OPERATION GEORGETTE. THE APRIL OFFENSIVE 1918

April 5, 2018

OPERATION GEORGETTE. THE APRIL OFFENSIVE 1918

Operation Georgette. The April Offensive 1918 James Durney On Saturday 6 April 1918 the Nationalist and Leinster Times editorial said: ‘For more than a fortnight the Germans have been on the offensive on that part of the Western Front with Amiens as the objective. Amiens is regarded as a most important strategic position so much so that French experts make no secret of the opinion that if Amiens falls to their enemy a large portion of the English channel coast […]
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THE KAISER’S BATTLE. THE MARCH OFFENSIVE 1918

March 27, 2018

THE KAISER’S BATTLE. THE MARCH OFFENSIVE 1918

The Kaiser’s Battle: The March Offensive 1918 James Durney On 21 March 1918 the German Army began an offensive designed to end the war on the Western Front before sufficient American troops arrived to tip the balance of power in the Allies favour. The first day of the offensive was the worst day of the war for soldiers from Co. Kildare – twenty-four were killed in action on that day alone. General Erich von Ludendorf began his offensive, code-named Operation Michael, […]
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2nd IRISH MILITARY SEMINAR 8-9 JUNE 2018

March 22, 2018

2nd IRISH MILITARY SEMINAR 8-9 JUNE 2018

As we speak the final touches are being put to the event programme, posters and bookmarks being delivered out to libraries around the county and the booking pages being set up on the Riverbank Arts Centre site. We are delighted to announce details of our second Irish Military Seminar. Irish Military Seminar Friday 8 and Saturday 9 June 2018 Ireland has a long, proud military tradition. The aim of this seminar is to look at all aspects of Irish military […]
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JOHN TOLAND 1670-1722

March 14, 2018

JOHN TOLAND 1670-1722

John Toland (1670-1722) – Irish-born Rationalist Philosopher and Freethinker – John Toland, Irish-born rationalist philosopher and freethinker, died on 11 March, 1722. “If you would know more of him, search his writings,” he wrote in a self-penned epitaph that appeared a few days later. Toland is best remembered today as a philosopher, freethinker, author, pamphleteer who made important contributions to the various fields of philosophy – in what today would be regarded as both the natural and social sciences. A […]
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LULLYMORE PEAT BRIQUETTES

March 13, 2018

LULLYMORE PEAT BRIQUETTES

The Irish Press 17 November 1948 Lullymore Peat Briquettes The cleanest fuel you can handle today are turf briquettes.  A turf briquette is as neat and clean as a book, and as regular in shape and size.  It is such a beautifully finished and polished job that if you didn’t know it was intended for fuel, you’d make a guess at its being a nice black shiny brick. You could lay a load of it anywhere in your house and […]
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DISTINGUISHED CONDUCT MEDAL FOR ATHY MAN

March 13, 2018

DISTINGUISHED CONDUCT MEDAL FOR ATHY MAN

  Leinster Leader February 12 1916 Distinguished Conduct Medal for Athy man Bombardier Hick, of the Royal Field Artillery, and eldest son of ex-Sergeant Hicks, R.I.C., was on a visit to his father from France for the past seven days.  He is recommended for the Distinguished Conduct Medal.  A shell burst amongst a party of soldiers near where young Hicks was passing.  One of the party fell, his thigh being shattered.  The mans’ comrades dispersed quickly, leaving him to bleed […]
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MILITARY FUNERAL FOR WELL-KNOWN NAAS PERSONALITY

March 13, 2018

MILITARY FUNERAL FOR WELL-KNOWN NAAS PERSONALITY

Nationalist & Leinster Times  22 March 1968 Death of Mr. Thomas Callaghan Military funeral for well-known Naas personality  We deeply regret to announce the death of Mr. Thomas (Tony) Callaghan of North Main St., Naas, which has occurred at the Co. Hospital.  For a number of years Tony penned the district notes for “The Nationalist & Leinster Times,” and was one of the town’s best-known residents.  He had been in indifferent health for some time. Tony was a member of […]
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CURRAGH CHOIR

March 13, 2018

CURRAGH CHOIR

Nationalist & Leinster Times  30 October 1948 Curragh Choir Prior to the war most armies were renowned for their choirs, especially the Polish, Russian and German.  The Irish Army, therefore thinks that there is no reason why they should not have a choir. It is proposed to organise a permanent Army Choir in the Curragh Camp for broadcasting and recording purposes.  Already some members have been selected, but more are still required. In this undertaking the Army are not without […]
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AN ATHY YEOMAN’S LETTER

March 13, 2018

AN ATHY YEOMAN’S LETTER

Leinster Leader 23 June 1900 An Athy Yeoman’s Letter Songs, Society, and Tea             An Athy man has received the following letter from his brother, at present serving in the Yeomanry in South Africa:- “Stellenbosch Camp, 28th May, 1900. “My Dear                    , – It is time to think of writing to you, but as we are not playing at soldiers now, as we were at the Curragh, my own time is very scarce.  We are at this Camp a fortnight, […]
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MONASTEREVIN SOLDIER CAST IN BRONZE

February 17, 2018

MONASTEREVIN SOLDIER CAST IN BRONZE

Monasterevin soldier cast in bronze James Durney On 19 July 1919 a Peace Day Parade took place in London to mark the end of the First World War. A temporary cenotaph war memorial was erected on Whitehall to celebrate what was also called London Victory Parade to mark the signing of the Treaty of Versailles on 2 June 1919. After an outpouring of national sentiment the cenotaph was replaced in 1920 by a permanent structure and designated the United Kingdom’s […]
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