INTERPRETING THE CURRAGH 26 AND 27 AUGUST (HERITAGE WEEK)

August 24, 2017

INTERPRETING THE CURRAGH 26 AND 27 AUGUST (HERITAGE WEEK)

In conjunction with the Department of Arts, Heritage, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, The Heritage Council and Kildare County Council, the County Kildare Archaeological Society is delighted to host; Interpreting the Curragh and its environs on Saturday next 26 August and Sunday 27 August. Meeting points are (Saturday) at Ballymany and Sunday adjoining Cill Dara Golf Club, commencing at 2pm on both days. This is a very important event as it is an opportunity to visit one of Ireland’s outstanding and […]
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BALLYSAX BRICK & TILE COMPANY and HERITAGE WEEK BRICK EXHIBITION

August 19, 2017

BALLYSAX BRICK & TILE COMPANY and HERITAGE WEEK BRICK EXHIBITION

Ballysax Brick & Tile Company Ballysax Brick and Tile was established on glacial tills of Ballysax south-east of Jockey Hall, the Curragh, by William Pallin who was better known as a pioneering bloodstock breeder with his main establishment at Athgarvan Lodge. While dates are uncertain it appears it was established when there was a great deal of building work underway at the Curragh Camp. The camp buildings which were built between 1880 and 1910 consumed millions of red bricks. Brickyards […]
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NATIONAL HERITAGE WEEK LIBRARY EVENTS

August 16, 2017

NATIONAL HERITAGE WEEK LIBRARY EVENTS

National Heritage Week 19-27 August 2017 Library Events 19 August SATURDAY 11 a.m. Newbridge Library: The Book of Kildare and Other Stories – 25 GEMS from the Co. Kildare Local History Collection – a display/exhibition and talk on 25 unusual and little known items from the Local History Collection in Co. Kildare. Part of Creative Ireland: Kildare. Another brick in the wall, week-long exhibition of local and countrywide Irish bricks, by Liam Kenny. 20 August SUNDAY: 2-5 p.m. Kildare Cathedral: Medieval Miscellany […]
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ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL …

August 16, 2017

ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL …

Another brick in the wall … exhibition in Newbridge Library, Heritage Week, 19-27 August 2017 by Liam Kenny Bricks built the Curragh Camp and many other buildings from cottages to schools in the Newbridge area. Newbridge Library will host a display of bricks made in Kildare, Dublin, Cork, Belfast and Cavan which were used locally. Bricks from the nearby Ballysax brickyard also feature. The exhibition can be viewed in Newbridge Library during usual opening hours.    
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FROM MESSINES TO PASSCHENDAELE 1917: KILDARE MEN AT WAR. PART 3

August 3, 2017

FROM MESSINES TO PASSCHENDAELE 1917: KILDARE MEN AT WAR. PART 3

From Messines to Passchendaele 1917: Kildare men at war Part 3 James Durney By mid-August the British offensive at Passchendaele was clearly failing in its objectives and had descended into attrition fighting. New techniques by both sides led to agonisingly slow forward movement for the British, at enormous cost in casualties to both sides. As early as 8 August Prime Minister Lloyd George pointed out that the go-ahead for the Passchendaele offensive had been given on the clear understanding that […]
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SOCCER ON THE SHORT GRASS

August 3, 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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KILDARE’S FORGOTTEN POET. A LINK WITH HISTORIC FAMILY

August 3, 2017

KILDARE’S FORGOTTEN POET. A LINK WITH HISTORIC FAMILY

Leinster Leader 27 May 1933 Kildare’s Forgotten Poet A Link with Historic Family Samuel Shepard, Kildare’s forgotten poet, who at the beginning of the 18th century, 1731, was considered a poet of considerable genius – some of his writings are classed with that of Dean Swift, the writer and poet.  He first began writing in 1727 and many of his poems refer to a woman named “Kitty,” her other name not being revealed, whom he married in Dublin in 1730.  Through […]
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PUNCHESTOWN IN 1863

August 3, 2017

PUNCHESTOWN IN 1863

Leinster Leader 3 May 1913 PUNCHESTOWN IN 1863 Before the incidents of the recent successful racing carnival at Punchestown have faded away into memories of the remote past, we feel sure that the following lines written on the famous meeting in 1863 will be read with an interest by many of our readers calling up as they do recollections of manes and personages in the world of sport in years gone by. The manuscript has been kindly lent to the […]
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POPLARS VS BOTTLENECKS

August 3, 2017

POPLARS VS BOTTLENECKS

Leinster Leader 30 June 1956 Former Stars in “Sarto” Challenge “Poplars,” 0-5.             “Bottlenecks,” 1-2.  Memories were recalled on Monday at Sarto Park, of Kildare as the power in Gaelic football.  Spectators of the Poplars – Bottlenecks match saw one of the team that won the All-Ireland in ’27 and ’28, Gussie Fitzpatrick, give an exhibition of goalkeeping that would befit a man half his age. All during this game – a goal against him at any time would have meant […]
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AIRMAN MAX REMEMBERS NEWBRIDGE

July 29, 2017

AIRMAN MAX REMEMBERS NEWBRIDGE

The Nationalist 21 January 1977 Airman Max remembers Newbridge Likes the people and country             At Christmas there was one very unusual memory of Newbridge in a strange quarter.  For German airman, Max Galler, high up in the mountains of his native Austria, the memory of the World War II plane crash that was to bring him as an internee to the Curragh and later to the bars and halls of Newbridge still remains fresh in his mind. For Max […]
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