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Fr Tom Kennedy's Holycross slide collection


Fr Tom Kennedy's Holycross slide collection


A selection from the huge collection of slides and photographs taken by Fr. Tom Kennedy of Holycross mainly during the 1960s and 1970s.
The collection is best navigated through the 'Collection Tree' tab.


Fr Kennedy (1926 – 1994) was a native of Ballyheen, Templemore and spent his working life in Alabama, U.S.A. He retired due to ill health in 1970 and settled in Holycross village. He took a keen interest in the restoration of the Abbey and in village life and documented both through his slides and photographs. His 1960s images show rural Ireland at a turning point with horses and donkeys still very much in use. He had a huge interest in monastic ruins, sport and rural life. Despite his poor health, he was known as a convivial man with a keen sense of humour. His pictures also feature friends, family and of course Rex the dog, his faithful companion (and gatekeeper) in Holycross.


Fr Tom Kennedy


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Collection Items

12th century Abbey at Lorrha
Colour image of the doorway into the chapel at Lorrha monastic settlement. No date

1853 map of Rossrehill
Colour image of a section of a estate sale map. Lot 14 Rossrehill. Co. Tipperary. No date

Abandoned two storey farmhouse 1973
Colour image of two people and a dog walking through the overgrown front garden of a two storey farmhouse. 1973

Archbishops Palace in Thurles. Library Sept 1966
Archbishops Palace in Thurles. The library windows. Sept 1966

Archbishops Palace Thurles, 1974
Colour image of the front elevation of the Archbishops Palace Thurles, 1974

Archbishops Palace, garden front 1966
Colour image of Archbishops Palace, garden front 1966

Archbishops Palace, South aspect from street
Archbishops Palace, South aspect from street. 1966

August 1972 group with Boherlahan GAA display
Colour image of a small group with Boherlahan GAA display. August 1972

Badly eroded High Cross at Roscrea September 1973
Colour image of the badly eroded 12th century sandstone High cross at Roscrea September 1973

Ballycahill cross Dr Lee and Ellen August 1972
Colour image of a thatched shop and house at Ballycahill cross. Dr Lee and Ellen standing by railings. August 1972
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