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April 15, 2009

Kildare County Council marks its 110th birthday

The 110th anniversary of Kildare County Council will be marked on Wednesday, 22 April at 8pm in the council's award-winning new headquarters at Aras Cill Dara, Naas with a public talk on the first meeting of the council in 1899.

The talk by local historian, Liam Kenny, will take place 110 years to the day since the inaugural council took office following the local elections of April 1899. The event will reflect on the excitement -- and the controversies -- generated by the first election in which the people of county Kildare were given a say in the choice of their elected representatives.

For generations before, participation in county administration had been confined to the landed elite; the 1899 elections were the first to bring a level of democracy to the county. The timing of the commemoration is particularly apt given that campaigning is in full swing for the 2009 local elections with twenty-five seats to be filled on the council from electoral areas throughout the county.

We hope to have members of the Fulham family in attendance on the night with some of the original equipment used by the Co. Surveyor on the roads of Kildare.

Come to ARAS CHILL DARA for a talk by local historian Liam Kenny on the 110th anniversary of Kildare County Council,Wed. 22 April 2009 at 8 p.m.

All Welcome.