Lecture: Langton Families

Langton Families: Can DNA, combined with circumstantial evidence form a bridge between Kilkenny and Cadiz? by Dr Rory O’Shea Admission for members of the Kilkenny Archaeological Society is € 5, for non-members € 7.

Table Quiz

Table quiz at Bollard’s of Kieran Street in aid of the Rothe House Trust. Tables up to four players; historic, general knowledge and fun questions. Admission fee does apply.

Kilkenny Christmas Custom

A Christmas custom of old Kilkenny Edward J Law (2013) The Kilkenny historian John Prim noted the continuation of the practice of calling the Christmas waits in 1853, but the custom appears to have ceased shortly after that. It ended with the death in December 1856 of John Burke, who had been an umbrella maker […]

Graveyard Enquiry

The Graveyard Enquiry Patrick Neary The Kilkenny Journal edition of Dec 7th 1907 reported on a sworn inquiry ordered by the Local Government Board and held in the Council Chambers by the Surgeon Colonel Edgar Flinn to inquire into the condition of the City Graveyards within the Borough of Kilkenny. The Inspector stated that all […]

James Stephens

James Stephens Peter McQuillan James Stephens was born in Blackmill Street in Kilkenny City in 1824. He was a civil engineer by profession. He was only 24 when the failure of William Smith O’Brien’s attempted insurrection in 1848 cut short his professional career. He went on the run and escaped to France, where he remained […]

James Street


Kilkenny Railway Station

Kilkenny’s Railway Station Patrick Neary Irish Railways were built between the 19th and early 20th Centuries, the Dublin to Dun Laoghaire line been the first to open in 1834. Kilkenny Station first opened its doors in September 1847 and not without controversy as the cost having been estimated at £14,000 had more than doubled to […]

Kilkenny’s First Senior Hurling Title

Kilkenny’s First Senior Hurling Title Patrick Neary After four previous attempts, a Kilkenny team achieved our first Hurling crown in June 1906 although this was the 1904 title. The match was played in Deerpark, Carrick on Suir, on ground belonging to Maurice Davin, a founder member, and a President of the G.A.A. The Kilkenny team […]

Kilkenny’s Victorian Athenaeum

Kilkenny’s SECOND Athenaeum Edward J Law (2012) The original Athenaeum on the Parade, Kilkenny was the home of noted theatricals in the first two decades of the 19th century, but then met a sharp decline in its fortunes. By 1824 it was described as a hay-store. In 1837 it had an airing, literally, being advertised […]

Kilkenny Water Supply

A Public Water Supply For Kilkenny City Patrick Neary In the 1890s the sanitary condition of Kilkenny city painted a very poor picture. Water for every day use was sourced from wells or fountains. This supply often proved to be polluted after heavy rainfalls when surface water oozed into wells, the walls of which were […]