July 31, 2008


Leinster Leader MARCH 23rd 1907
 CONCERT (p. 5)
In Kildare.
The lovers of the old tongue had reason for congratulation at Kildare and Newbridge on St. Patrick’s night, when the Carmelite Hall in the former and the Town Hall in the latter were for the time being changed into Gaelic concert ones. From the talent displayed in both places it is scarcely remarkable that from a financial point of view a very great success was obtained, and in each instance a very enjoyable evening was spent. Both in Kildare and Newbridge the night was treated as an Irish one, and the halls were thronged. In Newbridge there is a net profit after the concert of ₤16.
“The Deal Little Shamrock” in a chorus by the girls of the Convent School opened the Kildare Gaelic concert, the different voices blending beautifully. The Kildare branch of the League then danced an eight-hand reel, in very good style, after which Mrs. Hennessy sang with much feeling and in her usual fine voice “Kathleen Mavourneen.” It is scarcely necessary to say that Mr. Cathal McGarvey did full justice to the recitation, “Sentenced to Death.” Miss Cissie Conway danced an Irish jig very nicely and in good time. Accompanied by Miss Bridie Hennessy on the violin, Master Thomas in a very pleasing voice sang “Aileen Aroon.” Mr. O’ Toole, of Nurney, touched the boards very lively to good time in a hornpipe.
The singing by Colonel Butler, who possesses a very fine voice, was much appreciated in “I saw from the Beach,” following which the Kildare branch occupied the boards with a four-hand reel. A selection of Irish airs was beautifully rendered on the violin by Miss Bridie Hennessy. Messrs. Twitchen and Dowling immediately afterwards got through a two-hand jig in capital style. Nancy Hennessy, who is quite a child, sang “Oh, I Love You, Dolly, I do,” very pleasingly, and a double jig by the boys of the Christian Brothers was much enjoyed.
In “The Sergeant and the Cart,” Mr. Cathal McGarvey was in his usual good form, and the singing of “The Coulin” by Miss Jones was much appreciated. At hornpipe by Mr. Crosby of Brownstown, followed, and was very well gone through. The chorus by the Christian Brothers’ pupils of “Has Sorrow Thy Young Days Shaded” was in perfect harmony and applauded, but there was not the slightest evidence of sorrow in the house when Miss Quinlivan in very fine voice described the manoeuvres of the impudent “Barney O’ Hea.” If she did not exactly pile on the blarney she must to say the least of it-have put the “comether” on the audience, judging by the extent of the applause.
An eight-hand reel was then gone through by the Kildare branch, after which Mr. M. Heffernan recited in very fine style “The Lament of the Irish Tongue.” This was followed by the dancing of a double jig in perfect time by the Kildare class. “The Wexford Threshing Song,” on of Mr. Cathal McGarvey’s favourites, was sung by him and each applauded, and Master M. Mullally very feelingly rendered, “Mollie Bawn.” An Irish dialogue by Messrs. Heffernan and Dunne was very interesting after which Mrs. Hennessy sang “Maureen,” and was received with much appreciation. In a fine dashing style, and in good voice, Mr. Quinlivan treated the audience to the “Irish Jaunting Car.” Mr. Connery, organiser, danced a very lively hornpipe, and footed the floor in rare fashion.
The final chorus was as appropriate to the occasion and the night as the opening one, where the young girls of the Convent School sang “The Dear Old Tongue.” This brought to a close on of the most pleasant evenings yet held in St. Brigid’s town by the lovers of the old tongue.
The getting through in such a successful manner of a Gaelic concert in Kildare entails a very large amount of work and worry on the few who never complain of any inconvenience but merely look on it as if it were on the day’s agenda in connection with the cause, and as a result-a labour of love. The good Nuns in an especial manner deserve very much thanks for the careful training which must have been bestowed on the children who took part in the concert. Indeed, they have ever since a Gaelic branch was started in Kildare not lost an opportunity of teaching the language and sowing in the minds of their young pupils a love for it.
It is scarcely necessary to say that over Ireland the Christian Brothers are strong in their support of the old tongue, and Brother Adrian, and the other good members of the Community at Kildare are not exceptions. One would pardon a feeling of pride at the manner in which their pupils turned out on Sunday night. In fact, all round it is apparent that in Kildare the young idea is learning to shoot in the way that it should.
Dr. Rowan took a very deep interest in the promotion of the concert, and was indefatigable in looking after the different details and general arrangements. Mr. Connery, organiser, had quite enough on his hands too, while Messrs. Andrew Fitzpatrick and John Hennessy were the reverse of idle. Miss Malone throughout played the accompaniments on the piano in her usual good style.
With the general audience there were:-Very Rev. Fr. Campion, P.P.; Rev. Fr. Cowley, O.C.C.; Rev. Fr. McDermott, O.C.C.; Rev. Brother Adrian, Superior and the members of the Christian Brothers Community. The one matter for regret was the absence of the Very Rev. Fr. Staples, Prior, O.C.C., who owing to a recent attack of illness was unable to attend. We are very pleased to learn however that Fr. Staples is again well on the way to his usual health and strength. It is needles to say that the Gaelic Committee are very grateful for his kindness in placing at their disposal the Carmelite Hall on Sunday evening.

Leinster Leader report 23 March 1907 on a concert in Kildare to celebrate St. Patrick's Day

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Leinster Leader 16 March 1907
 Kildare Petty Sessions (p. 8)
(From our Reporter)
The usual fortnightly Petty Sessions were held on Thursday last, before Major Thackeray, R.M. (presiding), Messrs. J. Moore, C. Bergin, and E. Conlan.
Constable Joseph Stephenson summoned John Quinn for riding a horse on the footpath. Mr. J. F. Dowling, solicitor, appeared for defendant, and explained that through illness Mr. Quinn could not appear, but he was willing the case should go on. After some legal arguments the case was adjourned.
All the arrangements are complete for the above contest, which takes place on the Show Grounds, Athy, on St. Patrick’s Day. A special train leaves Knightsbridge for Athy Athy, at 12 o’ clock. It will at all intermediate stations. The match is at 2.30, and the return train leave Athy at 7 o’ clock. Tickets-Dublin, 2s.; Sallins, 1s. 6d.; Kildare, 1s. At present the keenest rivalry exists between the above teams. When they last met at Jones’s Road a few weeks ago Kildare went under.  But now, when our County team is preparing for the home-final, we confidently expect better things from them. For “style” in play the match on Sunday next will be equal to, if not superior the home final. The Kildare County Committee may be congratulated for providing such an admirable treat for Gaels on St. Patrick’s Day.
The Shamrock Football Club gold medals for the junior teams will be exhibited at the Athy match on Sunday. The medal is a beautiful one, with harp on top circling with shamrocks, and centre for initials.
At the annual meeting of the Shamrock Football Club, held in Kildare, the following resolution was proposed by Mr. J. Dunne, seconded by Mr. J. Duncan, and passed unanimously:-“That we tender to Mr. Flood our best thanks for giving us the use of his field for the past year.”
The Joint Committee will, at the their meeting to be held here on FRIDAY, March 22nd, 1907, at the hour of Two o’ clock, proceed to consider Tenders for the Supply of Beef and Mutton, Irish, and good quality, to be delivered at the Infirmary as required and cut up by Contractor under direction of Matron, from April 1st, 1907, to March 31st, 1908. Sealed Tenders, and addressed to the Presiding Chairman, will be received by me up to an not later than 12 o’ clock noon on day of Meeting. Tender Forms to be had from me on application.
R. KINGSTON, Secretary,
The above Club intend carrying out a Football Tournament for a Set of Gold Medals-Open to Junior Teams of Kildare and adjoining counties.
Entries will Close on FRIDAY, 29th MARCH, 1907, with Hon. Sec.,
MR. JOE WATERS, Kildare.
Draw will take place on the 31st March.
Comann Na Gaeilge (p. 4) 
17th MARCH, 1907
Under the auspices of the Gaelic League,
Who have secured the services of
The King of Irish Ireland Entertainers.
STEPHEN O’ BRIEN, Nurney, will give
An exhibition in Step Dancing; also
Jigs, reels, hornpipes galore!
Irish Dialogues, Recitations, Songs, Music
&c. will be rendered by the best local talent.
Doors open at 7 o’ clock. Commence 7.30.
Seats-3s., 2s., 1s.

Some interesting snippets on Kildare from the pages of the Leinster Leader for 16 March 1907

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July 08, 2008


Leinster Leader February 9th 1907. p. 5
In Kildare.
It is with pleasure that we learn that Mr. Maguire, of Curragh View, is improving in health daily. The result of the accident was, of course, serious, and Mr. Maguire was in an unconscious state for the greater portion of a week, but now that the “turn for the better” has arrived, his friends will hope for a sign of his usual good health in a few weeks.
(P 5.)
In Kildare.
We are pleased to learn that Mr. R. E. M. Bailey, of Doneany, Kildare, is recovering from the very serious illness which attacked him some few weeks ago.
Mr. Kennedy, victualler, Kildare, has opened the premises lately held by Mr. McHugh in The Square, and the place having been thoroughly renovated it is now an up-to-date establishment for the business intended
Leinster Leader February 16th 1907. p. 3
For the year 1907.
KILDARE- Friday, 5th April, 1907-Civil Bills and Ejectments, at 10.30 o’ clock.
Appeals from Petty Sessions and Licensing Applications, Applications for Compensation for Criminal Injuries, and Lance Cases, at 12 o’ clock.
Saturday, 6th April, 1907-Civil Jury Cases.
KILDARE-Monday 30th September, 1907-Civil Bills and Ejectments, at 10.30 o’ clock. Appeals from Petty Sessions, Annual Licensing Sessions, Applications for Compensation for Criminal Injuries and Land Sessions, at 12 o’ clock.
 (P. 5.)
Kildare Petty Sessions.
(From our Reporter)
The above fortnightly Petty Sessions were held on Thursday, before Major Thackeray, R.M. presiding and Mr. E. Conlan.
Head Constable Brown charge Simon Dunne with on the 2nd February being drunk, using obscene language and with advising some soldiers to resist arrest while they were being taken away by the military provost. The Head Constable described the scene in which he alleged the defendant was constantly shouting to the soldiers who were under arrest not to go with the military provost. In consequence of the conduct of defendant a very large crowd assembled, and he and Constable O’ Brien had to keep them back.
Defendant said he had not been with the soldiers on that evening at all.
Acting Sergeant Grennan deposed that he saw defendant with them a short time before.
Constable O’ Brien described the scene and the difficulty met with by the Head Constable and himself as well as the provost in arresting the offenders. Defendant was the cause of all the trouble and when the military police were making the arrest he shouted, “Don’t go with the b---- provost,” and then some of the soldiers shouted not to go. They had to bring the soldiers to the civil barracks, and the crowd having increased he and the head Constable had to come between them and keep off the crowd.
Sergeant Thos. Gill, mounted military police, deposed that on the occasion in question the military provost went to arrest some soldiers who were obstructing the thoroughfare and using obscene language. The defendant told the men not to go with the provost. One of the soldiers then took off his belt and defendant tried to get him away from them. The crowd was so riotous that the Head Constable and Constable O’ Brien had to assist the provost. The military police could have got away the men quite comfortably but for the conduct of the defendant.
Defendant was fined 10s. 6d. and costs, with the alternative of 14 days.
Two important football matches took place at Kilcullen on Sunday last. The first was a replay between Kildare and Athgarvan; great interest was taken in this match it being their second meeting. On the first occasion Kildare proved victorious scoring 2 goals and 5 points to 1 goal and 1 point for Athgarvan. The play on Sunday last resulted in a win for Athgarvan by 1 point; the scoring being 1 goal and 3 points for Athgarvan to 5 points for Kildare.
The semi-final for the above is fixed for Sunday next, 17th inst., at Monasterevan, between Kildare and Monasterevan. The ball will be set in motion at 2 p.m. Mr. Joyce Conlon will referee. Admission Free.
P. 4
Great Cheap Sale
In consequence of making extensive alterations I am offering a large and varied Stock of General
At greatly Reduced Prices, including
Irish Manufactured Tweed, Serges, Blankets, Flannells, &c., &c.
Youths’ and Mens’ Ready made Suits in Great Variety.
Winsanley’s Celebrated Boots and Shoes,
500 Pairs to select from
Draper, Grocer, Seed and Manure Merchant.
Some relevant notes regarding Kildare Town from February 1907
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June 18, 2008


Leinster Leader February 5th 1907
Kildare Petty Sessions.
(From our Reporter)
The usual fortnightly Petty Sessions were held in Kildare on Thursday, before major Thackeray, R.M. (presiding), Mr. Bergin and Mr. Conlan.
Thos. Corcoran was charged by Constable Grady with being drunk on the 17th inst., and was fined 2s. 6d. and costs.
Charged by Constable Sweeney with being drunk, Thom. McDonald was fined 10s. 6d. and costs. It happened to be a fourth offence within twelve months.
Constable Stephenson summoned John Nolan for having on the 22nd ult. left a horse and car on the street without any person in charge. A fine of 2s. and costs was imposed.
The same complainant charged Peter McDonald with being drunk while in charge of an ass and car on the fair day, 22nd ult. According to the evidence of the Constable, McDonald was very drunk and was nearly falling in front of the car. He was fined 5s. and costs.
Joseph Connor was charged by Constable Stephenson with having his horse and car on the street without any person attending it. The defendant during that time was in a public house. A fine of 5s. and costs was imposed.
Eugene Dowdall charged by the same complainant, was fined 2s. and costs for allowing a horse and cart on the public street without anyone in charge.
Constable O’ Brien summoned Patk. Farrington for being drunk on the 24th ult. The defendant said he had not taken a drink for some three months previously, but on that occasion he took “a little sup”. He produced a pledge, and the case was adjourned.
Mr. Thos. K. Hinds, Railways Road, applied for a license for the sale of petrol. The application was adjourned for the purpose of enabling the local inspector to investigate the state of the premises where the storage was suggested to be.
Acting Sergeant Brennan charged John Doyle with being on the premises of Mrs. Butler with fraudulent intent on the night of the 3rd ult. When passing it appeared that Acting Sergeant Brennan heard the striking of a match in a shed which was off the road, but very near the chapel. He immediately went into the place, where he found there was a quantity of hay and some mattresses.-The defendant said he wanted to go in to light his pipe.
Previous convictions were proved against the defendant including one for cattle stealing in Naas. He was now sentenced to three months imprisonment with hard labour.
 (P.8 from an article on the G.A.A. by 'Thigeen Roe.')
I am going to add to my long list of celestial well-wishers three more, namely, Father Ramsbottom, Jack Fitzgerald, and William Gogarty. The Kildare-Monasterevan match was fixed for Last Sunday at Monasterevan and duly advertised. At the County Committee meeting it was arranged that either Father Ramsbottom or Jack Fitzgerald should referee the match. This precaution was deemed necessary, owing to the fact that the game was being played on the grounds of one of the competing teams. On Sunday both teams turned out punctually to time, and there was no referee. Neither of the gentlemen turned up. Father Ramsbottom was advertised on the posters as the referee. Why did he not turn up? A large crowd had assembled to witness the game and they were disappointed. Such disappointments are too frequent in Gaelic circles, and to them is due the general public apathy towards the Gaelic games.
 (P. 8)
The boys of Cumann Naomh Padraig wish through your columns to thank the people of Kildare for their generous contribution to their new football club. The following is a list of the subscriptions-Rev. Father Campion, P.P., 6s; Christian Brothers, 5s; Dr. Rowan, 7s; Mr. C. Bergin, Co. C., 5s; Mr. J. Nolan, 2s; Mr. H. Buxton, 2s; Mr. Gavin, 2s; Mr. A. Wilberforce, 2s; Mr. J. Cosgrove, 2s; Mr. M. J. Kennedy, 2s; 1s. each- Mr. R. Kingston, Miss Mahon, Mr. G. McNabb, Mr. James Conway, and Mr. E. Heffernan; Mrs. Southwell, Mr. P. Hodgins, Mr. T. Harte, Mr. M. Fox, Miss Lawlor, Mr. J. Hennessy, Miss Bergin, Miss O’ Connor, Mr. T. Ryan, Miss Heffernan, a. Gael, A Friend, A Gael, Mr. P. Burke, Mr. c. Burke, Mr. Dennehy, Mrs. Bratron, Mrs. Fitxpatrick, Mr. J. Moore, junr.; Mr. C. McCann, Mr. W. Keaning, Constable O’ Brien, 6d; Constable Horgan, 6d; Rev. Father Campion, P.P., has honoured the club by accepting the presidency thereof, and it is not less honoured in having as vice-president Dr. Rowan, who is known to all said lover of boys and their sports. Master James Cosgrove acts as secretary to the club, and Master Laurence Ryan as captain of the team with Master Joseph Ryan as vice-captain. The following are members-Laurence Ryan, Joseph Ryan, James Cosgrove, Patrick Hodgins, Thomas O’ Grady, Patrick Noone, James Kelly, James Maher, Ernest Thomas, Thomas Mullally, Frank Mullally, Martin Hyland, Christy Kinsella, Patrick Kelly, Matthew Dooney, Thomas Fitzpatrick, Patrick Ryan. The rules to be followed are those of the G.A.A. The jersey adopted is a uniform green. On the breast is a white shamrock, bearing the initials C.N.P. The whole outfit is of Irish manufacture supplied by an eminent Dublin firm. Further subscriptions to the club will be gratefully acknowledged by Master J. Cosgrove, Market Square, Kildare.

p. 8. ? of same issue

The following letter was read:-Titusville, Naas, 29th January, 1907. Gentlemen,-With reference to your resolution of last Wednesday giving the well-deserved increase of £25 per year each to all the medical officers of your staff except myself I beg to lay before you a few facts which should show you the gross injustice of your exclusion. First, the amount of work to be done in this hospital has almost doubled since my appointment. Compare the numbers for they 1896 and 1907. 1896-In fever hospital, 82; infirmary, 570; total, 652. 1906-In fever hospital, 175; infirmary, 1,016; total, 1,191. Total increase, 539. Second, I have been nearly 23 years in the service of the Board. Third the number of important and serious surgical operations now performed in this hospital and the number of lives saved thereby. All these surgical operations entail an amount of trouble, anxiety, and responsibility on me which, I am sure, if the Board only understood, they would be slow to endorse the statement made by a member last week that the medical officer of the workhouse had not the same responsibility as a dispensary doctor. According to the circular of Dr. Smyth, when he was a candidate for this position, it is ‘the most important and responsible medical appointment in the patronage of the Board.’ No one rejoices more than I do at you recognition of the claims of the other medical officers for their work is hard and their responsibility great, but so is mine, and, as I said before, I have been working for nearly 23 years in your service.-               Yours, etc.,
The Chairman remarked that the number of cases in Dr. Murphy’s district was 1,263, in Dr. Coady’s 1,191, while the next largest, that of Dr. Roantree, was only 725. The serious cases occurring in the other districts, too, were shifted in Dr. Coady’s, and any surgical operations to be performed had to be done by him.
Mr. Foynes said Dr. Coady could save as much as the difference to Union in three or six months.
The Clerk said he thought what was intended to be conveyed by the statement that Dr. Coady had not the same responsibility as the others was that he did not incur the same travelling expenses.
The Chairman said the initial salary in the case of Dr. Coady was £130, and the Guardians had arranged to give him £5 extra from the 1st April next. The initial salaries of the other doctors, except Dr. Ewing, were £125, and the Board arranged to give those doctors and increase of £25 bringing them up to £150, and leaving the medical officer of the workhouse £15 less than any other dispensary doctor except Dr. Ewing, whose salary was a separate and special on. There was at present a dispensary vacant, and they would fill the position next week. The gentleman who would be appointed then would begin at £125, and in a couple of months he would jump to £150, leaving behind after what they might call a few days service, a man who had been 23 years in the service of the Union.
Mr. Foynes: Its’ absurd.
The Chairman said he did not press that view in face of the fact that the Board had unanimously decided by the adoption of a resolution that day week that they would take into consideration any retrospective scheme, but that the doctors should start level from the 1st.

 Some interesting articles from the pages of the Leinster Leader for 5 Feb. 1907

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March 05, 2008


Leinster Leader February 5th 1907 p. 1.
SUBSCRIBER is instructed to Set
On Thursday next 10th January, 1907,
For G. G. Dunne, Esq.
The Lands at Loughminane, containing 47
Acres, in one or two lots for feeding cattle and
Sheep to 15th December 1907.
Terms-The Stock will be herded in the
Usual way according to custom, but the Owner
Will not be accountable for loss or accident.
A deposit of One-fourth for the Rent with 5 per
Cent Fees on day of letting. Balance of Rent by
Bill free of interest to purchaser, payable
21st Septermber, 1907.
Sale on the Lands at 2 o’ clock.
At same time will be Let for Miss Dunne,
Part of the Lands of South Green, containing
20a or 20p, I.P.M., for feeding cattle and
sheep for same time and terms as above.
Auctioneer, ENFIELD.
(2 miles from Kildare).
At 12 o’ clock.
Particulars from the Auctioneer.
In Kildare
It was with much regret the news of the accident to Mr. t. Maguire, Curragh View, came to his friends in the county and outside. It happened that on Friday last he was schooling a young horse, and the animal endeavouring to throw him, failed, when it suddenly reared up and rolled over the unfortunate rider. When released it was found that Mr. Maguire was unconscious, and Dr. Coady was quickly on the scene. It was then found that Mr. Maguire had sustained a fracture of the skull and he was immediately removed to his residence at Curragh View, after which Surgeon McArdle and Dr. Lane Jovut word sent for, and arrived with promptitude.
Mr. J. J. Hazlett, C.E., was on Tuesday last the guest of the Kildare Rugby and Cricket Clubs at Miss Talbot’s Hotel. The occasion of his departure to take over a position in connection with the Land Commission in Dublin was availed of by his friends in Kidare to show their appreciation of him during the three years he had spent there. Some 20 members sat down to supper, and afterwards on his being moved to the chair Mr. P. Talbot, in a very happy speech made the presentation, on behalf of the committee, of a gold watch and chain to Mr. Hazlett, who suitably replied. A pleasant evening was spent.
Mrs. Elizabeth Waters of Hospital Street, Kildare, died on Tuesday last very suddenly at her residence. It was afterwards discovered that her death had resulted from an apopletic seizure. Much sorrow was felt at the demise of Mrs. Waters in the town, where she was so well known and deservedly popular. The funeral on Thursday was very largely attended by all classes in the town and district, and testified to the sympathy which is felt for her relatives.
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February 18, 2008

1907 - January Sale

Leinster Leader 5 January 1907 p. 1
Sale of grasslands at Loughminane and South Green, Kildare.
Sale of household furniture at Drumcree Villa, Tully.
Letting of grazing at the Chair, Kildare.

Advertisments from 5 January 1907 


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