Minister Breen launches new ‘Invest Kilkenny’ campaign

Minister Breen launches new ‘Invest Kilkenny’ campaign to promote investment in the region


With exceptional global connectivity and a capacity to attract high calibre talent, Kilkenny is the place where business succeeds

Friday, 24th November 2017: Minister Pat Breen, Minister of State for Trade, Employment, Business, EU Digital Single Market and Data Protection, TD, alongside key stakeholders and guests from the multi-national and indigenous sectors, the IDA and Enterprise Ireland, officially launched ‘Invest Kilkenny’, a new campaign by Kilkenny County Council to promote investment in the region, at an event held in the Medieval Mile Museum, today. 

Already home to major global organisations such as Glanbia, Cartoon Saloon, Lighthouse Studios, State Street International and Connolly’s Red Mills, the ‘Invest Kilkenny’ campaign will promote Kilkenny as an attractive investment location by highlighting its unique commercial location, exceptional international connectivity, quality infrastructure, high calibre talent and low-cost business environment.

Speaking at the launch, Minister Breen said: “I commend Kilkenny County Council on this initiative and I have every confidence that working together we will see Kilkenny achieve significant investment and job creation over the next number of years.”

Minister Breen - Invest Kilkenny

The campaign follows on from the acquisition of the Abbey Quarter (formerly the Smithwick’s brewery site) which, when completed, will provide some 60,000m2 of new commercial development. ‘Invest Kilkenny’ offers a suite of new marketing tools including a brand-new website, sectoral videos, and a brochure, which will be used to support the IDA and Enterprise Ireland in their work to stimulate inward investment.

The Cathaoirleach of Kilkenny County Council, Cllr, David Fitzgerald said that "Kilkenny is a unique place to start and grow a business. It is the place where business succeeds and now is an opportune time to do so. This new initiative has the potential to deliver hundreds of jobs over the coming years and offer those employees a place to not only make a living but to make a life.”

Kilkenny is a cost-competitive location and has three third level facilities all within 30 minutes of Kilkenny providing the county with an unrivalled skills pool and already home to an impressive mix of international and indigenous businesses spread across a variety of sectors including financial and internationally traded services, agriculture, food, ICT, digital media, arts, craft, retail and design”

The Abbey Quarter, located on the site on the former Smithwick’s brewery, will provide an exceptional business location for companies seeking outstanding global connectivity and the capacity to attract high calibre talent.  Featuring an urban design layout, the design uses the existing architectural framework thus ensuring that the planned development of the Abbey Quarter delivers on its vision of being a seamless complement to the medieval city and an inclusive place for an inter-generational community to work and live.