After it was recently announced that Kilkenny hurling legend Eddie Keher will receive the Freedom of Kilkenny City, we could not let pass the opportunity to look back on the time two giants of their respective sports shared a few pucks of the sliotar. It was 1972, and 'The Greatest' was in town, Muhammed Ali. He was in Ireland for his fight with Al 'Blue' Lewis at Croke Park. As part of his promotional work for the fight, it was arranged that Muhammed Ali would be taught the
Containing 103 short biographies on people with a connection to Kilkenny, 99 Lives is a great book to add to your stocking this Christmas. It features well-known names such as Alice Kyteler, James Hoban, James Stephens, George Berkeley, as well as many lesser known figures. The book offers something different from other history books, focusing on a collection of people with one common link, Kilkenny. Its a really enjoyable read featuring many great tales and stories that will
For many years it was believed that most of the medieval town of Kells was self-contained within the Burgess Court of Kells Priory. Through aerial surveying undertaken by Simon Dowling, we now know this not to be the case. By examining the earthworks in the picture above, a streetscape is evident. Unfortunately not much is known about the town or it's demise but the Down Survey Map (c.1650) places 3 or 4 tower houses on the site during this time. 'William Marshal and Ireland'
244 years ago today, 342 chests of tea were thrown into Boston Harbour in what became known as the Boston Tea Party. Those involved were of various nationalities, including Irish. One of those Irishmen was Thomas White, born in Kilkenny on the 19th of March 1739. When left Ireland and arrived in Philadelphia on the 2nd of May 1770, it is clear that he brought his resentment for the British with him as only three years later, he found himself aboard a British tea ship pouring