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 […]

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 […]

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 […]