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Kilkenny Event

September 7th 2024 – Programme of Events



Kicking off at 2pm on Saturday 2nd September 2023, the city will see its second National Services Day Blue Light Parade and Static Display. Entering the city on the Castlecomer Road, it will be a spectacle not to be missed as dozens of emergency and essential vehicle pass the Newpark Hotel, McDonagh Junction, John Street, Rosin Street and then onto the Castle Parade where they will then enter the grounds of Kilkenny Castle for a static display until 6pm.

1.30pm – 5pm

Emergency Services Display

Visit the static display for an excellent opportunity for the young and old to meet the men and woman of our national services and experience all the exciting equipment and vehicles they have to offer. National Services taking part in this event include:
The Defence Forces, An Garda Síochána, Kilkenny Fire Brigade, The National Ambulance Service, The Irish Coast Guard, The Irish Prison Service, The Civil Defence, South East Mountain Rescue, The RNLI, Revenue Commission, HSE, Community First Responders, The Red Cross, the Order of Malta, BUMBLEance, Blood Bikes, Kilkenny Sub Aqua, Irish Water Safety, The OPW, Kilkenny County Council and Waterford Search and Rescue and The Irish U.N. Veterans, O.N.E and the wonderful St. Patricks Brass and Reed Band

1.30pm -5pm

Emergency Skills Challenge

Learn lifesaving skills! Complete all 10 emergency skills challenge to earn your National Services Day Skills Challenge Certificate! Collect the challenge sheet at the National Ambulance Service area.

1.30pm – 4.30pm

Colouring Competition

Enter the National Services Day colouring competition, available to download using the link below or from the National Ambulance Service area on September 2nd. All entries must be handed into National Ambulance Service area before 4pm on September 2nd.