Kilkenny & the Somme – replica trench & Remembrance Ceremony

As most of you know this year is the centenary of the Battle of the Somme. The battle lasted 141 days and during that time 126 soldiers from Kilkenny lost their lives. Many others fought in the battle and either survived the war or lost thier lives during the two years of war still to […]


Fundraising Cycle – Updates – Well over 1000km done!

Day 1: Kinsale – Mizen Head – 185km – Pilot: Jim Fitzpatrick Day 2: Mizen Head – Kenmare – 100km – Pilot: Paddy Griffin Day 3: Kenmare- Portmagee – 120km – Pilot: Eddie Byrne The legend TK Tom Kennedy and his young assistant Eddie Byrne appeared in Waterville today and then headed off on the […]


Belgian Trip: Day 4 – 11th April: Talbot House, Poperinge & Ieper

On our last morning we took some time to look around our accommodation Talbot House in Poperinge before heading into Ieper (Yprès). The town of Poperinge was one of the nearest safe towns behind the front lines and for this reason was used a base to billet troops before heading to the Front. The British […]


Trip Report: Day 3, 10th April – France – St. Omer, Somme, Thiepval

Today we headed into northern France. Our first four stops of the day were to cemeteries where many of our Kilkenny fallen were buried including some of the relatives of our own committee. The first stop was Trois Arbres Cemetery in Steenwerck, France. This is quite close to the Ireland of Ireland Peace Park we visited yesterday […]


Trip Report, Day 2 – 09/04/16: Messines, Ploegsteert & Menin Gate

After a fabulous breakfast in Talbot House we picked up a few lunch bits in the local Spar and hit the road. The 10th valuable “member” of our little group was Seán the SatNav who was a great time saver, he never set us wrong. You can download a free Points of Interest file for […]


Belgian Trip Report – Day 1: 8th April 2016

Six of our committee members, along with three other friends, recently went on a long weekend trip to the Yprès-Salient area in Belgium. During our trip we visited as many graves and memorials of our Kilkenny fallen as possible and also had the opportunity to lay a wreath during the nightly Last Post ceremony at […]


Pte Patrick Mulrooney – KIA 21/01/1916

If you have an Irish relative that served in WW1 do you know that copies of many of their wills are free to view online at http://soldierswills.nationalarchives.ie/search/sw/home.jsp. It will be 100 years later this week since Private Patrick Mulrooney was killed in action in Mesopotamia (current day Iraq) on January 21st 1916, age 28. Patrick served […]