Father Patrick Delahunty

Paddy Neary Patrick Delahunty was born to James and Ellen Delahunty of Curraghmartin, Aglish, Mooncoin in September 1880. After primary education in the local school, he indicated a wish for the priesthood so he went on for further studies at Saint Kieran’s College where he was ordained in 1905. His first appointment as a curate […]

Donall Mac Amhlaigh

Paddy Neary Donall Mac Amhlaigh was born in Galway and grew up there and in Kilkenny. He left school at 15 and worked in various jobs before joining the Irish speaking Regiment of the Army. When he left the Army in 1951, he emigrated to work as an unskilled labourer in England. His book in […]

The Capuchin Friars in Friary Street

Paddy Neary The first recorded reference to the Friars in Kilkenny is 1643, when they were granted accomodation in St John’s Abbey by the Corporation. In 1678 they had a chapel and convent in St John’s Abbey, the community consisted of three. In 1682 Fr. James Tobin procured a plot of “waste ground on the […]

The Banim Brothers and Windgap Cottage

Paddy Neary The writers Michael and John Banim were born in Kilkenny city, Michael was born on the 5th August 1796, while John was born on the 1st April 1798. During their lifetimes the brothers collaborated in many published works (twenty-four in total), mainly about life in Kilkenny and its characters under the Collective title “Tales by […]

Reputed Holy Wells Of the City of Kilkenny

Paddy Neary “Few localities in Ireland of the same area appear to have been favoured with so copious a supply of pure fresh water as that of the City of Kilkenny”, Hogan remarked in 1884. For besides the springs which supplied the needs of the public, there were others which were recognised as Holy Wells. […]

Thomas Moore

Paddy Neary Thomas Moore was born at 12 Aungier Street in Dublin on 28th May 1779. His father came from Kerry, while his mother Anastasia Codd came from Wexford. He had two younger sisters. From an early age Moore showed an interest in music and other performing arts. Sometimes he appeared in musical plays and […]

Edmund Ignatius Rice

Paddy Neary When Edmund Rice was born in West Court, Callan, Co. Kilkenny on June 1st 1762, the Penal Laws, which had caused so much suffering in Ireland since 1695, were gradually being relaxed. He spent his childhood on a farm of about 150 acres, which cost his father two sovereigns a year in rent. The […]