Hole In The Wall Kilkenny

17 High Street, Kilkenny, Ireland
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Opening Hours

Monday
13:15 - 12:00
Tuesday
13:15 - 12:00
Wednesday
13:15 - 12:00
Thursday
13:15 - 12:00
Friday
13:15 - 01:00
Saturday
13:15 - 01:00
Sunday
13:15 - 12:00

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09/08/2014
Chris

Great coffee and the owners are quite friendly and enjoyable. Their mom makes their scones. Other pastries are great too. Don't miss it since it looks like it is down an alley.

25/05/2014
David

Nice little coffee spot, 400 year old building - no Ikea furniture or Starbucks

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On the sign for Hole in the Wall it says 'Be Prepared To Be Surprised'! Last night was a case in point. Out of nowhere the story of Cajuns was told - to a real Cajun from Lafitte, Louisiana. And she was impressed that we knew so much. We learned from her. And, I expect she learned a bit about her culture from us? It was in effect a summer school module at 'Archer College, a constituent college of University of Kilkenny'. It amazed that only 3000 Acadians settled 2 hours west of New Orleans at the time of the Evangeline in 1755. Most were expelled back to France as their area was transformed into modern day Nova Scotia. We told about our insight into how Cajun became Zydeco because of the difficulty that Creoles had in saying haricots in French - as in the song 'Les Haricots Sont Pas Salés'. About Dennis McGee. And showed our washboard and accordion that led to a photo. She is about to tell all Cajuns about visiting Hole in the Wall. Whilst telling the stories, the Waterboys was heard. ? in Ryans. Their tune has a very Cajun feel. She should bring a Waterboys album home. Plans for a Summer Fest programme are being laid. A DeutscheTagge - GermanDay is in consideration. It is to feature aspects of Deutsche Woche (week) over a single day - readings from Goethe etc. A day dedicated to French music - Un Jour - 'La Mer' to be learned. A day to Irish poets - Yeats and Heaney (Heaney's Circle Line was gifted to a professor in Oxford today - he who put Yeats's poems to Prog Rock tunes in decades past). Mining. And maybe a classical evening - A recital on a virginal would be cool. Such an instrument might fit up the stairs? Already, Tom Campbell, Paddy McGlynn, and a young female jazz singer (Aug 10th) are lined up. And Lemon Cello and the Common Grounds Collective. Japanese Obon? And a ZingSpiel 'Stopped Off The Train' - re the expelled and emigrated Irish? Maybe an art exhibition? 'Brick Stepped Row'? - based on the song. Let's roll on! Things being tidied up!

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Back to the grind. After a week in the clouds. Of cardiac research and academia. Jobs to be done. A change from hallowed library halls to physical challenges. Music is in focus at present at Hole in the Wall. Thor Zellor of Alpha Sounds has just upgraded the bass bins using Italian kit. Sound is amazing. An analog mixing system is proposed so as to accommodate Prog Rock experts. John Treacy is in tomorrow and will do a gig from 9.30 pm-ish. Made Behind the Bar are chipping away at a regular Wed night slot. (We'll plug them into the sound system next). A number of artists are lining up for the Kilkenny Arts Festival week. Don Mescall will start, and end his Irish tour (Aug 26 and Sept 3rd) at Hole in the Wall. Interest in revisiting the Autumn Fest 'W.B. Yeats: A terrible beauty is born' was ignited last week on meeting Oxford's Prof Stefan Neubauer. He was a Prog Rock musician in times past and put the poems of Yeats to music. Maybe he'd come perform? We could play his band's music - Sirius - at least? A lot of interest was generated at the meeting last week amongst magnetic resonance experts re visits to Hole in the Wall. They'll feel rightly at home. It must be the only pub on the planet that features cardiac and blood spectra on the wall!

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Paying off Hole in the Wall to keep it open is quite the challenge. Costs are getting punishing. Water - thousands now. Rates, same. Electricity. Insurance. Maintenance, etc, etc. Too small. No sign (not allowed). No advertising (cachinge). No shows (busy). And random torpedoes fired by the disaffected on Facebook. And so Saturdays have become heavy work days. To shift tons from a site in Limerick so as to sell it. Quite the physical challenge. Wrestling elasticated trees, Johnny Weismueller-type interwoven 'ropes', heavy weights, ankle twisting ground (stones from walls of Limerick), the clever, 'Would You Be a Travelling Man?' types, dogs, etc, etc. And probable rats? Though none seen!! And yet there is satisfaction to be had as the clearance begins to succeed. And the site displays its size. And hints at its potential for some entrepreneurial type who is young. Each Saturday, after the exhausting work, Hole in the Wall beckons. And it's magic. Which Anne Distel and Conor King are tapping royally. As they fashion a Session. And as the image of a certain 'sleeve' says 'heavy metal' and a band could be built. That would rock the rock in Ballykeefe. And across the planet! No shortage of ambition! A song 'Ghosts of Rockz Past' is simmering in the subconscious. Where the bass will deliver the hook. And Gabby's stones will hammer. Time to nail the lecture for Oxford. Some interesting slides made during the week. As a new index to describe troubled and enlarging hearts surfaces.

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Anne and Conor did another Rambling House last night. Piece of magic. As they left a certain touch of genius rambled in. Too late to get her to sing. But afterwards we had deep discussion in the tavern about songwriting, the Irish music industry, her imminent performance at Glastonbury etc. And, of course, 'Black Dahlia'. None other than Cavan's Áine Cahill was 'in da house!'

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That TripAdviser post must have been re last Wed or Fri? A Session is developing on Wed nights thanks to Anne. And Conor. Anything could happen now. Aznavour as heavy metal? Not impossible. As the idea of a Diamond Head / Saxon / X Brothers reunion tour surfaces. Running away w the circus again!! And Thor's Metropolis opening? Rockz On

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Someone from Tipperary can't handle the dust that falls from our aged 1582 structure. And it's ageing contents. But such is the nature of an antique. One that lives. Just about. Having to pay its way. Others get the magic. Or make the magic. And the nights of this week have had that. 'It's a Long Way to Tipperary' - Say no more

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Great to see Liam back running the re-opened Tynans! "Happy Days" as he's won't to say. Trouble is that he'll get so many likes on Facebook he'll catch up with Hole in the Wall. Let's measure it!

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