MEMORABLE DAY FOR CARAGH PARISHIONERS

September 23, 2017

MEMORABLE DAY FOR CARAGH PARISHIONERS

Leinster Leader 7 May 1960 Memorable Day for Caragh Parishioners Sunday was a proud and memorable day for hundreds of Caragh parishioners who saw their beautiful new Church of the Blessed Virgin and St. Joseph blessed and dedicated by Right Rev. Monsignor J. J. Conway, P.P., V.G., Bagnelstown, deputising for His Lordship Most Rev. Dr. Keogh. Costing £57,000, the church stands on the summit of Caragh hill overlooking most of the parish. On his arrival for the ceremonies Monsignor Conway was […]
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MR. BRYAN ROGERS

September 23, 2017

MR. BRYAN ROGERS

LEINSTER LEADER 25 JULY 1942 MR. BRYAN ROGERS Tidings reached this country last week-end of the death of Mr. Bryan Rogers, younger son of the late Mr. John T. Rogers and Mrs. Rogers, Crotanstown, the Curragh. Mrs. Bryan Rogers was well known and very popular in Irish sporting circles. As an amateur rider he met with a big measure of success and for a period of twelve years he assisted his father in the management of the latter’s famous racing […]
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SEQUAH – SNOW THE TRAVELLING QUACK

September 23, 2017

SEQUAH – SNOW THE TRAVELLING QUACK

LEINSTER LEADER FEBRUARY 12 1916 SEQUAH – SNOW THE TRAVELLING QUACK Athy people will remember the famous Sequah, whose real name was Snow, the travelling quack of the nineties, who has just passed away, penniless, aged 72, in a Johannesburg hospital.  He pretended to be an American Indian, but was really a Cornishman.  He had been a London policeman, and then went to America where he acquired some knowledge of tooth-pulling and massage. His visit to Athy for about a […]
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CULTURE NIGHT 2017 IN BALLITORE

September 19, 2017

CULTURE NIGHT 2017 IN BALLITORE

More Than Ernest’s Sister: The Life of Eleanor Hope Shackleton A talk by Sharon Greene. Time: 7pm in Ballitore Library & Quaker Museum [space is limited so book your place by clicking the link above] One of the Antarctic explorer’s adoring eight sisters, Eleanor shared more than initials with her famous brother.  Training as a paediatric nurse and midwife at the beginning of the 20th century, the story of her long career shows the extent of her humanity, concern for […]
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SOCCER ON THE SHORT GRASS

September 16, 2017

SOCCER ON THE SHORT GRASS

Soccer on the short-grass Liam Kenny This month is nirvana for followers of the “beautiful game”. The elite of Europe’s soccer talent is striding the stadia of France. And where once the Irish Wild Geese fought on foreign battle-fields their modern day counterparts are donning the green shirt on the playing-fields of France. Soccer is probably as near as it comes to being the universal language. The simplicity of its set up – two coats thrown on the ground and […]
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ROUND TOWERS LOOKING BACK

September 16, 2017

ROUND TOWERS LOOKING BACK

Leinster Leader 18 August 1984 ROUND TOWERS LOOKING BACK Vicki Weller Twenty-four years seems like a long time to wait for the replay of a football match, especially when the teams contain largely the same members.  However, those who went along to Carbury on Saturday were hardly there to see what the score would be.  This particular replay, between Carbury and Round Towers, Kildare, was purely for fun, and moreover, the sheer nostalgia of remembering back to 1960 when the […]
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BOMBARDIER HICK, ATHY

September 16, 2017

BOMBARDIER HICK, ATHY

LEINSTER LEADER 12 FEBRUARY 1916 BOMBARDIER HICK, ATHY 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 to death if not […]
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THE OLD NEWBRIDGE

September 16, 2017

THE OLD NEWBRIDGE

LEINSTER LEADER 4 JANUARY 1930 THE OLD NEWBRIDGE The fact that there is a second new bridge in Co. Kildare, and situated on the Liffey, does not seem to be very generally known. At Newbridge two miles from Leixlip, on the grounds of Colonel Claude Cane, there is a crossing over the Liffey, perhaps the oldest bridge in Ireland, now remaining.  This ancient structure which still remains as strong as when it was built, was erected by John Le Decer, […]
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LADY HAIG’S TOUR. HER VISIT TO CO. KILDARE

September 16, 2017

LADY HAIG’S TOUR. HER VISIT TO CO. KILDARE

LEINSTER LEADER 2 MARCH 1929 LADY HAIG’S TOUR HER VISIT TO CO. KILDARE TRIBUTE TO IRISH BRAVERY Lady Haig, accompanied by her daughter, Lady Victoria Haig, arrived in Naas at 3 p.m. on Tuesday and was received at the local Ex-servicemen’s Memorial Hall by a joint committee of the men and women’s branch of the British Legion. A large crowd assembled inside and outside the Hall, and when her ladyship arrived there was a loud outburst of cheering and hand-clapping. […]
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NEW PUBLICATION ON ERIC RIGBY-JONES

September 8, 2017

NEW PUBLICATION ON ERIC RIGBY-JONES

Best Love to All The WWI diaries of Eric-Rigby Jones, founder of the Irish Ropes company, have been recently published by his grandson, John Rigby-Jones. Best Love to All is an account of the experiences of Eric Rigby-Jones as a young officer on the Western Front with the Liverpool Pals. Based on his unpublished letters and diaries, it covers his participation in the battles of Arras and Ypres in 1917, the German Spring Offensive in 1918 and in Brussels after […]
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