in the Middle Ages.
Cricket Team c.1890*
The Flour Mills
note this is a Large File)
It is through the study of local history that we
gain an insight into the past, and the influences which throughout the
course of time have fashioned our culture and industry. We are all
intimately connected and influenced by the area and the landscape in which
we live, and as the links in the chain of successive generations, a
certain spiritual relationship at times mainfests itself in the blending
of the past with the present.
Every parish has its own story to tell and Kilmacow, is unique in the
sense, that in addition to its agricultural background, its former
industrial dimension has played an important role in the economy of the
area. The great limestone quarries and there workings which were a feature
of the local landscape were an important source of wealth, industry and
employment in the Parish over a long period of time. The transportation of
the limestone provided employment for large numbers of people, both by
road,and in the gabbards and lighters along the Suir and Barrow Waterway,
to supply the numerious limekilns which then dotted the landscape, as well
as building stone mainly for the urban centres like Waterford, New Ross
The linen industry at Greenville, also played an
important role in the Kilmacow economy, in the second half of the 18th.
century, and in the early decades of the 19th. The numerious cornmills in
the area provided much employment over a long period and were a major
factor in the industrial ecomomy of the Parish.
The publication of this volume is a valued
contribution to the study of the local history in South kilkenny and the
waterford area, and as a source book to be consulted in the furtherance of
local historical studies, it should prove of insetimable value both in the
present and the future.