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This annual event is a celebration of all things festive, showcasing the talents of local artisans and the delicious flavors of the holiday season. The fair is held in the charming village of Stoneyford, renowned for its picturesque landscapes and close-knit community.

At the Stoneyford Christmas Craft and Food Fair, you can expect a wide array of beautifully crafted items for sale, ranging from handmade ornaments and decorations to unique gifts and jewelry. The fair is a treasure trove for those seeking one-of-a-kind presents for loved ones or looking to add a touch of charm to their own homes during the holiday season.

In addition to the craft stalls, the fair also features a delightful selection of food vendors offering mouthwatering treats and culinary delights. From freshly baked pastries and cakes to savory snacks and traditional holiday fare, there is something to satisfy every craving and indulge in the festive spirit. You can wander through the stalls, sampling delicious treats and sipping on hot chocolate or mulled wine, immersing yourself in the warmth and coziness of the holiday season.

Not only is the Stoneyford Christmas Craft and Food Fair a perfect opportunity to find unique and handmade treasures, but it’s also a chance to support local businesses and artisans. By attending the fair, you are directly contributing to the community and encouraging the flourishing of creativity and talent.

Whether you are looking to do some holiday shopping, indulge in tasty treats, or simply soak up the joyful atmosphere, the Stoneyford Christmas Craft and Food Fair is a must-visit event. Mark your calendar and join in the merriment with family and friends as you enjoy the festive spirit and discover the magic of this special community event.

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Tai Chi

For beginners

Starting: Tuesday 17th Oct.

Where: Community Centre,

Stoneyford (Upstairs)

Time:          2.30

Cost:           €5 per session

wear comfortable clothes  and trainers

If you are interested just turn up.


Keep Fit & Circuit Training Classes 

Qualified Instructor: 

Séamus Nugent BA (Hons) Exercise & Health Studies NCEF

Community Hall, Stoneyford.

Wednesday Nights @ 7.00

Cost: €7.00 per session.

Classes begin Wed. 13 September 2023

SARG visit Westport 2022

Unfortunately over the past few months there has been a large amount of dog fouling on the community centre pitch and walking track. These areas are used by our soccer club, visiting clubs, walkers and runners. We would ask that all dog walkers to please adhere to the following guidelines.

All dogs must be kept on a lead at all times. Many people both adults and children are afraid of dogs.

No Dogs allowed on the green area.

Clean up after your dog. Bag It, Bin It.

If the problem continues we may have to ban dog walking in the future.

Áth Stúin

Micheál Ó Fearghail presents his solo exhibition of water colours in Rothe House, Kilkenny. This is exhibition should not be missed.(www://booleyart.com)

Summer Flowers, Stoneyford. 2021
An fear marbh, or Inis Tooskirt (Tuaisceart) ó Dun Chaoin. (Le cead ó Micheál Ó Fearghail www://booleyart.com )

The Hands of Time

By Angela Hayes

Oh I miss the tick-tock of the Grandfather Clock
That used to stand in the hall,
Regal and tall it welcomed us all,
And chimed every hour of the day.

Its capable hands patiently spanned,
Over each precious minute of time.
And all through the night
When all else was quiet
It steadily rang in each chime.

But life is all go now and there’s no steady pace
And this gentle giant seems a bit out of place
Now clocks come in all colours and shapes
But the grandfather clock
Has its own special place.

Tramore Beach (Le cead ó Micheál Ó Fearghail www://booleyart.com )

A Skipper looks back.

John Connolly (l902/l985), like other members of his family, spent the greater part of his working life on the Barrow.  For many of those years he acted as skipper of the Grand Canal Company’s barge, ‘”The 79M”.  In retirement he recalled in these verses some of his earIy morning voyages down the beautiful Barrow Valley.  As the 79M with other company boats set out from the quay at Graigue they sought to rendezvous at St. Mullins at high tide with the steamer which would shepherd them all safeIy through the tidal waters to their destination at  Waterford The memories recalled here are all pleasant ones, but life on the Barrow had another side, and the boatman ‘s Iot could often be a difficult and dangerous one.

The early morning tide

By John Connolly, Snr

One evening fair to take the air, alone I chanced to stray
Where by the Barrow's banks as a child I loved to play.
I miss old pals and comrades, where we strolled on, side by side
Watching the boats come sailing down to catch the morning tide.
On every morning early, at the dawning of the day,
Some boats would leave Canal Store and others from The Quay:
They'd steer the bridge in lovely style, sweep by the weir with pride
To navigate the lock; below when going for the tide.
Passing "Michael's" churchyard where underneath the sod
Lies many a stalwart boatman - we'd commend their souls to God
By Uisce Mór and Murray's Lock past Dormer's in our stride,
Bahana's woods and Carriglead –in short we'd meet the tide.
And when we'd meet St. Mullins lock a steamer waited there,
While the lark sang high up in the sky, his sweet song on the air.
The steamer then starts sailing and the boats begin to glide,
A truly lovely picture on the early morning tide.
Poulmounty Woods;, the Cushlawn Rock and Coolhill Castle high  
The stronghold of the de la Rupe's, who thought they’d never die.
The skipper tending to the wheel, his crew on him relied
To steer them through the Ferry Bridge, on the early morning tide.
Now Sundays, on the bridge of Graig, I gaze down at the store
And I think how I’d love to see my mates back there once more,
To hear their happy laughter, completely occupied
A loading up their little boats to catch the morning tide.
Most of these men have now passed on and many years have flown
Since they went to eternal rest, where troubles are unknown.
For them we pray each night and day and think of them with pride,
No more they’ll sail and steer their boats for the early morning tide.

Welcome to Stoneyford Development Association’s website. Thank you for visiting our site. You are very welcome, please stay for a  long as you wish. If you follow the various links you will learn about our community, our news, our hobbies our weather etc.Kilkenny is a beautiful county with many sights to be seen and experiences to be had. If you are visiting the mid Kilkenny region the village of Stoneyford is an ideal location to use as a base for your travels. It is central to Kilkenny City, Jerpoint Glass, Jerpoint Abbey, Kells Monastic Site, Kilree Round Tower and High Cross, Mount Juliet Country Estate and Golf Course and many more.

There is also good trout and salmon fishing in the area. While in Stoneyford you could experience the delights of Knockdrinna Artisan Cheese, produced in the village, the hospitality of Malzard’s or Sheridan’s Public Houses and stay in one of the many delightful B and Bs, where you can taste the best of local fare and the warmth of Stoneyford hospitality. If you are lucky you might get a chance to see Carrickshock hurlers, of whom we are very proud, display their skills on the playing pitch.We hope you will find this website informative and entertaining, if you have any suggestions or comments please feel free to share them with us.