Kilkenny Catwalk Project 2021 Art Trail

The Kilkenny Catwalk 2021 art trail featuring 21 magnificent cat sculptures follows a route around the city centre. Visitors are invited to follow the trail, located in our beautiful public spaces many of which are attached to the heritage buildings around the city, and find out more about the art and the artists, and make bids for a sculpture by downloading the Kilkenny Catwalk 2021 App. The trail is designed to immerse people in Kilkennys rich heritage.

The Kilkenny Catwalk 2021 Art Trail will raise money which will be reinvested by the Kilkenny Civic Trust in vital conservation work.


Kilkenny City had many Almshouses to care for the poor – the oldest dating back to 1582 is the Shee Almshouse a Tudor building on Mary’s Lane.

St Mary’s Almshouses were built in the early 19th century in Kilkenny City for the relief of distressed widows. The buildings are shown on an ordnance survey map circa 1839 and still retain much of their characteristic features. By preserving and restoring the St Mary’s Almshouses, Kilkenny County Council and Kilkenny Civic Trust seek to maintain and nurture the environment and cultural heritage of the City as part of its identity. Sensitive restoration will give a new lease of life to these historic buildings, create a valuable economic and tourism resource for Kilkenny City and a wonderful legacy for future generations to enjoy. The aim of this project is to bring the building back into use, to give it a new purpose whilst telling the story of Almshouses in Kilkenny City.

You can be in with a chance to win the fantastic ‘Kilkenny Cat’ by purchasing a Raffle Ticket on the App which can be downloaded on IOS and Android (links below), and can also bid on your favourite Cat when they go to auction!

Visit to read more about the project, and make sure to follow along on Social Media on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for updates along the way.

For more information on the Kilkenny Civic Trust, read our story here.

See the launch of the Kilkenny Catwalk Art Trail featured on RTE News here.

Download the Kilkenny Catwalk App on Android and IOS.