Kilkenny Pastimes: Playing Cards and Dice

Written and read by Paddy Neary Card playing was not known on the Continent until the 14th Century, or in England until the 15th Century. It is not known for certain when card playing or dice which were in ancient times used for gambling were introduced into Kilkenny. The first mention of them is the […]

Elizabeth Butler

Elizabeth Butler, Duchess Of Ormond Ann Tierney (2013) The year was 1652. Because he had confiscated her husband’s lands, Elizabeth boarded a ship and went to see Cromwell. She told him that the house and lands in Dunmore, just north of Kilkenny city, belonged to her in her own right. Cromwell was persuaded and agreed […]

Grace’s Card

Grace’s Card Eamonn Kiely Kilkenny has produced a number of distinguished military families such as the Rothes, Butlers and Shortalls. However, none are more celebrated than the Graces. They came from a place called Courtown modern day Tullaroan – in those days known as Grace’s country. They were Old English by the time of the […]