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Kildare Town set to shine on Culture Night

Please come along and take advantage of what promises to be a unique set of events in Kildare Town next Friday.

‘The Only Glow of the Day,’  a new book by local author Martin Malone, will be launched in Kildare Town Library from 8-9 pm on Friday 24th September. The book will be launched by another well known author, Mae Leonard with some introductory remarks by Mario Corrigan, Executive Librarian and Chairman of the Heritage Committee.

A work of fiction, The Only Glow of the Day, is based on historical fact and centres around the experiences of the ‘Wrens of the Curragh.’ The Wrens were prostitutes who lived on the plain under extreme conditions in the 1860’s. They were there because of the nearby barracks at Newbridge and the new camp built for the military on the Curragh in the 1850’s. Their plight came to the attention of the media when the Wrens were visited by a reporter, James Greenwood, and his encounter with these ‘fallen women’ was published in the Charles Dickens edited Pall Mall Gazette (search for wrens in the search box on EHistory for the original account in 3 parts). The story of their existence and their treatment at the hands of the elements, the local population and military authorities forms the background for this remarkable new venture for Martin Malone. It is published by New Island Books

All are welcome
and we hope people will turn out and support the event.

The launch is facilitated by Kildare Town Heritage Company, Kildare Library & Arts Services and New Island Books.

Full details of nationwide schedule for Culture Night at

Japanese Gardens Guided Tour & Centenary Talk –
Time: 5.00pm – 7.00pm
Location: Japanese Gardens, Tully Road, Kildare
Email: friedaoconnell@instourism.net
Phone: 045 520001
Website: www.irish-national-stud.ie
The Gardens, planned to symbolise the ‘Life of Man’, are acclaimed as the finest
Japanese Gardens in Europe. In celebration of the Japanese Garden’s Centenary year
1910 – 2010 and Culture Night, free guided tours are available. Marjorie Moore presents
an illustrated talk at the Visitor Centre celebrating 100 wonderful years.
Booking for Guided Tours Essential

White Abbey Literary Walking Tour
Time: 6.30pm
Location: White Abbey, Kildare Town
Phone: 045 448328
Supported by the Kildare Historical Society, the literary tour is led by author and
Sunday Miscellany regular, Mae Leonard. The tour is inspired by Kildare Manuscripts,
the Curragh, surrounding countryside, and writings by Kildare authors and poets.
Assembly at the White Abbey for 6.30pm, final destination St. Brigid’s Cathderal.
Please dress for the weather.

“The Only Glow Of The Day” by Martin Malone. Book Launch
Time: 8.00pm
Location: Kildare Library, Kildare Town Centre, Claregate Street.
Email: kildarelib@kildarecoco.ie
Phone: 045 520235
Website: www.kildare.ie/Library/Library/KildareTownLibrary
In association with The Kildare Town Heritage Centre, established local writer, Martin
Malone will launch his new novel, The Only Glow of The Day in Kildare Library. The
novel is based on an episode in the life of the Curragh Wrens. Published by New
Island Books, the novel will go to print just days before the launch. Get your copy hot
off the press!

St. Brigid’s Cathedral Concert with KCC Orchestra
Time: 9.00pm - 10.00pm
Location: St. Brigid’s Cathedral
Phone: 045 448328
Website: www.kildare.ie/local-history
End Culture Night on a high note - in the atmospheric surroundings of St Brigids
Cathedral as the County Kildare Orchestra performs works from Elgar, Bach, O’Carroll,
Fauré and Carolan. Ita O’Donovan conducts, with guest Aaron Doyle, boy soprano.

Kildare Town set to shine on Culture Night

Please come along and take advantage of what promises to be a unique set of events in Kildare Town next Friday.

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