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Success Stories

Almost 800 years ago, Anglo-Norman settlers chose Kilkenny to build a prosperous merchant trading town and Kilkenny City subsequently became Ireland’s capital for a period in the 17th century. This outward-looking spirit of global enterprise, combined with a culture of success, has created a highly entrepreneurial outlook.


Kilkenny is now home to a mix of international and indigenous businesses across a variety of sectors including Financial and Internationally Traded Services, Agriculture, Food, ICT, Digital media and more.


Glanbia PLC, one of the world’s leading international cheese and nutritional ingredients companies, is headquartered in Kilkenny and Diageo PLC, is in the proces of establishing a visitor experience modelled on the Guinness Storehouse- Ireland's No.1 Visitor attraction. In terms of overheads, location, infrastructure, quality of life and track record - Kilkenny is a competitive location from which to build a world class business. In addition, companies locating in Kilkenny can avail of the services of our dedicated Business Support Unit.


From Ireland’s Entrepreneur of the Year, Terry Clune of  and his Succeed in Ireland initiative, to an Oscar nominated animation studio, Cartoon Saloon, Kilkenny has a buzzing and ambitious entrepreneurial culture with a proactive and coordinated local agency support structure.


A dynamic regional ecosystem supports the many indigenous businesses and multinationals who have chosen to locate here. Applied research centres in the region operate in the areas of ICT, Telecommunications, Software Design, Applied Materials, Pharmaceutical & Molecular Biotechnology and Eco-Innovation.