Historical Society sponsors next Graig’ monk statue

The Graignamanagh Historical Society is sponsoring one of the life-sized granite monk statues in the town.

The Graignamanagh Historical Society is sponsoring one of the life-sized granite monk statues in the town.

Their donation of €2,948.89 is helping the Tidy Towns Committee in its plans to put 12 life-sized monk statues located around the town and surrounding area.

Graignamanagh Historical Society secretary David Flynn noted that the society has worked on many projects over the years with advice and help from the Kilkenny heritage officer and the Office of Public Works.

“Within our own society great people – to name but a few chairman Owen Doyle with his great leadership qualities and academic background, Colm A. Walsh with great knowledge on the Cistercians and architecture, historian John Joyce with his great research abilities and business background – they give all their time free over the years and are much appreciated by the younger members of the society,” he said.

The society makes all of its recorded oral and written material accessible for all the people of the community through Kilkenny Library Services with help from Dorothy O’Reilly and the staff of the library services.

Cllr Tommy Prendergast congratulated the Graignamanagh Historical Society and the Graignamanagh Tidy Towns Committee on the work they do for the town.

Calling this latest sponsorship a great act of charity fellowship and good will, he said: “It demonstrates that when groups work together through difficult times, great things can be achieved.”

Kilkenny County Council has just granted planning permission for six of the statues, having previously granted permission for the first two. These statues are to be located at sites including on the R705 (the northern approach to the town), at the junction of the R705 and the L4209, beside the Bank of Ireland and the car park in the town centre, beside the Globe Bar at the junction of the R705 and Main Street, at the corner of the Quay and Lower Main Street at the Bridge and on the western bank of the River Barrow at Silaire Wood.