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Kildare County Council Minute Books

The County Kildare Decade of Commemorations Programme facilitated the digitisation of the historic minute books of Kildare County Council meetings for the 1899-1924 period for a number of reasons: 

  • ensuring Preservation
  • promoting Accessibility
  • a fitting legacy from the Decade of Commemorations Programme of activities in County Kildare

Historian Thomas Nelson has provided a short summary of the history of Kildare County Council during the 1899-1924 period which accompanies this introduction in the pdf. 

The digitised minute books are an exact replica of the original hard copy volume. This ensures authenticity and consistency between the digitised version and the original volume. The principal disadvantage of this is that the flow of the digitised volume is occasionally out of sync, with minutes of sub-committee meetings pasted into the volume in between full Council meetings. The dates of meetings are therefore not always consistent. The early volumes contain handwritten minutes, with the remaining volumes containing typed pages.

There are some time periods missing from these digitised volumes, as the original minute books are incomplete. Staff in the Local Studies, Genealogy & Archives Department are working towards filling the gaps, where possible.

Each digitised volume appears in two divisions

  • the full complete volume in one large file
  • sub-divided sections of the volume (part A, part B etc) which are a maximum of 50MB file size to facilitate faster downloading

Optical Character Recognition (OCR) has been enabled in all of the digitised minute books. This should work well with typed pages, facilitating searches through each book. Not every word will be picked up due to damage to the original page e.g. creasing. 


Kildare Library & Arts Serivce would like to acknowledge the support of the County Kildare Decade of Commemorations Committee in supporting the digitisation of these minute books. 

Supported also by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media under the Decade of Centenaries 2012-23 initiative. 

Introduction to digitized Kildare County Council minutes 1899-1924

File Size: 96KB - Document Type: Acrobat pdf

Kildare County Council 1899-1924 Thomas Nelson

File Size: 67KB - Document Type: Acrobat pdf