The Official Co. Kilkenny Web Site.


A Brief History of Kilmacow.



Return to Kilmacow


The Four Parishes.

Kilmacow in the Middle Ages.

Eighteen Century

Sports and Pastimes

Kilmacow Cricket Team c.1890*

The Flour Mills

 * (Please 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 and Carrick-on-Suir.

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.

Dan Dowling.