New web address for Kildare eHistory

by ehistoryadmin on June 21, 2024

After eighteen years, Kildare Library Service decided it was time to overhaul the Kildare eHistory site that was originally launched in May 2006! As part of the upgrade, the website address is changing to  https://kildarelibraries.ie/ehistory/

The new site is designed to be more visually attractive and will provide an opportunity to showcase a range of material from the Kildare County Archives and Local Studies collections. Assigned categories and the format of the site will also be changing as part of the update. Please note that the new site will continue to evolve and with over 1900 existing posts is a work in progress.

We also continue to welcome submissions of suitable content relating to the heritage and history of County Kildare and its people by the wider public for inclusion on the new site.

Email localhistory@kildarecoco.ie if you have any queries.

The Lord Walter FitzGerald Prize, sponsored by the County Kildare Archaeological Society, commemorates Lord Walter FitzGerald (1858-1923), a founder member of this Society and one of the principal contributors to its Journal throughout its early decades . The prize is awarded every 2 years on the basis of an essay reporting original research on any aspect of the archaeology or history of county Kildare or surrounding districts. In this context, research about persons or families of Kildare, or those well known to have resided there at one time, is part of the history and archaeology of Kildare.
Submission
Applicants are invited to submit an essay of 5,000 to 7,000 words, including footnotes. A prize of €500 and a medal will be awarded for the essay recommended by the judging panel and agreed by the Council. The competition is open to all, regardless of their place of residence. While it is intended to offer the Lord Walter FitzGerald Prize biennially, a prize will not be awarded unless essays of sufficient quality are received. All essays submitted will be considered for publication in the Journal of the County Kildare Archaeological Society.
Timing
Entries for the 2025 prize should be submitted no later than 30 September 2024 to Honorary Editor, Professor Marian Lyons, Department of History, Maynooth University, Maynooth, County Kildare or email Marian.Lyons@mu.ie  Entries should be accompanied by a completed application form, available from the Honorary Editor or the CKAS website.
Further details, including the application form, available on the County Kildare Archaeological Society website here
Image of Lord Fitzgerald Prize Medal

Royalty and Races (Punchestown 1904)

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Royalty and Races (Punchestown 1904)

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8TH IRISH MILITARY SEMINAR

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8TH IRISH MILITARY SEMINAR

Kildare County Council to host 8th Irish Military Seminar Events taking place from 10–11 May 2024     Kildare County Archives and Local Studies is pleased to announce that the 8th Irish Military Seminar will take place in Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge, on Friday 10 and Saturday 11 May 2024. All events are free to attend but early booking is advised via Riverbank Arts Centre and 045 448 327. The seminar will begin on Friday, 10 May at 19.00 in […]
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NOTED KILDAREMAN’S DEATH

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Raymond Gillespie R.I.P.

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Raymond Gillespie R.I.P.

Raymond Gillespie R.I.P. The following tribute to the late Professor Emeritus of Maynooth University, Raymond Gillespie, appeared in the Leinster Leader of February 20 2024. Our thanks to Liam Kenny for allowing us publish his piece. The full tribute can be read here: Raymond Gillespie RIP
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THE NAAS CRIMEAN CANNON

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THE NAAS CRIMEAN CANNON

The Naas Crimean Cannon James Durney The Crimean War (1853-1856) was fought between the Russian Empire and an ultimately victorious alliance of the Ottoman (Turkish) Empire, France, Britain, and Sardinia-Piedmont. Over 600,000 died on all sides, most of them non-battle deaths, mainly from disease. Among those from Co. Kildare who were involved was Sister Mary Aloysius Doyle of Old Kilcullen, who nursed at the General Hospital at Scutari, on the Asian part of Constantinople (Istanbul), and Naas men Tom Connor, who saw service with the 3rd […]
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NAAS – St. DAVID’S DAY – THE WELSH CONNECTION

March 1, 2024

NAAS – St. DAVID’S DAY – THE WELSH CONNECTION

Exploring the welsh connection! Liam Kenny looks at the Norman importation of St. David, Patron Saint of Wales into the life of the county town of Naas and the legacy that remains - from 'Nothing New under the Sun,' in the Leinster Leader.


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NAAS AND ST. DAVID

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NAAS AND ST. DAVID

Naas and St. David John Walsh St. David’s association with Naas can be traced back to Norman times. In 1156 the King Of Leinster Dermot McMurrough was at war with the chieftains of Breffni and Meath and sought assistance from Baron Richard de Clare, Earl of Strigul. Richard was known to the Irish as Strongbow and in 1170 he set out for Ireland from Wales with a contingent of 300 Norman Welsh Knights. Strongbow took control of Leinster and married […]
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ST. DAVID’S DAY 1ST MARCH

February 29, 2024

ST. DAVID’S DAY 1ST MARCH

St. David’s Day John Walsh The feast day of Saint David is  1st March and marks the date of his death, which is stated to have occurred in the year 589. He is the patron saint of Wales and unlike the other national saints of these islands Saint George, Saint Andrew and Saint Patrick he is the native of the country of which he is patron. David (Dewi in Welsh) was born in Caerfai, Pembrokeshire and was baptised by Saint […]
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