I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – I feel blessed to live in this historic, beautiful, and cultural city of ours. I feel equally blessed that for fifty years, Kilkenny has been hosting a world class Arts Festival (originally known as Arts Week) On this the 50th anniversary of the Festival I present some edited highlights of the wonderful events I have attended, and thoroughly enjoyed, throughout those fifty years. My sincere thanks to those who founded the Festival and to all who, for half a century, maintained the momentum presenting first class cultural events in our city. Finally, my thanks to everyone, not least the many volunteers, who are presently involved in the festival. Míle, míle buíochas.