THE TRIAL OF JOHN DEVOY

by ehistoryadmin on September 29, 2022

The Trial of John Devoy

On 24 September the Friends of John Devoy staged their annual event to commemorate the birth (3 September 1842) and death (28 September 1928) of the republican giant, John Devoy. ‘The Trial of John Devoy’ took place in the Courtroom, at Lawlor’s Hotel, Naas.

In front of a crowd of onlookers ‘John Devoy’ was arrested at the bar of the hotel by the Dublin Metropolitan Police. He was escorted by two armed Redcoats upstairs to the courtroom. Devoy’s trial, and that of four of his Fenian comrades, took place in the packed courtroom. Relatives and members of the public looked on as John Devoy stood defiant in the dock. The trial was a forgone conclusion – all the defendants were found guilty of treason and sentenced to long terms in prison. As John Devoy and his comrades were led away in handcuffs his girlfriend, Eliza Kenny, sobbed, while his mother, Elizabet, lamented on John’s trials and tribulations in his quest for Ireland’s freedom from Britain.

The trial was re-enacted by members of the Kill Music and Drama Group, and the Prosperous and Allen Drama Groups, along with Lord Edward’s Own Re-enactment Group, Monasterevin. The commemorative event was sponsored by the Co. Kildare Decade of Commemorations Committee.

WRITING NON-FICTION & MEMOIR ONLINE WRITING COURSE

by ehistoryadmin on September 22, 2022

WRITING NON-FICTION & MEMOIR – FREE ONLINE WRITING COURSE

Kildare Libraries are facilitating an online writing course titled  Writing Non-Fiction & Memoir with an intro to Genealogical Research with Kevin Connolly in the coming weeks. This course is being organised in conjunction with the Irish Writer’s Centre. Members of local history groups and anyone considering writing about the past may be interested in registering.

Have you ever wanted to write about a time, a place, a person, an event, your family, yourself, and wondered how to set about conducting research? This workshop will guide you through the stages of your research. The course will be delivered online via Zoom on Monday the 17th , 24th of October and 7th of November from 6:30pm – 8:30pm. This workshop is free of charge, but places are limited.

Kevin Connolly is the author of several non-fiction works, with his writings also appearing in journals and newspapers in Ireland and abroad.

Please apply using this form https://forms.office.com/r/KG8jP7DvaL by 12noon on Friday 30th September 2022. Applicants will be notified of decisions by Wednesday 5th October.

 

MR. JOHN DAY

September 19, 2022

MR. JOHN DAY

Leinster Leader 13 August 1955 Athy Death. Mr. John Day Mr. John Day who died at his home in Dooley Terrace, Athy, last week, was aged 85 years. He was one of the few remaining men in the district skilled in the making of hand-made bricks –  an industry which once flourished in the area. His father and grandfather followed the trade. He was the father of Messrs. John and Patrick Day, Athy; Michael Day, England; Mrs. O’Neill, Kildare, and […]
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JOSEPH O’REILLY OF KILDARE G.F.C.

September 13, 2022

JOSEPH O’REILLY OF KILDARE G.F.C.

Prominent G.A.A. players Joseph O’Reilly of Kildare G.F.C. The Short Grass County have turned out many prominent athletes in the past, and in Joe O’Reilly, whom we feature this week, we have a player who is fit to rank with such as “Larry” Stanley, Paul Doyle, Jack Higgins, and others of Kildare fame. Joe, who has guarded the sticks for Kildare County, is a native of Rathangan, and learned his football with the local club in the year 1919, when […]
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THE OLD POTATO MARKET, NAAS

September 6, 2022

THE OLD POTATO MARKET, NAAS

The Old Potato Market, Naas Karel Kiely ‘The Trustees of the Naas Protestant Orphan Institution are prepared to receive offers for the purchase or taking on lease of the above premises. Tenders to be sent to the Rev. W. A. Campion, Narraghmore Rectory, Ballytore, Co. Kildare, not later than 22nd March, and to be accompanied by a statement setting forth the purposes for which it is proposed to use said premises.’ The above advertisement appeared in the Leinster Leader on […]
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A TIMELINE OF THE CIVIL WAR IN COUNTY KILDARE 1922-1924

August 23, 2022

A TIMELINE OF THE CIVIL WAR IN COUNTY KILDARE 1922-1924

A Timeline of the Civil War in Co. Kildare 1922-24 The Co. Kildare Decade of Commemorations Programme has produced a new publication detailing many of the events that took place throughout the county during the Civil War period. The launch of A Timeline of the Civil War in Co. Kildare 1922-24 took place in Maynooth Community Library on 18 August. Two further launches will take place in Athy Community Library at 5 pm on 25 August and in Kildare Town […]
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PASSING OF ATHY TOWN CLERK, J. A. LAWLER

August 18, 2022

PASSING OF ATHY TOWN CLERK, J. A. LAWLER

  Mr. J. A. Lawler, Athy Town Clerk Joseph Andrew Lawler was Athy Town Clerk for over 30 years. He died aged fifty-two on 4 June 1927; his address was The Park, Athy. Joseph was the son of Andrew Lawler and Margaret Pender, born The Park, 20 December 1873; his father was the caretaker of the Park. Joseph A. Lawler was appointed Town Clerk in 1890 following the death of the previous clerk, Martin Lawler. His brother, James W. Lawler, […]
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A LONG WAY FROM DUNDALK TO HERE

August 15, 2022

A LONG WAY FROM DUNDALK TO HERE

14 August 1922. A long way from Dundalk to here James Durney During the Civil War Dundalk Jail, Co. Louth, was a holding centre for captured anti-Treaty republicans. Many republicans from Co. Kildare were detained there in the military barracks and the town jail. Raids in and around Celbridge in July had picked up much of the local anti-Treaty leadership, while on 3 August an active republican column led by Jim Dunne was surrounded and captured at Devonshire Bridge, near […]
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PROMINENT HUNTSMAN PASSES. THE LATE JACK HARTIGAN

August 8, 2022

PROMINENT HUNTSMAN PASSES. THE LATE JACK HARTIGAN

Leinster Leader 12 March 1977 PROMINENT HUNTSMAN PASSES THE LATE JACK HARTIGAN The Taoiseach, Mr. Cosgrave, Dail and public representatives, and Kildare Hunt Club officers and members were among the huge attendance at the funeral on Sunday to St. Corban’s Cemetery, Naas, of the noted ex-huntsman of the “Killing Kildares” – Jack Hartigan of Jigginstown. Jack, who gave legendary service with the Kildare hounds, took suddenly ill while visiting a house in Naas, and died within a short time on […]
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THE LATE BARON DE ROBECK

August 3, 2022

THE LATE BARON DE ROBECK

Leinster Leader 4 May 1929 THE LATE BARON DE ROBECK We regret to announce the death of the Baron de Robeck, late of Gowran Grange, Naas, which took place following an operation in a Dublin Nursing Home on Saturday night. Deceased whose family name was Foch, was of Swedish descent, and was the fifth successor to the title which was originally conferred about five generations back.  He was pre-deceased by his brother, the late Admiral de Robeck, who played a […]
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