DETECTIVE SERGEANT AT NAAS RETIRES AFTER LONG SERVICE

April 11, 2018

DETECTIVE SERGEANT AT NAAS RETIRES AFTER LONG SERVICE

Leinster Leader 30 November 1968 Detective Sergeant at Naas retires after long service Detective Sergeant Thomas J. Spain, Naas, last serving member of the fifty ex-Army officers selected to form the nucleus of the first Detective Branch of the Garda Siochána before it became amalgamated with the Dublin Metropolitan Garda, retired from the service last week. As testimony of his popularity he was presented with a canteen of cutlery and a wallet of notes by the officers and members of Carlow-Kildare […]
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DEATH OF MR. J. N. DEVOY IN AUSTRALIA

April 11, 2018

DEATH OF MR. J. N. DEVOY IN AUSTRALIA

The Brisbane Telegraph 26 December 1942 Death of Mr. J. N. Devoy at 84 Mr John N. Devoy. for many years chairman of directors of Castlemaine-Perkin’s Ltd., one of Queensland’s oldest citizens and best known businessmen, and a  founder of athletics in this State, died at his Paddlngton home last night, at the age of 84. Deceased, who was born in County Kildare, Ireland, came to Queensland at the age of eight. At the age of 13 he joined the […]
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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

  FRIDAY 17.00 – 17.45 p.m. The Glen of Imaal Disaster, 1941 – Terence O’Reilly 17.50 p.m. Readings from the Leb – Martin Malone 18.35 p.m. Reception in foyer of Riverbank Arts Centre 19.00 p.m. Opening of the Seminar by Mayor of Co. Kildare, Cllr. Martin Miley 19.15 p.m. Book Launch by Col. Desmond Travers (Retd.), Witness to War Crimes, by Colm Doyle, with Conor Graham, Merrion Press 20.00 p.m. Who Fears to Speak of ’22? The politics of Commemoration. […]
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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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