Centenarian Decade Lecture Series at Kilkenny Library

If you are interested in local history and looking for a constructive way to fill the long dark days of winter, a new development of Kilkenny Library could be for you.

Building on the excellent Decade of Centenaries initiative, Kilkenny Library will host a series of five lectures starting on November 9 at Graignamanagh Library and ending on December 2 at Loughboy Library.

The library said: “As part of the ongoing program to commemorate the Kilkenny County Council Library’s Centenary Decade initiative, we are pleased to announce the following free autumn lecture series. “

Winning the War on Infection – Dr Ida Milne

Dr Ida Milne is a historian specializing in the 1918-19 influenza pandemic in Ireland. His book, Stacking the Coffins, Influenza War and Peace in Ireland 1918-19 was published in 2018 and has become a handbook for understanding the various societal impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Loughboy Library, November 9, 11:00 a.m.

Tom Treacy, Kilkenny’s Forgotten Commander – Larry Scallan

Historian Larry Scallan’s lecture will detail Tom Treacy’s early life and explain his importance in the fight for Irish independence from 1914 to 1922. Larry will discuss the founding of the Volunteers in Kilkenny, Easter 1916, and the development of the Volunteers Irish in Kilkenny. at the brigade level under Tom’s leadership. A reassessment of the Hugginstown attack that occurred in March 1920 will also be presented.

Graignamanagh Library, November 9, 11 a.m.

The Escape from Kilkenny Prison – 1922 – Fergal Donoghue

Fergal Donoghue, author of the historical pamphlet on the 1921 escape from Kilkenny Jail, will talk about the now defunct prison and the 1922 escape

Loughboy Library, November 30, 11:00 a.m.

The Woodstock House Fire 1922 – Eoin Swithin Walsh

Author and historian Eoin Swithin Walsh details in this lecture the history of Woodstock House, Inistioge, County Kilkenny and its dramatic destruction in 1922.

Graignamanagh Library, November 29, 6:45 p.m.

Kilkenny men interned at Ballykinlar Camp, County Down – Orla Murphy

Orla Murphy will share her research on Kilkenny men interned at Ballykinlar Camp, County Down, during the War of Independence which formed the basis of her commemorative brochure on the same theme.

Loughboy Library, December 2, 6:45 p.m.

The full lecture program can be viewed at https://www.kilkennylibrary.ie/…/autumn-lecture-series… All are welcome.

This initiative is part of Kilkenny County Council’s Centenarians Decade 2022 program and is supported by the Commemorations Unit of the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media.


Angela C. Hale