An Old Kilkenny Industry – The Merino Woollen Mill

AN OLD KILKENNY INDUSTRY – The Merino Woollen Factory Patrick Neary The Merino Woollen Factory was established by two Kilkenny men Timothy Nowlan and Thomas Shaw in 1810. The site they chose was Ennisnag close to Stonyford and beside the King’s River. This Thomas Shaw had already served an apprenticeship in Dublin and spent seven […]

Kilkenny August 1914

KILKENNY IN AUGUST 1914 Patrick Neary The last week of July 1914, the local papers were reporting that there was nothing in the air but War and rumours of War. The rumours soon became a reality as by Tuesday August 4th War was declared. There was much weeping at Kilkenny Station on the Wednesday night […]

Ballooning in Kilkenny

Ballooning in Kilkenny Edward J Law (2015) The crowds which assemble in Kilkenny’s Castle Park whenever it is the venue for the launch of gaily-coloured hot-air balloons, show the strong attraction which this antiquated and impractical mode of aerial transport holds for many people. Watching the stately progress of balloons from a distance, out of […]

Ballycallan Romance

http://kilkennyarchaeologicalsociety.ie/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/ballycallan-romance.mp3

Bassett’s Guide

This is Ken Kinsella talking about Bassett’s Kilkenny Guide and Directory. Bassett’s Kilkenny Guide and Directory, published in 1884, provides an interesting commentary on life in the late 19th century. The guide gave details of the many attractions in the city and county, together with information on the archaeological, cultural, religious, economic and sporting activities. […]

Denis Doyle from Cuffesgrange

Dennis Doyle From Cuffesgrange Peter McQuillan My story to-day is about a remarkable man from Cuffesgrange, Co. Kilkenny who emigrated to North America in the great wave of migration which followed the Great Famine of the 1840s in Ireland. Dennis Doyle was born in 1818 and was 33 years old when he left Cuffesgrange for […]

The Night of The Big Wind 1839

THE NIGHT OF THE BIG WIND IN KILKENNY 1839 PADDY NEARY On Sunday the 6th January 1839 the island of Ireland was subjected to a storm of such ferocity that it became the date by which all other events were measured. The Night of the Big Wind, known as Oiche an Gaoithe Mor. Most of […]

The Book of Pottlerath

The Book of Pottlerath EAMONN KIELY A recent exhibition of excerpts from the Book of Pottlerath on display in Kilkenny Castle has generated considerable interest in the ancient Manuscript. The original is in the Bodlein Library at Oxford. The Irish Times carried an article by Marjorie Brady, the moving force behind bringing this fine exhibition […]