52 8 October. Annual seminar of the County Kildare Federation of Local History Groups, at Kilcullen Heritage Centre. Historian Sinead McCoole launched the exhibition ‘Mná 1916 – Women 1916,’ and spoke about women’s role in the Rising. The exhibition was open to the public from 8-12 October. The Friends of John Devoy held a ceremony at the Devoy statue, Poplar Square, Naas to commemorate the first anniversary of its unveiling. 12 October. 1916 Resource Pack for schools distributed to all primary and secondary schools in Co. Kildare. 14 October. An historical symposium on Michael Collins was held in the Osprey Hotel, Naas, with talks by local and national figures, including a niece of Kitty Kiernan, his girlfriend. 14-16 October. Kildare Readers’ Festival hosted 1916 related projects, notably an evening with Joe Duffy and Helen Litton, ‘Ordinary Lives, Extraordinary Times: 1916 Through the Eyes of ordinary Dublin Citizens,’ in Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge. 15 October. Naas GAA celebrated its 129th anniversary and 1916 with a display of memorabilia by the Irish Volunteers Commemorative Organisation. There was a flag raising ceremony and performance of ‘Mise Éire,’ followed by a musical evening with ballad group, Rossa. ‘Kildare Artist’s Notebook Project’ included an exhibtion of the work of artists from around the county who were inspired by 1916 to create a notebook of drawings, writings and sketches. 22 October. Little Stories Little Prints Children’s printmaking workshop, in Leixlip Community Library. 25 October. Castledermot Local History Group Lecture Series, ‘The Gifford Sisters and 1916’ by Tom Clowry, in Teach Diarmada Community Centre. 11 November. Athy and District World War 1 Roll of Honour by Clem Roche was launched by Frank Taaffe at the Athy Heritage Centre-Museum. 13 November. The William Pearse/Abbeylands Residents’ Association unveiled a plaque featuring the Proclamation while also honouring William Pearse. The Castledermot estate was opened in 1973 bearing his name.