by Michael McGrath.

Travellers camping at the Wetlands halting site were up early this morning. They were woken up abruptly by raiding Gardai. We feel that this is part of a campaign of harassment by the Gardai, as seven o’clock of a weekday’s morning is far too early to get anybody up out of their bed.

We have nothing against the Gardai doing their duty but surely they could have waited to raid at a more decent hour. Why couldn’t they have waited and raided at around midday or so? In fact we think that such Police raids are far too early. Do the Police not see that hardworking men need their rest? Speaking for myself, it’s hard to get back to sleep again when awoken so abruptly like that.

Kilkenny Gardai may be great people, but at times like this they come across as most unfeeling and even hard hearted. In fact the campers concerned should sue the Gardai for sleep interruption and deprivation. This is neither fair nor right. How would the Gardai themselves like to be so rudely awakened? It’s unforgivable, it’s just not on in modern-day Ireland where we are so compassionate and care so much.

I am certain the whole of Kilkenny agrees. When the gardai raid at such an unearthly hour they should cease from blaring their sirens. In fact they should park at least a hundred yards away and proceed quietly on foot, tap on the trailer doors gently and talk softly to the inhabitants, maybe even make them a cup of tea. Better still a glass of whiskey for those with a hangover.

If you must waken people at all, waken them properly just as you would the gentry. We’re all the one now.

BREAKING: Gardaí arrest three in morning raid at Wetlands halting site in Kilkenny


Mary Cody & Sam Matthews

BREAKING: Gardaí arrest four in morning raid at Wetlands halting site in Kilkenny

30 gardaí involved in raid

Three people have been arrested as part of an early-morning raid by gardaí at a halting site in Kilkenny City this morning.

Up to 30 gardaí were involved in the operation, which commenced shortly after 7am today. Six search warrants were executed.

Uniformed gardaí and plainclothes detectives raided the Wetlands Halting Site, to the west of the city, as part of ongoing investigations into criminal activity.  Two people were arrested on suspicion of trespassing and are being detained at Kilkenny Garda Station while the third person was arrested following the execution of a warrant.

Further searches and arrested are anticipated throughout the morning in other locations.


“Taoiseach didn’t know how many ships we have!” – Senator Craughwell. by Michael McGrath

shipThe Taoiseach of Ireland didn’t know how many ships the Irish naval Service has, according to Senator Gerald Craughwell, who himself was a Sergeant in the Irish Army.

Leo Varadkar thought the navy had seven ships instead of nine, the Independent senator claimed today over the RTE radio Drivetime programme.

Of the seven ships the senator claimed that only three are in full service, two are unable to carry out nighttime duties, two are being serviced  while the remaining two are permanently laid up due to shortage of naval staff to run them.

There’s no reply from prime minister Varadkar.


Several women residents of the Lawcus Fields  housing estate in Stoneyford, County Kilkenny,  have let it be known in a door-to-door survey by The Kilkenny Journal that they prefer to have refugees and asylum seekers housed rather than the homeless local Kilkenny Irish, 2,250 of whom languish hopelessly for years on the Kilkenny County Council housing list.

This was also borne out in door-to-door surveys of nearby Callan and Thomastown in several instances.  And the amazing fact to emerge is that it is the local women who prefer the refugees to be housed rather than the local Irish,  not the men. It’s typically middle-aged Irish women that are involved.

In fact the women respondents concerned held that it was “racist”for anybody  to want to house the Irish applicants on the Kilkenny County Council housing list in preference to the Incomers!DPfI20uW4AAwlqF

They were, however, very much in a vociferous minority and mostly identified with the Sinn Fein and PBP political parties in the areas concerned.

Meanwhile in Kilkenny city there’s a total clampdown on the news of who’s going to get the new houses and apartments in Ballybought Street, and it’s difficult to discover this as officially those are Respond houses and not local council houses that are being allocated at the moment.

Still, no harm to contact your local councillor that you voted for recently if you want one.



Behal puts it up to the government with his .303 rifle.

by Michael McGrath.

Syrians have so far got free council houses, some of them brand new, in Kilkenny City and the Kilkenny county towns of Callan, Thomastown, Castlecomer, Urlingford , Rosbercon, Piltown, Stoneyford, Knocktopher, Ballyhale etc,

Along with the houses they each received a grant of 5000 Euro to outfit the houses nicely. As they have little English they will be on the Dole for their foreseeable lives in Ireland.

Mass immigration will also cost the Irish state as much as nine billions annually , almost all of which is borrowed with the Irish National Debt now well over 214 Billions and still borrowing merrily as if there’s no tomorrow.

Women in Burkas can’t work so are on the Dole for life – husbands are collecting for as many as four such wives on the Irish dole and this will go on for lifetimes.

Meanwhile there are 140,000 locals throughout Ireland desperate for housing on the 31 local authority housing lists.

But the mass of Irish people don’t seem to give a damn with so many happily voting again just the other week for Fianna Fail and Fine Gael candidates in the Local and European elections.

Good news in Kilkenny is that we finally prevailed upon An Bord Pleanala to stop the mosque after the traitorous local Kilkenny County Council had passed it.

PHOTO: Former IRA man Richard Behal puts it up to the Dublin government with his Lee Enfield .303 rifle at an enthusiastic gathering near Mooncoin, South Kilkenny , last Saturday.



Kilkenny has been used and abused, it’s run down and dilapidated with thousands of non nationals living there.  There’s no increase in infrastructure – and extremely bad planning  – to properly assimilate them into society here.

Somebody is making money off the backs of non nationals (rent and subsidies etc), for instance a local butcher who rents out several houses in James’s Green to men and their women in burkas who can’t  ever work because they have crippled themselves regarding being able to work,  so come here for the Dole for the rest of their lives.

I thought that the Dole was not paid to anybody, like these women in Burkas , who intentionally make themselves unavailable for work?

The Government and local government are complicit together with the media in making money for the few, such as the legal eagles and auctioneers, but destroying the city in the process.

If this is being done in the name of multiculturalism then we could do without it.

The whole atmosphere in Kilkenny  would make you want to leave with shops closed down,  shockingly  bad architecture and no sense of affluence about the place.

And it’s full of foreigners bringing their own cultures with them which is fine, but at what expense to our own Irish culture, heritage and our Christian values?

I grew up in Kilkenny and spent my youth here, wandered the world working for years and arrived back. I never drew the dole anywhere in my life but went everywhere following the work as an itinerant navvy.
I care about Kilkenny and I’m proud of the two cathedrals, the castle and the ancient city.

The hospital is crowded out with all the incomers, nobody can get an operation on the HSE, even A&E visits take all day and all night. Classrooms are full to bursting while the educational standard is on the floor, thanks to all the newcomers who can’t even speak pidgin English.

We barely escaped the mosque, Sir, thanks to you and Councillor Eugene McGuinness and the neutrality of An Bord Pleanala – after the sickening crowd running this city had passed it, what else!

Locals are no good either to act to change all this with mostly the same old politicians and parties elected again.

The busiest place in Kilkenny is the post office on dole day with people from all over the world gathered there for the “free money”, costing Billions in State borrowing.

2, 200 applicants languish on the Council housing list while the Incomers are housed in brand new council housing and given grants of 5000 Euro each to move in.

Nothing has changed, nobody voted to change any of this, what’s up with the people, despite all they continue to vote for the corrupt tweedledum and tweedledee.

Surely people know that the politicians they elect now can’t get them anything if they are Irish, no houses, no jobs, nothing. This seems not to have dawned on the locals yet.

There is no house for you no matter who you vote for and there is no job for you or your child no matter what party you vote for – it’s all for the newcomers now, nothing for the Irish here, do you understand that?

At least now for the general election  you’ll know it’s useless for you to vote for the old parties and politicians anymore because there is nothing in it for you anymore.

Kilkenny people today need a large dose of Cop On!

Yours Etc.,

Martin Brennan, Kilkenny.High Street


THE KILKENNY JOURNAL hereby welcomes President Trump and his wife Melanie to Ireland on behalf of our readers throughout Kilkenny and the country.

Cead Mile Failte, Mr. President & First Lady of the USA.

We ask that nobody pays any heed to the lefty demos that are not representative of the Irish people.  Trump is a good man who wants to spare his own country the mass immigration that Ireland suffers from today.

He has created a fabulous economy in only two years. He has led the working class to great achievements and rewards, wish we had a leader to do the same for Ireland.

All you will see is the ragtag and bobtail brigade. Are these the representatives you want for Ireland in the 21st century? We think not. Most of this lot are on the dole, drink and drugs – and tomorrow is Dole day!

The Trotskyist PBP commies are busing many of them from the slums of Dublin down to Shannon to confront President Trump – what will the world think of the Irish when they see these junkies protesting? Not much, we can sadly say.

Let it be known that these protesters are not ours and that we have nothing to do with them and that they do not in any way represent the great majority of the Irish people.

God Save Ireland, God Bless America!

Michael McGrath. Editor.Trump

People who appreciate rare and beautiful things: The Queen, President Trump and Melanie.


StorckThis is the American Nic Storck who works at Cartoon Saloon in Kilkenny. She is the Trotskyist communist who has been trolling Michael McGrath and lying about him on Facebook during the recent local elections when Michael stood as an Independent in the Callan-Thomastown electoral area.

She has also lied about three other genuine Kilkenny candidates on Facebook pages she sets up to publish slander against candidates who are not extreme lefties like herself.

She made up lying dialogues that never happened concerning Mr. McGrath, creating words and sentences and scenarios  that never happened and that he never uttered in his life.

She obviously picked on Michael McGrath because he is editor of the powerful Kilkenny Journal series that’s on WordPress,, and featured on facebook pages. Also because he is an Irish nationalist Republican, the antithesis of the globalist Trotskyist Marxism that she wishes to impose upon Ireland and that Mr. McGrath is diametrically opposed to.

He fights cleanly , this Storck woman decided to fight dirty. She is employed by Cartoon Saloon and that’s how, unfortunately, she is in Kilkenny.

For instance , though opposed to their far left policies Michael McGrath never once wrote a bad word about the PBP Trotskyist candidate in the Kilkenny City election, Stephanie Hanlon. Nor did he write a bad word against the other far left candidate Enya Kennedy, but rather he featured both ladies in well-wishing articles and photographs in the spirit of fair play, of journalistic objectivity and impartiality in the elections – that’s why he says he finds Storck’s slander and lies so disgustingly sickening.

Storck will find that being a public liar in Kilkenny doesn’t work amongst such  decent people as you have in this city and county, amongst the fairest minded people in Ireland.



“We’ll save Ireland from the madness yet!”

by Michael McGrath
Independent candidate Michael McGrath made the following statement after his defeat in the local elections as a lone Independent candidate in the electoral area of Callan-Thomastown:
” I made a bid for to do public service, I failed, I have no regret whatsoever except the botheration of having to take down the posters over a vast area while not being a driver!
“The money would not have been worth it, I have sufficient money in my life , so I didn’t do it for that at my age. I went forward for election because I see Ireland going the wrong way and thought I could highlight that more in office.
That was the only reason, a bid to work and serve my country, nothing else – to oppose the crazed policy of uncontrolled mass immigration, virtual open borders and the housing of the Incomers rather than the ten thousand homeless here already on the streets.

In fact I am somewhat relieved that I won’t have to attend boring Council meetings for the remainder of my days. I am probably the most relieved candidate of all at not having been elected. I hate petty bureaucracy too, as everybody can see from The Kilkenny Journal.

I don’t even see the need for county councils – a view I shared with a good friend, the late Minister Jim Gibbons and others.

I was beaten before I started as I was limited in canvassing by not being a driver, so I could hardly get around except for buses and lifts from a friend. I could afford a car but don’t really need to start driving at my age.

People told me that they were going to vote for local candidates and not someone from the city!  Before long I realised I was way out of my own area, out of my comfort zone, they didn’t seem to like someone like me parachuting in. Through such feedback I knew I was never going to be elected out there in the sticks. They don’t vote for blow-ins like me in Callan, Thomastown or Graiguenamanagh!

I didn’t go forward in the city as I did not want to split the anti-mosque vote, with two anti-mosque candidates already in the field on both sides of the city. I wanted to give them a chance and happily one has been elected. Beyond that there were absolutely no ties between us except friendship and mutual respect, as will always exist – we were no “party”  or anything like that. In fact we had little or no contact during the campaign – you’re talking about three highly independent Independents!

I am delighted to see my old friends, John Coonan and Martin Brett,  back on the Council too, having lost their seats the last time due to an unnatural division of the city into two halves for electoral purposes – that’s one of the more daft things Phil Hogan did, though he doesn’t usually do daft things. He got rid of the town councils too and I wanted the restoration of Callan Town Council for a burgeoning town of six thousand population.

I also wanted to be elected to try to expedite the construction of the new hospital at St. Columba’s in Thomastown where my own mother died amid uninhabitable conditions, like so many others, as I saw personally, nearly five years ago.  I could be there myself yet, God forbid. That cause is dear to my heart. Hopefully those elected will take it to heart too.

There’s millions too in flood relief money “allocated” but not paid out for Graiguenamanagh, Thomastown, Inistioge and Ballyhale and I had hoped to be instrumental in getting all those works expedited in emergency too. Hopefully those elected will do it now.

There was very severe trolling from a tiny minority telling the most audacious lies about me in the dark anonymous caverns of Facebook, some really demented people – including an American woman working in Cartoon Saloon. Those still have mine and other candidate’s utter contempt for their anonymous interference in the democratic process.

I’ve made this statement as there was nothing explanatory about my campaign on local radio, the Kilkenny People or any other media. Thanks from the bottom of my heart to all those who voted for me – keep in touch and we’ll all try to save Ireland from the Madness yet!

God save Ireland!




by Michael McGrath.
If Kathleen Funchion wants to contact Kilkenny County Council she has to write or phone now like the rest of us,  as she hasn’t a single councillor left to liaise with the Council for her. They were wiped out over the weekend.
The only councillor she has left in Carlow is Cllr. Andy Gladney of Bagenalstown, a rebel who wants houses for the Irish against Sinn Fein party policy – JUST AS I DO.
I doubt if they’ll be so fast to fire Andy out of the party now. I have a good mind to stand against her myself and taste the pleasure of taking part in the downfall of the last surviving Sinn Fein politician in Kilkenny.
I stood aside to help Cllr. Eugene McGuinness’s successful campaign but I fancy canvassing the city now for a general election that should be in the Autumn.
I am the only one to consistently take on the Shinners in Carlow-Kilkenny over the past half a dozen years, to expose them and bring them down. I spent over a year in the High Court in Dublin defending myself against Funchion’s defamation in their slander sheet, “An Phoblacht”, and in fact played a big part in that rag’s downfall too.

I am an honest straightforward Irish nationalist, I believe in the unity of the Irish Nation that Sinn Fein no longer serves. Sinn Fein has become a Trotskyist outfit, an anti-national party.  It strives to be part of the liberal elite that betrays the Nation.

I have become well-known and popular out the county, thanks to my recent electoral foray into the Callan-Thomastown electoral area, and that would stand to me in a general election.

I have never had anything personal against Kathleen Funchion, in fact I hardly know the woman at all. It is her party that has become problematic for Ireland.  To tell the truth I am pro-life, a candidate recognised as such by the Life Institute.

I also voted No in the Marriage referendum and haven’t changed my mind since, concerned principally with the adoption laws.  However I fully recognise and support LGBT people and always have. I am still concerned about the aids epidemic that hasn’t gone away.

I am most concerned about mass immigration as against the preservation of the Irish nation, our culture and our traditions. I am associated with both the National Party and the Identity Ireland party and other Irish nationalist republican groups and movements.

I demand that the local Irish be housed as a priority and that they get all available Council houses. I want priority for the local Irish in jobs too. I am the only patriotic candidate in Carlow-Kilkenny who serves Ireland and the Irish and not the EU or the UN – though I am not against remaining in the EU on the right terms for Ireland’s sovereignty , “that all the children OF THE NATION be treated equally.

Having originated the campaign against the mosque in Kilkenny , I want the Burka banned here next.





by Michael McGrath.
His school nickname was Smiler, but John McGuinness TD  looked like a man with a pain in his face at the count when it became apparent that his younger brother Eugene was going to be elected as a councillor on Kilkenny county council early on Saturday.
Eugene hadn’t the ordinary campaign of his fellow candidates – he had to battle against John and his hatchetman G.I. Joe Malone as well, who were actively putting out the word against him, especially via mobile phone calls and texts across the city.

John is still silent about the rejected mosque because his son Councillor Andrew was in favour of it. John himself was at the recent Islamic Council do in the Rivercourt Hotel as an apologist for the Imam.

Andrew is a liberal, he is in much the same mould as those of his fellow Kilkenny councillors who lost their seats over the weekend. He does not have a strong  commitment to the Irish Nation and it now seems as if his father, the legendary TD has gone along with Andrew on this.

This was not, of course, a local election issue in the same way as the mosque victory was, but it will be a serious general election issue. Right now people across Kilkenny are asking, who will get the Ballybought Street houses -that Andrew has visited. Who will get the controversial Walkin Street apartments, who will get the Brogue Maker houses and apartments – will they be Irish or Incomers?

Our leaders, like John and Andrew in the future, are going to have to make their minds up about whether the Nation matters or not, whether the children of the Nation be housed?

Right now it seems like John and Andrew are turning their backs on the national ideal and even risking a nationalist party , like The National Party or Identity Ireland,  or even IREXIT, moving in here in the future.

This abysmal housing situation is destabilising the country and placing the future of the Irish nation at great risk. Such carry on caused the success of the Brexit referendum in England.

Instead of building houses our politicians have been more interested in building a mosque! That’s where our county council has been over the past twenty months since I first exposed the plans for the mosque here on the Kilkenny Journal.

We need a mass housing building project here in Kilkenny for the 2,500 on the Council housing list – all the newly elected councillors have as serious responsibility to all those people. The late Jackie Dowling built the whole of Kennyswell in the late 1940’s when there wasn’t as much as a JCB in the country!

This is simply not good enough from John or Andrew and this is why Eugene is an elected councillor this fine May evening in Kilkenny. With a general election on the way, John would want to put the smile back on his face fast!