MR. T. J. WILLIAMS

June 21, 2018

MR. T. J. WILLIAMS

Leinster Leader 4 August 1951 Obituary Mr. T. J. Williams The death occurred last week of Mr. Thomas J. Williams, Victoria Lodge, Ballybrack, Co. Dublin, who from 1916 took a prominent part in the Sinn Fein and the I.R.A. mainly in Counties Kildare and Dublin, where he was employed on the reporting staff of the Leinster Leader Ltd. He spent periods of imprisonment in Mountjoy, Naas, Rath Camp and Newbridge, and was also on a prison ship.  He was one […]
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MR. JACK GREHAN, NAAS

June 21, 2018

MR. JACK GREHAN, NAAS

Leinster Leader 16 February  1968 Mr. Jack Grehan, Naas Mr. John (Jack) Grehan who died suddenly on Friday was son of the late James and Catherine Grehan, Main Street, Naas. He was 49. Educated in Naas Christian Brothers schools he served throughout the Second World War as an Observer on a Royal Air Force bomber and was on the first plane that made a raid on Germany in 1939. After the war he was awarded the D.F.C. (Distinguished Flying Cross), […]
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CUMANN NA MBAN MEMBER DIES

June 21, 2018

CUMANN NA MBAN MEMBER DIES

Leinster Leader 3 February 1968 Cumann na mBan member dies Naas lost one of its oldest residents on Sunday week with the death in St. Vincent’s Hospital, Athy, of Mrs. Brigid (Delia) Daly, 13 St. Brigid’s Terrace. She was 83. Her husband, William, who predeceased her by about four years, had been a Comdt. in the Free State Army and in later years caretaker of Devoy Barracks, Naas. He had also been a member of Naas District Council where he […]
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EDWARD KELLY, BALLITORE

June 8, 2018

EDWARD KELLY, BALLITORE

Leinster Leader 23 March 1968 Ballitore Death Mr. Edward Kelly, who died at his home in Dublin recently at the age of 78, was a native of Moone. As a member of the Irish Army, he was chiefly instrumental in repulsing an attack on Tullow barracks by the Irregulars during the Civil War, and for his action was immediately promoted lieutenant. He is survived by his wife, Mamie, his sister, Mrs. Elizabeth Judge, and his brothers, Tom and Michael. He was […]
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RATHANGAN WOMEN’S DAY

June 8, 2018

RATHANGAN WOMEN’S DAY

Nationalist & Leinster Times 15 June 1918 Rathangan Women’s Day The women of Rathangan Parish held their meeting and procession on Sunday evening last. In a downpour of rain the procession, consisting of considerably over 300 women, marched from the Convent Grounds, through the principle streets and back to the Church where Rosary and Benediction were given. Afterwards the Pledge against Conscription was signed by over 500 women. A banner bearing the words ‘Death Before Conscription’ was carried before the procession.
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A MORE MORTAL ENEMY, JUNE 1918

June 8, 2018

A MORE MORTAL ENEMY, JUNE 1918

A more mortal enemy, June 1918 James Durney From mid-June 1918, after three hard and dangerous months, matters were beginning to look up for the Allies. The Germans were not yet defeated and they struck again at the French in the Battle of the Matz advancing 12 kilometres up the Matz river valley. This battle lasted five days but by 11 June the German advance had been halted. General Mangin, commanding the French 10th Army, then struck back with the […]
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GIBBET RATH MASSACRE 220 YEARS AGO TODAY

May 29, 2018

GIBBET RATH MASSACRE 220 YEARS AGO TODAY

The massacre of rebels on the Curragh Plain will be remembered tonight in a talk by Mick Moore in Ceannt NCO’s Mess at 8 p.m. Refreshments from 7.30 p.m. The talk is hosted by the Curragh, Kildare and Newbridge Local History Groups. Gibbet Rath Massacre, 1798 Major-General Sir James Duff left Limerick on the 27th May to open the lines of communication with Dublin. Duff’s force arrived in Monasterevin in the early hours of Tuesday 29th May. Joined by the […]
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ALL THAT DELIRIUM OF THE BRAVE

May 26, 2018

ALL THAT DELIRIUM OF THE BRAVE

To mark the 220th anniversary of the 1798 rebellion we have added All that Delirium of the Brave published in Dec. 1997, an account of the Rebellion in County Kildare. ALL THAT DELIRIUM OF THE BRAVE – KILDARE IN 1798
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THE LAST OF THE EBB, MAY 1918

May 25, 2018

THE LAST OF THE EBB, MAY 1918

The last of the ebb, May 1918 James Durney 1918 was probably the most dramatic and decisive year of the war. British military deaths for 1918 were 223,659, only slightly less than 1917 (226,753 deaths) the worst year of the war. About 465,000 German soldiers died in the same period. Ten Kildare men died in the month of May one hundred years ago. The only Kildare civilian casualty of WWI, William Edward Armes, an acting Inspector of Engine Fitters, Royal […]
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THE LAST SUMMER, FRANCE, 1918

May 25, 2018

THE LAST SUMMER, FRANCE, 1918

Summer in France, 1918 James Durney During the summer fighting of 1918 the newly-arrived American soldiers proved they were the equal of any troops in the field. In defence they had shown themselves determined not to yield whatever the cost and in attack they were learning the hard grim lessons the British had learned at Loos and the Somme and the French had learned in the long siege of Verdun. When a Scottish division relieved an American division in one […]
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