HAVEN FROM NORTHERN TERROR, BRUTALITY

October 21, 2017

HAVEN FROM NORTHERN TERROR, BRUTALITY

Leinster Leader 11 October 69 HAVEN FROM NORTHERN TERROR, BRUTALITY “Be at the Bursting Doors of Doom And, in the Dark, Deliver Us” This inscription on the base of the of St. Barbara at the entrance to Artillery Barracks, Kildare, must have made significant reading to hundreds of Belfast refugees as they poured into Barracks just before last week-end, fleeing from the holocaust that has once again engulfed certain sections of the Northern capital and other centres of population in […]
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A YEAR IN THE MAKING. LAUNCH OF BOOK AND DVD

October 12, 2017

A YEAR IN THE MAKING. LAUNCH OF BOOK AND DVD

Kildare County Council Decade of Commemorations Committee The Mayor of Kildare, Councillor Martin Miley cordially invites you to the launch of A Year in the Making County Kildare 1916/2016 Commemorative Book and DVD at the Kildare Readers Festival 2017 Riverbank Arts Centre Main St., Newbridge, Co. Kildare Saturday, 14 October 2017, at 7.30 p.m. R.S.V.P. cilldara2016@gmail.com
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THE CURRAGH BOMBINGS, 2ND JANUARY 1941

October 11, 2017

THE CURRAGH BOMBINGS, 2ND JANUARY 1941

The Curragh bombings, 2nd January 1941 By Oliver McCrossan Following the death of my father in October 1940, our family came to live in the Stand House, near the Curragh Race Course, in December. I was under five years of age at the time, but I have a clear recollection of the excitement of exploring my new surroundings. World War 2 had started just fifteen months previously, so military activity in the Curragh area was ongoing and added much to […]
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SOLDIERS OF THE SHORT GRASS

October 11, 2017

SOLDIERS OF THE SHORT GRASS

Soldiers of the Short Grass  Liam Kenny It is not often that a book review starts at the end of the book rather than at its beginning but in the case of a new history of the Curragh Camp there is ample reason for such an unconventional approach. This is because the author, Lieutenant-Colonel Dan Harvey, has some perspicacious things to say about the future of the Camp and its relationship with the population and its environs. In his latest […]
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LATE MR. J. O’CONNOR

October 11, 2017

LATE MR. J. O’CONNOR

Evening Herald 21 March 1939 Late Mr. J. O’Connor The funeral of Mr. James O’Connor, a veteran of the Republican movement, whose death occurred on Sunday last at his residence, Mellin Hill, Kilcullen, Co. Kildare, took place to-day to Glasnevin Cemetery. Mr. O’Connor was obliged, when a young man, to leave the country owing to his Republican activities, and spent some years in America.  On his return to Dublin he acted as centre of Thomas Clarke Luby Circle of the […]
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LATE MR. WILLIAM O’NEILL

October 11, 2017

LATE MR. WILLIAM O’NEILL

Leinster Leader 25 May 1985 LATE MR. WILLIAM O’NEILL The death took place in Portsmouth recently of Mr. William O’Neill, native of Naas.  The late Mr. O’Neill, who was a regular visitor to his native town during the Punchestown spring meeting, was a retired senior storeman with the Royal Navy in Portsmouth.  He was a veteran of the Spanish Civil War, having joined the O’Duffy contingent to fight for Franco.  When the Second War broke out he joined the Royal […]
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MR DE VALERA IN NAAS

October 11, 2017

MR DE VALERA IN NAAS

Leinster Leader 23 April 1949 Mr. de Valera in Naas Kildare 1916 Men Honoured Mr. de Valera said in Naas on Wednesday night that the name Republic was a sacred name to him.  It was the name used by the men of 1916 when they proclaimed the Republic, and it was intended to be a Republic for the whole of Ireland. He was speaking at a dinner given in honour of the Kildare men who marched to Dublin and fought […]
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EXCITING DAY OUT IN CELBRIDGE 7 OCTOBER 2017

October 3, 2017

EXCITING DAY OUT IN CELBRIDGE 7 OCTOBER 2017

Please send to any and all contacts – thank you Annual Seminar of the Co. Kildare Federation of Local History Groups Celbridge Saturday 7 October 2017 Co. Kildare Federation of Local History Groups AGM-Seminarcopy 09.00 a.m. Registration in the Hunt Room, Stable Wing Castletown House 09.45 a.m. AGM 11.00 Tea/Coffee 11.30 Address by Mayor of Kildare, Cllr. Martin Miley 11.45 Turtle Bunbury – “1847 a chronicle of genius, generosity and savagery”. 13.00 Lunch in the Slip Hall with film show […]
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THE KHAKI DERBY AND OTHER STORIES

September 23, 2017

THE KHAKI DERBY AND OTHER STORIES

The Khaki Derby and other stories Liam Kenny History confers no particular title on the Irish Derby of June 1916. But this column will add a distinction to this war-time instalment of Ireland’s premier thoroughbred race by deeming it to have been the “Khaki Derby”. The Curragh correspondent of the local press declared: “… rarely, if ever, have the military mustered in stronger numbers. Inside and outside the enclosure was dotted with khaki.” How there was such an abundance of […]
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OBITUARY. MR. JOHN O’NEILL, NAAS

September 23, 2017

OBITUARY. MR. JOHN O’NEILL, NAAS

Leinster Leader 16 September 1939 OBITUARY Mr. John O’Neill, Naas Regret will be expressed at the demise last week of a very old and respected resident of Naas in Mr. John O’Neill.  Notwithstanding his serious illness, deceased was up and about until the last, and only recently retired from business.  The late Mr. O’Neill at one time carried on an extensive coach work and carriage business in New Row, Naas, and subsequently acted as an agent for the Royal Liver […]
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