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Local Studies Department

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.

Articles covering the years 1846-49. The page and column numbers refer to the original newspaper.

Articles covering the years 1839-1845.


Thanks are due to a number of persons and organisations for help in putting these volumes together:

County Kildare Famine Commemoration Committee
Kildare County Council
Ms. Breda Gleeson, County Librarian
Mr. Michael Kavanagh, Executive Librarian
FÁS/Dublin West & Kildare
Mr. Eddie Prendergast

Fás trainees and senior trainees who assisted with transcribing, typing and photocopying:-

Maria Finnegan
Leona Walsh
Denise Goulding
Linda Clarke
Shannen Connors
Rebecca Kennedy
Angela Morrissey
Mary Howe
Noel Sweeney
Suzanne Clarke
Denise Wall
Lorraine Monahan
Lisa Kelly
Aisling Coffey
Staff of the National Archives, Bishop St., Dublin.
Staff of the National Library, Kildare St., Dublin.

July 1997