Oral History in Kilkenny

Oral history is the collecting and recording of the memories and experiences of people. Oral history can give a voice to individuals and groups who are sometimes marginalized in 'conventional' histories - the working classes, women and ethnic minorities, for instance. It can provide new information, alternative explanations and different insights which are potentially of enormous value. The spoken word can convey feelings and emotions with an immediacy and an impact that the written word cannot match, as well as preserving a record of local dialects and accents.

The Heritage Office has commissioned oral history projects, organised training on oral history for community groups, and has also compiled a database of the known oral history recordings from County Kilkenny. To read the database click here.

This database will be of use to anyone doing research or interested in their local area. If you are aware of any other recordings which we haven't included, and which are relevant to County Kilkenny, we would be delighted to hear about them.

Any of the recordings which are archived in the Local Studies Section of Kilkenny County Librarycan be accessed by contacting:


To download a useful guide "Collecting and Preserving Folklore and Oral History: Basic Techniques" click here

Relevant Links:


Related Links:

Emergency Outside Office Hours

If you require the service of the Local Authority for an emergency outside of normal business hours please note the following:

Persons requiring the Fire Service for an emergency should Dial 112 and no other number

For all water related queries 1850 278 278 (Irish Water)

For any other emergency the public are advised to ring 1890 252654

Heritage Links

Heritage Office

Contact Information
John's Green House,
John's Green,
Kilkenny City
Phone: 056 - 7794920
Email: dearbhala.ledwidge@kilkennycoco.ie

Heritage Officer
Dearbhala Ledwidge


Rate this page

How would you rate the following page content from 1 - 5?
Print Bookmark

Kilkenny County Council, County Hall, John Street, Kilkenny R95 A39T
Tel: +353 (0) 56 7794000 | Fax: +353 (0) 56 7794004
info@kilkennycoco.ie | Emergency outside office hours: 1890 252 654
Water Queries: 1850 278 278 (Irish Water)
Privacy | Disclaimer