Annual Rainfall Trend 1958 onwards:

In recent years the annual rainfall in Kilkenny has decreased. 2009 was the wettest year since records commenced in 1958. 2012 saw annual rainfall return to near normal values, and the dry year of 2013 has been followed by another wet year, 2014. 

2017 was drier than normal year. The 5 year moving average is still dropping slowly after reaching a peak around 2010.