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The Rafter Dempseys, Kilkenny City, Co. Kilkenny

4 Friary Street
Kilkenny City
Co. Kilkenny

Tel: +353 (0) 56 7722970
Fax: +353 (0) 56 7789797
Proprietor: Gerry Rafter

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About Us

The Rafter Dempseys is an attractive pub/restaurant and guesthouse situated in the heart of the medieval city of Kilkenny.  It is a bright, comfortable, clean bar with a homely log fire and decorated in traditional old world style.

The private function room can cater for parties of 70 to 100 people, ideal for a 21st, first communions and funeral parties.

The smoking area is heated and comfortable with plasma screens.  It is ideal in the summertime to avail of the sunshine.

The accommodation comprises of 16 ensuite bedrooms which are spacious double/twins and triple/family rooms.

The pub offers an extensive lunch menu and a la carte daily.

For those interested in sport, we also have several plasma screens and a pool table.

For those who like music we have a live music event every Saturday night.

Local Attractions

Kilkenny's cosmopolitan outlook influences the wide range of restaurants, from exotic world food to traditional hearty Irish fare.

The historic features of the city are within a short stroll of each other - Kilkenny Castle, Rothe House, Saint Canice's Cathedral.

Market Cross and McDonagh Shopping Centres are on our doorstep offering the customer a choice of many outlets/shops to choose from.

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Whats on Offer:

  • Food
  • Live Music
  • Parties Catered For
  • Restaurant
  • Sport


  • Accommodation
  • Baby-changing Facilities
  • Beer Garden
  • Car Parking
  • Family Friendly
  • Family Run
  • Function Room
  • High Chairs
  • Open Fire
  • Smoking Area
  • Wheelchair Access
  • WiFi


Pub Reviews

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"Best night EVER"

We stayed at the Rafter Dempsey's in February 2011, on a weekend. What a lively Fun spot !......Accommodation was perfect and right in the centre of all that's going on in the city. The food was great and the staff very friendly.......but the best part of the whole weekend was the craic and the buzz in the place on Saturday night where a brilliant performer called Yvonne was playing ! We would definetly go back again and bring our friends .

Review published 10 March 2011
Posted by: Mary and Pete

"fantastic night in a great pub"

We had a great night in this pub and couldn't speak highly enough of the staff...........wonderful place and we will Definitely be back !.......

Review published 28 September 2009
Posted by: John.....Dublin.

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