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'THE NUN OF KENMARE'


Posted on  July 24, 2010


James Durney uncovers Kildare Connections with the famous 'Nun of Kenmare.' Our thanks as always to James. more

900th ENTRY - DE VALERA IN NAAS - KILDARE MEN OF THE 1916 RISING HONOURED


Posted on  June 14, 2012


To commemorate our 900th article on EHISTORY. An account of the ceremonial dinner in Lawlor’s Hotel Naas in the Leinster Leader of 30 April 1949, which was organised to pay tribute to the Kildare men who took part in the 1916 Rising. more

A CANNYCOURT CHILDHOOD


Posted on  February 11, 2011


Sean Landers recounts the story of the Bacon family who lived at Cannycourt House, Kilcullen. Our thanks to Sean.

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AN ATHY MAN WITH THE IRISH BRIGADE AND ITS CAMPAIGNS


Posted on  December 19, 2012


Athy native, Richard A. Kelly, fought and died with the Irish Brigade in the American Civil War

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ANDREW BYRNE OF LONGTOWN DEMSENE


Posted on  October 12, 2010


England resident Mike Byrne sent the following article 'Andrew Byrne of Longtown Demesne' and accompanying photographs to the Local Library and Arts Service, Newbridge. Our thanks to Mike. Posted by James Durney.

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ARCHIBALD NEVINS: KILDARE BORN MERCHANT AND SHIP-OWNER


Posted on  February 21, 2009


An interesting note from Ciaran O'Reilly, on Archibald Nevins from Ardkill, Carbury, Co. Kildare who became a merchant ship-owner in Canada. more

BALLYKINLAR INTERNMENT CAMP 1920-21


Posted on  April 11, 2013


Around twenty-six men from Co. Kildare were held at Ballykinlar and a new book by Liam Ó Duibhir, Prisoners of War. Ballykinlar Internment Camp 1920-21, contains their names

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BEAUTIFUL NEW BOOK ON THE EARL OF ALDBOROUGH


Posted on  March 19, 2009


Great new publication on the 2nd Earl of Aldborough, Edward Stratford of Belan, Co. Kildare. Available in local bookshops or from Ossory, Laois and Leinster Editions. more

BLUE CAPS, OLD TOUGHS AND KILDAREMEN


Posted on  August 10, 2010


A brief history of Kildaremen with the Royal Dublin Fusiliers 1st and 2nd Battalions in WWI, by James Durney more

BOMBS OVER BRITAIN


Posted on  October 07, 2010


An article by James Durney to mark the 70th anniversary of the London Blitz from the archives of the Leinster Leader. Our thanks to James.

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BROTHERS IN ARMS


Posted on  November 12, 2010


In 1916 William Wilmot, from Athgarvan, was serving with the British Army in Flanders, while back home in Kildare his younger brother, Tom, was preparing for the Easter Rising with the Irish Volunteers.

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CAPTAIN OATES- KILDARE RACING AND POLAR EXPLORING


Posted on  March 13, 2012


Polar hero Captain Oates and his connections with Kildare racing. An article by Kevin Kenny. Our thanks to Kevin

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CARTON HOUSE THROUGH THE PAGES OF THE KILDARE OBSERVER 1880-1935: PART ONE


Posted on  February 10, 2012


The first part of an essay which formed the background to a talk I gave at Carton in late 2010 which focused on references to Carton and the FitzGeralds at Carton in the newspaper, the Kildare Observer 1880-1935. The Kildare Observer is online and is searchable and free to access courtesy of Kildare Library & Arts Services and the British Library. more

CARTON HOUSE THROUGH THE PAGES OF THE KILDARE OBSERVER NEWSPAPER 1880-1935: PART TWO



The second part of an essay which formed the background to a talk I gave at Carton in late 2010 which focused on references to Carton and the FitzGeralds at Carton in the newspaper, the Kildare Observer 1880-1935. The Kildare Observer is online and is searchable and free to access courtesy of Kildare Library & Arts Services and the British Library. more

CHRISTMAS ARTICLES


Posted on  December 19, 2012


A series of Christmas articles from the Freeman's Journal, Leinster Leader, Leinster Express, Kildare Observer and Irish Times, researched and re-typed by Chris Holzgräwe

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CHURCH OF ST. MICHAEL AND ALL ANGELS, MILLICENT, CLANE


Posted on  August 23, 2008


A reprint of the original pamphlet produced to celebrate the consecration of the Church of St. Michael and All Angels at Millicent, Clane in 1883. The reprint dates to 1894 and was re-typed for us by Evelyn Purcell. I would like to thank Evelyn for her efforts and also to David Frasier and Seamus Cullen for drawing my attention to the fact that the Church is 125 years old this year. On Sunday 24 August at 3 p.m. it will be the location of an outing by the County Kildare Archaeological Society as part of Heritage Week and will be followed by a tour of Clane Abbey which according to Seamus Cullen is celebrating its 750th anniversary. more

CLOSURE OF R.I.C. BARRACKS IN LEIXLIP


Posted on  April 17, 2009


The closure of the R.I.C barracks in Leixlip is announced.

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COLGANS, KILDARE AND THE IRISH TIMES ARCHIVE ONLINE


Posted on  March 10, 2009


John Colgan has unearthed a veritable treasure trove of genealogical and historical information from the pages of the Irish Times relating to the Colgans and to Co. Kildare. The 'Times' archive is online and is free to access through the public library network. As John Colgan illustrates it is indeed a trawl from 1859 onwards but provides a form of access to material which is otherwise denied to us. As always, our thanks to John who indeed has being trying to send this material to me since December. We are delighted to finally be able to post this amazing piece of research. more

COMERFORD - Dedication and Preface from Dioceses of Kildare and Leighlin


Posted on  June 22, 2006


Transcript of the Dedication and Preface from Comerford's 1883 History of the Dioceses of Kildare and Leighlin. more

CONGO BOUND 1960


Posted on  November 09, 2010


A list of local men who left the Curragh Camp with the 32nd & 33rd Infantry Battalions  for six months service in the former Belgian Congo.

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Centenary of Shackleton Polar Expedition


Posted on  January 09, 2009


An article by Kevin Kenny to commemorate the centenary of the epic expedition by Ernest Shackleton in 1909 to within 100 miles of the South Pole. 

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Co. Kildare and The Da Vinci Code


Posted on  May 18, 2006


Did you know that Co. Kildare has a connection with the book by Dan Brown, The Da Vinci Code? more

Collar and Elbow Wrestling


Posted on  May 27, 2006


Report from Leinster Leader 16 March 1907 on the forgotten sport of collar and elbow wrestling in 19th century Kildare. more

DAY OF DAYS. V BEACH, GALLIPOLI, 25 APRIL 1915


Posted on  October 20, 2010


On that first day on Gallipoli the Dublin Fusiliers suffered horrendous casualties. Among them were many men from Co. Kildare.

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DEATH OF THE DAUGHTER OF LORD EDWARD FITZGERALD


Posted on  August 31, 2010


The Death of Daughter of Lord Edward Fitzgerald from the Kildare Observer 2 May 1896, typed by James Durney

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DOUBLE WAR TRAGEDY FOR LEIXLIP FAMILY


Posted on  December 03, 2009


An article from local author James Durney on a prominent Leixlip family devastated by World War I.

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EUSTACE FAMILY GATHERING


Posted on  September 22, 2009


Meet the Eustaces - couple of interesting events planned for the coming week. more

FEAST OF ST. BRIGID - A POEM BY PADDY Mc CORMACK


Posted on  January 30, 2010


To commemorate St. Brigid's Day, 1st February, we reproduce a poem by Paddy McCormack of Kildare Town which appeared in the Leinster Leader in 1941.

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Photo: Mario Corrigan - St. Brigid’s Well, May 2003.
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FLIGHT OF THE EARLS - the Kildare connection!


Posted on  July 28, 2007


A really interesting article by Seamus Cullen on a little known Kildare connection with the Flight of the Earls anniversary commemorations. more

FRANCIS BACON - County Kildare connections


Posted on  June 20, 2006


A piece by Liam Kenny outlining the little-known links of the renowned artist Francis Bacon to the County of Kildare, particularly the areas of Brannockstown, Straffan and Abbeyleix.

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GAELICISATION OF KILCOCK 1922


Posted on  February 09, 2012


In February 1922 Kildare Co. Council proposed to change the name of Kilcock to Cill-Corce

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HERMANN GEISSEL


Posted on  April 01, 2011


A memorial service for Hermann Geissel took place in Clane on 31 March 2011

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HYMN TO ST. BRIGID


Posted on  January 30, 2009


Sunday, 1st of February, is St. Brigid's Day - our day to commemorate our female national Saint - St. Brigid, Mary of the Gael, Patroness of Ireland, who is synonymous with Co. Kildare. For full details of events for Feile Bhride 2009 - visit www.solasbhride.ie more

INSIDE NAAS WORKHOUSE 1842


Posted on  October 29, 2010


Just a year after the workhouse at Naas was opened to receive the poor and destitute it was visited by the English writer William Makepiece Thackeray.

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INVITATION TO THE LAUNCH OF 'THE ANNALS OF BALLITORE'


Posted on  March 24, 2009


Kildare Library and Arts Services in association with Athy Heritage Centre-Museum would like to cordially invite you to the launch of The Annals of Ballitore, in the National Library on 26 March at 3.40 at the end of a one day seminar by GENLOC on 'Publishing Irish Local History'  and to its launch by John MacKenna in Athy Heritage Centre at 8 pm on Tuesday 31 March.

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IRISH ARMY DESERTERS FROM CO. KILDARE IN WWII


Posted on  December 04, 2012


The Department of Defence estimated that approximately 6,000 men deserted their posts during the war. Over eighty were from Co. Kildare

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IT'S NOT JUST ANOTHER NORTH KILDARE MAUSOLEUM


Posted on  February 15, 2012


An interesting article on the O'Growney Mausoleum at Maynooth by Declan O'Connor more

JAMES CROSBY OF MACBRIDE'S IRISH BRIGADE


Posted on  May 14, 2010


James Durney uncovers a Kildare connection with  MacBride's Irish Brigade in the Boer War.  Our thanks to James.

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JOHN KENNEDY, M.C.


Posted on  July 02, 2010


John Kennedy was one of Kildare’s most famous WWII soldiers, though he never intended to become a soldier. Nevertheless, he became a legend in the Irish Guards. Our thanks to James Durney more

KILDARE AND THE SPANISH CIVIL WAR


Posted on  May 28, 2009


Notes from a talk given by James Durney on the subject of Kildare and the Spanish Civil War.

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KILDARE COUNTY COUNCIL - First Elections & First Meeting 1899


Posted on  November 17, 2007


An essay by Liam Kenny on the first County Council in Kildare in 1899. Our thanks to Liam.

[note - look also at the actual Minutes of the first meeting on this site - Part 1 and Part 2. ]
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KILDARE GARDAI ROLL OF HONOUR


Posted on  May 20, 2010


Four gardaí, with Kildare connections, who lost their lives in the line of duty have been named on the roll of honour.  Our thanks to James Durney.

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KILDARE HAS REVERTED TO WHIGGERY


Posted on  March 10, 2012


In the 1895 General Election Co. Kildare returned two anti-Parnellite MPs more

KILDARE MEN AT THE BATTLE OF MALPLAQUET IN 1709


Posted on  May 14, 2010


An article from local author James Durney on the Kildare connection in the battle of Malplaquet, 11th September 1709. Our thanks to James.

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KILDARE PEOPLE ABOARD 'THE TITANIC'


Posted on  May 28, 2009


James Durney uncovers some remarkable Kildare connections with the Titanic disaster. more

KILDARE REBELS, IRISH CONFEDERATES


Posted on  March 28, 2013


Several natives of Co. Kildare fought with the 6th Louisiana Infantry Regiment in America's Civil War more

KILDAREMEN AND THE BOER WAR


Posted on  November 17, 2007


A note on a the highly successful talk by Brian McCabe and Liam Kenny on Kildare connections with the Boer War, 1899-1902. more

KILL HISTORY GROUP AUTUMN & WINTER 2010


Posted on  August 11, 2010


Kill History Group Autumn & Winter Schedule 2010

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KILRUSH 1642


Posted on  July 07, 2012


A recent donation to Kildare Library and Arts Service, Newbridge Library, from Pat Dunne, Calverstown, of a folder titled ‘Kilrush 1642 more

LAST OF LEIXLIP'S OLD STYLE GROCERS TO GO


Posted on  April 17, 2009


Maria Marron's article in the Leader of 1983 marks the closure of Torley's shop on Leixlip's Main Street. Torley's was the last of the small grocery stores in the town centre. 

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LAUNCH OF NEW BOOK - A TIE TO THE LAND, BY COLM FLYNN


Posted on  September 18, 2009


A new book to commemorate the great tradition of farming and agriculture in general in South Kildare and the National Ploughing Championship which makes its return to the land of its birth, will be launched by Colm Flynn in Athy and Booleigh on Monday night, 21 September. The book will be sold at the National Ploughing Championships. more

LEIXLIP CONNECTION TO THE GREAT LOCKOUT


Posted on  May 10, 2013


Tony Maher from Leixlip sent us a wonderful family photo and caption which connects Kildare to the Great Lockout of 1913. more

LEIXLIP IN THE IRISH CHANCERY ROLLS


Posted on  June 19, 2012


Trinity College Dublin, in collaboration with others, recently published on the web, newly translated rolls (written records in rolled-up form) created by the Irish Chancery. The following extracts, edited by John Colgan, refer to the thirty-five mentions of Leixlip and one of the Barony of Salt Barony. more

MARK WILSON. AN ATHY MAN IN THE EASTER REBELLION


Posted on  December 19, 2012


In series no. 1041 of ‘Eye on the past’ Frank Taafe queried the identity of an Athy man, Mark Wilson, who fought in Dublin in 1916

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MINUTES OF 2nd MEETING KILDARE COUNTY COUNCIL 29th APRIL 1899


Posted on  April 22, 2009


To commemorate the 110th anniversary of theFirst Meeting of Kildare County Council on 22 April 1899 we have added the Minutes of the Second Meeting of that First Council. The Minutes of the First Meeting are already on EHistory. more

NAAS GAA DONATE OLDEST CLUB MINUTES TO HQ


Posted on  March 01, 2013


On Friday 15 February 2013 the oldest club minutes in the country were officially presented by members of Naas GAA to the GAA Museum, Dublin.

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NAAS U.D.C AND THE IRISH CIVIL WAR


Posted on  October 28, 2010


An article reproduced from the Naas U.D.C. Minute Books, on the Irish Civil War and its effect on the local authority.  

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NAAS WORKHOUSE. FAMINE FARE. BLACK '47


Posted on  September 28, 2010


Naas Workhouse Famine Fare. Black '47. An article reproduced from the Naas Poor Law Union Minute Books. Our thanks to James.

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NEW BOOK !!!!! COUNTY KILDARE IN 1837


Posted on  July 11, 2008


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New book published by the Local Studies, Genealogy and Archives Dept.,
Kildare Co. Library and Arts Services, Kildare Co. Council
in partnership with Kildare Town Heritage Centre
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NEWBRIDGE 1938 - A COURSING POEM


Posted on  August 30, 2006


A poem about coursing in the vicinity of Newbridge (Connell) from the Leinster Leader 15/01/1938
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NEWINGTON HOUSE


Posted on  June 30, 2011


A potted history of Newington House, the residence of the Neale family for over 130 years

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POEMS DEDICATED TO ST. BRIGID


Posted on  January 30, 2009


Two poems dedicated to St. Brigid, from Paddy McCormack (Kildare Town) and Theresa Brayton (of 'The Old Bog Road,' fame). For full details of events for Feile Bhride 2009 - visit www.solasbhride.ie more

PRAYER AND POEM DEDICATED TO ST. BRIGID



Prayer and Poem from the book "St. Brigid of Ireland" by Maud Lynch

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PRESENTATION OF REPUBLICAN PRISONERS DEPENDENT'S CUP TO GAA HQ


Posted on  March 01, 2013


In December 2012 Tom Keogh, Liam McManus and Brendan Woulfe, from Naas GAA, presented a Republican Prisoners Dependents Cup to the GAA Museum

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READING THE MAPS: A GUIDE TO THE IRISH HISTORIC TOWNS ATLAS


Posted on  June 28, 2011


Reading the Maps: A guide to the Irish Historic Towns Atlas by Dr Jacinta Prunty and Professor Howard Clarke

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ROADSIDE CROSS AT BALLYMOUNT


Posted on  July 24, 2010


A living monument – a topiary roadside memorial in County Kildare. Our thanks to James Eogan for permission to use this article. Re-typed by James Durney

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ROYAL VISITS TO CO. KILDARE


Posted on  May 06, 2011


Seamus Cullen recounts some of the Royal Visits to Co. Kildare through history more

RUN FOR FUN WITH THE HOUNDS OF FIONN


Posted on  May 07, 2011


Stories of Kildare Marathons from yester-year by Mario Corrigan more

SHOOT ON SIGHT SMYTH


Posted on  April 21, 2011


A Kildare connection to the killing of Divisional Commander Smyth in Cork in July 1920

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SLATER'S DIRECTORY 1881 - ONLINE!


Posted on  November 17, 2007


Fully searcahble database of Slater's Directory for 1881 is now available online as part of the online resources made available by Local Studies, Genealogy and Archives Dept., Kildare Co. Library. Particluar thanks to Beatrice of kildare.ie and Niamh McCabe.

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SOME INTERESTING REVELATIONS ABOUT SEAN CONNOLLY


Posted on  March 26, 2010


Thomas Travers grandson of Matthew Connolly contacted us with some first-hand observations of the action in Dublin, as Matthew, brother of Sean, was present on the fateful day in 1916 when Sean Connolly lost his life. more

THE CARAGH ORPHANAGE - A SCANDAL WITHOUT PRECEDENT (Part I)


Posted on  June 20, 2008


The first part of an investigation into the Caragh Orphanage Case by Andrew Wynne

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THE CARAGH ORPHANAGE --- A SCANDAL WITHOUT PRECEDENT (Part II)



The second part of an investigation into the Caragh Orphanage Case by Andrew Rynne more

THE CARAGH ORPHANAGE --- A SCANDAL WITHOUT PRECEDENT (Part III)



The third and final instalment of an investigation into the Caragh Orphanage Case by Andrew Rynne. This case represents the true essence of ceratin aspects of local history in that local people know of it but little of the facts are known or it has never been properly explored and written down. It is one of those subjects that constantly come up and while I do think it has been mentioned in at least one book before it is now properly in the public domain. Andrew Rynne has serialised the story in the Leinster Leader and now on EHistory - we thank him for that. more

THE DOMINICANS IN NEWBRIDGE - NEWBRIDGE LOCAL HISTROY GROUP


Posted on  April 14, 2012


Raphael Ryan will give a talk next Wednesday, 18 April 2012, in Sarsfields GAA Hall at 8.30 p.m. entitled, ON THE BANKS OF THE LIFFEY: THE DOMINICANS IN NEWBRIDGE, 1920-2000. ALL ARE WELCOME 

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THE EMPREROR'S KILDARE SLAVES


Posted on  July 02, 2013


Dozens of Kildaremen were used as slave labourers by the Japanese Empire - six of them died in captivity more

THE GATHERING COILL DUBH - PHOTOS OF VILLAGE LIFE


Posted on  May 10, 2013


Continuing our series on Coill Dubh and the forthcoming event to celebrate The Gathering. Photos courtesy of Alle Hamstra - taken in Coill Dubh in the 1970s. Our thanks to Alle and to Veronica Bagnall

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THE GREATEST


Posted on  January 08, 2011


When the greatest fighter in modern time came to Ireland in 1972 he donated £500 from a photo shoot to St. Raphael's in Celbridge.

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THE ORIGIN OF ROBERTSTOWN


Posted on  December 04, 2012


The name Robertstown is undoubtedly of Anglo-Norman origin. But who exactly was the Robert in question?

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THE ORIGINS OF MACRE NA FEIRME


Posted on  July 04, 2012


The origins of Macra na Feírme taken from the 50th Anniversary 1944-1994 Catalogue

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THE SINKING OF THE USS MAINE


Posted on  January 19, 2011


When the USS Maine sank in Havana harbour in 1898 two of the fatal casualties were Co. Kildare natives.

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THE WAR LETTERS OF NICHOLAS BYRNE, TWO-MILE HOUSE, NAAS


Posted on  October 12, 2010


The war letters of Nicholas Byrne, taken from ‘Far from the short grass. The story of Kildaremen in the two World Wars,’ by James Durney. more

THE WRENS OF THE CURRAGH - PART 1 - 1867 ORIGINAL PAMPHLET


Posted on  July 23, 2008


To commemorate the 300th ARTICLE on EHISTORY we will republish in parts, the original pamphlet on The Wren of the Curragh, which was reprinted from the Dicken's newspaper The Pall Mall Gazette and published in 1867. My thanks to Maria Luddy for a copy of the pamphlet and to the late Con Costello for helping bring the story of the wrens to light - and of course to Reggie Darling and the Curragh Local History Group who preserve all traditions relating to the Curragh. Also Claire Connelly and Roy O'Brien for their help in its preparation.

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THE WRENS OF THE CURRAGH - PART 2 - 1867 ORIGINAL PAMPHLET



PART 2 of the pamphlet on THE WRENS OF THE CURRAGH to celebrate the 300th ARTICLE on EHISTORY more

THE WRENS OF THE CURRAGH - PART 3 - 1867 ORIGINAL PAMPHLET



PART 3 of the pamphlet on The Wrens of the Curragh to celebrate the 300th ARTICLE on EHISTORY more

THOMAS FRANCIS MEAGHER AND CLONGOWES COLLEGE


Posted on  June 28, 2012


Irish rebel and American soldier Thomas Francis Meagher's connections with Co. Kildare and Clongowes College

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THREE KILDARE RELATED PIECES FROM THE FREEMAN'S JOURNAL


Posted on  December 17, 2009


Three Kildare related pieces from the Freeman's Journal: Our thanks to John Colgan.
JohnColgan at iol.ie would welcome all contributions, photographs of persons and residences included, on the Colgans of county Kildare and surrounding areas as an aid to his genealogy on Colgans generally.
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TO HELL OR CONNAUGHT. THE KILDARE TRANSPLANTED


Posted on  November 30, 2010


In September 1653, Cromwell's plan for colonization of Ireland became law. Sixteen Co. Kildare families were given the choice - to Hell or Connaught!

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VOLUNTEER THOMAS MCEVOY'S ACTIVITIES IN KILDARE


Posted on  May 27, 2010


James Durney writes on Dublin man Thomas McEvoy's activities in Kildare during the Civil War.  Our thanks to James.

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WALKS IN COUNTY KILDARE


Posted on  February 09, 2011


An interesting article from the Kildare Observer of 30 December 1916 on a historical walk in the Newcastle Lyons-Baronrath area. Re-typed by Aisling Dermody.

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WHAT IT SAID IN THE PAPERS


Posted on  November 27, 2010


Politicians were not just talking manure in the lean 1940s. What it said in the Leinster Leader on 25 January 1941.

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WHO WAS CHARLIE OG MCCANN?


Posted on  September 10, 2008


An interesting ballad/song relating to Carbury which begs the question - Who was Charlie Og McCann? more

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