William F. Roe

Written and read by Nicholas Maher My talk today reflects on the life of the Kilkenny man William F Roe, and his immense contribution to Ireland’s development in his role as Chief Architect of Ireland’s Rural Electrification Scheme. One wonders back in December 1923, at the thoughts that went through the mind of the 19 […]

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. […]

Father Patrick Delahunty

Paddy Neary Patrick Delahunty was born to James and Ellen Delahunty of Curraghmartin, Aglish, Mooncoin in September 1880. After primary education in the local school, he indicated a wish for the priesthood so he went on for further studies at Saint Kieran’s College where he was ordained in 1905. His first appointment as a curate […]

Dr. Richard Pockcocke

Paddy Neary Saint Canice’s Cathedral Dr. Richard Pococke, an Englishman, an Oriental scholar, and a traveller of immense energy, became Bishop of Ossory in 1756. Nine years later he transferred to Meath where he died after a very brief illness. In his time in Ossory he did work of great importance and lasting effect. His […]

Thomas MacDonagh in Kilkenny

Thomas MacDonagh in Kilkenny Peter McQuillan In 1966, on the 50th anniversary of the Easter Rising, the principal railway stations in Ireland were given the names of persons who were executed for their part in the Rising and Kilkenny Station became MacDonagh Station. Who was this MacDonagh and why was Kilkenny Station chosen to carry […]