Glenmalure Tour

The Society took a tour of Glenmalure with local guide and author Carmel O’Toole on Saturday 24th September. Although the weather was a big let down, the tour however was not. Carmel took us on a wonderful tour of the valley and their amazing Pure Mile with plenty of historical sites, mines and waterfalls. The tour was followed by lunch in Glenmalure Lodge and a further talk with a slideshow.

Carmel’s book ‘Glenmalure, The Wild Heart of the Mountains’, which was published in 2015, is available locally in Glenmalure Lodge or in Arklow and Gorey in selected outlets.

The Society held its first AGM on June 23rd. Membership is now due for the coming year. Anyone that would like to become a member please contact the Society or attend the next meeting. Membership for the year is €20. All welcome.

1916 Commemoration
1916-bookletsThe Society held a 1916 Ceremony to commemorate local involvement in the Rising for the centenary celebrations. Especially remembered were Paddy Boland, Mick Kilty and John O’Donohoe. After a special dedicated mass in Sts Peter & Paul’s Church Kilanerin, a procession, led by the Parade Commander Sgt Major William Gilbert and the UN Blue Caps and the ONE (Óglaigh Náisiúnta Na hÉireann), left Mick Kilty’s old homestead and made its way to the memorial which was the entrance to where Paddy Boland’s home once stood, followed by the unveiling of the memorial seat, a blessing, wreath laying and raising of the flag.

Old Kilnenor Historical Society would like to sincerely thank all those who gave their time to make the Commemoration possible.

A special 1916 Commemoration booklet and a DVD of the mass and ceremony is now available, if you would like to reserve a copy please contact the Society. Cost of the DVD is €10.

Rewind <<
Copies of Canon deVal talk on Seamus Doyle (Buckstown) and the 1916 Rising are available in CD and DVD format at €3 each. Also available are audio CD of Mr & Mrs Rawson Talk on Coolfancy and related history, €3 each. To get a copy please contact Damian on 085 7753 772.

1916 Events

women-of-1916-lectureTunes to the Rising
Tunes to the Rising : the story of how Irish history from 1798 to 1916 is recorded in song and the role of the bard and balladeer in making Ireland. Performed by John Nangle and friends. Takes place in Gorey Library on 3rd May at 7.30pm – come and join the singing. All are welcome. Booking is essential – please contact the Librarian 053 94 21481.

The Women of 1916
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For more information on events happening around Wexford for 1916 check out





Research Sources:

National Folklore Collection of Ireland
dú is a project to digitise the National Folklore Collection of Ireland, one of the largest folklore collections in the world. Material from 26 counties in the Schools’ Collection is available here now. New material is being added on a phased basis.
Catholic Parish Registers on NLI
Kilanerin Baptism & Marriages:

1911 Census – List of townlands under Civil parish of Limerick

Townlands of Wexford

Family search

Ask About Ireland – Griffith’s Valuation (1847-1864)

Tithe Applotment Books (1823-1837)

A Diary of an American by William Henry Hurlbert
Croghan/Coolgreany evictions

OSI maps
Includes the Historic 6″ and 25″ maps,591271,743300,0,10

Down Survey – William Petty Maps
Taken in the years 1656-1658, the Down Survey of Ireland is the first ever detailed land survey on a national scale anywhere in the world. The survey sought to measure all the land to be forfeited by the Catholic Irish in order to facilitate its redistribution to Merchant Adventurers and English soldiers.

If you have any other links or suggestions that may help others in their search please contact the Secretary Damian Nash on 085 7753772 or email


Elected Committee
Elected at the Meeting on 23rd June 2016 in Ballyfad Hall

Chairperson: Fr. D Berney
Secretary: Damian Nash (085 7753 772)
Treasurer: Bernadette Cullen
PRO: Mary Fortune

General Committee: John Boland, Dan Kennedy, Michael Forde, John J Nash, Martina Osborne, John Kavanagh, Fionntán Ó Súilleabháin, Ted Fanning, Ed Keyes