Ballykeefe Quarry Amphitheatre
A deep, worked-out quarry, nestling beneath Ballykeeffe Wood and Nature Reserve in Kilmanagh, County Kilkenny. Events take place here in the great outdoors so dress according to the weather. However if it happens to rain the event will usually be held indoors. There is stone seating capable of holding 350 people and a terraced grass bank which takes as many more. Plus lots of space around the stage area, a paved limestone circle. A 10 mtr. By 10 mtr. Ballykeeffe is 8 miles from Kilkenny city on the R 695 road and special signs are put in place when concerts are going on.
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