St. Patrick’s Day 1903

Written and read by Paddy Neary Bank holidays or public holidays as they became more commonly known were first introduced in 1871 by Westminster but St Patricks day was not observed as a bank holiday until 1903 when James O Mara an Irish politician successfully introduced a Bill that made it an official public holiday. […]

Reputed Holy Wells Of the City of Kilkenny

Paddy Neary “Few localities in Ireland of the same area appear to have been favoured with so copious a supply of pure fresh water as that of the City of Kilkenny”, Hogan remarked in 1884. For besides the springs which supplied the needs of the public, there were others which were recognised as Holy Wells. […]

Walkin Street

Paddy Neary Walkin Street was a very important thoroughfare before the Ormonde/ Callan road was built in 1817. Although narrow, it was the main entrance to the city from the Cork/ Callan direction. The earliest mention of the street is 1302, when a grant of a stone house to William Outlaw, (son of the famous […]