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January 24, 2008


The Great Famine in Co. Kildare


The County Kildare Famine Commemoration Committee was set up in 1995, by Kildare County Council, to commemorate the Great Hunger. The committee includes county councillors; library and council staff; Maynooth College; local historians; and staff of the Kildare Heritage Project, Newbridge, and the Leinster Leader Indexation Project, Naas - both supported by Kildare County Library and FÁS. They undertook a number of ventures, including the publication of a collection of essays on the Famine, "Lest We Forget - Kildare and the Great Famine," the preparation of exhibitions and an archive of Famine material.

This information has been taken from two volumes containing articles and advertisements from the Leinster Express newspaper from the period 1839 to 1849 relating to the famine and the administration of the poor law in Co. Kildare. The Leinster Express is available on microfilm in the National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin. The bound volumes are available throughout the Kildare Co. Library service.

The newspapers have been transcribed and collated by Karel Kiely M.A., and Graham O’Sullivan, Kildare Heritage Project, Newbridge, and Mary Carroll, Leinster Leader Indexation Project, Naas, and typed by the trainees of the Kildare Heritage Project, Newbridge.

These articles have been transcribed in their entirety from the Leinster Express newspaper. They cover the period 1839-1849 and include all references to the Poor Law and the famine in Co. Kildare. The years immediately preceding the famine (1839-1845) have been included in order to provide background information on the development of the Poor Law in the county.


VISIT - http://www.kildare.ie/library/famine-co-kildare/index.asp

The relevant newspaper articles from the Leinster Express relating to Co. Kildare during the period of the Great Famine have now been published online as part of the online resources of Local Studies, Genealogy and Archives Dept. of Kildare Co. Library and Arts Service. The information was made available by Karel Kiely, Genealogist and we would also like to thank Beatrice of www.kildare.ie for her technical expertise. This is a great online resource for students and researchers.  

January 22, 2008


Visit www.solasbhride.ie for more information
25/1/2008 - Feile Bride 2008
Féile Bríde - Brigid's Festival is a week long series of events running up to Brigid's Day on the first day of February.
Féile Bríde, incorporates a Peace and Justice conference in collaboration with Afri - Action from Ireland, workshops, and a candle lit ritual on Brigid's Eve at the well.
Friday, January 25th
Drumming workshop

Facilitator: John Bowker
Venue: St. Brigid's Primary School
Time: 7.30 p.m.
Admission: €12.00 Concessions €8.00

Early Booking essential: 045 521575
All ages welcome
Saturday, January 26th
Afri Conference - "Seeing the World in a Different Way"
Afri Justice and Peace Conference will focus on the issues of the arms race.  Is there an alternative way?

Venue: Derby House Hotel
Time: Gathering at the Flame in the Market Sq. Kildare at 1:00 p.m.
Registration / Tea and coffee at 1:30 p.m. Conference:2.00 p.m. - 6.00 p.m.
Admission: €25 Concessions €20

Booking by January 22nd.

Book by phoning AFRI on:
Tel: 01-8827581
Fax: 01-8827576
AFRI website: http://www.afri.ie/
email: afri@iol.ie or www.afri.ie


Ceol, rince, agus craic.

Venue: Derby House Hotel
Time: 8.30 p.m.
Admission: €5.00
Sunday, January 27th
Eucharistic Celebration at St.Brigid's Well

10.00 a.m.

11.15 a.m. Tea/ Coffee / Aras Bhride
Time: 11.15 a.m.
Aras Bhríde
Workshop - The Cosmic story in poetry, song and dance

Aras Bhríde
Time: 11.45a.m. - 1.15p.m.
Admission: €10
Monday, January 28th
Afri "Education for Liberation" Day.

A day for schools in Midland Region.
Venue: Derby House Hotel
Contact: Clare, 045 883591
Tuesday, January 29th
The Annual Celtic Lecture

Hosted by Kildare Education Centre
"Brigid through the Ages"
Prof. Mairin Ni Dhonnachadha, NUI, Galway

Booking through the Education Centre at 045 530200

Venue: Kildare Education Centre
Time: 8.p.m.
Admission: €10.00
Wednesday, January 30th
A Night of Music

A Night of music with members of Kila, Celtic Shadows and Friends

Venue: Derby House Hotel
Time: 8.00 p.m.
Admission: €20.00
Thursday, January 31st
Brigid's Eve Ritual at St. Brigid's Well

Assemble at 7.20 p.m. at Japanese Gardens' car park.
Friday, February 1st
La Fheile Bhride – Imbolc - St. Brigid's Day

Visitors to the town will have the opportunity to experience hospitality and learn the craft of weaving Brigid crosses at Aras Bhride and Kildare Heritage Centre.

Venues: Aras Bhride (Parish Centre) & Kildare Heritage Centre.

Kildare - Monastic City

A gentle walk around the ancient monastic city of Kildare with Mario Corrigan
Assemble in the Market Square, at St. Brigid's Flame.

Time: 1.30 p.m.
Saturday, February 2nd
Youth Pilgrimage Day
Time: 2.30
Venue: Assemble at St. Brigid's Parish Church

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