Local Junior Minister John Paul Phelan will be doing the honours
They're granting money to existing attractions to help them build on their storytelling capabilities
Councillor Pender says it's a fantastic attraction but improvements can be made there
Both counties have seen an increase since 2010.
Award-winning gardeners, authors, presenters, and garden architects will be hosting events over the nine-day festival.
Councillor Pender says the OPW need to sort it out.
A Town and Village Health Check was carried out recently for the County Council.
Back in December of last year it was announced that a visitor centre and tearooms are to be built
The event is to help smaller towns and villages reach their full tourism potential.
The report shows 384,918 people went to Kilkenny Castle and grounds in 2016