Leinster Leader, Saturday, May 28, 1898


In this village, where a successful blow was struck for Irish freedom one hundred years ago, the celebration was fixed for Tuesday night, and was carried out with great success. There was a bonfire, illuminations, etc., and many from the neighbouring localities joined in making the event a successful one.


Here a ’98 branch was established on Sunday last, Mr J Cribbin being elected chairman; Mr G Connolly, hon. sec; and Mr Nicholas Hannigan, treasurer. A stirring speech, descriptive of the part played by Kildare in the insurrection, was delivered by the Rev J Nolan, C.C., in presence of about two hundred people. The branch was called the Lord Edward Branch and on the 23rd inst bonfires were lit on the Hill of Allen, and the general celebrations held.


At a special meeting of the Centenary Committee held on Sunday last, the arrangements for the celebration on the 23rd were completed, and on the latter night bonfires were lit on the slopes of Conneberry hill, beside the town, and tar barrels and rockets in the People's Park, beside Lord Edward's Castle added considerably to the thoroughness with which the place was illuminated. A public meeting, the arrangements for which have been entrusted to Messrs Talbot, Cosgrove, Cleary, Kennedy, Doyle, Forbes, Dunne, Boland and Lee, will shortly be held.


There were two separate demonstrations in Kilcock, one on the night of the 19th commemorative of the arrest of Lord Edward Fitzgerald, after whom the branch is called and one on the night of the 23rd. On both occasions there were band parades, bonfires, and torchlight processions whilst speeches were delivered by Messrs William Kinsella, G Tobin, M Rochfort and others.


The Hill of Carbury was ablaze with bonfires on the night of the 23rd and the utmost enthusiasm was manifested by the concourse of people assisting at the demonstration.


The one jarring note marring the general harmony and unanimity of the celebrations was struck here. The band paraded the streets, and a few houses were illuminated, but beyond that no interest was publicly taken in the demonstrations. The majority of the inhabitants, through sheer indifference or other reasons best known to themselves, abstained from joining in them. It is regrettable that a more patriotic feeling was not made manifest.


Here there was a band parade, and on Thursday night a public meeting which was largely attended, was held, and bonfires lit in prominent places. prominent places.