The Alliance Française de Kilkenny is part of the worldwide Alliance Française network and is governed by the Fondation de l’Alliance Française in Paris. Founded in 1883 the Alliance Française has for its main objectives to ensure a continued teaching of French and to encourage and support those who have a love of the French language and of the cultures of the French speaking world. The Alliance Française is present in 138 countries with over 1,200 associations run by local committees welcoming over 400,00 students each year.
The Alliance Française Kilkenny was founded in 1950. There are 12 committee members, all of whom work on a voluntary basis. The Alliance does not have its own premises but rents space at the Club House Hotel, Kilkenny for classes and other events. Classes for primary school students take place at the Training Institute on Nuncio Road in Kilkenny.