Other things to do in Kells

Home is Where the Hearth Is and Last Call

Kells Courthouse Tourism & Cultural Hub

May 28th 7pm (exhibition launch) 8pm concert.

Filmed following the reopening of pubs after 2 years closure, Home is where the Hearth Is is a series of three documentaries exploring rural Irish pubs and their connection to the Irish traditional scene. Featuring amongst others, artists John Spillane, Bernadette Nic Gabhann, Gerry O'Beirne, Daragh Lynch (Lankum) & Tom French, and their connection with three established public houses - P Berminghams, Harnan's Bar and Fagans.

Saturday May 28th sees the launch of these three documentaries accompanied by an exclusive photo exhibition by photographer John Sheridan who documented their making. The launch will be followed by Last Call - a celebration of traditional Irish music, contemporary folk music & spoken word featuring The Lost Brothers, An Che´ad Ghlu´in Eile, Bernadette Nic Gabhann & Jack Lynch, Farah Elle, Daragh Lynch, Aimee Farrell Courtney & Peter Fallon. A night not to be missed!
Filmed & Produced by Sofft Productions in partnership with Meath Arts Office & presented under the Meath Local Live Performance Programming Scheme.

Tickets: the BOOKMARKet café & tickets.ie

Last Call

Toradh2 Gallery: John Sheridan Photographic Exhibition

Kells Courthouse Tourism and Cultural Hub

Photographic Exhibition: ‘Home Is Where the Hearth Is’

In conjunction with Home is Where the Hearth Is and Last Call

Acclaimed local photographer and winner of Spain's @XIII International Photography ASIAPHOTO Award (The Spanish Photographic Oscars!) John photographed behind the scenes for the making of this documentary series exploring rural Irish pubs and their connection to the Irish traditional scene.

John’s exhibition runs from May 28th - June 18th


Toradh2 Gallery: Ken Browne Exhibition

Kells Courthouse Tourism and Cultural Hub

The Kells Courthouse Tourism & Cultural Hub & The Toradh Gallery2 Kells are delighted to host an exhibition of new work by celebrated artist Ken Browne. Browne, whose work is included in many public and private collections including the OPW and Wexford Opera House, has exhibited nationally and internationally over the course of an acclaimed career.

Of his work Browne says ‘More and more in the recent past I’ve been drawn to studying the story of the land, the natural curvature, the marks of ancient civilization and the man-made marks of husbandry. Now I try to sculpt with paint the shapes I see as well as sensing the vibrations of the landscape

Ken’s exhibition runs from June 23rd – July 28th


Live and Online Book Auction

Usher’s Auction Rooms

Viewing throughout the Hinterland Festival, with the auction taking place on Monday July 11th at 11am.

Collections from the late historians Jim Gammons & Margaret Conway will be up for sale at our Book Auction at Eureka House, Navan Road, Kells.

The sale includes many rare Irish books, maps, coins, stamps, Meath GAA, botanical & an extensive Folio Society collection. Other lots of interest are collections of poetry, travel, gardening & cookery.

Usher's Auction Rooms

Kells TypeTrail

This unique event, now celebrating its 13th year, is an annual festival celebrating typography and lettering as a modern art form. Each year one word is interpreted in a series of art installations around Kells , this year’s theme is the word ‘NOW’. The TypeTrail map is available to view online at www.kellstypetrail.com or is available to pick up in many local shops and cafés. Meet at the gates of the Church Of Ireland, Church Street at 11am Sunday 26th June for a guided tour of this years TypeTrail.

Kells Type Trail

Kells Arts Club: Celebrating Bloomsday

BOOKMARKet Café, Market St, Kells

Hinterland meets Joyce with Kells Arts Club. Bloomsday Breakfast

June 16th 11am - booking at the BOOKMARKet Café or email annduffy.kells@gmail.com


Presbyterian Church

An exhibition in the Presbyterian Church, Bective Street, showing the history of the Church in Kells and the wider Presbyterian Church in Ireland. 24th - 26th June. Admission free.

Friday 2-6pm, Saturday 11-6pm, Sunday 3-6pm. On Sunday morning there will be a Presbyterian Service in the Church from 10.30 - 11.30am and visitors are very welcome to come and join in.

A church with a stained glass window

Kells Walk About Tours

Get a unique insight into the historic town of Kells, from the early medieval monastic site to the Georgian quarter, volunteer guides will take you on a walking tour and will share with you the local stories and hidden gems of their town.

Times allocated are 11am & 2pm, however it is necessary to book in advance through The Kells Courthouse Tourism & Cultural Hub on the Headfort Road. Phone Libby on 046-924 7508


Jack’s Railway Bar

Jacks Bar & Restaurant, Rockfield Rd, A82 WF74

You won’t get more Irish than the Trad Session in Jacks Bar, every Thursday Night from 9pm. Headed up by the renowned Kane O’Rourke and Nigel Davey. Food served daily.


Headfort Arms Hotel: Midsummer Long Table Feast

Headfort Gardens (Weather Permitting)
Friday 24th June 7.30pm Kells Pink Gin Reception

Join us for a taste of Boyne Valley in the Headfort Garden. Enjoy creative seasonal dishes for sharing from local Boyne Valley producers, from the garden grill platters of Grilled meats to colourful salads with soulful Summer Tunes in the leafy surrounds of The Headfort Garden.

Tickets shop.headfortarms.ie or Hotel Reception €60 per person

Long Table Supper

Kells Market Cross at Kells Courthouse Tourism and Cultural Hub

Visit the Courthouse to admire the Market Cross, a copy of the Book of Kells, a replica of the Kells Crozier and interactive touch screens video to engage and inspire visitors to explore Kells and the surrounding Boyne Valley.
Headfort Road Kells, Co. Meath A82 RY62

Kells Courthouse Tourism and Cultural Hub

The Market Clonmellon

Food & Craft Market with great local produce. 11am to 1.30pm Sunday 19th June, and every 2nd Sunday in the Old Market Square, Clonmellon. C15 DK6E


Girley Bog

Girley Bog is a site of considerable conservation significance as it comprises raised bog – a rare habitat in Europe and one that is becoming increasingly scarce and under threat in Ireland. The looped walk covers a combination of forest and bogland – and has been developed as an eco-walk, with a wonderful variety of birdlife, plants and animals. A site map can be downloaded on: www.coillte.ie/site/girley-bog/

Girley Bog

Sheridans Cheesemongers

Every Saturday host a small market for local food producers; including their butcher, local fruit and veg grower and many more. The Old Forge Restaurant next to Virginia Road Station, Pottlereagh, Kells, Co Meath. A82 PC42.