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October 31, 2006


Leinster Leader 19/9/1970 – Advert., p.2
                 EVERYONE IS WELCOME AT THE…
CHILDREN’S FANCY DRESS PARADE (14 years and under) Leaves from Square 2 p.m.
Adults 2/- - CHILDREN FREE – All Events Open
COME EARLY – Don’t miss any of the fun – Usual Refreshments – no Hawkers

An advert from the Leinster Leader from September 1970 gives an indication of the range of events and attractions at the traditional Field Days held in the Park.

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FROM 1704
1704—FATHER JAMES FITZGERALD, aged 63, was regis­tered in 1704 as P.P. Kildare and Dunmurry. Ordained in 1669 at Dublin by Dr. Patrick Plunkett, Bishop of Meath.
            1704—FATHER CONLY GEOGHEGAN, aged 36, residing at Tully. P.P. of Rathangan, Tully, Feighcullen and part of Kilmeage. Ordained in 1689 at Kilkenny by Dr. Phelan, Bishop of Ossory.
1731—A return of 13th Nov., 1731, states: “In the parish of Kildare there is a Mass-house, and the present priest being being [sic] an old infirm man has lately got a coadjutor but there is no private Popish chapel, no Popish school, no reputed nunnery or Friary. I am told that itinerant friars often preach here. In the parish of Tully there is neither mass-house nor private Popish chapel, no Popish school, no reputed nunnery or Friary. The people of this parish hear Mass at Kildare, the priest of Kildare being priest of Tully also.” And again: “The priest of Kildare officiates at the Mass-house of Rathangan which has been built about 30 years.”
1753—Lately died REV. MR. SIMON FITZPATRICK, Parish Priest of Kildare—Pue’s Occurrences, 20th, Oct., 1753, Archiv. Hib. XVI p.84 [. – sic] In the Catholic portion of the graveyard attached to the Protestant Church at Rathangan is a tombstone facing west inscribed: This stone, erected by Rev. Simon Fitzpatrick, in memory of ye deceased bodye of John James and Catherine Fitzpatrick deceased 1711. Father Fitzpatrick is probably buried here with his family. Mr. Michael Dawson, Rathangan, is a kinsman.
1756—“FATHER ROBERT ELLIS, P.P., died 6 May 1756 suddenly—Faulkener’s Dublin Journal,8th, May, 1756. There is a tradition that Father Ellis officiated in Kildare in the time of Bishop Keeffe. A Father Ellis lived in Kill in 1731.
1779—FATHER PHILIP ROUSE, P.P. He is buried in Kildare Cathedral burial-ground, a few yards from the grave of Father Terence Nolan, P.P., beside the old Cross. Father Rouse’s tomb reads:
Here lies the dust of Philip Rouse, whose wealth
Was lent to Church and poor to purchase bliss
His flock with zeal he taught whilst he had health,
In truth    and friendship never was remiss.
Died April 18th, 1778, aged 66
That this date is incorrect is shown as follows:-
A silver-gilt chalice at Kildare is inscribed: Donum Rev Philippi Rouse, Paroeciae Kildare. Ora pro eo 1779. A similar chalice at Rathangan reads: Donum Revdi Philli Rouse, parochiae de Rathangan. Ora pro eo A.D. 1779.
            2 Father Rouse was one of five members of the Kildare Chapter who in a document issued from Kilcock 4th Sept., 1778, postulated for the appointment of Father Fleming, O.P., as Bishop of Meath. The signatories were William Dunn, V.G. of the Bishop of Kildare, canon and P.P. of St. James’ Clane, Richard Reilly, S.T.D., Archdeacon of Kildare and P.P. of the parochial Church of the Assump­tion at Kilcock, Dominic Dempsey, canon of Kildare and P.P. of the parochial Church of St. Michael of Cadans­town (sic), John Kenny, P.P. of the parochial Church of the Holy Trinity of Carberry, and “Philippus Rouse, canonicus Kildariensis, parochialis ecclesiae B.V.M. de Kildare, etc., parochus.”—Arch. Hib. VIII. 211.
3 “Died in Kildare, Rev. Dr. Rouse, Romish clergyman”—Dublin Evening Post,7th, April, 1779. Reference by Fr. J. Brady, Meath. Fr. Rouse was a benefactor of the Irish College, Paris in 1781, that is by his will (Fr. Boyle, p. 225). A brother of Fr. Rouse who took part in the Rising of 1798 eluded his pursuers by hiding in a crop of rye in a field now owned by Wallpapers, Ltd., but then owned by the Rouse family beside the present Pigeon Lane.
            1798—REV. EDMUND BURKE, P.P., KILDARE. A native of Hophall, Portlaoise. Left Ireland in 1787 and after­wards became bishop of Halifax, Nova Scotia. He died 1820, aged 78.
1803—REV. TERENCE NOLAN. The extract from Topham Bowden, who travelled in Ireland in 1790 shows that before that year Fr. Nolan, P.P., through the liberality of the Duke of Leinster had built a very handsome chapel, and had acquired the parochial land from the Duke for himself and his successors forever. Soon after 1790, the old parochial house, now a garage, was built by Mr. Bergin, Mr. Kelly and Mr. Higgins. Mr. Charles C. Bergin has a detailed statement of the account of the building of the house. The Higgins and Kellys were other prominent Kildare families. A Mr. Kelly owned the ground on which the Presentation Convent and St. Brigid’s Church are built. Fr. Anthony Higgins, P.P., Caragh, 1790-1831, whose nephew was his C.C. in 1820, was from Kildare. [c.f. also Fr. Anthony Higgin [Higgins – sic], O.F.M., Prior of Grey Abbey, 1717]. The Higgins family are buried in the centre of Tully graveyard near the Kellys.
A silver gilt chalice in St. Brigid’s Church, inscribed, Rev. P. B., July 30, 1792, belongs to Fr. Nowlan’s period. It is said that Fr. Nowlan and the Protestant Rector were instrumental in saving each other’s life during the 1798 Rising. Fr. Nowlan died about 1803, and lies beneath an uninscribed stone at the foot of the ancient Cross in the Cathedral graveyard.
1819—REV. MICHAEL CORCORAN, a native of Laois, was P.P. Balyna before he came as P.P. to Kildare. He became Bishop of Kildare and Leighlin, 12 March, 1815, and went to reside in Tullow. He retained Kildare as his parish until his death in 1819.
          1815-20—FR. MATTHEW FANNING was administrator. He became administrator of his native parish of Raheen, Laois, in 1820. P.P. Raheen, 1820 to his death in 1837.
            1820-64—FR. PATRICK BRENNAN, Adm. Kildare 1820-22. P.P. Kildare 1822 or 1823 till his death, 24 June 1864. A native of Carlow town, he was first bursar of Carlow College. He was Penitentiary of the diocese. He founded and built Presentation Convent, Kildare in 1829. He built St. Brigid’s Hall, now the Infants’ School. He built St. Brigid’s Church in 1833. He is buried in front of the High Altar outside the Sanctuary gate. There is a hand­some mural tablet with sculptured figure by Farrell.
            l864-67—REV. JOHN DUNNE, D.D., former Professor and President of Carlow College. A native of Ballinakill, Laois, he was a grand-nephew of Dr. Dunne, Bishop of Ossory, and son of John Dunne who, with Dr. Doyle, gave evidence before a House of Commons committee in London. He was a fine classical scholar. He built the present parochial house, but did not live in it. He died 25 July, 1867, the third anniversary of his appointment as P.P. There is a mural tablet with a sculptured likeness over his grave in St. Brigid’s Church.
            1867-80—REV. JOHN NOLAN, a native of Myshall, took an active part in building Baltinglass Church. P.P. Killeigh, 1859-67. He founded and built the Mercy Convent, Rathangan in 1877. He built the Convent School wing in Kildare in 1869. He added the conservatory to the Parochial House. In 1871 he erected the mission Cross between the Church entrance gate and the gallery-steps. He died 3 December, 1880 at the residence of his brother Fr. Thomas Nolan, P.P., Abbeyleix. There is a mural tablet over his grave in St. Brigid’s Church.
            l880-86—VERY REV. JAMES B. KAVANAGH, D.D., succeeded. He was Professor in Carlow College, 1850-64 and President, 1864-December 1880. He erected the three marble altars in St. Brigid’s Church to the memory of his predecessors.
            He built the present sacristy and had the Nuns’ side-chapel erected. It was probably he who heated the Church. In 1884 he brought the De La Salle Brothers to Kildare. Through the liberality of William and Francis Lee he built the present Boys’ School, the ground floor as a school and the upper storey as a Town Hall, and also the Brothers’ residence. On the 5th October, 1886 he was killed by a small marble statue which fell from the high altar just as he had said 7.30 Mass. There is a mural tablet over his grave in St. Brigid’s Church. The four stained windows in the Sanctuary as well as the altar-rails were erected to his memory.
            1886-1901—DR. MICHAEL J. MURPHY was appointed P.P. Kildare and V.G. on 25 October, 1886. A native of Co. Kilkenny he was appointed Professor in Carlow College, 1 September, 1871, and Vice-President, December 1880. In Kildare he erected the four stained windows in the Sanctuary, the altar-rails, a new ceiling in the Sanctuary, two confessionals, the Calvary in the grounds (his own gift to the parish in honour of his silver jubilee, 1896), the new clock in the tower (gift of the parish on the same occasion), the Lourdes Grotto, (gift from Miss Broom) the two porches, the Stations of the Cross. He tiled the Sanctuary, carried out the decorative work in plaster in the Sanctuary, as well as the decoration of the Church. He purchased the present Crib in 1894, and had the pulpit designed by Buckley, Youghal and executed by Wespalier. In Rathangan he erected the High Altar, and the Stations of the Cross. On 25 January, 1901 he was appointed P. P. Portlaoise. He died, 24 March, 1941.
            1901-26—VERY REV. PETER CAMPION succeeded. To ensure safety, he had the statues of SS. Patrick, Brigid. Conleth and Lazarian taken down from the Church Tower, [. – sic] In December 1917, the Boys’ School building was almost totally destroyed by fire. Fr. Campion had the property vested as a school and obtained a grant for its restoration. He added the stairs annexe. He had two plots, one in front of St. Brigid’s Church and the other in front of the present C.Y.M.S. Hall, enclosed with an iron railing and planted with evergreen trees. In 1902 the Hospital was re-opened and the Infant Girls’ School wing was built. In these two projects Fr. Campion was ably assisted by Fr. John Delany, C.C., afterwards Monsignor and P.P. Rathvilly. Fr. Delany lived in the house in which Mr. Hector Thompson now lives. When he left, he was replaced by Fr. J. Gorman, C.C. who, came from Rathangan and at Fr. Campion’s request, lived with him at the Parochial House. Fr. Campion died 26 August, 1926 and is buried at Tully. Bishop Foley had died a month earlier and the parish remained vacant during the vacancy of the See.
            1927-’47--VERY REV. JOHN KANE, P.P. came as P.P. in August 1927. He had been P.P. Allen 1920-27. During his pastorate the new ceiling was erected over the nave of St. Brigid’s Church. The De la Salle Secondary School was erected and a new wing added to the Convent School. The old Power station was acquired, and opened as a C.Y.M.S. Hall, and St. Brigid’s Park acquired and opened. Fr. Kane died 13 October, 1947 and is buried in the New Cemetery.
1947-51—VERY REV. JAMES FOYNES, P.P. came as P.P. in November 1947. He had been Professor and Bursar in Carlow College from his ordination in December 1915 to his silver jubilee day, 19 December, 1940, when he went as Administrator to Tullow.
During his pastorate he made a large addition to the de La Salle Brothers’ residence. He repaired the exterior of St. Brigid’s Church, and renovated the interior of the Parochial House. In 1949-50 the spacious new C.Y.M.S. Hall was built and equipped. Fr. Foynes died 12 November, 1951. [, -sic] and is buried in the New Cemetery.
Father Foynes was succeeded as P P. [P.P. – sic], by Very Rev. Peader MacSuibhne, who came on 13th December, 1951.
[Pue’s Occurrences = Magazine; Faulkener’s Dublin Journal = Faulkiner’s Dublin Journal (newspaper); Archiv. Hib. = Archivum Hibernicum (Academic Journal); (sic) under 2 FATHER ROUSE after Cadanstown is actually part of the text and probably indicates that it should read Cadamstown; I’m not sure what the cf – cross reference here to Fr. Higgins of Caragh means; was it a note from one of the authors that was to be checked later or were both men related – this cf note is later used in the chapter on the parish priests but in reverse – again without explanation; interchanges Nolan and Nowlan; interchanges De La Salle, De la Salle and de La Salle – Mario Corrigan]

Chapter 23 of the An Tostal Programme of 1953 lists the Parish Priests of the parish of Kildare from 1704 until the arrival of  the Very Rev. Peader MacSuibhne on 13th December, 1951.

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October 23, 2006





        THIS remarkable priest was born in Kildare town about the year 1780. He entered Carlow College on the 7th November, 1795, and left on the 7th August1796. He continued his studies at Salamanca, in Spain, and at the Irish College, Rome, and was there ordained to priesthood, probably early in the year 1807.

        Shortly after his ordination, he set out on his journey home. On his arrival in Ireland in 1807, Father Broughall was appointed C.C. at Raheen, Queens County, where he laboured for some ten years. Amongst the fruits of his zeal was the erection of the present Chapel of Ease at Shanahoe. In June 1818 he was promoted P.P. of Graig-na-managh. Soon after his coming to Graig-na-managh, Father Broughall built a modest residence.

        He had scarcely completed his house, when he was afflicted with a long and dangerous illness. When all natural remedies seemed unavailing, with lively faith he made a vow that if restored to health, he would go on a pilgrimage to Jerusalem, and after returning, take the habit of the Carthusians. The great Dr. Doyle, "J.K.L." offered Father Broughall leave of absence for two or three years for the benefit of his health. He began his pilgrimage in the year 1822, travelling entirely on foot except what he was necessarily obliged to pass by sea.

        Father Broughall met many difficulties after setting out as a pilgrim. When he arrived at Paris he was so ill from the fatigues of the long walk that he was confined to bed for five weeks, and was not expected to recover. After some time however he regained sufficient strength and took up once more his pilgrim’s staff and set out on "the Path to Rome," and thence with the blessing of the Supreme Pontiff, for the Holy land. Father Broughall acknowledges the great kindness he received from the Holy Father, Pius VII, who blessed the pilgrim’s habit and clothed him therewith, explained the difficulties and dangers that lay before him, and offered even to dispense him from his vow, "but resigning myself," says Father Broughall, "into the holy hands of Almighty God, through the intercession of the ever Immaculate Blessed Virgin Mary, I determined to comply with my vow." And so with wonderful patience, perseverance and trust in God, he overcame all difficulties and accomplished his pious and penitential pilgrimage. In a letter to the bishop of Kildare and Leighlin he states: "I left Rome, possessing no riches except my breviary and pilgrim’s staff. I was obliged to traverse every port in Italy before I could procure a passage to the East. There is such a decay of religion on the Continent that the generality of the captains to whom I applied refused to take me, many of them insulted me; however after long perseverance and many difficulties, Almighty God in His goodness provided me with a ship at Leghorn for the island of Cyprus, where I embarked a second time for Bayrout, a seaport in Syria. From thence I proceeded on foot, to Nazareth, the river Jordan, Mount Thabor, Tiberias, Bethlehem and Jerusalem, and to all the sacred places sanctified by the miracles and holy life of Our Redeemer. I arrived in Jerusalem very much fatigued, but on entering Mount Calvary forgot all my difficulties. The many Stations representing the sufferings and Passion of Our Blessed Redeemer, the view of that awful place on which He purchased our redemption, the sight of the Holy Sepulchre, filled me with gratitude for His unparalleled mercy to us, and His extraordinary favour to me in bringing me to the place of my redemption. I celebrated Holy Mass at the different stages of the Passion of our Divine Redeemer. I visited Mount Olivet whence Our Blessed Redeemer ascended into heaven. I also celebrated Mass in the Garden of Gethsemane. The Valley of Josaphat is situated between the Garden of Gethsemane and Mount Calvary. The torrent Cedron passes through the south of the valley. In Bethlehem I remained four months. The Stable in which Our Blessed Redeemer was born is in the same condition as at the sacred birth. There is a sumptuous church erected over the Stable."

        In November, 1827, having accomplished his pilgrimage to the Holy Land, he set out on his return journey to Rome and to Ireland. Difficulties, dangers and infirmities confront the way-worn pilgrim.

        In Rome the Holy Father, Pope Leo XII received the Irish Pilgrim Priest with every mark of kindness. While in Rome on his way home to Ireland, Father Broughall was again visited with fever and dysentery which continued two months. "In Cairo I lodged in the Convent. There were six religious, four clergymen, and two lay brothers who were the only missioners in that country, all of whom though in perfect health on my arrival, were in a few days after seized with that fatal distemper. I attended them, administered to them the last Sacraments, each of them dying in my arms. I accordingly undertook to discharge the duty of these venerable, holy, deceased Missioners. During my stay in Grand Cairo there died in the city forty thousand persons. On resuming my journey to Ireland my complaints again returned in Genoa; I was obliged to enter hospital for eight months. I left Genoa something better but had to enter hospital again in Barcelona, where I was confined to bed twelve months with continual fever. I was not expected to recover; I received the Last Sacraments. My recovery astonished the physicians. On my arrival in Madrid I had to enter hospital again, where I was confined to bed for four months." Father Broughall was back again in Ireland in 1838, and during his stay he resided at Carlow College, where the President, Dr. Fitzgerald, invited him to make his permanent abode. The man of God however declined this kind offer. So in 1839 notwithstanding all the harsdhips [hardships – sic] he had previously endured, he bravely set out for Italy, with the purpose of spending the remainder of his life as an humble hermit in that favoured land. After many difficulties and trials Father Broughall arrived at Naples.


        Father Broughall spent the last ten years of his life in the calm seclusion of the cloister; for in 1840 he was admitted into the celebrated Benedictine Monastery of Monte Cassino where he edified everyone by his great piety, and where his memory is revered as that of a saint. His special devotions were towards Our Lord ever present in the Most Holy Sacrament, and towards the Blessed Virgin, whom he delighted to style "Ever Immaculate." In 1848 the King of Naples and his family visited Monte Cassino. On going to the church to make their devotions the royal visitors found Father Broughall in adoration before the Tabernacle. They came and knelt behind him, and on leaving, each of the royal party reverentially took up and kissed the hem of the habit of the holy religious, who was so absorbed in his devotion as to be wholly unconscious of their presence.

        Father Broughall died on the feast of the Ascension 1850 in the seventy first year of his age. Such was the fame of his piety that the monks and many secular persons thronged round his bed for the eight days that his illness continued. He is buried in Monte Cassino.

        The memory of this remarkable priest seems to have faded almost entirely from Kildare. Towards the end of the eighteenth century a Broughall family lived beside the road in a field still called Broughall’s field, now Mr. Fitzgerald’s, where it adjoins Mrs. Berry’s land. The field between that and the Foundry is called Butler’s field. The Broughall house is shown on the Ordnance Map of 1837. At this time English troops distributed through the country lived by the system of "free quarters" staying in the people’s houses, and taking food without payment. Night after night the skies were ablaze with burning houses and chapels. The Broughall homestead was burned down one Sunday evening. A large crowd of neighbours gathered to sympathise with them, for it had been their home for generations. The Broughall family went to live in Kildare in Bride Street. There were many thatched houses from Messrs. Bolands down towards the present church. The people of Cherryville, Pack Bush and adjoining districts built a house for them in the lane leading from Pack Bush to Rathwalkin. Father Broughall who was born in Kildare town in 1780 may have been of this family.

        Thomas or Lawrence may have been the name of the man whose house was burned. He had a brother Timothy unmarried who lived in a house at Cherryville Cross on Mr. Johnson’s land. He was shot by English soldiers and his house burned as he was seen crossing a field with a pike in his hand one evening after a meeting at Gallows Cross. This three road cross is about half a mile from Cherryville in Kildangan district. It is said a priest was hanged there. This information was given in 1925 by Ellen Boughall [Broughall? - sic] whose father, Thomas Boughall [Broughall? – sic], was a grand-nephew of the Broughall brothers already mentioned. Ellen was about 90 years of age when she died in 1929. Her mother’s name was Carthy: the ruins of the Carthy home are still to be seen on the back road from Pack Bush. This back road was once known as the "sixty-six," because there were sixty-six houses from Pack Bush to Cross Morris. Ellen Broughall lived up the lane from Pack Bush, probably in the house that has been built for the Broughall family who were burned out about 1779. Miss Ellen Broughall had three sisters, Sarah, Maria and Brigid and one brother Timothy, a railway engine driver who distinguished himself by his bravery on the occasion of a railway smash near Roscrea about 1905. Mr. Laurence Broughall of Meitta Road is a nephew of Miss Ellen Broughall.

        The descendants of the Broughall family at Cherryville built a house again on the old holding. It was occupied in 1880 by John Broughall, whom Mr. John Melia remembers to live there. A Broughall family, probably relatives of the Cherryville Broughall family, lived at Mount Rice opposite Christopher Moore’s about 1890. The ruins of the house are still to be seen. There were seven sons. The father was Michael and the mother formerly Miss Maher. They were stricken by a fever from which the parents did not recover. The boys wished to go to America, so their uncle Peter Maher paid their passage to the U.S.A., took over their homestead and burned the house in ease any trace of the fever might have remained. The youngest boy, Laurence, was ordained in the U.S.A.


[Compiled and edited by Mario Corrigan - the images are poor but are taken from the original and were so placed in the original booklet although them seem to have little to do with the actual text.]

Chapter 22 of the An Tostal Souvenir Programme of 1953 is dedicated to the Pilgrim Priest, Fr. Benjamin Broughall. A plaque commemorating Fr. Broughall is mounted at Bride Street, Kildare Town.

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