by ehistoryadmin on July 3, 2015

Kildare Observer 23 November 1901




A very largely attended meeting was held in the Town Hall, Newbridge for the purpose of establishing a branch of the Gaelic League in the district. The Very Rev, Father M’Cormack, O.P., Prior Dominican College, presided, and amongst those present were: – Rev. J. O’Kelly, O.P. ; Dr. L. Rowan, J.S. O’Grady, R.D.C. ; J.E. O’Grady, R.D.C. ; J. O’Grady solicitor; T. Kearns, T.C. ; L. Malone, C.C. ; T. Pringle, T.C. ; J. Kelly, T.C. ; J Clinton, T.C. ; R. Coffey, M. Dempsey, M. Fox, J. Donnelly, L. Fallon, J. Spaine, J. Murphy, M. Spaine, J. Fleming, E. Wallace, T. Fallon, P. M’Donagh, W. Sex, P. Cox, J. Flanigan, H. Adamson, M. Sex, C. Ryan, L. Murphy, J. Murphy, J. O’Brien, O. Kelly, J. Kelly, T. Rourke. Students St. Thomas’s College, O.P. – H. Cavanagh, F. Bury, M. O’Keeffe. M. O’Flaherty, T. O’Neill, M. O’Neill, P. Dowling, P. M’Dowling, P. M’Donagh, D. Chambers, F. Chambers, F. M’Carthy, M. Connolly, P. Walsh, P. Glynn, F. Dowling, D. Walden, B. Whelan J. Nolan, T. Malone, F. Hutchinson, and T. Pierfield. Naas – Miss M. O’Reilly, Messrs. Holohan, O’Hagan, and Kelly. Executive Committee (Dublin) – Mr. P. H. Pearse, B.D., B.L. Keating Branch (Dublin) Messrs. T. Hayes, V.P.; P. A. Foley, and J. F. O’ Kelly, hon. secs., and J. M. O’Keeffe.

The Very Rev. Chairman explained the objects of the meeting, and in a vigorous speech commended the work of the Gaelic League to the consideration of the meeting.

Letters of apology for non-attendance, and expressing sympathy with the Irish language movement, were read from the Right Rev. Monsignor Tynan, P.P. ; Rev H. Cullen, C.C.; Messrs. E. Leamy, M.P.; J. Cribbin C.C.; and P. J. Keawell, Dublin, the latter of whom suggested that the branch might find it convenient to co-operate with Naas, Celbridge, Clane, Sallins, Dunlavin, etc., for the purpose of securing the services of a native Irish speaker as a travelling teacher.

Resolutions were adopted expressing approval of the objects of the Gaelic League, and establishing a branch of the League, in the district. A resolution in favour of encouraging Irish Industries was also passed.

At the conclusion of the meeting Gaelic songs were sung. It was announced that the names of intending members would be received by Dr. Rowan who was acting as secretary until a committee and officers are elected.

Re-typed by Lynn Potts

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