The Great Duke of Ormonde 1610-1688

Written and read by Eamonn Kiely (2019) This man ruled Ireland for thirty nine years on behalf of the British King. He was successively Earl Marquess and Duke. He was Lord Lieutenant and Viceroy. He served under four Stuart kings. During the Commonwealth rule of Oliver Cromwell he exiled on the Continent with King Charles […]

The Red Book of Ormond

Eamonn Kiely At a meeting of the Kilkenny Archaeological Society on 13th of January 1858 Rev James Graves, founder of the Society, presented an unusual exhibit to the gathering. It was the restored Red Book of Ormond. This book is a collection of deeds and rentals relating to the property in Ireland of the Butler […]

The Hole in the Wall

The Hole in the Wall Edward J. Law (2013) At the end of the 18th century a small tavern in Kilkenny city was at the centre of the city’s night life. The premises no doubt seemed as small to its clientelle then as they do at the present day. The little tavern was the Hole […]

Attack on Kilkenny Castle 1922

The Attack On Kilkenny Castle, 2 May 1922 Eamonn Kiely Imagine the scene – the Earl of Ossory looks out into the courtyard from his room near the west tower of the castle and sees 22 paramilitaries in a range of garb. The caps are back to front and some wear trench coats. Some attempt […]

Ormonde Silver

The Ormonde Silver Eamonn Kiely In 1967 Arthur Butler, 6th Marquess of Ormonde and 24th Earl left Kilkenny Castle to a restoration committee and ultimately to the State. At the handover he requested that no houses be built closer than one hundred yards of the entrance. This was fulfilled and thankfully no houses were built […]

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 […]

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 […]

Bassett’s Guide

This is Ken Kinsella talking about Bassett’s Kilkenny Guide and Directory. Bassett’s Kilkenny Guide and Directory, published in 1884, provides an interesting commentary on life in the late 19th century. The guide gave details of the many attractions in the city and county, together with information on the archaeological, cultural, religious, economic and sporting activities. […]

The Book of Pottlerath

The Book of Pottlerath EAMONN KIELY A recent exhibition of excerpts from the Book of Pottlerath on display in Kilkenny Castle has generated considerable interest in the ancient Manuscript. The original is in the Bodlein Library at Oxford. The Irish Times carried an article by Marjorie Brady, the moving force behind bringing this fine exhibition […]