course leading to the following qualifications: FETAC Level 5 Certificate in Business & Secretarial Studies, OCR Diploma in Text Processing (Business Professional).

The course provides students with work experience and the qualifications mean they have a high standard in computer applications. PLC grant or Back to Education funding available.

Contact: Anne Teague, Course Co-ordinator Telephone: 056 7724112

Location: Grennan College, Thomastown, Telephone: 056 7754208

Co Kilkenny Email:

Ormonde College of Further Education

FETAC Level 5 Certificate in Business Studies (Financial) one-year, full-time course that prepares students to work in a range of environments in the financial sector. Go online for more information.

Location: Ormonde College of Further Education, Telephone: 056 7763321

Ormonde Rd, Kilkenny.

Website: Email:

Ormonde College of Further Education

FETAC Level 5 Certificate in Business Studies (Secretarial) one-year, full-time course that prepares students to work in a range of business office environments.

Location: Ormonde College of Further Education, Telephone: 056 7763321

Ormonde Rd, Kilkenny.

Website: Email:


Kilkenny Job Club

The Kilkenny Job Club is a free training programme for anyone looking for a job. The programmes run every month of the year with a course lasting for four weeks from 10am to 1pm Monday to Friday. The Job Club offers help with job hunting, CV preparation, career advice, interview techniques, job applications and more.

Location: Unit 4 & 5 Abbey Business Centre, Telephone: 056 7756043

Abbey St, Kilkenny

County Kilkenny Adult Guidance Service

This service provides individuals and groups with an opportunity to identify, explore and review educational and career options. Individuals and groups wishing to return to education are provided with information and guidance to assist them in making the choices which suit them best. While based in Kilkenny City an outreach guidance service is provided throughout the county.

Free and confidential service that is friendly, relaxed, impartial and supportive. Through the guidance process adults have an opportunity to explore their interests, aptitudes and preferences for education and employment. Provides assistance with CV preparation, application forms, interview techniques and supports.

Contact: Bernadette O’Rourke,

Adult Guidance Co-ordinator Telephone: 056 7764448

Location: Lower New St, Kilkenny Email:


Chess School Polimac Kilkenny

Weekly group chess lessons for adults at the Club House Hotel. 10 week courses in chess arranged for any group of up to 12 adults anywhere in Co Kilkenny. Chess is very good for all generations. The benefits are huge – better concentration, self esteem, planning and so on. Great fun for all!

Contact: Darko Polimac Telephone: 086 1629415

Location: Club House Hotel, Patrick St, Kilkenny



College of Further Education, Castlecomer

FETAC Level 5 in Childcare, with special needs. One year course (4 days a week).

FETAC Level 5 in Business with Computers. One year course (3½ days per week).

Location: Castlecomer Community School, Telephone: 056 4441447

Castlecomer, Co Kilkenny ^ Email:

Coláiste Mhuire

One year FETAC Level 5 course in Childcare (including Special Needs module). Mature students welcome.

Contact: Martin Fahey Telephone: 056 8831135

Location: Coláiste Mhuire, Johnstown, Co Kilkenny

College of Progressive Education

Part-time course in Special Needs Assistant Training. FETAC Level 5 and 6.

Distance learning/online FETAC Level 5 and 6 Major Awards in Childcare, Montessori, Special Needs Assistant and Healthcare including FETAC Level 6 Creche Management.

Location: Kilkenny City venue Telephone: 01 4884300

Website: Email:

Kilkenny Homemakers – The School of Childcare with Home Management

FETAC Level 5 full-time Course providing training and certification in Childcare with Home Management to learners aged 16 to 21 yrs. Modules include ECDL, First Aid, Irish Pre-School Playgroup Association “Play and the Developing Child”, certified Home Management subjects and Manual Handling. 26 weeks duration, FAS sponsored, intakes in April and October each year.

Contact: Carmel O’Shea or Sheila Kelly, Course Directors

Location: Kilkenny Homemakers Ltd, 4 Clarnwood, Kilkenny

Telephone: 056 7762838 (or Kilkenny FAS Office on 056 7765514)

Website: Email:

Ormonde College of Further Education

FETAC Level 5 Certificate in Childcare is a one-year, full-time course that prepares students to work with children in a variety of childcare settings.

Location: Ormonde College of Further Education, Telephone: 056 7763321

Ormonde Rd, Kilkenny.

Website: Email:

St Brigid’s College

FETAC Level 5 Childcare Course (Special Needs and Classroom Assistant). Grants available to eligible applicants. No tuition fees. Mature students and school leavers welcome. Course runs from September to May.

Contact: Deirdre Kane Telephone: 056 7725189

Location: St Brigid’s College, Callan, Co Kilkenny

VEC Community Education Service

The VEC Community Education Service offers FETAC accredited modules leading to the full Childcare Award at FETAC Level 5. Courses available on a part-time basis with classes on offer during the evening time.

Contact: Martha Bolger Telephone: 056 7786896

Community Education Facilitator

Location: VTOS, Bishop Birch Training Centre, Kilkenny


Community centres offer courses and support services for people living in the surrounding community.

Droichead Family Resource Centre

Beginner and improver computer classes. Other facilities offered include childcare provision, men’s breakfast morning and Callan Community Garden project.

Location: The Friary Complex, Telephone: 056 7755519

Mill St, Callan, Co Kilkenny ^ Email:

Father McGrath Centre

Parenting Support and Information services to local men’s and women’s support groups. The Multimedia Centre (see Information Technology in this section) offers low cost, accessible IT and ECDL training. Smoke alarms supplied for older people.

Contact: Stephen Murphy Telephone: 056 7751988

Location: Father McGrath Centre, St Joseph's Rd, Kilkenny

Loughboy Area Resource Centre Community Development Project

Activities on offer include Young Women’s Group, Parent & Toddler Group, Dance Classes, Book Club, Easy Stretch Yoga Class, Budget Meals Evenings, Weaving Group, Crochet Group and Sewing Group.

Contact: Connie Delaney McGee Telephone: 056 7764700

Location: Bishop Birch Training Institute, Nuncio Rd, Kilkenny

Newpark Close Family Resource Centre

The Multimedia/Test Centre offers low cost and accessible I.T. and ECDL training. Confidential Counselling, Accredited Courses for Women’s Education Programme, Community Savings Bank, Social Groups for men and women including a over 50s Ladies club and Parenting courses.

Contact: Sheila Donnelly, Project Manager Telephone: 056 7723309

Location: Newpark Close Family Resource Centre, Newpark Close, Kilkenny


This service facilitates and supports community based learning in locations throughout the city and county. Its aim is to encourage adults to return to learning in their own local communities. Subjects include personal development, art, sign language, crafts, computer skills and are organised in association with a wide variety of groups/organisations. Classes generally run for 6 to 10 weeks. A minimum of 10 participants is required to begin a class.

Contact: Martha Bolger, Telephone: 056 7786896

Community Education Facilitator Email:


Kilkenny Campus NUI Maynooth

The Kilkenny Campus, NUI Maynooth, offers a part-time BA Community Studies degree course. Modules include Social Theory and Social Analysis, Community Development, Youth Work, Adult Education, Community Arts, Counseling and Psychology. Five year course delivered through evening lectures and tutorials, field courses and short summer schools. Programme is open to mature students (aged 23 years or over by 1st January in the year of admission). Applications from adults who may not have completed second level education are welcome, and Accredited Prior Learning is considered for exemption from specific programme modules.

Location: Kilkenny Campus (NUI Maynooth), Telephone: 056 7775910

College Rd, Kilkenny Telephone: 056 7775919

Website: Email:


Healthy Cooking Classes

Cookery classes with emphasis on using health-giving foods such as fresh fruit and vegetables, wholegrains, nuts, seeds, pulses (chickpeas, beans and lentils) and fish. Recipes are tasty and simple.

Contact: Linda Harris Telephone: 087 6439981

Ryeland House Cookery

Practical cookery demonstrations including Christmas cooking, BBQ’s and salads, casseroles, one pot wonders, fish and family meals. Watch Anne Neary at work and then you eat the results! Courses run from September to June on Saturdays or week day evenings. Private parties catered for.

Contact: Anne Neary Telephone: 056 7729073

Location: Ryeland House, Cuffesgrange, Co Kilkenny Telephone: 086 2767656

Website: Email:


National Counselling Institute of Ireland

Part-time degree courses in Counselling Studies and Psychometric Testing. These are three year courses held one evening a week and one Saturday a month. Other courses available are Degrees in Counselling Skills and Addiction Studies, Adult Guidance Counselling Studies and Youth and Counselling Studies, Certificate in Counselling skills & Practices and Masters in Counseling and Psychotherapy.

Location: Kilkenny City Telephone: 1890 276000

Website: Email:

Kilkenny Campus NUI Maynooth

Kilkenny Campus NUI Maynooth offers an NUI Certificate in Counselling Skills. The course is for mature students and seeks to meet the growing need that people are experiencing in their personal and professional lives for a course concerned with introducing them to the communication skills central to human relationships. The course does not aim to train people in the field of therapeutic counselling. 100 hours part-time (one evening per week, and 3 to 4 Saturdays) over one year.

Location: Kilkenny Campus (NUI Maynooth), Telephone: 056 7775910

College Rd, Kilkenny Telephone: 056 7775919

Website: Email:


Barnstorm Theatre Company

Weekly theatre workshops dedicated to giving local people the opportunity to debate and create theatre, increase their theatre skills and meet new faces. Training focuses on acting skills, but there are also specialised theatre workshops in scriptwriting, devising, directing and theatre design. Annual December production will take place at the Watergate Theatre. September enrolment – membership limited so book early. No experience necessary.

Contact: Ronan Mac Raois,

Outreach and Education Officer Telephone: 056 7751266

Location: Barnstorm Theatre, Church Lane, Kilkenny

Website: Email:

Adult Learning Scheme (Word Aid)

Beginner, intermediate and advanced English language classes. Classes offered from September to June, on a part-time basis, mornings and evenings. Register on-line or contact Helen. Classes are subject to availability and fees may apply.

Contact: Helen Walsh Telephone: 056 7763149 / 086 8400344

Website: Email:

English Classes

English Classes available.

Contact: Tom Dowling Telephone: 086 4063149

Location: Presbyterian Church, New Road, Kilkenny

Kilkenny School of English

English language lessons open to all non-native speakers including au-pairs, short-term visitors, immigrants and those wishing to improve their English.

Contact: Mary Steed Telephone/Fax: 056 7766888

Location: Croan, Dunamaggin, Co Kilkenny

Website: Email:

English Language & Social Integration Programme

Open to those in possession of a valid Green Card with a Stamp 4. Free, part-time course to improve English language skills. Up to 20 tuition hours per week.

Contact: Helen Walsh Telephone: 056 7763149 / 086 8400344

Website: Email:


Grennan College

The Grennan College Equestrian Centre offers one or two year practical and academic courses for those seeking careers in the horse industry. The Centre has an all weather outdoor menage and an indoor school. Courses available in Equestrian Studies and Horsemanship. Qualifications include FETAC Level 5 Certificate, British Horse Society Stages 1, 2 and 3 and Preliminary Teacher Training (PTT) – Assistant Instructor.

Contact: Bridgette McCarthy, Course Director Telephone: 056 7724511 Location: Grennan College Equestrian Centre, Telephone: 056 7724112

Thomastown, Co Kilkenny

Kildalton College

Kildalton College offers a FETAC Level 5 Certificate course in Horse Breeding and Training, a FETAC Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Horsemanship and a FETAC Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Stud Management.

Location: Piltown, Co Kilkenny Telephone: 051 644400

Website: Email:


Kilkenny VEC

County Kilkenny VEC run a variety of evening classes in locations around the County. Courses range from short hobby and leisure subjects to longer work orientated programmes which can lead to certification. Evening classes provide the opportunity to learn a new skill or brush up on an existing one in a friendly relaxed environment.

Enrolment takes place in September and January of each year. Details of classes and enrolment nights are available from each school/centre directly and are advertised through the VEC website, on local radio and the local newspapers.

^ Schools/Centres include:



Ballyhale, Scoil Aireagail

056 7768632

Ferrybank, Abbey Community College

051 832 930

Graiguenamanagh, Duiske College

059 9724177

Kilkenny City Vocational School, New Street.

056 7765103

Adult Education Service

Johnstown, Coláiste Mhuire

056 8831135

Mooncoin, Coláiste Cois Siúire

051 895112

Thomastown, Grennan College

056 7724112

Thomastown, Grennan Mill Craft School

056 7724557

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