51 24 August. Maynooth University Lecture Series at the John Paul II Library, featured ‘Foremost and ready. Kildare and the 1916 Rising,’ by James Durney and ‘Kildare County Council and the Rising, War of Independence and the Civil War’ by Thomas Nelson. 27 August. Ballymore Eustace History Society held a 1913-1923 exhibition, including a talk by James Durney ‘Foremost and ready. Kildare and the 1916 Rising,’ at Ballymore Resource Centre. 30 August. Unveiling of the Ernest Shackleton statue by the Mayor of Kildare, Cllr. Ivan Keatley and Alexandra Shackleton, his grand-daughter, at Emily Square, Athy. It marked the 100th anniversary of the rescue by Shackleton of the crew of the Endurance from Elephant Island, 30 August 1916. Endurance exhibition by Pauline Garavan was also on view in Athy Community Library. 30-31 August. ‘Mise Eire – 1916 Remembered,’ a musical drama at Naas Town Hall, produced by Mona Conroy and Owen C. Lynch. 2 September. Clane Local History Group lecture, ‘1916 and the Big House – a Kildare perspective,’ by Dr. Ciarán Reilly, at Clane GAA Club. 8-9 September. ‘Commemoration of the Rising and the Somme,’ a series of lectures held at Maynooth University. 9 September. Aontas Ógra presented the music and songs of the Easter Rising era, Athy Youth Centre. 15 September. Aogán Ó Fearghail, GAA President, unveiled a plaque at Kilcock GAA Club dedicated to people from the area who took part in the events surrounding 1916, including Tom Harris, Teresa Brayton, John Kenny and Michael Cowley. 16 September. Culture Night. Newbridge Local History Group talk by Mary Ryan at the graveside of Máire Ní Raghallaigh, founder member of Conradh na Gaeilge, in Barretstown Cemetery, Newbridge. Artist Paul Woods gave a guided tour of ‘Revolution! 1916,’ his outdoor exhibition at Áras Chill Dara. ‘A Portrait of Memories, Kilcullen 1916-2016,’ presentation by Mary Orford using recordings of interviews with ten local residents, and local links to WWI and the Easter Rising. 17 September. Kildare County Council’s Annual Play Day at Áras Chill Dara focused on children and the social history of 1916, including games, food, clothing and an immersive theatre piece for children. Unveiling of a monument to Colonel Eamon ‘Ned’ Broy by Charlie Flanagan, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Áine Broy, his daughter, at Coolygagen Cemetery, Rathangan. ‘Ireland’s Call. The Kildare diaspora and the 1916 Rising,’ seminar chaired by Dr. Ciarán Reilly, John Hume Building, Maynooth University. Included a tour of the Domhnall Ua Buachalla exhibition in the Russell Library and a screening of the documentary ‘John Devoy – the greatest of the Fenians.’ Speakers included James Durney, Michael Kenny, Olive Morrin and Frances Christ, New York City, granddaughter of Clan na Gael organiser, John Kenny. Little Stories Little Prints Children’s printmaking workshop, in Naas Community Library. 1 October. Castledermot Vintage Club unveiled a plaque to Thomas P. Dunne at O’Neill’s Pub, Doyle’s Bridge, Castledermot. Thomas Dunne was shot dead on election day, 16 June 1922. 5 October. Cill Dara Historical Society Lecture Series ‘Cumann na mBan in Co. Kildare,’ by Josie Devis at Áras Bhride, Kildare.