James Stephens Army Barracks

Venue: Kilkenny Army Barracks
Date: Saturday 9th December
Time: 3 tours: 2pm, 4pm & 6pm
Price: FREE (with booking)

The Stephens Barracks Museum has an important role in Kilkenny’s heritage. With an Irish Army background & base, the museum reflects a heritage older than the state.

This special event welcomes visitors via the side entrance to the museum with a line of the wooden soldiers standing to attention as a fun addition to the overall decoration.

1st stop – The museum – where stories of events of Christmas’s past will be told (15 mins)

2nd stop – Detention Barracks – visitors enter a courtyard that will be decorated with reindeer and lights, head into the detention centre where the naughty elf is locked up. The history of the detention cells will be recounted (10 mins)

3rd Stop – Outdoor Handball Alley ‘Christmas Past and Present’ a pre-recorded message from the troops that are spending Christmas in the Lebanon and veterans recollection of their Christmases spent on tour (including messages from other emergency service personnel who will be on duty over Christmas) (5mins)

4th Stop – The Cobbled Courtyard here the visitors will get to meet ‘Santapaws’ Fionn the Army’s Irish Wolfhound mascot (10mins)

5th Stop – The Officers’ Mess – where visitors will be treated to a hot drink and refreshments (20 mins)

Visitors will be escorted from the barracks by a lone piper.