Kilkenomics – Ireland’s first Economics Festival

With THREE festivals taking place in Kilkenny this weekend between the Rockfall music festival, Savour Kilkenny Food Festival and the World Conker Championships / Festival, news comes by mail of another festival for Kilkenny, this time Ireland’s first economics festival. Of course, it’s not just all about business as some of the country’s leading economists and commentators will be joined by some of Ireland’s leading comedians.

Economists including David McWilliams, Bill Black, Martín Lousteau, Ha-Joon Chang, Vilhjálmur Bjarnason and Philippe Legrain are world class, all offering intelligent opinion on what just happened and what needs to happen next.

Commentators including John Lanchester, Peter Antonioni, Fintan O’Toole, Constantin Gurdgiev, and Olivia O’Leary all offer a unique take on our current circumstances and creative ideas for our future recovery.

Comedians, including Des Bishop, Colin Murphy, Karl Spain, Fred MacAulay, Neil Delamere and Barry Murphy all know how to find plenty of humour in dark times.

By the read of the release and, they’re also introducing a new currency to Kilkenny for the weekend which can be used against shows, books and anything else on offer under the festival banner.

It all takes place in Kilkenny, November 11th – 14th with twenty four events on over the four days. You can buy an individual ticket for any of the shows or a season ticket for €80/€100 which gets you

  • 5 x shows of your choice (subject to availability)
  • 1 x signed book of your choice from the book list below*
  • 1 x ticket to Festival Club
  • 1 x 20 Marbles to spend in Kilkenny on the festival weekend

For all the info, check out


  1. Mark Dunne October 28, 2010 at 3:27 pm

    *1 x 20 Marbles to spend in Kilkenny on the festival weekend

    This is a joke right! I’m a very literal person, this could mislead me…

  2. Ken McGuire October 30, 2010 at 11:22 am

    I’d start looking for that bag of marbles from childhood if I were you… just in case…

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