January 18, 2007

2007 Schedule for Cill Dara Historical Society

Cill Dara
Historical Society
- Kildare Town's Local History Group -
Series of Talks & Walks
Talks Begin at 8pm
 The Education Centre Kildare
(Old Parochial House)
Friary Road, Kildare Town.
Wednesday 3rd January
Visit to Clongowes Wood College
~ with Brendan Cullen ~
Wednesday 7th February
'Final Witness' - My Journey from The Holocaust to Kildare
~ with Zoltan Zinn-Collis ~
Wednesday 7th March
'The Forgotten Heritage of Kildare'
~ with Ger McCarthy ~
Wednesday 4th   April
'Lifting the Veil on the Nuns' Story' - Enterprising Irish Women Abroad
~ with Dr. Barbara Walsh ~
Wednesday 2nd   May
'MacLiammóir - Kildare - Theatre'
~ with Tom Madden ~
Saturday 9th June
Annual Outing to Birr & Roscrea
~   Details will follow ~
Wednesday 4th July
'The Hayden Lecture'
in association with Kildare Derby Festival
'The Curragh - A Land Divided'
~ with Guy Williams ~
Wednesday 1st   August
Wednesday 5th September
'The Hill of Allen'
~ with Sean Byrne ~
Wednesday 3rd October
' Preserving The Heritage of Kildare Town'
~ with Adrian J. Mullowney ~
Wednesday 7th November
'The Hoystead Family of Nurney' - and their present circumstances
~ with Paud O'Connor ~
Wednesday 5th December
'Kildare 1907' - What they said in the Papers
~ with Stephen Talbot ~
Further Information:
Contact Joe @   086 168 62 36

Another busy and interesting year planned by Kildare Town's Local History Group

[Schedule e-mailed to me by Joe Connelly of the Cill Dara Historical Society]

Posted by mariocorrigan at 07:45 PM

April 12, 2006



The Grey Abbey Conservation Project held its annual Church Gate Collection last weekend on Sat. 8 April and Sun. 9 April 2006. It would like to thank all the people of Kildare who generously donated €1,338 which will allow the Project to continue its work. The Committee would also like to thank all the people who helped out with the collection and the clergy of the Parish Church and Carmelite Church for their patience and support.


Posted by mariocorrigan at 10:32 PM

March 20, 2006

2006 A.G.M. Grey Abbey Conservation Project

An outline of the Agenda - the running order may change

Grey Abbey Conservation Project
A.G.M. Thursday 23 March 7 p.m.
Aras Bhride, Kildare
            Minutes of 2005 A.G.M
Election of Officers
Grey Abbey Book Committee
Grey Abbey Monument/Memorial
Grey Abbey Graveyard
Dunmurry Graveyard
Annual Church Gate Collection
Committee Meetings
Date of next Committee Meeting

The 2006 A.G.M. of the Grey Abbey Conservation Project will take place on Thursday 23 March in the Parish Centre, Aras Bhride. All welcome, particluarly new members.

Posted by mariocorrigan at 04:15 PM

February 14, 2006


January 30 2006 - Aras Bhride (The Parish Centre), Kildare.

Old and new came together recently as the Grey Abbey Conservation Project received over €400 from members of the former Grey Abbey Committee. This Committee had overseen the original clean-up of the Abbey and the mounting of the plaque on the outside wall of the graveyard on Grey Abbey Road. We would like to praise and thank them for their hard work and commitment and for the generous donation of their remainingcommittee funds.

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Left to right: - Current Secretary, Margie Sheridan, Chairman, Mario Corrigan, and Treasurer, Ger Kelly being presented with a cheque for over €400 by former Committee members Michael Hughes and Elaine Murphy.

Posted by mariocorrigan at 07:49 PM

December 14, 2005


On the weekend of the 3rd and 4th of December two headstones were knocked over and damaged and a statue broken. Its disheartening to see this sort of vandalism when every effort is being made to maintain the graveyard as a place of refuge and beauty for the people of the town. It is likewise, hurtful to the families of the town who have loved ones buried there, particularly the families of those whose relations are buried in the graves whose markers were vandalised. I have reported the matter to the Gardai but they cannot be there every minute of the day so the people of Kildare Town must be vigilant and report any suspicious behaviour. We hope there will not be a repeat of this senseless act.

The following images speak for themselves.

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Posted by mariocorrigan at 12:36 AM

August 15, 2005


The Annual Graveyard Mass will take place at Grey Abbey on Monday 22nd August at 7.30 p.m., all are welcome. Our thanks to Paddy Burke and his team for their marvellous work in maintaining the graveyard.

Posted by mariocorrigan at 01:24 PM

August 11, 2005


Tonight I attended a meeting of interested parties to look at the possibility of a ‘LAUNCH’ or re-launching of Kildare Town as a place to live, work, visit and shop. It was almost immediately recognised that much of the work to be done would impact on work being done by other established committees such as Kildare Town Development Association and Kildare Town Tourism Task Force. Kildare Town does not necessarily need another committee but possibly a strengthening of some of the committees already in existence or a re-focusing of efforts to improve the profile of the town and tackle the issue of a ‘sense of place.’ It was decided that while it was important to continue the efforts already made it would be best served for this group to act as a sub-committee of Kildare Town Development Association, itself an umbrella organisation which represents various committees and organisations with an interest in re-vitalising the image of Kildare Town and protecting the interests of the town and its citizens.
It was decided that the town and the interests of its population might be positively represented by access to a website and a newsletter to publicise forthcoming events, existing services and organisations, as well as providing an outlet for public opinion and commentary. To this end The Grey Abbey Conservation Project have offered to host community elements on its website for the immediate future to gauge the requirements of the people of Kildare and to examine how best this local community information can be accessed via the web.
I will be creating new categories for the site – YEARLY CALENDAR to highlight local events throughout the year; COMMUNITY INFORMATION, which can operate as a local services directory, and NEWS ABOUT TOWN, which will serve to keep the people of the town up to date with what is going on. The success of the site will depend on the response of local groups and their committees to supply information to me at on a regular basis.
Presently I add material weekly to the site and because of work and other commitments this will probably continue for the foreseeable future. Usually I put material up on the site on Sundays so if an event or item of news needs to be publicised then the material has to be sent at least a week prior to the event.
Should this experiment prove successful then the possibility of establishing a Kildare Town website can be explored.
The Grey Abbey Conservation Project has hitherto used the website to publish historical and heritage material related to Kildare Town but is interested in promoting Kildare Town in a positive manner.
All editorial decisions will rest with me until such time as a proper framework for accessing community information can be established and a suitable editorial board or editor can be chosen for that information.
Mario Corrigan
Chairman, Grey Abbey Conservation Project, 11 Aug. 2005.

Posted by mariocorrigan at 11:43 PM