I had read about the Smithwicks brewery closing down in 2013. We are planning a trip in July and I was trying to find out whether the tour might still be available.
So, I went to the proverbial horse's mouth and sent an email on Smithwick's website.
This is the reply I received, which I thought I would share:
"Thank you for your email.
It is true there has been an announcement that the Brewery will be ceasing operations here in Kilkenny at the end of 2013. However, it is hoped that the tours will still run during 2013. Please email closer to the time when we will have confirmed our summer schedule."
So I'm holding out hope... this is the first I've seen of the operations ceasing at the end of 2013 vs. earlier in the year. Maybe good news for those planning to visit Kilkenny!