Café L’Arche has been opened since January 2007.
The building is an old market house dating from 1791. Downstairs was used to weight the produce for market to ensure that the Farmer got a fair price and upstairs was the meeting rooms of the Callan Town Council. Charles Stewart Parnell gave a speech from the outside steps to a crowd gathered on the street.
By 2005 the Town hall was in very poor condition and had been vandalised on several occasions. The County Council leased it to the L’Arche Kilkenny. L’Arche did a complete renovation to transform it into a bright friendly café.

About L’Arche
We are people of different abilities, ages, cultures and creeds gathered together in communities throughout the world. In a time when people are longing to belong and know that they matter, we stand for everyone of us opportunities to contribute our gifts, deepen our connection and celebrate our humanity and our need for one another.
The café was founded to allow us express our gifts of cooking, and welcome. It provides vibrant work and training for people who have an intellectual disability.

About the food:
We specialise in fresh home cooked foods and delicious desserts. We make a wide variety of savoury and sweet dishes, taking inspiration from modern Irish and Mediterranean cookery.

Local Producers:
Bia Beo foods- organic eggs
Highbank orchard
Keogh’s Model Bakery
R Mee organic leaves
Callan Premium food- rashers and black pudding
L’Arche community garden
Camphill community garden
Granny Maddocks- home baked gluten free cakes
Lavistown sausages