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Famous People Connected to County Kilkenny

Republic of Ireland

Image right - John Banim (3 April 1798 – 30 August 1842), was an Irish novelist, short story writer, dramatist, poet and essayist, sometimes called the "Scott of Ireland."

Those people of note with connections to the county are listed below. Some of these connections are a little tenuous - counties like to lay claim to people of renown!

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  • Deborah Alcock (1825–1913), author
  • Liam Aylward (born 1952), politician



  • Robert Cane (1807–1858)
  • William Carrigan (1857–1924) canon of the diocese of Ossory and historian,
  • Gerard Casey (born c1960), artist
  • Abraham Colles (1773–1843), professor of Anatomy, Surgery and Physiology at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. Born Milmount, Kilkenny
  • Ellen Odette Cuffe, Countess of Desart, née Bischoffsheim (1857 – 1933) was an Irish politician, company director and philanthropist who has been called '"the most important Jewish woman in Irish history." After the death of her husband Lady Desart left the house in Cuffesgrange and moved to her home in Aut Even (a transcription of Áit Aoibhinn, the Irish for Beautiful Place) on the outskirts of Kilkenny city.


  • James J. Davis (1852–1926), 20th-century bishop of the Catholic Church in the United States. Born Kilkenny
  • John Dunn, Jr. (1827–?), American politician




  • Edmund Garvey (1740–1813), artist
  • Jim Gibbons (1924–1997), Irish politician, Minister of Agriculture.
  • James Graves (1815–1886), antiquarian and author
  • Constantia Grierson (1705–1732), editor, poet, and classical scholar


  • Frederick William Hall (1885–1915), recipient of the Victoria Cross
  • Walter Hamilton (1856–1879), recipient of the Victoria Cross
  • Thomas Francis Hendricken (1827–1886) first bishop of Providence, Rhode Island, USA. Born Kilkenny
  • James Maurice Herlihy - winner, Middleweight Leinster Championships 1938–1939
  • Christopher Hewetson (1739–1799), sculptor
  • James Hoban (1762–1831), architect
  • Phil Hogan (born c1965), politician


  • John Ireland (1838–1918), the third Roman Catholic bishop and first Roman Catholic archbishop of Saint Paul, Minnesota - born in Burnchurch, County Kilkenny


  • Peter Wyse Jackson Private Profile (born c1955) born in Kilkenny, graduate of Trinity College Dublin in Biology, with whose botanic gardens he was associated. His father, Robert Wyse Jackson, was Bishop of Limerick and Dean of Cashel. His brother Patrick, born 1960 in Cashel, Tipperary, is an Associate Professor in Geology and Fellow of Trinity College Dublin.
  • Robert Johnston (1872–1950), recipient of the Victoria Cross


  • Thomas Kilroy (born 1934), playwright and novelist
  • Dame Alice Kyteler (1280–c1325) said to have been the earliest person accused and condemned for witchcraft in Ireland. She fled the country, but her servant Petronilla de Meath was flogged and burned to death at the stake on 3 November 1324.


  • John Locke (1847–1889), poet, writer and Fenian


  • Kathleen Marescaux (1868–1944), painter/artist
  • James Mason (1849–1905), Irish-born chess player
  • Dónall Mac Amhlaigh (1926–1989), writer
  • Brian Mac Giolla Phádraig (c.1580–c.1652), scholar and poet
  • Francis MacManus (1909–1965), novelist
  • John McGuinness (born 1955), politician
  • Seamus Moore (born 1947), musician



  • John O'Donovan (1806–1861), scholar
  • Standish James O'Grady (1846–1928), author, journalist, and historian
  • Tony O'Malley (1913–2003) Painter/artist
  • James O'Neill (1849–1920) Actor




  • John Ryan (1823–1858), recipient of the Victoria Cross


  • Richard Lalor Sheil (1791–1851), politician, writer and orator
  • James Stephens (1825–1901), Fenian Politician


  • George William Torrance (1835–1907) Musician
  • Ronan Tynan (born 1960) Musician




Related Projects on Geni

County Kilkenny - Main Page
Historic County Kilkenny (Link to follow)
People Connected to County Kilkenny
Historic Buildings of County Kilkenny A- B
Historic Buildings of County Kilkenny C - F
Historic Buildings of County Kilkenny G - K
Historic Buildings of County Kilkenny L - Z
Kilkenny Famous People
County Kilkenny Burials
County Kilkenny -0 Monumental Inscriptions,Cemeteries and Graveyards

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