National Services Day – Kilkenny – 2nd September 2023

The National Services Day is taking place in Kilkenny Castle for its second year. Kicking off at 1pm on Saturday 2nd September 2023, the city will see its second National Services Day Blue Light Parade and Static Display. 

Entering the city on Castlecomer Road, it will be a spectacle not to be missed as dozens of emergency and essential vehicles pass the Newpark Hotel, McDonagh Junction, John Street, Rosin Street and then onto the Castle Parade where they will then enter the grounds of Kilkenny Castle for a static display until 6pm. An excellent opportunity for the young and old to meet the men and women of our national services and experience all the exciting equipment and vehicles they have to offer.

Those taking part in this National Services Day event include: 
The Defence Forces, An Garda Síochána, Kilkenny County Council, The National Ambulance Service, The Irish Coast Guard, The Irish Prison Service, The Civil Defence, South East Mountain Rescue, The RNLI, Revenue Commission, HSE, Community First Responders, The Red Cross, the Order of Malta, BUMBLEance, Blood Bikes, Kilkenny Sub Aqua, Irish Water Safety, The OPW, Kilkenny County Council and Waterford Search and Rescue and The Irish U.N. Veterans Assoc, O.N.E. Veterans and the wonderful St. Patricks Brass and Reed Band. 

National Services Day is a day of remembrance and celebration happening around the country, so come out on the 2nd September and show your support for our Frontline, Emergency and Security Services personnel. Visit for the full schedule of events.

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