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September 22, 2011


 The Leinster Leader, July 3, 1926


Organ Recital at Celbridge


The organ recital and sacred concerts which will be held at St. Patricks Church, Celbridge, on Saturday next, 4th July in aid of the new organ promises to be one of the most brilliant musical events in the Co. Kildare for some time. The recital will be given by Mr. J. Magahy, of Cork, the builder of the organ, whose name is rapidly rising as the most brilliant organist of the day. In fact his firm is the only firm of organ builders in the Free State to-day. In addition to the organ recital the following distinguished artists have kindly consented to assist – Mr. W.J. Hobbs (tenor) (Feis Ceoil Gold Medalist), Mr. A. O’Farrell (baritone, winner of Plunkett Green Cup), Miss Teresa Ownes (soprano), Miss Flossie Howley (contralto), Miss Maud Davin (viola winner of the Vandeleur Scholarship, R.I.A.M.). By special request Mr. A.J. O’Farrell will sing the world famous “Pro Peoattis” from Rosini’s “Stabat Mater,” while Mr. W. Reidy will play Schubert’s “Ava Maria” accompanying the organ with the cello. With such a distinguished galaxy of artists, and the good name of the concert, it is sure to attract many well-known lovers of music in the Co. Kildare to Celbridge on next Sunday 4th July, at 7 o’clock.

An article from the Leinster Leader, July 3, 1926 about an organ recital that will take place at St. Patricks Church, Celbridge in aid of the new organ.


Leinster Leader, February 27, 1909



The morbid interest which is usually aroused by the discover of human remains outside of recognised burial places was created in Naas on Saturday, when the rumour spread that a human skeleton had been unearthed in the Back Lane a short distance below the surface. While engaged in excavations for the laying of the sewerage main drain at a spot situate equidistant between the Christian Brothers’ Schools and Basin Street a man named Martin Kelly, a resident of the Lane, employed by Messers. Fleming Brothers, the contractors, came upon the skeleton of a man, about four feet from the surface of the road and some eighteen inches below the gas pipe laid along the Lane. The bones were in an almost perfect state of preservation, and the frame still hung together. The soil in which it was embedded is of a sandy nature, which no doubt accounts for the fact that the bones on being exhumed showed no signs of smouldering, notwithstanding the long period which must have elapsed since the body was placed in the earth. The circumstances under which the remains found sepulchre beneath the surface of the public street are of course, a mystery; though the older inhabitants of the town aver that in years gone by similar discoveries were not infrequently made in the vicinity. As is usual on the occasion of finds of this description, many fantastic theories to account for the presence f the skeleton, and conjectures as to the period of its interment, are put forward. The most probable, however, is the suggestion that in the days when cholera played havoc with the population some of its unfortunate victims found hurried burial in the spot where its skeleton has now been accidentally discovered. Certain it is at all events, that the remains must have been in this position for upwards of two score of years, as it is stated the gas pipe under which the ghastly discovery was made has been laid for more than forty years. We are informed that the time the gas main was being laid in Back Lane there were many unearthing of human skeletons.
The remains found on Saturday were taken over by the police who communicated with the Coroner. Dr Cosgrove visited the town on Monday and examined the bones, which were in his opinion those of a man of more than ordinary physique. An inquest was not considered necessary, and the remains were taken in charge by R. O. Carroll who had them re-interred in the workhouse burial grounds.

An article from the Leinster Leader, February 27, 1909 about the discovery of human remains on a lane in Naas during construction work.

September 20, 2011


Leinster Leader, July 13, 1957

Aga Khan Dies

The Aga Khan, religious leader of about ten million Moslems, died in Geneva on Thursday following a heart attack. He had been ill for some time. His wife, the Begum, and sons, Aly Khan and Sadruddin, were present at his bedside. He would have celebrated his 80th birthday in November.
The Aga Khan, who was a great supporter of horse-racing, had many connections with Ireland and with County Kildare in particular. He owned four studs in Co. Kildare – Sheshoon, Gilltown, Ballymanny and Sallymount – and one at Ongar, Co. Dublin.
Horses owned by him won practically every event in the racing calendar, including thirty five classic races.
He won five English Derbies and five Irish Derbies, and the colt, Bahram, won the Guineas, Derby and St. Leger for him.
One of the most famous horses he owned in recent years was Tulyar which set the record for prize winnings and was purchased by the Irish National Stud for £250,000. He was later sold by the Stud to America.
It is not known who will succeed the Aga Khan as religious leader of the Moslems; his successor will be nominated in his will, but up to the time of his death the Aga Khan declined to divulge the name o his successor. It is however, generally anticipated that his son, Prince Aly Khan, will succeed to the leadership.

Coverage in the Leinster Leader, July 13, 1957 of the death of the Aga Khan and telling of his prominence in Kildare racing.


Leinster Express, April 15, 1871


On Tuesday last an investigation was held at Naas barracks, relative to a charge preferred against Timothy Brennan, a private in the Kildare Rifles, for having made use of disloyal expressions on the Sunday night previous, in the presence of one of the police force stationed at Naas, and a man named Luke Norton. The words alleged to have been made use of by the prisoner were “To h___l with the Queen,” &c. During the past week four drill instructors from the line regiments, stationed at the Curragh Camp, have been sent over to Naas to join the headquarters of the Kildare Rifles, for the purpose of assisting at the training of that regiment. The full strength of the regiment consists of 490 men, a great many of whom have been enrolled within the last few months.
[There is no follow up article indicating the punishment of Private Brennan.]

An article from the Leinster Express, April 15, 1871 on the expansion of the Kildare Rifles and the gravity with which "disloyal expressions" were treated. Retyped by Aisling Dermody


Leinster Leader, March 13, 1976


Ireland’s premier peer, Edward Fitzgerald, the 83-year-old Duke of Leinster, died in London on Monday. His ancestral home was Kilkea Castle, Castledermot, and he once owned Carton House in Maynooth.
The Duke, whose chequered career brought him through four marriages and as many bankruptcies, was dead on arrival in hospital. Police are investigating the circumstances of his death.
He recently came back into the limelight when he took his seat in the House of Lords last July – 53 years after succeeding to the dukedom. He had been disqualified in 1922 because he was a bankrupt. He was finally discharged in 1964 from his last bankruptcy, but did not qualify for a seat in the Lords until 1970 because he had to wait six years. However, he declined to take his seat then, and only did so last year on being persuaded by close friends.
The family was raised to the peerage of Ireland in 1316 and the title Duke of Leinster was conferred in 1766.
He sold Carton House (which is again up for sale) in 1949 and bought a chateau in Cannes. His son, Gerald (62), the Marquess of Kildare, succeeds him as Duke.

An article from the Leinster Leader, March 13, 1976 on the death of the Duke of Leinster and his colourful life.

September 17, 2011


Leinster Leader 7 March 1970
The year Kildare gained 100 hurling medals

Kildare, one of the supreme football counties in Ireland over many decades, has now joined the select band of the country’s supreme hurlers also. Those who do not believe this should have been at Derby house Hotel, Kildare, on Wednesday night last when, for what must have been one of the first times in history, exactly 100 medals were presented to hurlers from Co. Kildare for honours in All-Ireland competitions.
Three-hundred Kildare Gaels, men and women, boys and girls, filled the banqueting hall of the hotel to see medals being presented to the young hurling men of the county who, in 1969, had defeated the best in Ireland in their respective competitions in three grades, and had also taken two Leinster Championships.
The men who received medals were those who, in 1969, had won for Kildare the honour of being (1) the champion intermediate hurling county in the country; (2) the champion Under 21 hurling team in the country (special competition); (3) the champion National Hurling League Division II team in the country; (4) the champions of the special minor hurling competition; and (5) the Leinster Intermediate Hurling Champions.
The festivities were further crowned by the attendance of six members of the county’s All-Ireland senior football championship winning team of 1919. The six, and their trainer, were presented with beautiful Waterford decanters, the only surviving absent member of the team, Father Joe Stanley of Massachusetts, U.S.A., was also presented in absentia with a decanter. It was accepted on his behalf by his brother, Mr. Larry Stanley, who captained the team on that occasion. The other members of the team who were presented with the decanters were Messrs Larry Stanley, Ginger Moran, Jim Conlon, Mick Buckley, Val McGann and Frank McArdle. The trainer presented with the decanter was Joe McDonald.
Native players
One of the principle guests at the function was Mr. Sean O’ Siochain, General Secretary of the G.A.A.
Mr. Sean O’ Siochain said that some years ago it would be people from other counties who would be wearing the Kildare colours in hurling. But now players who were born in the county wore the county jerseys and brought honour to the county last year by winning the All-Ireland Intermediate Hurling Championship and making the headlines.
“When the history of hurling in 1969 comes to be written,” he said, “it is Kildare that will claim the limelight.”
Mr. O’ Siochain added that there was hurling in every parish in Kildare now and the growth of hurling in the county was a tribute to the hard work of the officials who encouraged the game more in their own county than other officials did in their counties. The county was now reaping a rich harvest after the great efforts of officials and clubs and players. While they had brought honour to Kildare, Kildare had brought them honour also, especially to the players, on whom there was a responsibility to repay their county and the association. The best way they could repay was by helping the young boys who came after them to play better hurling than themselves.
He said he also wished to pay a tribute to the six present who played on the Kildare All-Ireland winning football team in 1919. They all looked hale and hearty, although that was fifty years ago. “Lets hope the Kildare senior footballers of today bring a like honour for their county this year, or next,” he concluded.
Mr. Ger Grehan, Chairman of the Co. Board, welcomed the guests and introduced the speakers.
Mr. Seamus O’Riain, President of the G.A.A., who was unable to attend, was represented by his son, Philip, who said that he had lived in Kildare for the past nine months and while he felt proud to be a Tipperary man in Kildare he also felt proud to be a Kildare man in Tipperary when the Kildare intermediate hurlers defeated Cork there in the All-Ireland final at Thurles last year. Kildare’s day on the hurling scene had now arrived.
Mr. Gene Fitzgerald, who represented Cork Co. Board at the function, said that the Kildare forwards had put up a great display against Cork in the final. Indeed the Cork team had never been really pressed in any other championship game until they met Kildare, who now had a really good hurling team. They should move with confidence into the senior grade as the step from intermediate to senior hurling was not a great one. He looked forward to the day when Kildare would challenge the best in Munster in the All-Ireland Hurling Final. “There is rarely a year that Kildare does not win the championship nowadays,” he concluded.
Fine display
Mr. Jack Conroy, Chairman of the Leinster Council, said that he was in Thurles to see Kildare defeat Cork and he wished to congratulate the winners on their fine display and victory. He also paid a tribute to Mr. Hugh CampSpeaking in Irish, Mr. Campion said that the Kildare team had worn their county colours with honour. He thanked the Co. Board “officials” for their help at all times especially Davy Dennis, for the amount of work he put into hurling. He also thanked the club officials “without whose efforts hurling would not have arrived at the present status in the county or such progress be made.”
He added that a big debt of gratitude was due to the men who had gone before them. The greatest thing Kildare hurlers had to face now was the
challenge of the future. The hurlers must prove themselves worthy of senior status and must take their place with the elite of the hurling counties. He hoped Kildare’s hurlers would go to the top and stay there and that many All-Irelands would come their way.
Mr. Liam Geraghty, President of Kildare G.A.A., and former Chairman of the Co. Board, said that he had special memories of 1919 because it was his first visit to Jones’ Road, now Croke Park, and that was to see his native county take the supreme award of the All-Ireland Football title. He had hoped that the 1969 Kildare team would celebrate this bi-centenary by winning an All-Ireland title in 1969, but this was not to be the case. However, he hoped that the present year might make amends for that.

A report from the Leinster Leader, 7 March 1970, on the year when Kildare gained 100 hurling medals

September 15, 2011



Orla will be signing copies of ‘Salty Baby’ in Farrell & Nephew bookstore in Newbridge this Saturday the 17th of September from 1.00 pm following her appearance on “The Late Late Show” with Ryan Tubridy. All are welcome to attend.  For details of the signing or for more information please contact  Maeve in Farrell & Nephew on 045-431708 or books@farrellandnephew.ie

‘This book is important on so many levels. It’s a fascinating insight into what being a hospital “lifer” looks like from the inside. It’s a powerful testament to how things can change when a vulnerable person decides to speak out and keeps on speaking when people in authority would like nothing better than for them to lie back on their A&E trolley and think of Ireland. It’s about how that expression can give other people, a whole community, permission to shout about something they didn’t feel they could articulate before. It’s a book about growing up. And finding your voice.’

Róisín Ingle on Salty Baby

Orla Tinsley is well known as a campaigner for the rights of people with Cystic Fibrosis in Ireland. In her memoir, she takes us on a journey into the inner world of a child whose home from home was hospital, yet who from an early age refused to allow her illness to define her.

It is also a story about coming of age in today's Ireland, as Orla takes us through school, college and the pursuit of a dream to become a writer. She describes how her love of poetry and drama sustained her through difficult times, and how writing in her journal was often a lifeline. She also tells of coming to terms with the loss of young friends through CF, and her at times maverick fight to improve an under-par health system that, for those with CF, delivers a lesser life expectancy in Ireland than anywhere else in Europe.

Orla's family instilled in her a mind-over-matter philosophy from an early age: if you can't do something one way, keep trying until you find another. Salty Baby reveals the path of a young woman known for her fighting spirit: deeply personal, at times shocking, always honest, and ultimately hopeful.

Orla Tinsley is a native of Kildare and now lives in Dublin. A natural performer from an early age, Orla is an avid participant in amateur dramatics and has travelled around Ireland and to Italy to perform on the stage. Her love of writing has been a keystone of her life ever since she can remember. She is a journalist with The Irish Times, for which she wrote her first article when she was eighteen years old.  She is perhaps best known for her pieces relating to the campaign for better services for people with CF in Ireland.

Orla Tinsley will be signing copies of her book ‘Salty Baby’ in Farrell & Nephew bookstore in Newbridge this Saturday the 17th of September from 1.00 pm


Kildare Observer 26 July 1919

Postal official's death

Mr. John Twitcham, a very popular member of Kildare postal staff, has died. Mr. Twitcham was a prominent figure in the G.A.A. some years ago and took part in many tournaments

A report from the Kildare Observer on the death of John Twitcham in 1919.

September 13, 2011


The Kildare Observer, October 4, 1913


Lord Walter FitzGerald in his paper said – This well is situated on the side of a boreen, a few perches in from the public road leading from Kildare to Milltown, and in the townland of Rathbride. Father Jon Moore had a remarkable gift of effecting cures to certain ailments. He is said by some to have been a “silenced” priest, but others again say such was not the case, but that he refused a parish in order to devote himself to prayer and fasting, by which he carried on his good work in the relief of suffering. He and his mother lived in a tatched house, which now stands in ruins, a few yards from the well further along the boreen. Before his death he blessed the spring in order that those performing a “station” at it might still be cured after he had passed away. Hence it has become known as “Father Moore’s Well” and sticks and crutches left behind by those who had no further need for them fully attest to its curative powers. Father John Moore died on the 12th March, 1826, at the age of 47, and was buried in the old chapel yard at Allen. At the west end of the modern ruins of the former chapel there is a large slab or marble top, which marks the grave of Father Moore and two other priests and bears inscriptions to their memory. There is one relic of Father Moore in existence and kept in the locality; it is his tall silk chimney-pot hat, which is in the custody of a blacksmith named Forde, who lives in a thatched house close by on the Milltown road. It is used as a cure for headache. The sufferer, after visiting the well, proceeds to Forde’s house, and after repeating some prayers places the hat on the head, and obtains relief. The hat is kept on a shelf on the dresser, as it is said it would crumble if placed in a box. Some people suppose that “Father Moore’s Well” was originally the Blessed Well of St. Brigid of Rathbride, but this is a mistake, as St. Brigid’s Well is pointed out at a considerable distance away in the fields to the east.
The following new members were enrolled: - Miss Hopkins, Blackhall Castle, Kilcullen; Col. The Hon. C.F. Crichton, Mullaboden, Ballymore-Eustace; Mr. R.S. Lepper, Carnalea, Co. Down; Mr, Mathew H. Read, Sallypark, Clondalkin.

September 08, 2011




Mr James Flanagan, a respectable farmer residing at Gilltown, after a detention of nine or ten months in Carlow Lunatic Asylum, of which he had been an inmate on two pervious occasions, was on Friday discharged by the doctor as cured, and accompanied to his home by his wife who, at his request, had gone there to meet him. It does not appear that there was anything in the poor man’s conduct during that and the succeeding day to cause serious apprehension to his friends, except that he seemed haunted with the dread that if he lived with his family he should communicate to them the malady to which he had himself been subject. Acting, as it subsequently appeared, under this strange fear, he stole from his bed shortly after midnight on Saturday, and got away from the place unobserved, with no clothing but a shirt, stockings and trousers. His relatives, aided by the Kilcullen police, and the neighbours, made unremitting search to discover him, but without seeing or hearing anything of him, and by Tuesday they were settling down into conviction that he had drowned or otherwise destroyed himself, when the news, which fortunately proved true, arrived that he was at a friends house in Newbridge. When found early on Tuesday morning, he had nothing on him but the articles of dress above mentioned, and, though he had tasted nothing from Saturday evening, he did not appear to be in the least exhausted by his exposure and privations. His own account of the matter, stated with perfect coherency, and rendered probable by the circumstances, was very extraordinary. He sid he left home to save his wife and children, and taking the Knockbounce road, he proceeded in the direction of Kildare. After a short pause at French Furze, he turned back to the Curragh Camp, but again changed his mind, and made for “Father Moore’s Well,” at Rathbride, at which he arrived before anyone was yet stirring. Getting into the well, he remained standing in it for some hours. All the time the rain was falling in torrents on his bare-head and half-covered body. He then got out of the well, and lay down to sleep in a cave he found at some distance from it. He afterwards shifted his residence to out-houses, not remaining long in any of them, and it was in one of these he was discovered. He has been conveyed back to the Carlow Asylum.









WW 1 Convention
In  the  Athy Heritage Centre-Museum, Emily Square and  Green Area
       Fri. 9th    Sat. 10th &   Sun. 11th September

Athy Heritage Centre-Museum is community based relying primarily on grants and local sponsorship for it operational costs. We  have over the years gained extensive experience in assisting and promoting heritage and culture on a local and international level. This is yet another new initiative we are undertaking  to encourage cultural tourism.

Due to the phenomenal interest in World War 1 the Athy Heritage Centre-Museum is hosting a World War 1 Convention.  It will be a 3-day event however; the Interactive Battlefield plus workshops will be open to the public, schools and groups until 7th October 2011.

The Convention itself will provide a thought provoking angle on WW1. The event is design to give both the visitors and locals a greater understanding of the Great War and its effect on Co. Kildare and highlights its historical association with Athy. 

Consisting of an interactive battle field inside the Heritage Centre-Museum, workshops, outdoor displays of living history to include a field hospital, exhibitions, a drama and a lecture which will take place in the local hotel followed by refreshments, all of which will encourage public interaction at local level and give the visitor an unique experience.

WW 1 Convention
In  the  Athy Heritage Centre-Museum, Emily Square and  Green Area
       Fri 9th    Sat 10th &   Sun 11th September
(Note: The Interactive Battlefield plus workshops will be open to the public until 7th October 2011)

  Drama ‘March Away My Brothers’ by Brendan MacQuaile: Irish Soldiers and Their Music in the Great War. Fri 9th at 9.pm in Athy Community Arts Theatre
  Lecturer Kevin Myers ‘Athy and The Great War’ @ 6 pm on Sat. 10th Sept. in the Carlton  Abbey Hotel.            
    Living History - Full line up outdoor featuring Lord Edwards Own and  many  other Irish Re-enactors
    Displays, Workshops- Recruitment Office.
    Military Historian on site to help you trace your ancestors.

Interactive Battlefield Scene in Athy Heritage Centre-Museum from Sat. 10th Sept. to Fri. 7th October  2011
        Walk through Trenches.
        Head Quarters
        Battle scenes to include full scale crashed replicas of DR1 Triplane and  Mark 1 British Tank.
       Exhibits -Uniforms, Medals, Trench Art & Military Memorabilia

Ph: 059 8633075 or call into  Athy Heritage Centre-Museum                     
 www.athyheritagecentre-museum.ie. Email: athyheritage@eircom.net 
Group bookings taken

WW 1 Convention in  the  Athy Heritage Centre-Museum, Emily Square and  Green Area, Fri. 9th, Sat. 10th & Sun. 11th September


Kill History Group

Autumn & Winter 2011

Monday 26th September:   60 years of ‘Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann’
    - Traditional Music in the area

Monday 24th October:      “Collins & De Valera: contrasting uses for      Military Aviation in Ireland"
         [Michael O’Malley]

Monday 28th November:   “An Edwardian Evening” 
           (Liam Kenny)


Monday 23rd January 2012:  Annual General Meeting



All meetings take place in the Parish Meeting Room at 8.30 p.m. (unless otherwise indicated)

The autumn/winter 2011 schedule for Kill History Group

September 06, 2011


Leinster Leader 31 October 1953

Paul Doyle Memorial unveiled
Army’s tribute to a great Gael

Striking tributes were paid to the late Paul Doyle, former Kildare footballer and Army C.Q.M.S., when a handsome memorial, in the form of a Celtic Cross, was unveiled over the grave of the great Gael at Carna, Suncroft, on Sunday last. A very large crowd representative of the Army, G.A.A., and the general public, watched Col. A. T. Lawlor, O.C., Curragh Training Camp, unveil the memorial.
The magnificent cross, with an inset photograph of the dead footballer, was subscribed for and erected by the officers and non-commissioned officers throughout the Army; their action reflects the high esteem and regard in which the late Paul Doyle was held in the Forces.
Among those present on the platform for the unveiling ceremony were: Very Rev. J. Kelly, P.P., Suncroft, and Rev. P. Boylan, C.F., Curragh. Rev. Father Kelly blessed the memorial and recited a decade of the Rosary over the grave. The simple ceremony concluded with the playing of the Last Post by Army buglers and drummer. A number of relatives of the deceased were present for the occasion.
Col.  A. T. Lawlor, having welcomed those present in Gaelic, went on to express his pleasure at being invited to unveil the magnificent memorial.
“This is a memorable occasion,” he said, “for we are witnessing the unveiling of a memorial to a man who was very dear to his countymen and to his comrades in the Army. Who was Paul Doyle one might ask – the question would seem foolish to those who knew him. Yet, for the sake of those present who might not know his history he (speaker) would refer to the career of the late footballer.”
Continuing, Col. Lawlor said that C.Q.M.S. Doyle had died at the age of 54 on May 29th, 1953. He had served in the Army from 1922 to 1953. During his life he had won numerous Army football championship medals; he had captained the All-Army team which opposed the Gardai teams in 1927, 1928 and 1929, and in the same period he had captained the Army Metro teams.
He had represented his native Kildare from 1917 to 1931, and had won All-Ireland medals in 1919, 1927 and 1928. He had also won Provincial medals on numerous occasions and had captained the winning team at the Tailteann Games in 1928.
A Proud Record
Paul Doyle had a most extraordinary record and a truly proud one. He was dear to everyone in the county and in the Army; in his association with the Defence Forces he served with the 3rd Battalion, the General Training Depot and the Cavalry Corps, with which last unit he was serving with when he died.
“I feel the whole story of Gaelic games in the county is one of which every Kildareman can feel proud,” said Col. Lawlor. “Here the Gaelic sportsmen were first to join in the struggle for freedom; I hope that this memorial will be a shrine at which your young men will unite to stand in the Gaelic tradition and by the games of the G.A.A. Paul Doyle was a splendid, a noble character, of whom everyone, in Kildare could justly be proud.”
Col. Lawlor said he was proud of the N.C.O.’s throughout the Army, who had devised and provided the memorial. It was a fitting tribute from his former comrades to Paul Doyle.
Example to follow
Lieut.-Col. P. Hassett, O.C., Cavalry Corps, said he would reiterate Col. Lawlor’s words regarding the value of the G.A.A. It might be said that the War of Independence was won the playing fields of the G.A.A. – Company Captains in the movement were also the leaders in the parochial G.A.A. and athletic clubs. He would appeal to the young people to become interested in G.A.A. and athletic affairs; in that way they would be following the shining example set by the late C.Q.M.S. Doyle. He thanked the Officer Commanding and the N.C.O.’s responsible for the memorial.
Mr. Liam Geraghty, Chairman Kildare County Board, G.A.A., said the G.A.A. were very mindful of the greatness of Paul Doyle, and in expressing appreciation of the sympathy and help extended to Paul Doyle by the Army authorities he, Chairman of the County Board, would assure the Army that they would continue to seek, as always, to give to the Army men of such sterling calibre as Paul Doyle.
Sergt.-Major Dan Douglas said Paul Doyle was a great Gael and a good friend. On or off the playing field his conduct was exemplary and his sporting partners and soldier comrades looked up to him and sought to follow his example.
The Sergt.-Major returned thanks to all the N.C.O.’s who had contributed towards the venture; to Col. Lawlor for his kind assistance; to Rev. Fathers Kelly and Boylan; to Mr. Liam Geraghty and to Lieut.-Col. Hassett.

The unveiling of a memorial to the Kildare footballer Paul Doyle from the Leinster Leader of 31 October 1953

September 03, 2011


Leinster Leader 3 January 1953
Kildare man honoured

The British New Year’s Honours List includes the award of the Grand Cross of St. Michael and St. George to Sir Ivone Augustine Kirkpatrick, British High Commissioner in Germany, and former Foreign Office expert on German affairs, whose interviews with spy suspects landing in Britain provided valuable information during World War II. Son of the late Col. Ivone Kirkpatrick, he was educated in Downside, served in the 1914-18 war and entered the diplomatic service in 1919. His home is at Donacomper, Celbridge.

A Leinster Leader report from 3 January 1953 on Celbridgeman Sir Ivone Kirkpatrick's award


Leinster Leader 25 July 1953

Kildare Men’s Association

A Kildare Men’s Association was formed at a meeting of Kildare people held at 38 Mountjoy Square. A further meeting will be held in about three weeks’ time.
A provisional organising committee formed included – Chairman, Mr. John McAvoy (Athy); Vice-Chairman, Mr. Ned O’Neill (Athy); Secretary, Mr. Richard Fleming (Ballytore).
Committee – Messrs. Dan and E. Brennan (Narraghmore), Joe Mullery (Athy), Col. E. Broy (Rathangan), P. Whelan (Ballymore), T. McGlynn, T. Terrance, P. Malone and W. Moore.

A Leinster Leader report from 25 July 1953 on the formation of a Kildare Man's Association in Dublin


Leinster Leader 5 September 1953
Death of noted footballer

The death took place in Naas District Hospital on Wednesday morning last of Mr. Laurence F. (Frank) Malone, the noted Kildare footballer of Digby Bridge, Naas. Winner of two All-Ireland football medals with Kildare, as well as a Tailteann medal (1928) and about six Leinster Championships, the late Frank Malone played at left full-back. He was a member of the Caragh team from 1919 until its amalgamation with Raheens. He last played in 1941. The interment took place in Caragh Cemetery on Thursday.

A Leinster Leader report from 5 September 1953 on the death of noted Kildare footballer, Frank Malone


The good old days

James Durney

When we look back over the years the Leinster Leader reminds us how good the old days really were! In these days of spiralling unemployment and over-crowded prisons here are some interesting statisics from the Leinster Leader of 1953

Leinster Leader 25 July 1953
Fewer unemployed

There were 3,150 fewer unemployed in the Twenty-Six Counties for the week ending July 11 than the previous week, the figures being 50,305 as against 53,455. Since June 7, the number of unemployed has dropped by 4,465.

Leinster Leader 12 September 1953
Fewer prisoners but more juveniles

The average number of prisoners in 1952 was 432, a decline of eleven on the daily average for the year 1951, the lowest on record according to the Report on Prisons, which has just been issued by the Department of Justice.
In 1939 the percentage of prisoners classified as juveniles was 11.5; last year it was 18 per cent. The number of sentences for drunkenness was 190 in 1952, an increase of 60 over the total for 1951.

When we look back over the years the Leinster Leader reminds us how good the old days really were!

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