Kilkenny Pastimes: Cock Fighting

Written and read by Paddy Neary A cockfight was a blood sport between two cocks or gamecocks held in a ring called a cockpit. The history of the sport goes back 6000 years, having been practised by the Greeks and Romans. It acquired the name a blood sport due in part to the trauma the […]

The Banim Brothers and Windgap Cottage

Paddy Neary The writers Michael and John Banim were born in Kilkenny city, Michael was born on the 5th August 1796, while John was born on the 1st April 1798. During their lifetimes the brothers collaborated in many published works (twenty-four in total), mainly about life in Kilkenny and its characters under the Collective title “Tales by […]