JOHN DEVOY AND THE FENIAN RISING – REMEMBERED!

by ehistoryadmin on March 16, 2017

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.

IRISH MILITARY SEMINAR – CALL TO ARMS!

by ehistoryadmin on March 3, 2017

Fionn Colour web small

Kildare Library Services, in association with Ireland’s Military Story and Merrion Press will present the inaugural Irish Military Seminar, on 9 -11 June, at Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge Co. Kildare.

Co. Kildare has long, proud military traditions and connections reaching into Ireland’s fabled past and we hope to promote these connections and more. Our aim is to look at all aspects of Irish military history, from an Irish perspective, drawing chiefly on events and personnel from within our nation’s past.

The intention this year at least is to provide access to the Seminar, free of charge.

A Full programme to follow

Speakers include: Helen Litton, John Dorney, Lar Joye, Dan Harvey, James Durney, Declan Power, Justin Horgan, Wesley Bourke, Kenneth Dawson, Dr. Helene O’Keeffe and Maurice O’Keeffe of Irish Life and Lore.

UN Peacekeepers, Vietnam Veterans, Irish Military Vehicles Group display, site visit to the Rath of Mullaghmast with archaeologist Noel Dunne and Griese Youth Theatre performance.

 

 

Contact us at cilldara2016@gmail.com or localhistory@kildarecoco.ie

045 448350 or 087 9871046

Mario Corrigan, James Durney and Karel Kiely

The image was drawn by David Butler  – Fionn, Bran and Sceolan –  the marvelous sculpture at Ballymany Roundabout on the Curragh

The figures, in Corten steel, are the work of Lynn Kirkham of the Greenmantle studio and were commissioned by Kildare County Council’s Arts Service with some historic advice and research from the Local Studies Department, along the way.  The statue of a spear-wielding Fionn is five metres high while the hounds stand at three metres. Together they provide a powerful presence guarding the entrance to the Curragh and a link to Fionn’s reputed residence at the Hill of Allen.

A PEEP AT IRISH VILLAGE LIFE IN THE 18TH CENTURY

February 22, 2017

A PEEP AT IRISH VILLAGE LIFE IN THE 18TH CENTURY

The Nationalist and Leinster Times 26 September 1896 A Peep at Irish Village Life in the Eighteenth Century Part I Although well short of half a century since Mary Leadbeater’s charming “Annals of Balitore” were published in book form, it may well be questioned of any but a very small percentage of the present generation have perused her pages, breathing as they do the simplicity of the author’s life, yet not devoid of the literary merit to be expected in the […]
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DEATH OF MR. LOFTUS HAYDEN

February 22, 2017

DEATH OF MR. LOFTUS HAYDEN

Kildare Observer 10 April 1919 Death of Mr. Loftus Hayden We much regret to chronicle the death of Mr. Loftus Hayden, who had been a very prominent figure in commercial life in Naas a few years back – in fact, it was said of him he controlled more licensed premises than any other merchant in Co. Kildare. Despite this he found time to occupy a seat on the Naas Urban Council, of which he was a very useful and active […]
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LIEUT. BAKER, R.D.F., NEWBRIDGE, WOUNDED AGAIN IN ACTION

February 22, 2017

LIEUT. BAKER, R.D.F., NEWBRIDGE, WOUNDED AGAIN IN ACTION

Leinster Leader 28 April 1917 LIEUT. BAKER, R.D.F., NEWBRIDGE WOUNDED AGAIN IN ACTION A wire was received at Newbridge by his friends from a Base Hospital in France stating that Lieutenant George Baker, Royal Dublin Fusiliers, had been very severely wounded in action by a gunshot wound, and is suffering from a severe compound fracture of the left arm. Lieutenant Baker served with the Dublins during the South African War and in India and was with the Dublins in the […]
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WELL DONE, NARRAGHMORE

February 22, 2017

WELL DONE, NARRAGHMORE

Leinster Leader 8 June 1963 Well done, Narraghmore Narraghmore Pipe Band had their greatest victory yet when they won the Northern Ireland Novice Championship at Ballyclare. They received the Ballyclare Cup, a cash prize of £25 and they also won the cup for the best corps of drummers. They will be presented with the cups at the All-Ireland contents at Newry in July. Twenty five bands competed at Ballyclare, and Narraghmore were the only competitors from the 26 Counties in […]
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CONSECRATION OF ST. JOHN’S CHURCH, KILL

February 22, 2017

CONSECRATION OF ST. JOHN’S CHURCH, KILL

Kildare Observer 29 December 1883 Consecration of St. John’s Church, Kill After undergoing very considerable alterations this church was consecrated on Thursday last, St. John’s Day, by the Lord Archbishop of Dublin. The interior was neatly decorated for the occasion with a quantity of Christmas roses and chrysanthemums, given by the Countess of Mayo, and looked remarkably well. In 1827 it was rebuilt by John, fourth Earl of Mayo, the Rev. John Warburton being rector of the parish, but strange […]
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KILL LOCAL HISTORY GROUP SCHEDULE SPRING/SUMMER 2017

February 11, 2017

KILL LOCAL HISTORY GROUP SCHEDULE SPRING/SUMMER 2017

Kill History Group Spring & Summer 2016 Monday 23rd January: ‘Darby Kennedy – Pioneer of Irish Aviation’ (preceded by Annual General Meeting at 8 p.m) Monday 27th February: Saint Brigid’s Way – Karen Ward Monday 27th March: The Fenians – Michael Kenny Monday 24th April: ‘Genealogy meets History: Garrys of Kildare &1798’ – John Malone Monday 22nd May: Researching Genealogy – Ted Murtagh Monday 26th June: ‘Wolfe Tone – family man’- Larry Breen ……. Monday 21st August: ‘Thomas Ashe – […]
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TEMPERANCE HALLS – INFORMATION REQUIRED!

February 8, 2017

TEMPERANCE HALLS – INFORMATION REQUIRED!

Joe Curtis is a local historian researching former Temperance Halls around Ireland. Are you aware of any former halls or bands in County Kildare, or any old photos? If so please contact Joe joeycurtis@eircom.net   There was a Temperance hall in Naas and branches of the society in County Kildare – any information gladly accepted
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IS IT MR. DARCY THEN?

February 4, 2017

IS IT MR. DARCY THEN?

Brian McCabe of Kill Local History Group is constantly unearthing secrets and curious things. This week he brought to the library a small document given to him by historian and calligrapher, Timothy O’Neill, a member of the RSAI, which Tim has donated to Kildare Library Services and we thank him for his thought and generosity. At first glance it is a rather innocuous little document about tolls and carriage of tiles upon the canals in 1849, curious in that it is […]
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