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 […]

Patrick Francis Moran

Paddy Neary (2019) Patrick Francis Moran, was the third Roman Catholic Archbishop of Sydney and the first Cardinal appointed from Australia. The Cardinal was born in Leighlin Bridge, County Carlow on September 16th 1830, the youngest of five children to Patrick and Alicia Moran. His mother died when he was just fourteen months old by […]

Colonel Dan Bryan – Ireland’s Great Intelligence Chief

Written and read by Eamonn Kiely (2018) Military intelligence is often put forward as an oxymoron – a contradiction in terms. That is to misunderstand the study. In the military context “intelligence” means processed information. If one were to see ten soldiers going across country, it would be reasonable to assume that was a section. […]

Liber Primus Kilkenniensis

Eamonn  Kiely (2019) Liber Primus Kilkenniensis or The First Book of Kilkenny is one of the three great manuscripts of Kilkenny. The other two, The Red Book of Ormonde and The Book of Pottlerath, in The National Library of Ireland and Oxford’s Bodleian Library respectively, I have spoken about in previous talks. Liber Primus is […]

The Long March

Rosemary Barnes, 2018 Abstract. This paper is based on Mrs Ann Gibbons’ work of 2010 “Farmers on the Move: The Strategic Mobilisation of the Farming Lobby in 1960s Ireland”1. Mrs Gibbons was an active participant in the mass movement of farmers which culminated in The Long March of 1966 which highlighted farming rights and social […]

The Hawthorn and Its Significance in Celtic and Local Folklore

Nicholas Maher (2019) Many of you will be aware of the Raggedy Bush a few miles out the Kells Road. The bush in question is a Hawthorn which prompted me to research a little more about this tree of ancient roots and its place in both a historical and folklore context. Studies reveal the Hawthorn […]

How It Was Made – The Flag of The Irish Republic

Written and read by Eamonn Kiely (2018) For a few years a group of volunteers in Rothe House Kilkenny have been archiving long stored and somewhat neglected documents. As a member of the group, I was lucky to come across one in good handwriting and signed by two witnesses. It was in the form of […]