County Kildare’s Decade of Commemorations programme officially started with the launch of Tom Nelson’s ‘Through peace and war. Kildare Co. Council in the years of revolution 1899-1926’ in Áras Chill Dara on 19 October 2015. Local organisations published books on aspects of the Rising in Kildare Town, Naas, The Curragh and Newbridge; The Maynooth 15, William A. Byrne of Rathangan, Teresa Brayton, and The O’Kelly Brothers in Naas. Foremost and ready. Kildare and the 1916 Rising, by James Durney was launched on 20 November 2015 in the Town Council Chamber, Naas Town Hall, by Councillor Fiona O’Loughlin, chair of the County Kildare Decade of Commemorations Committee. An exhibition, ‘Athy in 1916,’ was held in the Athy Heritage Centre-Museum on 9 April 2016. James Durney gave a lecture on local involvement entitled, ‘Volunteer Mark Wilson and Cadet William Keegan. Two Athy men in the Easter Rising.’ Aogán Ó Fearghail, G.A.A. President, unveiled a plaque at Kilcock G.A.A. Club on 15 September 2016 dedicated to people from the area who took part in the events surrounding 1916, including Tom Harris, Teresa Brayton, John Kenny and Michael Cowley. The County Kildare Archaeological Society held a seminar, Remembering 1916, chaired by Professor Raymond Gillespie, Department of History, Maynooth University on 12 March 2016 at Killashee House Hotel, Naas, Co. Kildare. Professor Roy Foster delivered the keynote lecture, along with talks by Darragh Gannon, Gerry Long, Mario Corrigan, Séamas Ó Maitiú and Brig. Gen. John Martin. The Centre for the Study of Historic Irish Houses and Estates organised a seminar in Maynooth in May. A range of history-based activities and initiatives, designed to deepen and broaden our understanding of the events of 1916 and that pivotal period in our history. Beidh réimse gníomhaíochtaí agus tionscnaimh staire ann a cheapfar chun ár dtuiscint ar imeachtaí 1916 agus an tréimhse ríthábhachtach sin inár stair a dhoimhniú agus a leathnú. 2 Historical Reflection Machnamh ar an Stair 18