Our Story

Canal Square is the exciting new project from Cormac Rowe. Cormac is no stranger to Kilkenny, having spent 11 years in Mount Juliet as executive head chef of the Lady Helen Restaurant, winning a Michelin star in 2014.

Cormac Rowe

For the past 20 years, Cormac has pursued his passion to create good quality, tasty food, that people will enjoy.  Starting out in the famous Park Hotel in Kenmare, to Mount Juliet, Kilkenny, foreign shores took him to the Middle East, and then back to Haddington House in Dublin – but he knew his heart belonged in the Marble City. Kilkenny has finally managed to draw him back and allow him to realise his dream – to open his own space where he could share his love of good food with the county that treated him so well over the years.

“I just want to make tasty food that people enjoy”

Cormac’s years spent working locally have given him the edge of picking high-quality locally sourced ingredients & it’s this he brings to Canal Square which is all about great food with a local flavour. We source our fresh ingredients from artisan producers and local growers in and around Kilkenny which is renowned for an abundance of local suppliers who provide the highest quality ingredients.