A great resource for the history and heritage of County Kildare is the website of the County Kildare Archaeological Society
Founded in 1891 the Society’s stated aim was: “the promotion of the study and knowledge of the antiquities and objects of interest in the county and surrounding districts.”
The inaugural meeting took place at Palmerstown House, County Kildare.
The Society today carries on the work of its founders and is active in the protection and preservation of County Kildare’s rich archaeological heritage.
An interesting programme of outings and lectures is organised each year and the Society’s journal appears every two years.
There is also a partial index to some years of the Journal that I created available at
Kill History Group
This year marks the 150th anniversary of the historic Fenian Rising of 1867 in which local man John Devoy was very much involved. To mark the occasion, the Kill History Group will be assembling at the John Devoy memorial, on the Kill-Johnstown road on the evening of Monday 27th March at 8 p.m. In doing so they will be recreating a gathering which took place 50 year ago (in 1967) to mark the unveiling of the memorial itself. Afterwards the group will adjourn to the Parish Meeting Room for a talk by guest speaker, Mr Michael Kenny, formerly of the National Museum of Ireland, about the Fenian movement and the ill-fated Rising of 1867.
As always, admission is free and everyone is welcome.