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"GO BALD-HEADED FOR THE OPPOSITION" - ROUSING TALK AT INAUGURAL GAA MEETING


Posted on  April 26, 2013


The inaugural meeting of Naas GAA from Liam Kenny's Looking Back series in the Leinster Leader more

'COME ON THE LARRIES...'


Posted on  August 03, 2012


'Come on the Larries,' is the distinctive cry of the St. Laurence's GFC as Liam Kenny reveals who the 'Larry' actually is in his weekly series of Looking Back. Our thanks to Liam

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A JOYCEAN ODYSSEY THROUGH THE FLATLANDS OF KILDARE


Posted on  February 08, 2013


Article no. 284 from Liam Kenny's ever popular Looking Back series in the Leinster Leader

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A KILDAREMAN MISSING IN ACTION...THE MYSTERY OF CORPORAL JAMES MARTIN


Posted on  February 28, 2013


Liam Kenny's 287th Looking Back article explores the death of Kildareman James Martin at the Battle of the Little Big Horn in 1876. Our thanks to Liam

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A LABOUR OF LOVE ... A POLITICAL CENTENARY


Posted on  November 01, 2012


The Irish Labour Party was founded 100 years ago in May 1912. Series no. 282 from Liam Kenny's Looking Back column in the Leinster Leader 29 May 2012

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A LAST HURRAH FOR THE TITANIC AT PUNCHESTOWN


Posted on  October 24, 2012


The sinking of the Titanic did not infringe on the Punchestown festival in April 1912 so writes Liam Kenny in no. 277 of his Looking Back series. Our thanks to Liam

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A MAGISTRATE WITH A HEART OF GOLD


Posted on  September 07, 2012


Liam Kenny reveals a heart of gold amongst the judiciary in an article from his Looking Back series from the Leinster Leader of 7 February 2012. Our thanks to Liam

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ALL ALONG THE BANKS OF THE ROYAL CANAL


Posted on  November 01, 2011


We break with protocol this week and publish the article from Liam Kenny which in the Leinster Leader of 11 October 2011. This marks the 250th instalment of Liam's column which has been recently renamed "Looking Back".  As always our thanks to Liam.

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ALL THE QUEEN'S MEN AND ALL THE QUEEN'S HORSES CELEBRATE A JUBILEE


Posted on  February 28, 2013


An article from Liam Kenny's Looking Back series, 3 July 2012 : In 1897 many in Co. Kildare celebrated the Diamond Jubliee of Queen Victoria. Our thanks to Liam

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AN AUSTERE KILDARE HOUSE WHICH SHELTERED THE DYING AND WOUNDED


Posted on  June 28, 2013


Liam Kenny charts the history of Firmount House, in Clane, in his looking Back series, no. 303 more

BRITS OUT! ... RECALLING THE BRITISH ARMY'S DEPARTURE 90 YEARS AGO


Posted on  November 01, 2012


On 16 May 1922 the British Army left Co. Kildare forever, so writes Liam Kenny in his Leinster Leader Looking Back article no. 281

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CATTLE FARMERS STOP RAILWAY PLAN TO LINK CLANE AND CELBRIDGE


Posted on  August 11, 2012


Liam Kenny reflects on the railway line that never was in Series 256 from the Leinster Leader of 22 November 2011. Our thanks to Liam

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CENTENARY OF HOSPITAL BORN IN CONTROVERSY


Posted on  November 09, 2012


The Sanatorium at Peamount had a controversial beginning, writes Liam Kenny in his Looking Back series of 19 June 2012. Our thanks to Liam

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CHANGE AND UPHEAVAL NOTHING NEW FOR KILDARE'S LOCAL COUNCILS


Posted on  June 28, 2013


Change and upheaval are nothing new in the realms of Kildare’s local councils, writes Liam Kenny in his Looking Back series, no. 302 more

CHRISTMAS 1952 - A LIGHT SHINES OUT ACROSS THE BOG OF ALLEN


Posted on  August 09, 2013


Liam Kenny recalls the construction of the purpose-built village of Coill Dubh from his Looking Back series no. 309. Our thanks to Liam

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CHRISTMAS IN THE BIG HOUSE ... A CHILD'S MEMOIR OF CASTLETOWN



Liam Kenny reviews Sarah Connolly-Carew's memoir “The Children of Castletown”. Our thanks to Liam

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DEATH IN DECEMBER ... 90TH ANNIVERSARY OF CURRAGH EXECUTIONS


Posted on  July 11, 2013


Liam Kenny remembers the seven men from Kildare who were executed in December 1922 in his Looking Back series, no. 308

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DEATH ON THE ICE ... A WINTER TRAGEDY


Posted on  August 16, 2012


Liam Kenny writes of a winter tragedy in 1916 when three patients from Peamount drowned at Burn's Quarry. Our thanks to Liam

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DIGGING IN ... KILDARE'S PIONEERING ROLE IN HORTICULTURAL EDUCATION


Posted on  July 11, 2013


Wicklow bears the name of being the “Garden County” but when it comes to innovation in horticulture Kildare beats it by the length of a couple of drills, so writes Liam Kenny in his Looking Back series

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DODGY DEALINGS INVESTIGATED BY 'MAHON' STYLE TRIBUNAL IN 19TH CENTURY NAAS


Posted on  September 28, 2012


There were dodgy deals and tribunals in 19th century Naas writes Liam Kenny in his Looking Back series No. 274. Our thanks, as always, to Liam

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DOWNED AIRCRAFT BECOMES SIGHTSEEING ATTRACTION AFTER LANDING DRAMA


Posted on  March 08, 2013


Liam Kenny's Looking Back series no. 288 recalls the crash-landing of an Irish air force plane in Naas in the summer of 1922.

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EUCHARISTIC CONGRESS TRAGEDY RECALLED IN KILDARE AND OFFALY


Posted on  November 08, 2012


An article from the Looking Back series in Leinster Leader of 5 June 2012 on the anniversary of the Eucharistic Congress tragedy. Our thanks to Liam Kenny

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FIGHTIN' MIKE LAWLER - ABE LINCOLN'S LILYWHITE GENERAL


Posted on  September 07, 2012


The story of Abe Lincoln's Lilywhite general - Fightin' Mike Lawler by Liam Kenny from the Leinster Leader of 21 February 2012. Our thanks to Liam

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FROM THE BANKS OF THE LlFFEY TO STATEN ISLAND - A CELBRIDGE LINK


Posted on  July 28, 2012


In his Leinster Leader series 'Looking back,' of 18 October 2011 Liam Kenny writes of a Celbridge connection to New York. Our thanks to Liam

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I SAW A LONE STAR HOVER, GEM-LIKE ABOVE THE BAY


Posted on  August 31, 2012


Ernest Shackleton's last entry in his diary from Liam Kenny's Looking Back series of 10 January 2012. Our thanks to Liam

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JUBILEE NURSE - THE FORGOTTEN HEROINE OF IRELAND'S PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICE


Posted on  July 02, 2013


For bygone generations of Irish people the face of the health service was the Jubilee Nurse writes Liam Kenny in his Looking Back series no. 305 more

KILDARE SAYS "NO" - LOYALIST WOMEN SIGN ULSTER DECLARATION OF 1912


Posted on  April 04, 2013


In September 1912 men and woman of Ulster signed a pledge against Home Rule. Two signatures were from women resident in Co. Kildare. Our thanks to Liam Kenny

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KILDARE'S COUNTY TOWN SCORES IN CROKE PARK BUT NOT A BALL KICKED


Posted on  September 18, 2013


Looking Back Series no. 319: Naas GAA Club handed over a minute book recording the earliest months of the Naas club for two years from its foundation in October 1887.

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KILDARE'S UNIONIST WOMEN IN FIGHTING MODE


Posted on  September 22, 2012


Liam Kenny's weekly Looking Back series, no. 271, reflects on the unionist women of Kildare's opposition to Home Rule. Our thanks to Liam

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LAST DANCE BEFORE LENT - 100 YEARS OF LAWLOR'S OF NAAS


Posted on  August 31, 2013


Liam Kenny recalls 100 years of Lawlor's Hotel and catering firm in  no: 318 of his popular Looking Back series

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LEADER EDITOR EMBROILED IN ABORTIVE RISING PLAN


Posted on  March 20, 2013


Liam Kenny in his weekly Leinster Leader column recalls Michael O'Kelly's part in plans for the 1916 Rising

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MEN OF GRIT AND EXPERIENCE


Posted on  October 27, 2011


Liam Kenny in his 'Looking Back' column from the Leinster Leader of February 10, 2011 reflects on Kildare County Council elections a hundred years ago. Our thanks to Liam. more

MET BROTHER ON CONGO JOURNEY


Posted on  March 20, 2013


Sgt. Pat O'Malley, Carna, Suncroft, had a re-union with his brother Very Revd. John O'Malley en route to the Congo

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MUTINY IN KILDARE ... THE TROUBLED BIRTH OF THE GARDA FORCE


Posted on  July 02, 2013


In series 306 of his Looking Back column Liam Kenny writes that the first attempt at creating a new Irish police force was riven by political splits and personality clashes

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MUTINY IN THE SPRING AIR


Posted on  September 28, 2012


In series number 275 of his Looking back articles from the Leinster Leader Liam Kenny writes of mutiny in the British Army on the Curragh. Our thanks to Liam

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MYSTERIOUS GOINGS-ON AT MONASTEREVIN AND MAYNOOTH


Posted on  December 08, 2011


In his column 'Looking Back' from the Leinster Leader March 1, 2011 Liam Kenny writes about strange happenings in Monasterevin and Maynooth.

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NEWBRIDGE GOES TO BLAZES IN ITS CENTENARY YEAR


Posted on  May 17, 2013


In October 1912 Newbridge was very nearly reduced to ashes in the year of its first centenary, writes Liam Kenny in article 299 of his weekly series

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NEWBRIDGE IN THE NEWS ...


Posted on  March 28, 2013


Bicentenary celebrations were at full throttle in Newbridge as the Liffey-side marks its official 200th birthday writes Liam Kenny in Looking Back Series no. 296  

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OLD CLOCK GIVEN A NEW LIFE


Posted on  October 27, 2011


In his column 'Looking Back' from the Leinster Leader February 17, 2011 Liam Kenny celebrates the restoration of Naas' old barracks clock by recalling the history of the clock. Our thanks to Liam.

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PLUCKY POSTMISTRESS ALERTS VOLUNTEER POLICE TO ARMED RAID


Posted on  August 31, 2012


How a plucky postmistress assisted in the capture of two raiders from the Looking Back series of 17 January 2012. Our thanks to Liam

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SEEING THE WOOD FOR THE TREES


Posted on  December 20, 2011


In his column 'Looking Back' from the Leinster Leader March 8, 2011 Liam Kenny marks National Tree Week with a look at the role trees play in the heritage of Kildsare. As always our thanks to Liam. more

SEMINARY LIFE IN JANUARY ... MEMOIRS OF A MAYNOOTH STUDENT


Posted on  August 22, 2012


Liam Kenny recalls Maynooth seminary life in his Looking Back series from the Leinster Leader of 3 January 2012. Our thanks to Liam

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SEVENTY YEARS OF ARMY PUBLICATION MARKED BY MOVE TO CURRAGH


Posted on  August 16, 2012


In series 257 of his weekly column in the Leinster Leader Liam Kenny writes about An Cosantoir's move from Dublin to the Curragh. Our thanks to Liam

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SHIP TO SHORE - ERNEST SHACKLETON AND HIS POLAR VESSELS


Posted on  July 28, 2012


In his 'Looking Back' article of 25 October 2011 Liam Kenny reviews Rorke Bryan's 'Ordeal by ice - Ships of the Antartic,' and Ernest Shackleton's Kildare connections. Our thanks to Liam

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SHOULD OLD ACQUAINTANCES BE FORGOT ... FAREWELL 2012


Posted on  August 15, 2013


Liam Kenny bids farewell to 2012 in his popular Leinster Leader series Looking Back more

ST. BRIGID - AN INSPIRATION FOR ALL SEASONS


Posted on  August 23, 2013


Liam Kenny reminds us that St. Brigid, whose feast day is 1st February, is an inspiration for all seasons

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ST. DAVID'S 1212-2012: 800 YEARS AT THE HEART OF NAAS


Posted on  April 04, 2013


St David’s Church, Naas, can be traced in a written record dated to the year 1212, writes Liam Kenny in his Looking Back series no. 298.

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TERROR ON THE SHORT GRASS


Posted on  October 24, 2012


Liam Kenny reviews “Terror in Ireland 1916-23” edited by Dr. David Fitzpatrick of the Trinity College History Workshop, which includes an essay  “Revolution and Terror in Kildare 1916-23”  written by Michael Murphy, from Laragh.

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THE CIVIL WAR IN KILDARE


Posted on  August 11, 2012


Liam Kenny in his Looking Back series from the Leinster Leader of November 15 2011 takes a look at the Civil War in Kildare. Our thanks to Liam

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THE JUDGE, THE DOG, AND THE CENSUS


Posted on  February 02, 2012


Liam Kenny's comparisons of 100 years of census takings from his Looking Back series of 12 April 2011

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THE WINTER OF 1963 ... HOMESTEADS ISOLATED BY SNOW DRIFTS IN THE WICKLOW HILLS


Posted on  August 23, 2013


Liam Kenny recalls the harsh winter of 1963 in no. 315 of his Looking Back series. Our thanks to Liam

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THREE WISE MEN ARRIVE IN KILDARE


Posted on  January 04, 2013


To commemorate our 1000th article on ehistory we publish Liam Kenny's 212th article from the Leinster Leader Looking Back series as a fitting tribute to Liam's contribution to Co. Kildare history and indeed to this site. The article, which reviews a new local history book, commemorates the contribution of Kildare Local Authorities in providing housing for over 100 years.

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TITLED ELITE PUBLISH KILDARE'S FIRST JOURNAL OF HISTORY


Posted on  September 22, 2012


2012 marks the 120th anniversary of the publication of The Journal of the Kildare Archaeological Society from Liam Kenny's Looking Back, series no. 270

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WAR'S END BRINGS LITTLE JOY TO FLU-RAVAGED KILDARE


Posted on  August 03, 2012


Liam Kenny writes that the end of the war in 1918 brought little comfort to Kildare then in the grip of the Great Flu, article 253 from the Lookin Back series. Our thanks to Liam more

WWII AIR CRASH RECALLED IN EDENDERRY HISTORY PUBLICATION


Posted on  August 22, 2012


Liam Kenny reviews a WWII air crash, Masonic lodges and a mystery mining company in Edenderry's local history publication. Our thanks to Liam

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