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 […]

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 […]

Signatures of 1000 Kilkenny Women Who Opposed Conscription in 1918

The Irish nationalist women’s organisation, Cumann na mBan (CnamB), was formed in 1914, effectively a branch of the Irish Volunteers and explicitly supporting the use of arms. Despite carrying some weapons in the 1916 Rising, much of CnamB’s engagement was in intelligence gathering, procurement of rations, and as couriers, doctors or nurses. The organisation attracted […]