|Nestled at the foot of Kilmanagh’s old Ballykeeffe Quarry, the Ballykeeffe Amphitheatre, which is a social enterprise run entirely by volunteers, brings the authentic atmosphere of an open-air Italian theatre to the rolling Kilkenny countryside.
Once a bustling slate quarry, it had lain abandoned for many years, with most indifferent to its very existence. However, in the late 1990s, a team of local volunteers recognised a unique potential which was brought to fruition through hard work and dedication, and in the year 2000 Ballykeeffe Amphitheatre proudly played host to the first of many performances.
Over the last 20 years, the Amphitheatre has grown and been developed thanks to the tireless work of volunteers and generous funding from LEADER, Kilkenny County Council, St Canice’s Credit Union and many event sponsors, to name but a few.
The Amphitheatre can seat up to 800 on its tiered limestone benches, and boasts a state-of-the-art canopy which perfectly complements the astounding natural acoustics of the high quarry walls, providing an unrivalled experience for those attending the array of musical and theatrical performances hosted here. The venue is also fully wheelchair accessible.
This stunning outdoor venue has become a focal point of Kilkenny’s music and arts scene, and over the years has played host to many big names including Aslan, Finbar Furey, The Stunning, The Saw Doctors, Ronan Tynan, Nathan Carter, Hermitage Green and Hudson Taylor among many others.
Just minutes outside Kilkenny City, this tranquil and magical setting lends itself to reverie as performances unfold on warm summer nights under the stars.