Keep checking in on this page as we regularly publish short, blog-type posts about subjects of historic interest regarding Kilkenny City and County.

We will also add useful digital resources for those interested in studying local history.

Tudor Trees

Learn about some of the Tudor trees growing in Rothe House garden in Kilkenny.

Tudor Herbs

Anne-Karoline Distel (2020) My name is Anne-Karoline Distel and today, I’m going to tell you a few things about three Tudor garden plants. If you have ever visited Rothe House Garden, you were very likely impressed by the variety of plants there. Apart from having to buy exotic herbs and spices like pepper, households were […]

Some Irish Surnames and Their Meaning

Paddy explains the meaning of and background behind some of Ireland’s most popular surnames.

A Short History of Gowran

Paddy Neary (2020) This locality was selected for a residence by one of the ancient Kings of Ossory and was long continued by his successors long before the Anglo Norman invasion. According to Canon Carrigan, the royal residence was situated in the Moat; the Pigeon Park was famous for its Aonachs when the Irish Kings […]

The Brave Men of Carrickshock

Finnoula Lynch (2020) A High Cross monument sits aloft a boreen, on eastern slopes, looking down upon the M9 motorway between the townlands of Carrickshock and Rockhall. Sculptured with an interlaced Celtic limestone cross, designed and executed by Pat Molloy of Callan, and unveiled by Rev. E.A. Foran of New Ross, it stands six metres […]

Kilkenny and the Spanish Flu

During lockdown 2020, Paddy researched how the Spanish flu affected Ireland and Kilkenny a hundred years earlier.

Summer Solstice & Johnswell

Jack Lynch (2020)

Fostering and Adoption in Ireland and living at Maiden Hall

Nicholas Maher looks into the history of adoption and fostering in Ireland and especially Maiden Hall as a fostering home.

Fashion in 16th century Ireland

Learn how Henry VIII’s laws against the Irish fashion actually tell us what people wore in Ireland.

Freshford, Part II

Ned Kennedy talks about the history of Freshford after 1111.