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KILDARE RIFLES

Leinster Express, April 15, 1871

KILDARE RIFLES

On Tuesday last an investigation was held at Naas barracks, relative to a charge preferred against Timothy Brennan, a private in the Kildare Rifles, for having made use of disloyal expressions on the Sunday night previous, in the presence of one of the police force stationed at Naas, and a man named Luke Norton. The words alleged to have been made use of by the prisoner were “To h___l with the Queen,” &c. During the past week four drill instructors from the line regiments, stationed at the Curragh Camp, have been sent over to Naas to join the headquarters of the Kildare Rifles, for the purpose of assisting at the training of that regiment. The full strength of the regiment consists of 490 men, a great many of whom have been enrolled within the last few months.
[There is no follow up article indicating the punishment of Private Brennan.]

An article from the Leinster Express, April 15, 1871 on the expansion of the Kildare Rifles and the gravity with which "disloyal expressions" were treated. Retyped by Aisling Dermody


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