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Local Studies Department

WORLD WAR I: Chapter 6 - The War At Home

  • Life goes on!
    “Hope springs eternal in the human breast.” The time that marks the end of the old year and the advent of the new is ever a period of hopefulness...
  • Kildare Farming
    Kildare Farming was of particular importance and was deeply affected by the war. As the largest earner in Kildare, farming was essential for the economic viability of the county...
  • The Military
    As well as a farming county, Kildare was a military enclave. It was not uncommon for the Military in County Kildare and the farming community to come into conflict...
  • Foreigners
    Belgian refugees, as has already been noted, were treated very well in Kildare. However, foreigners residing in the county at the beginning of the war were looked on with suspicion...
  • Transport
    Transport too was affected. Fuel became more expensive, although motorcars were few and far between...
  • Sport
    As a county known for it’s horses, this aspect of Kildare life was affected by the War. Initially the drafting of horses into the Curragh Camp meant that Countrywide stocks were low...
  • Surviving
    When all was said and done Ireland bore her brunt of War with a surprising amount of adaptability. Those at home responded with verve to new challenges...