Social Groups

  • Kilkenny Bereavement Support

    Kilkenny Bereavement Support, set up in 1989, is a group of trained volunteers who offer a free one-to-one support service to individuals of all ages who are bereaved and grieving. For those who have been bereaved by suicide, there is an additional optional six week healing programme. Bereaved people are met in a safe and confidential environment in Villa Maria.

  • GROW

    GROW is a Mental Health Organisation which helps people who have suffered or are suffering, from mental health problems. Members are helped to recover from all forms of mental breakdown, or indeed, to prevent such happening.

    Groups meetings take place on Tuesdays, 10am and Wednesdays, 8pm.

  • Cois Nore

    A community centre for people affected by cancer. Supports include: free counselling, massage and reflexology, as well as numerous group activities. Specialised counselling for children, advice and information. Open Monday to Friday, 10am to 4pm for drop-in support or by appointment.

  • Cairde Club

    Club for over 60s. Tuesdays, 2pm to 4.30pm. Afternoon Tea. Activities include exercise, bingo cards, art and crafts, library and occasional speakers. Some gentle sports activities. Annual holidays. Day trips. People can be collected from their home and returned.

  • AWARE

    Depression and Bipolar Disorder support group meet every Thursday at 7.30pm.  Support line available Monday to Sunday, 10am to 10pm

  • The Men’s Shed

     

    The Men’s Shed is a social outlet for men where they share their different skills. Members can partake in a range of activities i.e. bicycle up-cycling, wood turning, gardening etc.

     

    The Kilkenny Men's Shed also carries out handy-work in the community known as "Men's Shed Helping Hands". The idea is that members are available to carry out some handy-work - e.g mowing the lawn, putting up shelves, painting a door etc. - for people in the community, especially older people and those living alone. In return an individual can give a donation to the Men's Shed.

  • Men’s Action Network (MAN)

     

    Men's Action Network is a support/social group for men over 50. The group participates in light activities such as indoor bowling, bocha, tea and a chat. There are also trips, other social events and information sessions. All welcome. Meet Wednesdays 2pm to 4pm and Fridays 10.30am to 12pm.

  • MACRA Na Feirme

     

    A voluntary organisation for people aged 17 to 35. Macra na Feirme is committed to the personal development of members and emphasises social interaction and participation. Activities are determined by members, are many and varied and include soccer, volleyball, basketball, drama competitions, public speaking, training programmes and travel. There are seven clubs in Co Kilkenny: Freshford, Callan, Kilkenny City, Kilmanagh, North Kilkenny (covers Castlecomer and Ballyragget area), Paulstown, Mullinavat and Suirside - 210 members.

  • Kilkenny Lions Club

     

    The Lions Club organises several annual fund-raising events for local charities including a concert, race night, Christmas hamper appeal, golf classic etc. Meetings held all year round on the first Tuesday of the month at 8.30pm.

     

  • Connect Café

     

    Connect Café offers an informal space for a chat, cup of tea and activities. The activities

    include: Mondays: Women’s Crafts, Tuesdays: Art, Wednesdays: Live music and singalong,

    Thursdays: Art Project. Open Monday to Thursday 11am to 1pm. All welcome.

  • Irish Countrywomen’s Association (ICA)

    County Kilkenny federation of ICA has several hundred members in 20 guilds, with an ethos based on friendship with women and further education. Hand crafts, computers and all of the old traditional Irish crafts are our main activities. Classes in computers, digital cameras, hand crafts, gardening, flower arranging, swimming and physical fitness may also be available. Visits to An Grianán in Co Louth, ICA’s Adult Education College, are arranged. Members go on weekend trips and there is an annual international trip. There is a hand-craft week in March every year.