where business moves faster

Kilkenny is served by a world class transportation system with the M9 motorway to Dublin Airport and Waterford City, direct rail links to Dublin and Waterford, and Belview Port with its shorter freight times to the UK and Continental Europe. 

Photograph of M9 MotorwayKilkenny infrastructure at a glance

  • Excellent motorway infrastructure
  • 70 minutes to Dublin International Airport with 1,500 weekly flights
  • 30 minutes to Waterford, daily flights to UK and Lorient
  • 7 daily commuter rail services to Dublin
  • Bulk freight service from Belview to Ballina to Holyhead
  • Daily service Rosslare Europort -Waterford - Limerick
  • Home to Ireland’s closest deep-water port to Europe
  • High capacity fibre optic networks in Kilkenny City and Belview
  • Substantial water and wastewater capabilities


Land availability:

Kilkenny City has 165 hectares of serviced land available, including business and technology parks, warehousing land and an IDA land bank. The Belview zone in the south of the County is just 4 miles from Waterford City and incorporates 265 hectares of zoned land, including a strategic IDA land bank, the Marine Point Business Park and Belview Port. 
Water Capacity:
There is significant water and waste water services capacity available in the Kilkenny City and Belview  zones. The Belview zone has seen major water services investment recently  and is supplying 3,300 cubic metres of water a day, with the potential to supply 9,000 cubic metres a day.

Kilkenny City has two fibre rings around the city provided by UPC\Chorus and eNet’s Metropolitan Area Network (MAN),  with these rings providing speeds of between 100 MB and 1GB. In June 2014, eNet announced plans to create three new ‘Fibre To The Business’ (FTTB) networks via their enet fibredirect initiative, Press release . This will bring fibre directly into every business in Kilkenny ensuring superfast fibre broadband.  Belview can readily deliver on high capacity fibre internet availability in addition to existing satellite wireless infrastructure.


Kilkenny has excellent capability in education. With 74 primary schools and 17 secondary schools within the County,  and three Institutes of Education within 30 minutes drive, the region is well served with highly educated young graduates.  

  • Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) is one of the largest 3rd level institutes in Ireland and was named Institute of Technology of the Year 2009 by the Sunday Times. WIT caters for 9,700 full time and part time students across its six schools of Engineering, Science, Business, Health Science, Humanities and Education.
  • Institute of Technology Carlow (ITC) caters for almost 4,000 students with over 60 taught programmes to Masters level, a growing research portfolio to Doctoral level in the Sciences and Technology, and an emerging research platform in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.
  • National University of Ireland, Maynooth (NUIM) caters for 8,400 registered students.  NUIM has 26 academic Departments which are organized into three Faculties: Arts, Celtic Studies and Philosophy; Science and Engineering, and Social Sciences.