AN ATHY YEOMAN’S LETTER

March 13, 2018

AN ATHY YEOMAN’S LETTER

Leinster Leader 23 June 1900 An Athy Yeoman’s Letter Songs, Society, and Tea             An Athy man has received the following letter from his brother, at present serving in the Yeomanry in South Africa:- “Stellenbosch Camp, 28th May, 1900. “My Dear                    , – It is time to think of writing to you, but as we are not playing at soldiers now, as we were at the Curragh, my own time is very scarce.  We are at this Camp a fortnight, […]
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MONASTEREVIN SOLDIER CAST IN BRONZE

February 17, 2018

MONASTEREVIN SOLDIER CAST IN BRONZE

Monasterevin soldier cast in bronze James Durney On 19 July 1919 a Peace Day Parade took place in London to mark the end of the First World War. A temporary cenotaph war memorial was erected on Whitehall to celebrate what was also called London Victory Parade to mark the signing of the Treaty of Versailles on 2 June 1919. After an outpouring of national sentiment the cenotaph was replaced in 1920 by a permanent structure and designated the United Kingdom’s […]
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A PILGRIM PRIEST OF KILDARE

February 17, 2018

A PILGRIM PRIEST OF KILDARE

A Pilgrim Priest of Kildare Reference was made in these columns recently to a proposal to provide a plaque to mark the site of the house at Bride Street, Kildare, in which was born Fr. Benjamin Broughall, a pilgrim priest of two centuries ago. The proposal has caused a considerable degree of interest and we publish hereunder a short life-history of this pilgrim priest. This remarkable priest was born in Kildare town about the year 1780. He entered Carlow College […]
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DEVOY COMMITTEE SCHOLARSHIP

February 17, 2018

DEVOY COMMITTEE SCHOLARSHIP

Nationalist & Leinster Times 1 March 1968 Devoy Committee Scholarship A meeting of the John Devoy memorial committee was held in Naas on Wednesday night. The Committee decided to award a scholarship for a prize valued at about £75 for a thesis on some aspect of Modern Irish History that would involve the writers in considerable research into some interesting item, occurrence or event in Irish History. It is hoped to arrange an inter-county football match to boost the funds […]
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DERELICT SITES MAY SOON DISAPPEAR

February 17, 2018

DERELICT SITES MAY SOON DISAPPEAR

Nationalist & Leinster Times 30 October 1948 Derelict Sites May Soon Disappear Athy Urban Council has been offered a splendid opportunity to remove the town’s many dilapidated buildings, writes our Athy representative. This has come in the shape of an important Local Government circular covering various aspects of Local Authority Housing. A paragraph dealing with “Building On Derelict Sites” calls for an immediate survey of such sites, and a stroll around Athy will reveal a fair share of these. In […]
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BRIGID IN THE WOMENS SUFFRAGE JOURNAL 1888

February 14, 2018

BRIGID IN THE WOMENS SUFFRAGE JOURNAL 1888

In this year of commemoration of Women’s Suffrage it is nice to see Brigid extolled in 1888 as an example to all, reminding us of the long struggle toward freedom and democracy. ST. BRIGID Kildare Observer, 23/6/1888. BRIGID OF KILDARE, SAINT AND ABBESS. (450 TO 525)   Out of the mists of miracle there looms before us, thirteen centuries ago in Ireland, the figure of a mighty woman – Brigid (or Bridgett) of Kildare. A woman who, without any doubt, impressed […]
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THE POEMS OF TERESA BRAYTON

February 1, 2018

THE POEMS OF TERESA BRAYTON

LEINSTER LEADER 4 JANUARY 1986 The Poems of Teresa Brayton By Eamonn Mulvihill   Teresa Brayton was born in Kilbrook, near Enfield, in 1868 and first wrote poetry as a young girl for the Land League and National League in the 1880’s. This was the decade of the Rise of Parnell, M.P. for Meath and the poems were published in local and national papers such as “The Nation” and the “Westmeath Independent”. Teresa Boylan was her maiden name and she […]
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THE GRANEY AMBUSH

January 31, 2018

THE GRANEY AMBUSH

The Graney Ambush James Durney On 24 October 1922 an IRA column ambushed a National Army tender at Graney crossroads on the Castledermot to Baltinglass road. Three National Army soldiers were killed and five wounded, one mortally. The attack was the most lethal ambush of the revolutionary period in Co. Kildare. It was a well-planned and violent attack that demonstrated the nastiness of the Civil War. Since that fateful day, ninety-six years ago, the full story of the Graney ambush was […]
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THE DEMISE OF MR. STEPHEN J. BROWN, M.A.

January 18, 2018

THE DEMISE OF MR. STEPHEN J. BROWN, M.A.

Irish Independent 25 February 1931 DEATH OF MR. S. J. BROWN  POPULAR KILDARE LAWYER Mr. Stephen J. Brown, M.A., solicitor, died at his residence, Ard Caein, Naas, aged 78. The late Mr. Brown was a son of Stephen Brown, J.P., Dundalk.  He served his apprenticeship to Mr. J. Meredith, solr., Naas, and was admitted a solicitor in 1875.  In due course he built up an extensive practice in Kildare and the adjoining counties, and became one of the leaders of […]
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MICHAEL HEFFERNAN 1916 VETERAN

January 18, 2018

MICHAEL HEFFERNAN 1916 VETERAN

Irish Press 8 June 1954 M. HEFFERNAN The funeral of Mr. Michael Heffernan, 22 Nash St., Inchicore took place with full military honours to Tay Lane Cemetery, Celbridge, yesterday following Requiem Mass in the Oblate Church, Inchicore, at which Rev. T. Clery, O.M.I., was celebrant. Mr. Heffernan, who was 64m died at his home on Saturday. A Dublin man, he had a distinguished national service record, fighting with the Citizen Army as a member of the G.P.O. Garrison in 1916, […]
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