Jean Vanier – L’Arche and the Kilkenny Connection

Nicholas Maher (2019) Recently I was saddened to hear the news of the death of Jean Vanier, a man known worldwide as the founder of the L’Arche Communities for adults with Intellectual Disabilities and a visitor to Kilkenny and Ireland on numerous occasions. Many of you will be aware of the L’Arche Community houses in […]

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 […]

Edmund Ignatius Rice

Paddy Neary When Edmund Rice was born in West Court, Callan, Co. Kilkenny on June 1st 1762, the Penal Laws, which had caused so much suffering in Ireland since 1695, were gradually being relaxed. He spent his childhood on a farm of about 150 acres, which cost his father two sovereigns a year in rent. The […]

James Hoban – Architect of the White House Washington

Eamonn Kiely If you go out the Callan road from Kilkenny and turn right at Ballymack Cross, about a kilometre from there you will find a modern memorial in glass to James Hoban. Just a couple of hundred meters short of it is an older stone memorial on the site where his two – roomed […]

Amhlaoibh Ó Suilleabhain or Humphrey O’Sullivan diarist

Eamonn Kiely This Callan man is seen as something of the Samuel Pepys of Ireland and the Irish language. While born in Killarney, he came to Kilkenny at nine years of age. His father was a hedge school master. Proinsias O’Drisceoil says in his notes for Oxford Dictionary of National Biography that O’Sullivan senior built […]

Cromwell in Callan

Cromwell In Callan Peter McQuillan When Oliver Cromwell came to Callan in 1650 the town was quite a large place, as Joe Kennedy, Hon. Secretary of Callan Heritage, points out in the ‘Old Kilkenny Review, 1984.’ It was one of the principal towns of the Ormond domain, a walled town with 8 castles, with its […]

James Hoban – Architect of Callen, Co. Kilkenny

James Hoban Ken Kinsella James Hoban was born in a thatched cottage on the estate of the Earl of Desart at Cuffesgrange near Callan in 1758. He was the son of Edward Hoban and Martha Bayne, and they had four children, James, Joseph, Philip and Ann. Edward worked as a tenant farmer on the Desart […]