I was born in Kilkenny in 1952 to Richard Trehy (1902-1981) and Margaret Hogan (1924-1966). I have, to date, been able to trace my paternal ancestry as far back as Edmund Trehy (1765-1825) and Catherine Nolan (1770-1840) in Kilkenny, from where all of my ancestors have their roots. During the 19th and early 20th centuries, the Trehy's were notable and highly respected boot makers in Kilkenny. This tradition was carried on by my father and uncles, and their fathers and uncles until the mid-1900's and can be confirmed by various census returns for the era. However, the arrival of the BOOT FACTORYin Kilkenny in the 1930's led to the demise of the trade generally. Not to be outdone, some of my siblings carried on the trade by working part time for the boot factory, hand stitching the now famous Moccasin shoes from home. This was a very useful source of extra money at the time for very many people in the local area.
At the turn of the 19th/20th century, I believe, the Trehy’s had a number of stores in the John Street area of the city, which included a shoe repair shop, a pub, and butchers shop. I believe there is a photo of these shops somewhere in circulation, but I have been unable to find it. The pub, at 6 John Street, was sold off around 1925 when my Granduncle Tommy died, but is still going strongly under the name BIDDY EARLYS. Tommy's wife Mary and family then headed off to live in New York. During this period many of my relatives left Kilkenny for 'greener pastures' in Dublin, the USA, Australia, and the UK. After the depression in 1929 in the USA, a number of them returned to Ireland. However those that stayed have certainly multiplied and I have made contact with many of them. By all accounts many of them have made successes of their lives, and are involved in teaching, movie making including such smash hits as the Harry Potter series of films, the legal profession, etc. We even have Trehy’s involved in the music industry, both classical and modern. See below for links to some of these.