Keep checking in on this page as we regularly publish short, blog-type posts about subjects of historic interest regarding Kilkenny City and County.

We will also add useful digital resources for those interested in studying local history.

The Winslow Boy

researched and read by Eamon Kiely The events dramatised by Terence Rattigan in his play “The Winslow Boy” are based on the true story of the ordeal of a 13 year-old boy had to endure after he was falsely accused of stealing a five-shilling postal order from a schoolmate. It happened in 1908 at Osborne […]

OKR 2021

AuthorTitlePages Richard HylandDistilling in Kilkenny ciry, 1770-18437-22 Proinsias Ó DrisceoillA nineteenth-century Kilkenny bookseller23-30 John LuceyKilkenny's first mental health facility31-38 Peter SeaverA history of Cramer's Grove, Ballyfoyle, Co. Kilkenny39-44 Michael O'DwyerThree destructive fires - a disaster for High Street45-52 Tony PattersonPOWs and internees, collecting for prisoners in 191653-65 Orla MurphyKilkenny men interned in Ballykinlar, Co. Down, [...]

Jostle Stone Survey (Heritage Week 2021)

In cooperation with OpenStreetMap Ireland, KAS have agreed to hold a Heritage Week event surveying jostle stones in Co. Kilkenny (other historical societies are invited to join in, though). What are jostle stones aka guard stones? Jostle stones were used in the times of horse drawn carriages to avoid collisions of the carriage with walls […]

Old Kilkenny Review 2019/2020

AuthorTitlePages Mike MeagherThe Kings River at newtown Kells: A sacred place and power centre chosen by Palladius?7-30 Graham HullArchaeological excavation of a Late Bronze Age burnt stone spread and medieval and post-medieaval deposits in the vicinity of Inistioge, Co. Kilkenny31-48 Patrick McCarthyGranny Castle - A history49-62 Mary Stratton RyanThe Family of Swift - A Fragment [...]

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 […]

Newsletter September 2020

Dear Readers, Welcome to another edition of our newsletter. Although the Society quieter with less news than usual, we have extra items of interest from different contributors, from the gory post-mortem in Graiguenamanagh to a song in Manx which features Kilkenny. Varied and confounding facts for all to enjoy. If you have topics or news […]

Newsletter June 2018

Dear Archaeology and History Enthusiast, Gach rath oraibh go léir. Welcome to our brand new quarterly newsletter. We will fill it with items that we hope are of interest to you, our dear reader. This includes local history, events and news from the Society. We hope you enjoy it and will share it with friends and […]

Newsletter June 2020

Dear Readers, The Kilkenny Archaeological Society is experiencing a bit of a standstill like the rest of society and getting used to the new ways we as a society communicates and interact with each other. As many other event organizers, we have had to cancel some of our annual events and are working on solutions […]

Newsletter March 2020

Dear Friend of KAS, This is the first newsletter of 2020 and we would like to thank you for taking the time to read our newsletter. We try to include interesting topics that hopefully is an appetizer for getting more involved with our society. We have a range of committees and activities, that are always […]

Newsletter December 2019

Dear Archaeology and Heritage Enthusiast, Edition 4/2019 We are nearing the end of another exciting year in our society. This year was joyously filled with our popular lectures, trip to Brittany, Bradley conference and finished with a splash at our annual Christmas Party. We thank all of you for your companionship and for the year 2019. We wish you all a merry […]