About Us

Kilkenny House, Established in 1887

O’Gorman’s is a Traditional Family Pub perfectly located in Kilkenny city, close to the train and bus station, McDonagh Junction Shopping Centre, Nowlan Park and in easy walking distance of all the main attractions in Kilkenny City, such as: Kilkenny Castle, The Design Yard, Rothe House and more.

O’Gorman’s Pub is nothing less than a Kilkenny institution! Situated at the top end of John Street, it’s also known as “The Kilkenny House”.

“My first visit to it was with my grandfather some time in the late 1950s. In the late seventies, I began to learn traditional music as an adult… yes, an early concept of “lifelong learning”, I suppose!

Eventually, we came to play in O’Gormans on Saturday nights. There, the session was led off by the legendary fiddle-player, Jim Manning of Clara Castle. He shared his great fund of session tunes with us all, along with his daughter Eileen, and son Martin, great box-players both.

O’Gormans style as a “local” is what makes it unique, and the pub takes its style from its customers. It’s a noted venue for pre- and post match “get togethers”, being so close to Nowlan Park and the train station.

However, a new generation of O’Gormans have come to maturity. Eamonn Mahony has taken over the running of the pub.

Eamonn is a grandson of the late Mrs O ‘Gorman and the pub was originally bought by his great, great grandparents Daniel and Rose Lenehan, making Eamonn the fifth generation to run the establishment…”

Memory by Gary Lynch – local traditional musician


Draught beers available

Kilkenny House, O’Gorman’s has a great range of draft and bottled beers. On tap, we have:

  • Guinness
  • Smithwicks
  • Beck’s Vier
  • Stella Artois
  • Heineken
  • Tennents
  • Bulmers
  • Clonmel 1650
  • Heverlee

Selection of Bottles:

  • Guinness
  • Smithwicks
  • Heineken
  • Coors Light
  • Corona Extra
  • Bulmers
  • Bulmers Light
  • Miller
  • Budweiser
  • Smirnoff Ice
  • WKD Blue


We like our sport at O’Gorman’s. All major sporting events are shown on the TVs in the Bar, including:

  • At the Races
  • Live Rugby
  • GAA matches
  • Soccer Matches

Extra Facilities

In The Bar, there is also:

  • A Pool Table
  • A Jukebox