The Capuchin Friars in Friary Street

Paddy Neary The first recorded reference to the Friars in Kilkenny is 1643, when they were granted accomodation in St John’s Abbey by the Corporation. In 1678 they had a chapel and convent in St John’s Abbey, the community consisted of three. In 1682 Fr. James Tobin procured a plot of “waste ground on the […]

John Cullen Lord of the Lough

John Cullen Lord of the Lough John Cullen was one of the characters who lived in the Walkin Street area, and was said to have been fairly well educated. His parents were of a comfortable position in life. In a drunken fit he enlisted in the local regiment of the Army, and some years later […]

Walkin Street

Paddy Neary Walkin Street was a very important thoroughfare before the Ormonde/ Callan road was built in 1817. Although narrow, it was the main entrance to the city from the Cork/ Callan direction. The earliest mention of the street is 1302, when a grant of a stone house to William Outlaw, (son of the famous […]

Prince & Dooley of Walkin Street

Paddy Neary Thomas Prince lived in a thatched cottage directly opposite the present day Parnell Street. He made his living as a gingerbread maker. The family were Protestant, but during the Croppy Year, as 1798 was known, the Prince family were noted for their conduct and kindness to the Catholics in the neighbourhood. General Ashgall […]

Walkin’s Lough

Walkins Lough Edward J. Law (2012) Walkin Street in Kilkenny is said to have been named during the 16th and 17th centuries when, with the city enclosed by stout walls, it was the only area where the citizens of the High town could promenade or walk. If evidence were needed that this is completely unfounded […]