Stories

City Charter

Document from King James I granting Kilkenny city status

1609

Founding of Christian Brothers

Edmund Rice founded the 'Congregation of Christian Brothers’ which chiefly focused on the education of youth

1802

Royal Visit

King Edward VII and Queen Alexandria paid a 3 day visit to Kilkenny

1904

De Valera's Escape

When Eamonn De Valera was locked up in Lincoln Prison, Kilkennyman Peter De Loughry cut the key that set 'Dev' free

1919

People of Kilkenny inherit Castle

A symbolic moment for the city, Kilkenny Castle was gifted to the people of Kilkenny by the Butler family

1967

When Eddie met Ali

The moment two great sporting icons met - Eddie Keher, Kilkenny hurling legend; & Muhammed Ali, boxing great.

1972

Capital of Ireland

The 'Confederation of Kilkenny' made Kilkenny capital of Ireland until suppressed by Cromwell

1642

Funeral of 2nd Marquis Ormonde

A large procession of noblemen, clergy, gentlemen, and tenantry turned out for the funeral of the honourable John Butler

1854

Kilkenny Volunteer Force

Over 650 men from the Kilkenny Company of the NIV paraded through the city

1914

Victory at Phoenix Park

The 'Statham-Ford Special' built by Stathams on Patrick Street, won the Dunlop Cup in the Phoenix Park Senior Race

1934

Lock Up Your Daughters

Columbia Pictures brought a large comedy production to Kilkenny, filming many streetscapes and employing locals as extras

1969

City Hall fire

When City Hall caught fire, Joe Stapleton's quick thinking saved historic city records from demise

1985

Gulliver's Travels

One of the world's best selling books. Written by a past pupil of Kilkenny College, Jonathan Swift.

1726

SS Kilkenny

Named after County Kilkenny, this steamship operated the Dublin - Liverpool route; carrying cargo, cattle, and passengers

1903

Suppression of Kilkenny's paper

British forces came out in numbers to seize printing equipment from the 'Kilkenny People' newspaper

1919

Great Flood 1947

Still spoke of today, a rapid thaw of heavy snowfall caused unprecedented flooding and considerable damage

1947

Hurling World Cup

Kilkenny were beaten in a World Cup final by New York, who went on a superb run of form

1969

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