Captain James Arnold Smithwick

Captain James Arnold Smithwick of Kilkenny Ken Kinsella Very few families in Kilkenny remained unaffected by the Great War and the parallel struggle for Irish independence in the period 1914 […]

Grace’s Card

Grace’s Card Eamonn Kiely Kilkenny has produced a number of distinguished military families such as the Rothes, Butlers and Shortalls. However, none are more celebrated than the Graces. They came […]

Inistioge Barracks Attack

Failed Attack On The Auxiliary HQ At Inistioge, December 1920 Ken Kinsella When the Government of Ireland Bill passed through Parliament in December 1920, effectively creating two states, the IRA […]

The Kavanaghs

The Kavanaghs: A Martial Family Patrick Neary My story begins in September 1876 when my great grandparents Martin Kavanagh of Knockbaun, County Carlow and Catherine Corcoran of Skehana, Castlecomer, County […]

Lebanon 1978

Lebanon 1978 Eamonn Kiely The crowds were descending on Dublin Airport to see the C-5 Galaxy, then the World’s largest transporter. Irish soldiers had been through intensive training in the […]

Take-over of Kilkenny Barracks 1922

Takeover Kilkenny Military barracks – 7th Feb 1922 Eamonn Kiely It is said that the old Dublin City could be reconstructed by a reading of Ulysses. If so, Kilkenny is […]