People

* Not Kilkenny born

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The wicked witch of Kilkenny. Put on trial in what is believed to be the first real witch trial in Europe.

Alice Kyteler

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Pioneer in Irish archaeology

James Graves

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Longest serving President of GAA. Nowlan Park named after him.

James Nowlan*

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Prominent archbishop and personal friend of US Presidents

John Ireland

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First woman to win major tennis tournament on foreign soil

Mabel Cahill

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1916 Rising leader. Attended Gaelic League here and taught at St. Kieran's College and Rothe House.

Thomas MacDonagh*

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Founder of Christian Brothers

Edmund Rice

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Architect of the White House

James Hoban

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Fenian and founding member of IRB (Irish Republican Brotherhood)

James Stephens

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Writer of 'Gulliver's Travels' and Kilkenny College past pupil

Jonathan Swift*

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Ireland's first female & triple olympian

Maeve Kyle

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Took part in Boston Tea Party, and was a Revolutionary soldier under George Washington

Thomas White

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One of the great philosophers of the early modern period. City in US named after him.

George Berkeley

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World number one chess player in the 1880s

James Mason

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Renowned painter of miniature portraits

John Comerford

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"The most important Jewish woman in Irish history". Kilkenny's great philanthropist, senator and president of Gaelic League.

Lady Desart*

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Handmaiden of witch Alice Kyteler. Kyteler fled and Petronella was burned at the stake in her place.

Petronella*

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Ireland's first Taoiseach. Twice elected MP for Kilkenny. Twice elected TD for Kilkenny.

W. T. Cosgrave*

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