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Births, Marriages, and Deaths.

MURPHY AND SOUTHWELL-April 10th 1907 at Carmelite Church, Whitefriars Street, Dublin, by the Rev. E. P. Southwell, O.C.C. (uncle of the bride), assisted by Rt. Rev. Monsignor Murphy, P.P., V.G., D.D., Maryboro; Very Rev. Canon Joseph O’ Keefe, P.P., V.F., Athy; Rev. P. Campion, P.P., Kildare; Rev. W. Duggan, C.C., Athy; Rev. N. A. Staples, O.C.C.; Rev. M. Daly, O.P.P.; Rev. P. Behan, O.P.P.; Rev. J. McDermott, O.P.P, and Rev. T. Bartley, O.P.P., James J. son of Michael Murphy, Athy, to Janie, daughter of the late Patrick Southwell, Kildare.
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An influential deputation from Clane and surroundings neighbourhood made a presentation to Dr. Edmund T. Coady at the Railway Hotel Kildare, to congratulate him on his appointment to position of surgeon to the County Kildare Infirmary.


A man named Wm. Lowe of Roscrea, was arrested by Constable O’ Brien at Kildare on Friday last charged with stealing a bicycle at Maryborough on the previous day.  When the bicycle was missed the Maryborough police followed Lowe on the road to Dublin, and traced him beyond Monasterevan, whey they lost him.  Having given particulars to the Kildare police they returned.  On the following morning Constable O’ Brien saw Lowe riding a bicycle into Kildare, and arrested him.  He was conveyed to Maryborough and sentenced to six months’ imprisonment.

On leaving Tralee jail on Saturday last John Nolan was arrested by Constables Grady and Sweeney, and charged with the larceny of a gold watch at Kildare in February, 1906, from Mr. John McCarthy, permanent way superintendent, G.S. and W. Railway.  Defendant was brought before a special court and remanded to Next Petty Sessions.

(From our reporter)

The usual fortnightly Sessions were held in Kildare on Thursday last, before Mr. J. E. Medlicott (presiding_, Major Thackeray, R.M.; Mr. C. Bergin and Mr. E. Conlan.
A man named Joseph Sullivan of Kildare, who had been previously charged with manslaughter, and was a convict on “ticket-of-leave” was charged by D.I. Smyth with failing to report himself to the police authorities.
Constable Patk. O’ Brien deposed that he was on duty at Punchestown Races, and interrogated the defendant with regard to his license.  He said he had not the license paper on him at the time.
In reply to the bench, the defendant said he went to Glasgow to get work, where he was promised it, but failed to come back.
D.I. Smyth said defendant was cautioned to report himself in Glasgow to the police when he got there, but he failed to do so.  The defendant had been convicted for drunkenness and disorderly conduct before he went to Dundalk.
To the bench: he should report himself when he entered a district, and once a month afterwards.
Defendant was sentenced to one month’s imprisonment from date of arrest, 10th April.


Wm. Pilkington was charged with stealing an ass, the property of Mrs. Ellen Hardy, of Maddenstown.
Sergeant Muldoon, Kildare, prosecuted, and deposed that he found the defendant on the 20th April in Kildare at about 1 o’ clock a.m. with the ass, to which he had attached a strap.  Having asked the defendant where he got the ass, the reply was, “You don’t think I stole him?”  Following a deposition made by the defendant.  Sergeant Muldoon stated: A further statement was made by Wm. Pilkington as follows:-When the ass was identified by Ellen Hardy, jun., of Maddenstown, as the property of her mother, defendant stated: “On the 19th April I was crossing the Curragh at 9.30 or 10 o’ clock coming to Kildare for lodgings.  I met two men, who told me they were robbers.  They asked me if I had any money on me.  They had an ass in their possession which they told me they would sell cheap.  I gave them 5s or 6s for it.  They gave me a girth, which they told me I could sell.  One man said his name was Heffernan and the other Whelan.  I do not know them.  They told me the ass was  their own property, and not to say anything about it.
Miss Ellen Hardy deposed that on the 19th April she turned the ass out on the Curragh.  The defendant now present was at the time in the “Furze.”  She didn’t see the ass again until the next day at the police barracks, Kildare.  She did not give permission to any person to take away the ass.
Cross-examined by defendant: Did you see me on the Curragh that day?  Witness: I certainly saw you in the Furze that evening.
Defendant: You certainly saw me? Witness: Yes I can swear I saw you.  Defendant:  Well, that’s a lie (laughter).
Mrs. Ellen Hardy deposed to the ass being her property.  It was value for £2.
Defendant said he was not guilty of stealing the ass.  He bought it from the two men mentioned.  They gave him a girth, saying they had lost the bridge.  They said they would sell it cheap.  He took the ass into Kildare and waited until he saw come civil police.  Defendant said he wanted to be tried by the present court, but Major Thackeray said he could not be tried by that court unless he pleaded guilty.  Defendant:  I am guilty of taking it but not stealing it.  Defendant said he belonged to the town of Maryborough.
He was returned to the Quarter Sessions for trial, bail being accepted in £40 and two sureties of £20 each.


John Nolan, a native of Cork, was charged by D.I. Smyth with having on the 26th February, 1906, stolen a gold chain, valued at £4 10s, from John McCarthy inspector in connection with the G.S. and W. Railway Company at Kildare.
Mr McCarthy deposed to meeting the prisoner on the 26th February of last year.  As he knew him to be a plumber on the railway, he took him to witness’s own house when he said he was hard up.  Witness went off to business on the following morning, and afterwards found the gold watch and chain missing.  He did not see the chain again until he saw it in the police barracks at Kildare.  The defendant was on time a plumber on the railway.  The value of the chain would be £4 10s.  When he saw the chain at the police station there was missing a gold cross, which was formerly attached to it.
From the evidence it would appear that the defendant had been arrested on leaving the jail at Tralee on completion of a term of imprisonment (for another offence).
Sergeant Williams, Cork, deposed to the arrest of defendant and to the finding of the gold chain in his possession.
Constable Brien stated that he arrested the prisoner at Kildare, and after usual caution he said, “I am Guilty.”
Prisoner, on being asked if he wished to be tried by that court said, “I am guilty.  I wish to be tried by you.”
D. J. Smith read a very long list of convictions against to prisoner from 1901 to 1907.  The majority of them were cases of larceny, illegal possession and also the stealing of a railway pass and pocket book.
The defendant made a statement to the effect that he had been in Tralee jail hospital for ten months, under treatment for a very bad leg, which was at one time in danger of amputation.  He asked the magistrates to take into account this fact when dealing with him, and to take his sufferings into consideration, more particularly that they had happened since the crime of which he was guilty had taken place.  He was very sorry for what he had done, and he would endeavour in future to live a straight life.
The Chairman spoke of the previous career of the prisoner, and said that the treatment meted out to Mr. McCarthy was extremely bad.  Mr. McCarthy had taken in prisoner to his house and supported him, and the return was that he was robbed as a reward for his kindness.  Defendant would be sentenced to six months imprisonment.
Patk. Kelligan was charged by Sergeant Muldoon with allowing a horse and ass, his property, to wander on the public road near the town.  Complainant said defendant was a small farmer.  Defendant:  Yes, with half an acre (laughter).  A fine of 2s 6d and costs was imposed.

John Smith, Kildare, was charged by D.I. Smyth with stealing from Wm. Ryan, saddler, a sack or horse hair on the 18th inst.  The defendant, it appeared was occasionally in the employment of Wm. Ryan.
In reply to the D.I., Wm. Ryan deposed that Smith was in his employment for the purposed of “Teasing” hair, and on the 18th April he missed the sack of hair complained of.
Major Thackeray asked what class of hair it was?  The D.I. said it was horse hair.  Ryan was a saddler.  Major Thackeray: It may be ladies’ hair for all we know (laughter).
Ryan said he had three sacks of hair in the place, and he missed on the 23rd inst.  The sack contained 30 lbs, of hair and was value for 30s.  He went with Constable Brien to Dublin on the 24th inst., and after going to Mr. O’ Haire’s establishment at Queen Street, he saw the hair which had been taken from him, and he identified the hair and sack as those he had lost.  Prisoner declined to cross-examine.
Defendant pleaded guilty, and said there was nothing against him before.
Constable O’ Brien said that he traced the hair to Dublin, and had a great deal of trouble.  There was a sum of £2 8s 6d, actually expended on the case.
A man named John Flynn said defendant sold him the hair in Kildare.  He said he had bought it from a Sergeant of the 10th Hussars and he gave defendant 6d per pound for it.
Flynn said he would pay Mr. O’ Haire the 30s.
Constable O’ Brien:  Well, plank it down to me here (laughter).-The money was “planked”
Defendant was ordered to be imprisoned for one month with hard labour.
A number of ordinary police cases were also disposed of.
In Kildare.

A grand concert will be held at the White Abbey Hall, Kildare, on the 6th May, for the purpose of relieving the strain of indebtedness in connection with the beautiful church attached to the Abbey.  For a very long period past the Very Rev. Father Staples, O.C.C., Prior, has been paying a very heavy interest on the balances of debt.  A committee of local gentlemen has been formed and everything lends to the prospect of a genuine night’s entertainment, which will financially aid in the good work for which it is intended.
A grand concert will be held at the White Abbey Hall, Kildare, on the 6th May, for the purpose of relieving the strain of indebtedness in connection with the beautiful church attached to the Abbey.  For a very long period past the Very Rev. Father Staples, O.C.C., Prior, has been paying a very heavy interest on the balances of debt.  A committee of local gentlemen has been formed and everything lends to the prospect of a genuine night’s entertainment, which will financially aid in the good work for which it is intended.***********
A court-martial was held in the Kildare Military Barracks on Monday to investigate a charge brought against Driver Abel of the 37th Battery R.F.A., for the alleged stealing of a pair of boots from one of his military comrades.  Major Hutchinson presided.  Mr. Kearns, pawnbroker, Newbridge, gave evidence of the pawning of the boots by defendant who pleaded not guilty.  The Court found the defendant guilty and sentence was deferred.
 [Typed by Breid Kelly on behalf of Cill Dara Historical Society. The supplement with the same issue carried a stoery on Lord Edward Fitzgerald, 'The Greatest of the Geraldines,' which we will later reproduce on its own.]
More interesting local notes from the pages of the Leinster Leader April 1907

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September 10, 2008

NEWSWORTHY? More notes from the Leinster Leader 1907

Leinster Leader MARCH 30TH 1907

Oats, Hay, Straw, required for Mr. O’ Callaghan’s Contract at Kildare Barracks.  Highest prices given.-Apply R. Brazil, Palacefield, Kildare.


Kildare Petty Sessions.


The above Petty Sessions were held on Thursday week, before Major Thackeray, R.M. (residing), Mr. J. Moore, and Mr. J. E. Medlicott.
Mr. J. F. Dowling, solicitor, made application for the transfer of the license lately held by Mr. Charles Heffernan, but which is now in the name of Mr. J. T. Heffernan, to Mr. Wm. Connolly.
D.I. Smyth, in reply to the bench said he had no objection, but he knew nothing about the applicant.
Mr. Dowling said the Lord Chancellor had been satisfied with the applicant.
Wm. Connolly  applicant, examined by Mr. Dowling, said he had taken over the house, and he asked for a transfer.
Major Thackeray: Where do you belong to? 
Applicant: The Curragh.
To Mr. Dowling: I have been doing business in the hotel way in another county-the County Meath.  It was a very bush hotel, especially during the hunting season as it is a hunting county.  I was advised to come to this county for twelve months’ rest.
Mr. Medlicott: Yes, you were advised to come to this county where there is no hunting (laughter).  Major Thackeray: He may be an archangel for all we know, but we must satisfy ourselves (laughter).
Mr. Medlicott: He looks very much like one, but minus the wings (laughter).
The application was granted.

Thos. Cahill was charged by the G.S. and W. Railway Company with on two occasions attempting to defraud the Company by travelling without a ticket.  Mr. J. F. Dowling, solicitor, appeared for the Company, and an inspector was also present.
Mr. Peter Kenefick, in reply to Mr. Dowling, said he remember the 12th February, and on the arrival of the special train from Amiens Street to Kildare he saw the defendant leave the train.  It was a special horse train.  Defendant got down outside the goods stores.  Witness asked for his ticket, and was told he had only come from Newbridge, and it was not necessary to pay.  He afterwards said he would call and pay the stationmaster on the following morning.  He did not since pay for “the ticket”
Defendant said he had no time to get a ticket, and when the last witness spoke to him he proffered payment.  He always had plenty of money and was never short.
Major Thackeray: You always have plenty of money.  You must be a very luck man (laughter).
A second case against defendant was then gone into, when Mr. Kenefick examined by Mr. Dowling, deposed that on the 21st February, on the arrival at Kildare of the train leaving at 5.20 from Dublin, he noticed a door on the up side of the train open.  He shouted out to shut the door, and he then saw that a man was at the open door and he asked for his ticket.  The man was the defendant, who said he had given it up.  He then said he would pay, but did not.
Defendant told the magistrates, that, he had a week’s ticket, and said he had given up the wrong half.
Mr. Richard Maher, stationmaster, was examined, and his evidence showed that the defendant was one of three men who on one evening purchased three single tickets to Sallins.  The week’s ticket spoken of by defendant would be the ordinary return ticket, which would last for a week.  In this case, however, the wrong portion of the ticket shown bore date of a fortnight previous to date complained of.
Mr. Moore said he was of opinion from the statement of defendant that he was working on the railway, and that he had a weekly ticket to travel.
Major Thackeray and Mr. Medlicott said that the defendant gave them the impression that the Railway Company were in the habit of issuing weekly tickets.  Instead of that they now found that the ordinary return ticket was only in question, and even that was out of date.
For each offence defendant was fined 5s and 10s costs.


Naas No. 1 District Council

The L.G.B. sanctioned the payment of a supplemental loan of ₤50 for Kildare electric lighting.
Fair. (P.5)

A great number of the principal buyers attended the Kildare fair and good pigs were in fair demand.  Nice baconers made 52s, and 53s, per cwt.; second quality, 48s to50s. A large number of stores sold at fairly good prices.  The supply of bonhams was small but sold well.

In the cattle fair the supply of beef was very large, and there were some nice lots of bullocks on offer.  First quality beef made about 30s. per cwt., and second quality 28s. and 29s.  There was a fair supply of stores and milchers.  The sheep fair was small, but a nice lot of wethers made 63s.  A small supply of lambs were picked up by local victuallers at good prices.



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Mr. Payne, contractor, Kildare, sued Mr. John T. Heffernan for commission amounting to £6 12s. alleged to be due to him in respect of the letting of the Club House at Kildare.Mr. Dowling appeared for Mr. Payne, and Mr. P. J. McCann for Mr. Heffernan.  The tenancy was held, it would appear, for a smaller period that any anticipated in connection with any arrangement with Mr. Payne, and a decree for a sum of £2 3s. was given.

More snippets of local information on Kildare Town from the pages of the Leinster leader 1907. 


[typed and checked by Breid Kelly on behalf of Cill Dara historical Society - Thank you]

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