Walkin’s Lough

Walkins Lough Edward J. Law (2012) Walkin Street in Kilkenny is said to have been named during the 16th and 17th centuries when, with the city enclosed by stout walls, it was the only area where the citizens of the High town could promenade or walk. If evidence were needed that this is completely unfounded […]

Walter Butler – Traitor or Hero

Walter Butler – Traitor or Hero Eamonn Kiely In a book of essays of the late Melo Lenox – Conyngham called A Life in Postcards one chapter deals with the above named Paulstown born Walter Butler. He comes down through history as having led the group that assassinated Albrecht von Wallenstein at Cheb in the […]

William Of Munster (William Kenealy)

William Kenealy – William of Munster (1828 -1876) Kilkenny Journalist. Eamonn Kiely If Kilkenny gave Cloyne Bishop George Berkeley, one of the World’s greatest philosophers, Cloyne returned the compliment by giving us William Kenealy. William was the son of a blacksmith. He became a schoolmaster but was dismissed for writing an “inflammatory pamphlet”. He was […]

The Kilkenny Woodworkers

THE KILKENNY WOODWORKERS PADDY NEARY In April 1905 a public meeting was held at the Tholsel for the presentation of prizes to successful pupils from the new Technical School. After the ceremony the School Principal, Mr George T Phillips, congratulated the pupils on the high standards achieved. He went on to make special mention of […]

1812 Overture at Kilkenny Castle

1812 Overture at Kilkenny Castle Eamonn Kiely Tchaikovsky’s music , accompanied for the first time in Ireland by artillery fire, was featured for the opening of Arts Week on 23rd of August 1975. The distinguished audience included Uachtarain na hEireann Cearbhaill O Dalaigh, the 6th Marquis of Ormond, Charles Butler, The Mayor and Corporation of […]

Abraham Colles

Abraham Colles, Surgeon Eamonn Kiely If you have occasion to drop in on any of those fine medical men in Patrick Street Kilkenny you will notice the name of their surgery is Colles House. It is called after a distinguished Kilkenny surgeon whose name is still to the forefront for having giving his name to […]

An Interesting Person – Francis Walter Doheny

AN INTERESTING PERSON, FRANCIS WALTER DOHENY Peter McQuillan The Old Kilkenny Review, published each year by Kilkenny Achaeological Society, is a great source of interesting articles on places and people, and I want to tell you about a little known local man who was written about by the late Mrs Mary Kenealy in the 1989 […]

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 […]