The vision for the Abbey Quarter is to create an exciting new urban quarter in the heart of the medieval city. The new quarter will provide an exceptional business location for companies seeking outstanding global connectivity and the capacity to attract high calibre talent. It is located on the site of the former Smithwick’s Brewery on the banks of the River Nore.
This site was originally settled in the 13th century by Franciscan monks who established St. Francis Abbey. The monks brewed ales here long before John Smithwick established his brewery in the early 1700s and it continued to operate as a brewery for 300 years until it was closed by its owner Diageo in 2013. The remains of St. Francis Abbey still stand on the site today and are a national heritage site.
In recent years the site was acquired by Kilkenny County Council and a detailed masterplan has been drawn-up with a vision of creating a seamless complement to the medieval city as an inclusive place for an inter-generational community to work, live and play a 3 acre park with beside the 800 year old Abbey as its centrepiece.