Lock Up Your Daughters

Written and read by Rosemary Barnes (2019) 1968, In the year of the Prague Spring, International student insurrection and the assassination of Martin Luther King, the Kilkenny People announced that “Hollywood comes to Kilkenny” because a colourful one million pound film begins, “soldiers on horseback, periwigged gentlemen, footmen, ladies in long flowing gowns with bustles, […]

Kilkenny Pastimes: Religious Plays

Written and read by Paddy Neary (2018) These religious or mystery plays originated in the wish of the clergy to substitute for the profane games with which the people were amused. The plays whilst giving entertainment they would also inculcate a moral lesson to the people. They were at first performed in churches and by […]

The Great Duke of Ormonde 1610-1688

Written and read by Eamonn Kiely (2019) This man ruled Ireland for thirty nine years on behalf of the British King. He was successively Earl Marquess and Duke. He was Lord Lieutenant and Viceroy. He served under four Stuart kings. During the Commonwealth rule of Oliver Cromwell he exiled on the Continent with King Charles […]

Bishop Richard Pococke

Written and read by Paddy Neary (2018) Saint Canice’s Cathedral Dr. Richard Pococke, an Englishman, an Oriental scholar, and a traveller of immense energy, became Bishop of Ossory in 1756. Nine years later he transferred to Meath where he died after a very brief illness. In his time in Ossory he did work of great […]

William F. Roe

Written and read by Nicholas Maher My talk today reflects on the life of the Kilkenny man William F Roe, and his immense contribution to Ireland’s development in his role as Chief Architect of Ireland’s Rural Electrification Scheme. One wonders back in December 1923, at the thoughts that went through the mind of the 19 […]

Archbishop John Ireland

Written and read by Paddy Neary (2019) John Ireland was born 11th September 1838, in Burnchurch Co. Kilkenny. The eldest son of two and four daughters of Richard and Judith (nee Naughton) Ireland. His family emigrated to the United States in 1848 and eventually moved to St. Paul, Minnesota in 1852. At an early age […]

St. Patrick’s Day 1903

Written and read by Paddy Neary Bank holidays or public holidays as they became more commonly known were first introduced in 1871 by Westminster but St Patricks day was not observed as a bank holiday until 1903 when James O Mara an Irish politician successfully introduced a Bill that made it an official public holiday. […]

Kilkenny Pastimes: Playing Cards and Dice

Written and read by Paddy Neary Card playing was not known on the Continent until the 14th Century, or in England until the 15th Century. It is not known for certain when card playing or dice which were in ancient times used for gambling were introduced into Kilkenny. The first mention of them is the […]

Kilkenny Pastimes: Archery, Tennis, Bowling

Written and read by Paddy Neary Archery, Tennis, Bowling It would appear from Corporation records the afore mentioned trio were excluded from the category of unlawful games. The place in which the butts or targets for the practise of archery were usually set up in Kilkenny is still known as the Butts’ Green. On the […]

Kilkenny Pastimes: Bull Baiting

Written and read by Paddy Neary Bull Baiting Before speaking about bull baiting and Kilkenny, I am sure you the listener would like to know something about the pastime. It was practised widely in England and quickly spread to Ireland. Before the event started the bull’s nose was blown full of pepper to enrage the […]