Stories of the South East – Aisling Hayes



NAME :

Aisling Hayes

OCCUPATION :

Promoting Kilkenny for Business and Tourism with Kilkenny County Council

RIVER :

Without hesitation – the Nore

FAVOURITE QUOTE :

I am not young enough to know everything – Oscar Wilde

FAVOURITE PLACE TO VISIT:

Hard to choose, it usually relates one of the Three sisters and one of the Four Seasons.

Favourites – the Riverbank walk Bennettsbridge to Kilkenny in early Spring, the Monkeypuzzle walk Woodstock gardens Inistioge on a sunny afternoon, Tramore strand on a cold crisp winter’s day, Leighlinbridge in autumn; and Mount Juliet and the Nire Valley, any time of year.

FAVOURITE THING ABOUT WHERE I COME FROM:

I am surrounded by beautiful places and creative people.I lived in Dublin for 20 years and loved its vibrancy but as soon as I cross Bennettsbridge and see Nicholas Mosse Pottery on the horizon, I know I’m home and there’s nowhere quite like it. I feel lucky to live in such a beautiful place as Kilkenny, steeped  in culture, heritage and craft, it’s a positive environment.

AND ANOTHER THING

I spent my final college years doing an MSc in Zoology at UCD, usually knee-deep in rivers and canals carrying out field research.  I still have an innate fascination with the natural world and the ecology of the region so living in close proximity to scenic waterways like the River Nore, Suir and Barrow is a privilege.

The three sisters bid for ECOC is a unique proposition but the three counties and this pocket of the Ancient East has what it takes to deliver as capital of culture . We might be small but we punch well above our weight!