There are 10 different species of bats in Ireland, some very rare, others still quite widespread. Because populations of most species have declined in past decades, all bats have been protected by Irish law since 1976. They are also protected by European law. Further details of the Wildlife Acts and the Habitats Directive under which all Irish bats are protected may be found on

"Landscape Conservation for Irish Bats" - Summary Brochure (click here to download)

"Landscape Conservation for Irish Bats and Species Specific Roosting Characteristics" (click here to download)

"Landscape Conservation for Bats in Ireland. Summary Report for County Kilkenny" (click here to download)

Bats in Houses - Guidelines for Householders

Information on bat species in Kilkenny and advice for householders on bat conservation.
Download Bats in Houses - Guidance for Householders Document
(403 KB .PDF Document)

Useful Contacts

Bat Helpline 1800 405 000

National Parks & Wildlife Service (NPWS)

Department of the Environment, Heritage & Local Government
7 Ely Place
Dublin 2

Bat Conservation Ireland
Office 8, Unit 8D,
Dunshaughlin Business Park,
Co. Meath.
T: 046 9242882




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Emergency Outside Office Hours

If you require the service of the Local Authority for an emergency outside of normal business hours please note the following:

Persons requiring the Fire Service for an emergency should Dial 112 and no other number

For all water related queries 1850 278 278 (Irish Water)

For any other emergency the public are advised to ring 1890 252654

Heritage Links

Heritage Office

Contact Information
John's Green House,
John's Green,
Kilkenny City
Phone: 056 - 7794920

Heritage Officer
Dearbhala Ledwidge


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