The Battle of Clais an Chro 1170 AD

Eamonn Kiely (2019) Dermot Mac Murchu, who brought the Normans to Ireland made two forays Into Ossory in 1170. In his first venture his army killed Donnoha Mac Giolla Padralg, the leader of the Ossory men. Donall, his successor revolted and refused submission to Mac Murchu, the one time king of Leinster. Mac Murchu arranged […]

Henri Clarke of Lisdowney extraction – Marshal of France

Eamonn Kiely (2019) Marshal is a military distinction conferred on certain generals by monarchs or emperor of France. Napoleon created for example twenty six such. The two closest to being Irish were MacMahon, after whom an avenue off the Arc De Triomphe is named and Henri Clarke who lived from 1765 -1818-He was marie a […]

A Kilkenny Convict Turned Hero

Paddy Neary (2019) The Kilkenny Journal edition of November 19th 1884 reported of an incident in Kilkenny Prison on the previous Saturday. James Hogan a resident of Walkin Street and an employee of Power & Son had a marvellous escape from what would have been a shocking death while working in the County Prison, at a […]

Jean Vanier – L’Arche and the Kilkenny Connection

Nicholas Maher (2019) Recently I was saddened to hear the news of the death of Jean Vanier, a man known worldwide as the founder of the L’Arche Communities for adults with Intellectual Disabilities and a visitor to Kilkenny and Ireland on numerous occasions. Many of you will be aware of the L’Arche Community houses in […]

Theatre in Kilkenny – The Early Years

Geoff Rose (2019) Looking back at the Theatrical history of Kilkenny, the impression one gets is of a series of ‘fits and starts’ and no sense of continuity, especially in the latter part of the last century. Ireland’s contribution to the Theatre of the English speaking world, since the end of the 17th century has […]

First Annual John Bradley Memorial Conference

7 and 8th October 2016 Friday 7th Conference registration from 3:00pm in Rothe House at at Castle from 5:20pm. 4:00pm           Conducted tour of Rothe House and restored late mediaeval gardens 6:30pm           Formal conference reception  hosted by Kilkenny County Council Chairman, Cllr Matt Doran, Venue: Kilkenny Castle (kindly […]

Third Annual John Bradley Memorial Conference

The Decline of the Establishment Elite 1918 – 1932 Friday 19th and Saturday 20th October 2018 Friday 19th Conference Registration from 2:30pm in Rothe House, Parliament Street, the 16th century headquarters of Kilkenny Archaeological Society. Registration moves to Castle from 5:30 onwards. 4:00pm             Conducted tour of Rothe House 6:30pm    […]

Fourth Annual John Bradley Memorial Conference

Agriculture through the ages Friday 18th and Saturday 19th October 2019 Fri, 18th October 2:30-4:30pm     Conference Registration in Rothe House, Parliament Street, the 16th Century head-quarters of Kilkenny Archaeological Society. 4:00pm               Conducted tour of Rothe House and Garden 5:45pm                Registration moves […]