Kilkenny Limestone is Ireland's Leading Limestone Quarrying & Processing Operation
From 3 million cubic metres of blue limestone reserves at Old Leighlin, Kellymount and Holdensrath, Kilkenny Limestone annually quarries c.75,000m³ for processing into limestone slab and its full suite of finished stone products.
R&D: Advanced geological research, coupled with analysis of core samples extracted from future reserves, provides essential information on colour, texture and fracture zones, enabling us to develop a precise planning schedule months in advance.
Equipment: Kilkenny Limestone's production process use diamond-wire saws and diamond-tipped chainsaws to carve through the massive beds of rock. Cooling water, recycled through settlement ponds on the quarry floors, prevents overheating of the saws and suppresses dust production during the process.
Transportation: Huge limestone blocks are then conveyed from quarry to production plant using modern haulers. Mobile cranes lift the blocks from the stock yards and position them onto frame saws, monoblade saws, diamond wire saws or circular saws .
Production: During the primary and secondary cutting stages, diamond-cutting technology guarantees precision-cut stone and minimal wastage. Expert sawing stonemasons arrive to cut, shape and finish the stone to customer specifications, engaging a variety of mechanical and manual techniques to achieve individual effects.
Packing & Delivery: The finished stone products are finally ready for packaging and shipment to our customers worldwide.