Kilkenny County Council

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Kilkenny County Council

Comhairle Chontae
Chill Chainnigh
Coat of arms or logo
David Fitzgerald, FG
Kilkenny County Council composition.svg
Political groups
  •   Fianna Fáil (11)
  •   Fine Gael (8)
  •   Labour Party (1)
  •   Green Party (1)
  •   Sinn Féin (1)
  •   Independent (2)
Last election
24 May 2019
Meeting place
Kilkenny College (postcard c.1920).jpg
County Hall, Kilkenny
The area governed by the council

Kilkenny County Council (Irish: Comhairle Chontae Chill Chainnigh) is the authority responsible for local government in County Kilkenny, Ireland. As a county council, it is governed by the Local Government Act 2001. The council is responsible for housing and community, roads and transportation, urban planning and development, amenity and culture, and environment. The council has 24 elected members. Elections are held every five years and are by single transferable vote. The head of the council has the title of Cathaoirleach (Chairperson). The county administration is headed by a Chief Executive, Colette Byrne. The county town is Kilkenny city.


The county council originally met at Kilkenny Courthouse.[1] By the second half of the 20th century it had moved to new offices at John's Green House.[2] The county council moved to its current home, County Hall, in 1994.[3]

In 2000, as part of a government initiative called "Better Local Government – A Programme for Change", a new structure was introduced to Kilkenny County Council which included five Strategic Policy Committees.[4]

Local electoral areas and municipal districts[edit]

Kilkenny County Council is divided into the following municipal districts and local electoral areas, defined by electoral divisions.[5]

Municipal District and LEA Definition Seats
CallanThomastown Aghaviller, Ballyhale, Ballyvool, Bennettsbridge, Boolyglass, Bramblestown, Brownsford, Burnchurch, Callan Rural, Callan Urban, Castlebanny, Coolaghmore, Coolhill, Danesfort, Dunbell, Dunnamaggan, Dysartmoon, Earlstown, Ennisnag, Famma, Freaghana, Graiguenamanagh, Grange, Inistioge, Jerpoint Church, Kells, Kilfane, Killamery, Kilmaganny, Kiltorcan, Knocktopher, Mallardstown, Outrath, Pleberstown, Powerstown, Rosbercon Rural, Scotsborough, Stonyford, The Rower, Thomastown, Tullaghanbrogue, Tullaherin, Tullahought, Ullard and Woolengrange. 6
Castlecomer Attanagh, Balleen, Ballinamara, Ballybeagh, Ballycallan, Ballyconra, Ballyragget, Baunmore, Castlecomer, Clara, Clogh, Clogharinka, Clomantagh, Coolcraheen, Freshford, Galmoy, Glashare, Goresbridge, Gowran, Johnstown, Kilkieran, Kilmacar, Kilmanagh, Lisdowney, Moneenroe, Mothell, Muckalee (in the former Rural District of Castlecomer), Odagh, Paulstown, Rathbeagh, Rathcoole, Rathealy, Shankill, Tiscoffin, Tubbridbrittain, Tullaroan and Urlingford. 6
Kilkenny City Dunmore, Kilkenny No. 1 Urban, Kilkenny No. 2 Urban, Kilkenny Rural and St. Canice. 7
Piltown Aglish, Ballincrea, Castlegannon, Dunkitt, Farnoge, Fiddown, Jerpoint West, Kilbeacon, Kilbride, Kilcolumb, Kilculliheen (part), Kilkeasy, Killahy, Kilmakevoge, Listerlin, Muckalee (in the former Rural District of Carrick-on-Suir No. 3), Pilltown, Pollrone, Portnascully, Rathpatrick, Rossinan, Shanbogh, Templeorum, Tubbrid, Ullid and Whitechurch. 5


The following were elected at the 2019 Kilkenny County Council election, under the boundaries which existed at the time.[6]

2019 seats summary[edit]

Party Seats[7]
Fianna Fáil 11
Fine Gael 9
Labour 2
Green 1
Independent 1

Councillors by electoral area[edit]

This list reflects the order in which councillors were elected on 24 May 2019.

Council members from 2019 election
Local electoral area Name Party
Callan-Thomastown Peter Cleere Fianna Fáil
Matt Doran Fianna Fáil
Michael Doyle Fine Gael
Patrick O'Neill Fine Gael
Deirdre Cullen Fianna Fáil
Joe Lyons Fine Gael
Castlecomer Pat Fitzpatrick Fianna Fáil
Mary Hilda Cavanagh Fine Gael
Michael McCarthy Fianna Fáil
John Brennan Fine Gael
Michael Delaney Fianna Fáil
Denis Hynes[a] Labour
Kilkenny Andrew McGuinness Fianna Fáil
Malcolm Noonan[b] Green
Joe Malone Fianna Fáil
David Fitzgerald Fine Gael
Eugene McGuinness Independent
John Coonan Fianna Fáil
Martin Brett[a] Fine Gael
Piltown Pat Dunphy Fine Gael
Tomás Breathnach Labour
Fidelis Doherty Fine Gael
Eamon Aylward Fianna Fáil
Ger Frisby Fianna Fáil
  1. ^ a b Changed party, see table below for details.
  2. ^ Replaced during term, see table below for details.


Party Outgoing Electoral area Reason Date Co-optee
Green Malcolm Noonan Kilkenny Elected as a TD for Carlow–Kilkenny at the 2020 general election February 2020 Maria Dollard

Changes in affiliation[edit]

Name Electoral area Elected as New affiliation Date
Martin Brett Kilkenny Fine Gael Independent August 2020
Denis Hynes Castlecomer Labour Sinn Féin November 2021[8]


  1. ^ "About Us". Kilkenny County Council. Archived from the original on 3 November 2019. Retrieved 3 November 2019.
  2. ^ "Local Authorities". Oireachtas. 26 May 1982. Archived from the original on 26 October 2019. Retrieved 26 October 2019.
  3. ^ "The modern era". Ask about Ireland. Archived from the original on 23 October 2019. Retrieved 3 November 2019.
  4. ^ "Local Government Reform". Kilkenny County Council. Archived from the original on 19 October 2016. Retrieved 3 November 2019.
  5. ^ "S.I. No. 621/2018 – County of Kilkenny Local Electoral Areas and Municipal Districts Order 2018". Archived from the original on 3 February 2019. Retrieved 24 May 2019.
  6. ^ "2014 Local elections – Kilkenny County Council". Archived from the original on 5 June 2014. Retrieved 1 June 2014.
  7. ^ "Local elections 2014". Kilkenny County Council. Archived from the original on 16 June 2016. Retrieved 13 June 2016.
  8. ^ "Kilkenny county councillor leaves Labour to join Sinn Féin". KCLR 96FM. 14 November 2021. Retrieved 24 November 2021.


  • Tom Boyle and Michael O'Dwyer. Kilkenny County Council: A Century of Local Government. Kilkenny: Kilkenny County Council, 1999.

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