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 […]

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 […]