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 […]

Second Annual John Bradley Memorial Conference

The Reformation – 500 Years Later Friday 20th and Saturday 21st October 2017 Friday 20th October 4:00pm                 Conducted tour of the 16th century Rothe House, headquarters of Kilkenny Archaeological Society and its restored late medieval gardens. 6:30pm                 Formal conference reception hosted by Kilkenny County Council Chairman, Cllr. David Fitzgerald Venue: The Parade Tower, Kilkenny Castle […]

The Hackett Family part 2

Eamonn Kiely (2019) Dominic Hackett, known to the family as Dom, qualified as a pharmaceutical chemist in 1890 and later emigrated to the United States where he became very involved in labour affairs. He was a close friend of Thomas MacDonagh. Many of his letters are among the MacDonagh papers in the National Library of […]

The Hackett Family of Patrick St Kilkenny

Eamonn Kiely (2019) If the Banim brothers are Kilkenny’s most famous men of literature of the 19th century, the Hackett family are arguably  its most distinguished in that field of the 20th century. But the Hackett family added medicine, politics and religion to their contribution. There were nine in the family. They lived where the […]

The Ten Civic Families of Kilkenny

Paddy Neary (2019) By the time of the arrival of the Anglo Normans in 1169, Kilkenny was already the largest inland settlement in South Eastern Ireland. This settlement was focused on Irishtown and St. Canice’s Cathedral. Its Lord was the local bishop and remained so until 1843. In the course of the 13th Century the […]