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August 17, 2006


Local Placenames

Rory Hopkins will give a talk on the etymylogy of local Placenames in the Kildare Education Centre on Wednesday 6 September as part of the Cill Dara Historical Society's annual programme. It is at 8 p. m. and all are welcome.

Why not consider coming along on the night to learn about the origin of the names of the local townlands and find out a little more about the group and the rest of its programme for this year.

Posted by mariocorrigan at 12:34 PM

August 16, 2006



County Kildare Archaeological Society

"The Great House in County Kildare: historical perspective and

contemporary role"

An illustrated talk presented by Michael Dempsey and Glascott Symes in celebration of National Heritage Week.

Wednesday 6th September at 7.30p.m. Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge by courtesy of Kildare County Council.

Free of charge-all welcome!

This is the 2nd seminar organised by the County Kildare Archaeological Society and the Local Studies Dept. of Kildare County Library and Arts Service.

Details of a talk by Michael Dempsey and Glascott Symes to be given to mark National Heritage Week.


With regards to Heritage week 2006, have a look at the Heritage Council website where the full listing is searchable by county.

An illustrated talk presented by Michael Dempsey and Glascott Symes in celebration of National Heritage Week will take place on Wednesday 6th September at 7.30p.m. Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge in associaltion with the Local Studies Dept., Kildare Co. Library and Arts Service. All are welcome and it is free of charge.

Posted by mariocorrigan at 12:42 PM

August 15, 2006




Cambrensis tells us another fact which shows to what degree of perfection the art of illumination was carried in the Schools of Kildare. "Amongst all the wonderful things at Kildare," he says, "nothing appears to me more wonderful than that admirable book written as they say at the time of the Virgin from the dictation of an angel. This Book contains a Harmony of the four Evangelists according to St. Jerome, in which there are nearly as many different figures variously illuminated in colours as there are pages. In one part you may behold the countenance of majesty divinely depicted; in another the mystic emblems of the Evangelists, some represented with six, others with four, others with two wings; here an eagle, there a calf, now the face of a man, again, that of a lion, as well as an almost infinite number of other figures, which if you merely glance at in the usual way, without taking notice of, they will appear to be blots rather than ligatures, and displaying nothing exquisite where, notwithstanding there is nothing but what is exquisite. But if you examine them sharply and try to penetrate their beauty, you will be able to note the delicate beautiful minute interlacings, in colours still fresh and bright so that you would be led to believe that they were indeed the work of an angel rather than of man. The oftener and more carefully I have examined them the more was I struck with new wonder, and each time I saw fresh subjects to call for admiration." Giraldus goes on to tell the story of the writing of the book as it was told in his time and concludes: "In this way was the Book written, the angel showing the pattern, St. Brigid praying and the scribe copying."

This description of the Book of Kildare answers the Book of Kells, and goes far to show that the two Books were of equal artistic value. Petrie and Todd are of opinion that the Book of Kells is the identical book described by Cambrensis, and there is a growing tendency towards that opinion.

[Giraldus Cambrensis]

Chapter 20 of the An Tostal Souvenir Programme of 1953 is dedicated to the 'Book of Kildare' which was said to have rivalled the Book of Kells.

Posted by mariocorrigan at 12:35 PM