Shortalls, Graces and the Wild Geese

Eamonn Kiely (2020) O’Callaghan’s History of the Irish Brigades deals with among others some of the famous Kilkenny families. Two of these were the Graces and Shortalls, names still synonymous […]

Theatre in Kilkenny – The Early Years

Geoff Rose (2019) Looking back at the Theatrical history of Kilkenny, the impression one gets is of a series of ‘fits and starts’ and no sense of continuity, especially in […]

Liber Primus Kilkenniensis

Eamonn  Kiely (2019) Liber Primus Kilkenniensis or The First Book of Kilkenny is one of the three great manuscripts of Kilkenny. The other two, The Red Book of Ormonde and […]

St. Patrick’s Day 1903

Written and read by Paddy Neary Bank holidays or public holidays as they became more commonly known were first introduced in 1871 by Westminster but St Patricks day was not […]

The Banim Brothers and Windgap Cottage

Paddy Neary The writers Michael and John Banim were born in Kilkenny city, Michael was born on the 5th August 1796, while John was born on the 1st April 1798. During their […]

Fr. Albert Bibby

Paddy Neary Thomas Bibby was born on the 24th October 1877, in Bagenalstown Co. Carlow. His family were proprietors of a woollen mill at Greensbridge, and operated two drapery businesses […]

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 […]

Dr. Robert Cane Parts 1&2

Nicholas Maher Few Kilkenny people have left such an extraordinary and distinguished impact on Kilkenny society as did Dr Robert Cane in the first half of the 19th century. We […]