Members of Kilkenny Archaeological Society researched various topics dealing with local history and presented their findings on the local radio stations. Each of the talks under the headline A Glimpse of the Past on KCLR was about five to seven minutes long. The group is continuing its work and presents the outcome on another local radio station, Community Radio Kilkenny City on  Sunday mornings.

The history talks make for an interesting listen as well as being a testament to the time and passion each speaker has dedicated to present his or her view on their local history. They are also a memorial to some of the speakers who have passed away since the recording.

Please click on the title to open the page for the talk. Some of the talks come with transcripts for better accessibility.

Please note that the original medium was the radio, so that sources used in the research are rarely given.

Researcher/ speakerTitleSummaryoriginal broadcaster
Byrne, Judy James’s Street Judy Byrne takes the listeners on a historical tour up and down James’s Street.KCLR
Daly, BrianCharles Bianconi Brian Daly gives the listeners a glimpse into the life of Italian innovator Charles Bianconi, the Michael O’Leary of his time.KCLR
Daly, Brian The Night Watch in Kilkenny City Brian Daly reminds the listeners of the role of night watchmen in 1755 Kilkenny. KCLR
Daly, Brian Fr James Archer Brian Daly talks about the Norman Archer family in general and the 16th century Kilkenny Jesuit James Archer in particular. KCLR
Kiely, Eamonn Cantwell Fada of Kilfane Eamonn Kiely tells the story of the Norman Cantwell family who resided in Kilfane near Thomastown and the intriguing married life of Thomas and Beatrice Cantwell. KCLR
Kiely, Eamonn Dermot O’Hurley, Archbishop of Cashel and Catholic Eamonn Kiely brings to attention the history of the 16th century renaissance man and underground priest from Tipperary. KCLR
Kiely, Eamonn Lebanon, 1978 Eamonn Kiely shares his memories about the Irish army’s deployment in Lebanon. KCLR
Kiely, Eamonn Rathbeagh Eamonn Kiely draws our attention to the ancient monument in the parish of Lisdowney. KCLR
Kiely, Eamonn The Battle on Ossory’s Plain Eamonn Kiely puts the battle in relation to the preceding Battle of Clontarf 1014. KCLR
Kiely, Eamonn The Book of Pottlerath Eamonn Kiely lets the listeners take a peek into the 15th century manuscript that is also known as the Book of the White Earl. KCLR
Kiely, Eamonn The Raid on Kilkenny Castle Eamonn Kiely tells the listener how the Butler family dealt with the 1922 siege on the castle. KCLR
Kiely, EamonnThe takeover of the military barracks in Kilkenny, 1922Eamonn Kiely gives a vivid description of how the Kilkenny military barracks was taken by the Irish Republican forces and the reactions of the Kilkenny people.KCLR
Kiely, EamonnThe Tunnel Escape from Kilkenny Gaol, 1922Eamonn Kiely recounts the events of the escape of IRA members from Kilkenny Jail.KCLR
Kiely, EamonnGrace’s CardEamonn Kiely tells the listeners how the expression “Grace’s card” came to be invented.KCLR
Kiely, Eamonn1812 Overture at Kilkenny CastleEamonn Kiely explains the significance of Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture for Kilkenny and its shattering rendition at the opening of Kilkenny Arts Week in 1975.KCLR
Kiely, EamonnThe Ormonde SilverEamonn Kiely narrates how the Ormonde Silver ended up in British museums after Arthur Butler’s death in 1971.KCLR
Kiely, EamonnWalter Butler, Traitor or Hero?Eamonn Kiely discusses the Paulstown native’s role during the 30-years war.KCLR
Kiely, EamonnAbraham CollesEamonn Kiely reminds the listeners of the 18th century surgeon who gave his name to the Colles fracture and Colles house on Kilkenny’s Patrick Street and his unusual introduction into anatomy.KCLR
Kiely, EamonnWilliam of MunsterEamonn Kiely tells of William Kenealy (1828-1876) schoolmaster turned journalist for the Kilkenny Journal.KCLR
Kinsella, KenFailed attack on the Auxiliary Barracks at InistiogeKen Kinsella conveys the history of the failed IRA attack on the auxiliary barracks in Inistioge in 1920.KCLR
Kinsella, KenRaftis Family Eviction at Powerswood, ThomastownKen Kinsella relates this example of a tenant farmer’s family in the late 19th century.KCLR
Kinsella, KenLieutenant-Colonel Hugh StewartKen Kinsella reminds the listeners of the role Irish men played in the Great War 1914-1918.KCLR
Kinsella, KenCaptain James Arnold Smithwick of KilkennyKen Kinsella talks about Kilkenny’s representative in Parliament and his military career in the Great War.KCLR
Kinsella, KenBassett’s Kilkenny Guide and Directory 1884Ken Kinsella explains the significance of Bassett’s book for researchers of everyday life in Kilkenny in the late 19th century.KCLR
Kinsella, Ken300 Years of Brewing in St Francis Abbey BreweryKen Kinsella talks about the influencial history of the Smithwick’s brewery on the city of Kilkenny.KCLR
Kinsella, KenJames HobanKen Kinsella reminds the listener of the life of the architect of the White House in Washington D.C., who started his life in the United States as a joiner and carpenter.KCLR
Law, Edward (RIP)A Christmas custom of old KilkennyEdward Law relates the tradition of Calling the Christmas Waits, which died out with umbrella maker John Burke in 1856.KCLR
Law, Edward (RIP)Almshouses of Kilkenny cityEdward Law recounts the history of almshouses, beginning with Shee Almshouse, today’s Tourist Information.KCLR
Law, Edward (RIP)Ballooning in KilkennyEdward Law talks about how the wealthier people of Kilkenny caught their first glimpse of a hot-air balloon.KCLR
Law, Edward (RIP)David Shelleman’s 18th century merchandiseRichard Law reads his brother’s article on shopkeeper David Shelleman (Shellyman) and his merchandise.KCLR
Law, Edward (RIP)Kilkenny InnsEdward Law gives his account of the early days of Kilkenny tourism, mentioning the Rose Inn in the thus named street, and also mentions the Hole in the Wall.KCLR
Law, Edward (RIP)Kilkenny’s second AthenaeumCurtains up for one of Kilkenny’s early theatres, located on The Parade.KCLR
Law, Edward (RIP)Postal Services in Co. KilkennyEdward Law talks about a public postal system developing in Ireland since the 17th century.KCLR
Law, Edward (RIP)The Break-up of a Robber GangEdward Law recounts how 18th century highway man Freney betrayed his competitor Bulger in hope for a pardon.KCLR
Law, Edward (RIP)The first Kilkenny bathsEdward Law plunges into the history of Kilkenny’s first public baths on John’s Quay.KCLR
Law, Edward (RIP)Thomas O’Flaherty – a murder at CastlefieldEdward Law recounts the murder mystery of Thomas O’Flaherty, Esq. involving his wife and the family’s tutor.KCLR
Law, Edward (RIP)Walkin’s LoughEdward Law sheds light on the myth about the street name as well as the holy well that fed Walkin’s Lough in the 18th century.KCLR
Law, Edward (RIP)An Emigration Scheme for Kilkenny WeaversThis case of assisted emigration between 1828 and 1878 is retold by Edward Law.KCLR
Law, Edward (RIP)The Canal WalkKilkenny people and even some visitors have been known to take a leisurely stroll down the Canal Walk. Edward recounts the history of this popular promenade.KCLR
Law, Edward (RIP)Towns and Villages of the BarrowEdward Law bases his talk about the towns and villages in Southeast Kilkenny on the survey map of 1776.KCLR
Law, Edward (RIP)Charitable Loan Societies in Co. KilkennyEdward Law reminds the listeners of the difficulties of loaning money in the 18th century and how charitable loan societies were established in the city since 1770.KCLR
Law, Edward (RIP)Nuisances And Punishment in Kilkenny City, read by Rich LawRichard Law reads his brother’s article about city life in the 1770s.KCLR
Law, Edward (RIP)Hole in the WallRichard Law reads his brother’s paper on the early history of one of Kilkenny’s best known taverns, run in the 1790s by Tom Clayton.KCLR
McQuillan, PeterAn interesting person – Francis Walter DohenyPeter McQuillan talks about the somewhat excentric lawyer who gave his name to the Doheny holiday.KCLR
McQuillan, PeterJohn O’Donovan AttatimorePeter McQuillan maps out the life of the man who is often referred to as the Fifth Master.KCLR
McQuillan, PeterDennis Doyle of CuffesgrangePeter McQuillan narrates the unusual emigrant story of former school teacher Dennis Doyle turned postmaster and Justice of the peace in Kilkenny, Minnesota.KCLR
McQuillan, PeterThe dove, the story of Elizabeth O’Neill, Actress (1791-1872)Peter McQuillan sets the stage for Louth native Eliza O’Neill who made her Kilkenny debut in 1812.KCLR
McQuillan, PeterThe Market Cross in KilkennyPeter McQuillan explains the history of Kilkenny’s market cross erected in 1335, as recorded in the chronicle of Friar Clyn.KCLR
McQuillan, PeterTrouble in GalmoyPeter McQuillan tackles the upheaval in rural areas around Glamoy 1819-1824.KCLR
McQuillan, PeterFreney the RobberPeter McQuillan talks about the 18th century highway man who left us his memoir.KCLR
McQuillan, PeterFriar Clyn and the Black Death, 1348Peter McQuillan tells the story of the city’s great chronicler Friar John Clyn (aka Klynn), who left us an eye-witness account of the time when the Plague hit Kilkenny in the 14th century.KCLR
McQuillan, PeterCromwell in CallanPeter McQuillan recounts the days when Oliver Cromwell’s troups took Callan in 1650.KCLR
McQuillan, PeterJames StephensPeter McQuillan tells the story of Kilkenny born engineer James Stephens, founder of the Irish Republican Brotherhood.KCLR
McQuillan, PeterThomas MacDonaghPeter McQuillan explains the connection of poet, teacher and revolutionary Thomas McDonagh with Kilkenny, which led to the train station in the Marble City being named after him.KCLR
McQuillan, PeterA County Kilkenny KidnapPeter McQuillan narrates the story of 18th century teenagers Catherine and Ann Kennedy and their chaperons turned kidnappers and rapists.KCLR
Neary, PaddyA Public Water Supply for Kilkenny CityAppalling hygienic conditions leading to outbreaks of diphtheria and other illnesses in the city led to a badly needed installment of public water supply in the first decade of the 20th century, as Paddy Neary relates.KCLR
Neary, PaddyThe Graveyard EnquiryPaddy Neary talks about a time when there were concerns about health and safety regarding the overcrowded cemeteries in the city of Kilkenny.KCLR
Neary, PaddyThe KavanaghsPaddy Neary recounts the story of his ancestors, the military Kavanagh family.KCLR
Neary, PaddyLady Desart and KilkennyPaddy Neary explains the impact of Jewish society lady and philanthropist on Kilkenny’s society during her lifetime.KCLR
Neary, PaddyThe Night of the Big Wind in Kilkenny 1839Paddy Neary talks about a ferocious storm in 1839 that became the measure for any storm to come.KCLR
Neary, PaddySt Patrick’s Day, 1903Paddy Neary recounts the first St Patrick’s Day celebrations in 1903 organised by the Gaelic League, when pubs and businesses were closed for the occasion.KCLR
Neary, PaddyKilkenny in August 1914Paddy Neary talks about how the outbreak of the First World War affected the Marble City.KCLR
Neary, PaddyKilkenny’s Railway StationPaddy Neary reminds the listeners of the history of Kilkenny’s railway station, founded in 1847.KCLR
Neary, PaddyKilkenny’s First Senior Hurling TitlePaddy Neary tells the listeners how the Kilkenny Hurling team won the 1904 title in 1906 against the odds.KCLR
Neary, PaddyKilkenny Marble WorksPaddy Neary sheds light on the history of one of Kilkenny’s finest export products.KCLR
Neary, PaddyThe Merino Woollen Factory – An Old Kilkenny IndustryPaddy Neary tells the story of how an English trained Kilkenny man established an woollen factory that trained its own workers from an early age and provided an early health service.KCLR
Neary, PaddyLady Desart And Her Legacy to Kilkenny part 1Paddy Neary reminds the listener of the co-operation of Otway Cuffe and Lady Ellen and their long-lasting impact on Co. Kilkenny.KCLR
Neary, PaddyLady Desart And Her Legacy to Kilkenny part 2KCLR
Neary, PaddyKilkenny WoodworkersPaddy Neary sheds light on the development of Irish woodworking industry in the early 20th century in Kilkenny.KCLR
Nolan, PatThe Slate QuarriesPat Nolan explains the historical importance of the slate quarries in Southwest Kilkenny, which provided roofing material to Westminster Abbey, Kilkenny Castle and Kells Priory, amongst others.KCLR
Nolan, PatEarly Motor Cars in KilkennyPat Nolan describes how the first car license plates were introduced to Kilkenny in 1903.KCLR
Nolan, PatA Ballycallan Romance – The Story of Michael DicksonPat Nolan tells the story of a 19th century love at first sight.KCLR
Nolan, PatCompulsory Tillage DayPat Nolan reminds the listener of the introduction and challenges of compulsory tillage day during World War II.KCLR
Tierney, AnnElizabeth Butler, First Duchess of OrmondAnn Tierney talks about how Elizabeth Butler stood up to Oliver Cromwell in 1652.KCLR
Tierney, AnnConstantia GriersonAnn Tierney tells the listeners about the 18th century child prodigy, printer and poet.KCLR
Tierney, AnnJohn CarrAnn Tierney retells the story of a tragic infatuation between two visitors to 18th century Kilkenny.KCLR
Brennan, MichaelBallyfoyle HistoryMichael talks about the history of Ballyfoyle and introduces his book published inthe Summer of 2020.Community Radio Kilkenny City
deLoughry, David The Butts(2020)Community Radio Kilkenny City
Distel, Anne-KarolineTurlough O’CarolanAnne gives a musical overview of the great Irish composer’s life (2018).Community Radio Kilkenny City
Distel, Anne-KarolineBenchmarks in KilkennyAnne takes you on a walk through Kilkenny pointing out the Ordnance Survey benchmarks along the way. (2020)Community Radio Kilkenny City
Distel, Anne-KarolineFashion in 16th century IrelandAnne features some aspects of Irish fashion and laws about it in 16th century Ireland. (2020).Community Radio Kilkenny City
Distel, Anne-KarolineTudor HerbsDiscover the use of some Tudor herbs grown in the Rothe family’s garden (2020).Community Radio Kilkenny City
Distel, Anne-KarolineTudor TreesLearn about some of the trees the Rothe family grew in their garden (2020).Community Radio Kilkenny City
Barnes, RosemaryKilkenny Horticultural SocietyRosemary reminds the listener of the history of the Horticultural Society in Kilkenny (2019).Community Radio Kilkenny City
Barnes, RosemaryLock Up Your DaughtersKilkenny streetscape and population were featured in the 1969 movie (2019).Community Radio Kilkenny City
Barnes, RosemaryThe Long March(2018)Community Radio Kilkenny City
Barnes, RosemaryA Snapshot of UnderwearRosemary lets us take a peak into underwear fashion through the years (2019).Community Radio Kilkenny City
Barnes, RosemaryMildred Ann ButlerRosemary paints a picture of the life of Thomastown’s watercolour wildlife artists. (2019)Community Radio Kilkenny City
Barnes, RosemaryIreland Joins the EEC(2020)Community Radio Kilkenny City
Barnes, RosemaryJohn Lavery and his Paintings in Rothe HouseRosemary introduces us to the famous portrait artist (2020).Community Radio Kilkenny City
Kennedy, Ned (RIP)Freshford, part 1 and part 2Local historian Ned Kennedy talks about the early history of Freshford and surroundings (2020).Community Radio Kilkenny City
Kennedy, Ned (RIP)Dick of the ChurchNed explains the tradition of nicknames in Tullaroan and recounts the life of Dick of the Church (Walshe) (2020).Community Radio Kilkenny City
Kennedy, Ned (RIP)Kilkenny born playright Michael Egan(2020)Community Radio Kilkenny City
Kiely, EamonnThe Great Duke of Ormonde(2019)Community Radio Kilkenny City
Kiely, EamonnThe Irish FlagEamonn tells us about the history of the Irish bannerette (2018).Community Radio Kilkenny City
Kiely, EamonnAmhlaoibh Ó Suilleabhain or Humphrey O’Sullivan diaristEamonn talks about the jack of all trades: linen draper, a politician, diarist and a hedge school master Humphrey O’Sullivan.Community Radio Kilkenny City
Kiely, EamonnGeorge Berkeley (1685 – 1753)Berkeley, one of the most influential philosophers and probably most famous Kilkenny man was born born at Dysart Castle near Thomastown.Community Radio Kilkenny City
Kiely, EamonnJames Hoban architect of the White House WashingtonFollow James Hoban on his journey from Kilkenny to Washington.Community Radio Kilkenny City
Kiely, EamonnThe Red Book of OrmondeDiscover the history of this 14th century Latin manuscript and the roles Rev James Graves and Lady Ormonde played in its restoration.Community Radio Kilkenny City
Kiely, EamonnLiber primus KilkenniensisEamonn sheds light on the significance of the First Book of Kilkenny (2019).Community Radio Kilkenny City
Kiely, EamonnStandish O’Grady and the fight of the EarlsCommunity Radio Kilkenny City
Kiely, EamonnDan Donnelly and the Kilkenny ConnectionHear about the first Irish-born heavyweight champion.Community Radio Kilkenny City
Kiely, EamonnColonel Dan Bryan – Ireland’s Great Intelligence Chief(2018)Community Radio Kilkenny City
Kiely, EamonnThe Hackett Family of Patrick Street: Part 1 & Part 2(2019)Community Radio Kilkenny City
Kiely, EamonnThe Battle of Clais an Chro 1170 ADEamonn sheds light on the battle that took place near today’s Freshford in the late 12th century. (2019)Community Radio Kilkenny City
Kiely, EamonnHenri Clarke of Lisdowney extraction – Marshal of FranceWho knew such an important man came from small Lisdowney near Ballyragget? (2019)Community Radio Kilkenny City
Kiely, EamonnStandish O’Grady One Time Editor of the ModeratorEamonn digs deeper into the life of Moderator editor Standish O’Grady and his relationship with the Cuffe family. (2020)Community Radio Kilkenny City
Kiely, EamonnShortalls, Graces and the Wild GeeseEamonn tells the story of the Grace and Shortall families in Kilkenny (2020).Community Radio Kilkenny City
Kiely, EamonnThe Winslow Boy(2022)Community Radio Kilkenny City
Lynch, FinnoulaThe Brave Men of  CarrickshockFinnoula reminds us of the story of the battle of Carrickshock.Community Radio Kilkenny City
Lynch, JackDrink & The IrishJack talks about the culture of alcohol consumption and the temperance movement in Ireland.Community Radio Kilkenny City
Lynch, JackKnockroe Passage TombJust before the winter solstice 2019, Jack shed some light on the Passage Tomb in Knockroe and its significance. (2019)Community Radio Kilkenny City
Lynch, JohnMartin Loughlin (1833 to 1894)Community Radio Kilkenny City
Lynch, JohnWilliam Hague (1836 to 1899) John features the architect of St. John’s Church, William Hague.Community Radio Kilkenny City
Lynch, JohnJames Stephens of KilkennyCommunity Radio Kilkenny City
Lynch, JackSummer Solstice and JohnswellJack enlightens us about the celebrations around St. John’s Day (23rd of June) and how it was celebrated through time. (2020)Community Radio Kilkenny City
Maher, NicholasDr. Robert Cane 1&2Learn about Dr. Robert Cane, medical doctor, nationalist, historian, writer, politician and antiquarian.Community Radio Kilkenny City
Maher, NicholasWilliam F. RoeNickie sheds light on the live of the Kilkenny man who brought rural electrification to Ireland (2019).Community Radio Kilkenny City
Maher, NicholasThe HawthornNicholas talks about the Raggedy Bush and the significance of the Hawthorne in Celtic culture.Community Radio Kilkenny City
Maher, NicholasJean Vanier – L’Arche and the Kilkenny ConnectionNicholas remembers Jean Vanier, founder of the L’Arche community and its beginnings in Kilkenny.Community Radio Kilkenny City
Maher, NicholasFostering and Adoption in Ireland and Living at Maiden HallNicholas looks at the history of fostering and adoption and especially the case of Wicked Little Joe (2020).Community Radio Kilkenny City
Neary, Paddy1903 St. Patrick’s DayPaddy takes us back in time to the first St. Patrick’s Parade in Kilkenny (2018).Community Radio Kilkenny City
Neary, PaddyKilkenny Pastimes: Archery, Tennis, Bowling
Bull Baiting
Cock Fighting
Playing Cards and Dice
Religious Plays
How did Kilkenny People have the craic in times gone by? Paddy explains (2018).Community Radio Kilkenny City
Neary, PaddyDonal McAuley Part 1 & 2Emigration to England is the topic of this talk, using Donal McAuley’s autobiography as a source.Community Radio Kilkenny City
Neary, PaddyThe Banim Bros & Windgap CottagePaddy tells the story of the literary Brothers Banim and their relation to Kilkenny.Community Radio Kilkenny City
Neary, PaddyThe Capuchin Friars of Friary StPaddy sheds light on the history of the Capuchin Friary and the Capuchin order.Community Radio Kilkenny City
Neary, PaddyFr. Albert BibbyFrom Bagenalstown to Santa Inez – Paddy takes us on the life journey of Fr. Albert Bibby.Community Radio Kilkenny City
Neary, PaddyFr. Patrick DelahuntyPaddy continues his series of talks about Capuchin friars with Fr. Patrick from Aglish, Mooncoin.Community Radio Kilkenny City
Neary, PaddyBishop Richard Pococke(2019)Community Radio Kilkenny City
Neary, PaddyArchbishop John Ireland(2019)Community Radio Kilkenny City
Neary, PaddyBishop Hendricken(2019)Community Radio Kilkenny City
Neary, PaddyThe Dunmore HoardIn 1999, a silver hoard was discovered in the Dunmore Caves. Paddy sheds some light unto this treasure held in the National Museum in Dublin.Community Radio Kilkenny City
Neary, PaddyThomas MooreHear Paddy talk about Thomas Moore, who set out to study law, but became one of Ireland’s most famous poets.Community Radio Kilkenny City
Neary, PaddyWindgap HillAudio recording of a walk with the Saturday morning walking group (2015).Community Radio Kilkenny City
Neary, PaddyThe Kilkenny MuseumPaddy talks about the predecessors of the Medieval Mile Museum and Rothe House Museum, highlighting the role of the Kilkenny Archaeological Society.Community Radio Kilkenny City
Neary, PaddyJohn Cullen Lord of the LocPaddy takes the listener to court, telling the story of the alleged town fool John CullenCommunity Radio Kilkenny City
Neary, PaddyEdmund Ignatius RiceLearn about Eamonn Rice and his journey from hedge school attendée to co-founder of the Christian Brothers schools.Community Radio Kilkenny City
Neary, PaddyPrince & Dooley of Walkin StreetPaddy recalls a friendship between a Protestant and a Catholic on 1798’s Walkin Street.Community Radio Kilkenny City
Neary, PaddyWalkin StreetPaddy takes the listener on a historical trip along Walkin Street/ Friary Street.Community Radio Kilkenny City
Neary, PaddyReputed Holy Wells Of the City of KilkennyPaddy points out location and history of the (holy) wells in Kilkenny.Community Radio Kilkenny City
Neary, PaddyPatrick Francis Moran(2019)Community Radio Kilkenny City
Neary, PaddyThe Ten Civic Families of KilkennyPaddy introduces us to the ten civic families that ruled Kilkenny from the 14th century until the 17th century (2019).Community Radio Kilkenny City
Neary, PaddyKilkenny Convict turned HeroPaddy relates the story of a man who saved lives at Kilkenny Gaol in the late 19th century (2019).Community Radio Kilkenny City
Neary, PaddyArchbishop Rinuccini, Papal Nuncio and the Confederation of KilkennyPaddy reminds us of the person that has a road and a restaurant named after them in Kilkenny and why. (2020)Community Radio Kilkenny City
Neary, PaddyA Short History of GowranPaddy freshens up our knowledge about the town of Gowran and its history. (2020)Community Radio Kilkenny City
Neary, PaddyKilkenny and the Spanish FluPaddy reminds us how the Spanish Flu affected life in Kilkenny in 1918 (two parts). (2020)Community Radio Kilkenny City
Neary, PaddySome Irish Surnames and Their MeaningLearn about the history and meaning of names like Murphy and Finnegan (2020).Community Radio Kilkenny City
Neary, PaddyKilkenny’s Three TholselsListen to Paddy Neary as he brings us on a tour of Kilkenny City’s historical Tholsels or Custom Houses.Community Radio Kilkenny City