Kilkenny-born playwright and author Michael Egan 1895-1956

Ned Kennedy 2020 Part 1 While walking through St. Kieran’s Cemetery earlier this year, my attention was drawn to a headstone with an unusual middle name, Boetius. Boetius was a Roman martyr and saint. The person who bore the name on the headstone was Michael Egan. Subsequent research revealed that Michael was splendidly named at […]

Dick of the Church

Ned Kennedy 2020 It doesn’t fall to many people in a generation to be recognised by a short version of their name or a nickname. Internationally, the names JFK and Mother Teresa easily conjure up images. Nationally, the names Dev and Peig are also examples which inspire easy recall. In Kilkenny similar recognition tends to […]

Ballyfoyle History

Michael Brennan 2020 In Summer 2020, Michael Brennan published a book about Ballyfoyle, its history and topology. Here, he is talking about Ballyfoyle and his book to Pat Shortall.

Tudor Trees

Learn about some of the Tudor trees growing in Rothe House garden in Kilkenny.

Tudor Herbs

Anne-Karoline Distel (2020) My name is Anne-Karoline Distel and today, I’m going to tell you a few things about three Tudor garden plants. If you have ever visited Rothe House Garden, you were very likely impressed by the variety of plants there. Apart from having to buy exotic herbs and spices like pepper, households were […]

A Short History of Gowran

Paddy Neary (2020) This locality was selected for a residence by one of the ancient Kings of Ossory and was long continued by his successors long before the Anglo Norman invasion. According to Canon Carrigan, the royal residence was situated in the Moat; the Pigeon Park was famous for its Aonachs when the Irish Kings […]

The Brave Men of Carrickshock

Finnoula Lynch (2020) A High Cross monument sits aloft a boreen, on eastern slopes, looking down upon the M9 motorway between the townlands of Carrickshock and Rockhall. Sculptured with an interlaced Celtic limestone cross, designed and executed by Pat Molloy of Callan, and unveiled by Rev. E.A. Foran of New Ross, it stands six metres […]

Kilkenny and the Spanish Flu

During lockdown 2020, Paddy researched how the Spanish flu affected Ireland and Kilkenny a hundred years earlier.