Mildred Ann Butler

Rosemary Barnes (2019) Mildred Ann Butler, a prolific watercolour artist, was born in 1858 and spent most of her life in her family home Kilmurry House, Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny. Its beautiful gardens, wildlife and surrounding countryside of meadows and lakes were the subjects of her paintings. She lived a life of privilege and leisure. As […]

George Berkeley (1685 – 1753)

Eamonn Kiely It is likely that George Berkeley is the best known Kilkennyman ever. None other that I am aware of, has had a city called after him. Accepted among the top ten philosophers ever he was born at Dysart Castle near Thomastown. At ten years of age in 1695 he is in Kilkenny College, […]

Break Up Of Robber Gang

The breaking-up of a robber gang Edward Law (2015) Early in May, 1749, some 260 years ago, the Earl of Carrick of Ballylinch, near Thomastown received information that Bolger the robber, was hidden in a house at Killaghy in Grace’s Country, some miles west of Kilkenny city. James Bolger, a member of a notorious gang […]

Raftis Family Eviction at Powerswood

The Raftis Family Eviction At Powerswood Thomastown Ken Kinsella The Land War, resulting from the formation of the National Irish Land League and Ladies Land League in 1879, was one of the largest movements in Irish history. Seething resentment had been building-up over the preceding decades since the Great Famine and the failure at that […]