Killowen Historical Society was formed in March 2002, its aim to research and record past events in the local area. The locality is steeped in history, but a lot of this knowledge of important historical events and people who have shaped the district we know today was confined to a few of the older folk.

Surely, some more high profile events such as the Yelverton Marriage Scandal, and high profile people such as Giant Murphy and Lord Russell of Killowen, are well documented, but the society also wanted to research the more everyday stories from years gone by in the Killowen area.

Since the group’s formation in 2002, they have been very busy collating stories and photos from various sources including local families, and public records such as census documents and church records. Guest speakers have visited the society on numerous occasions to recount tales of both famous and lesser known events in Killowen and the surrounding areas over the past few centuries.

We meet on the first Tuesday of each month in the old meeting room at the rear of the Sacred Heart Church in Killowen. Annual membership is £10, and students and senior citizens can join free of charge.

There are currently in excess of 35 members, including some from England, Canada and New Zealand.

The current committee comprises:

Aidan Murdock (Chairperson), Liam Sloan (Vice-Chairperson), Finola Sloan (Secretary), Martina Fearon (Vice-Secretary), Tommy Carville (Treasurer), and Eamon Sloan (Deputy Treasurer and Legal Advisor), Hugh Sloan, Geraldine O’Hagan, Thomas Murphy, Leo Murphy, Ena Saunders, Mark Brennan, Donal Burke, Margaret Gilmore and Julie Gibbons.

Additional society members include: Brian Burke, Robert Linden, Lily Patterson, Jim Robinson, Jim Saunders, Peter Cull (England), Niall Sloan, Gerard Sloan, Kevin Hanna, Thomas O’Rourke, Maryse Pinsonneault (Quebec, Canada), Frank Murney (Ashburton, New Zealand), Terance Murney (Timaru, New Zealand), Vincent Quinn, Aloysius Morgan, Christina Murphy, Rev. Fr. Peadar Murney (Dublin) and Joe Robinson (Canada).