CHRISTMAS 1923

December 22, 2023

CHRISTMAS 1923

CHRISTMAS 1923 by Liam Kenny, Naas Local History Group. A headline proclaiming “A Green Christmas” might suggest an instructive piece on an environmentally-friendly holiday. But such 21stst century concerns were not quite what the headline writer in the local press of 1923 had in mind even though it did signify that climate change might have been a concern for our forebears of a century ago albeit not described in the same words. The editorial in the Kildare Observer in late […]
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TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF KILDARE LOCAL STUDIES, GENEALOGY & ARCHIVES SERVICE

December 11, 2023

TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF KILDARE LOCAL STUDIES, GENEALOGY & ARCHIVES SERVICE

TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF KILDARE LOCAL STUDIES, GENEALOGY & ARCHIVES SERVICE NOTICE: Kildare Local Studies, Genealogy & Archives service will close from December 9th and re-open early 2024 to facilitate its relocation to new premises at Canal Harbour, Naas. During this interim period, customers are advised to visit our website to consult with our online resources Local Studies, Genealogy & Archives Staff will not be available for queries by telephone and availability via email will be very limited. Follow the Library […]
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NEWBRIDGE CYCLING CLUB, 1897

December 5, 2023

NEWBRIDGE CYCLING CLUB, 1897

Kildare Observer 10 July 1897 Newbridge Cycling Club A seventeen-mile road race was held by the Newbridge cycling club on last Sunday. The following were the starters – J. Devlin, scratch; R. Coffey, 1 min start; P. Naughton and Christopher Ryan, 2 min 45 secs start; Joe Bryan and T. Lee, 3 min start; and Commons, 4 min start. The race took place over what is known as the six-mile course, starting at the bridge across by the Victoria bridge, […]
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DEPUTY’S FATHER DEAD

November 17, 2023

DEPUTY’S FATHER DEAD

Leinster Leader 4 November 1967 Deputy’s father dead The death has taken place at his residence, Main St., Celbridge, of Mr. Patrick Boylan. Aged 86, he had been ill for a short time. He was father of Mr. terry Boylan, T.D., Co. C., Celbridge, and is also survived by his daughters, Mary and Kitty, Celbridge, and grandchildren, Turlough, Gabriel and Katherine. Native of Enniskeen, Co. Louth, he trained as a teacher and taught in Kilkeel, Co. Down, before coming to […]
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END OF COUNTY KILDARE DECADE OF COMMEMORATIONS PROGRAMME

October 20, 2023

END OF COUNTY KILDARE DECADE OF COMMEMORATIONS PROGRAMME

End of County Kildare decade of Commemorations Programme 7.00 p.m. Thursday, 9 November 2023 Riverbank Arts Theatre, Newbridge Riverbank County Kildare Decade of Commemorations celebrate the end of a successful programme with a musical extravaganza set against the backdrop of Irish history up to the founding of the modern Irish State. The Birth of a Nation concert features songs and music from the period. It was a time of significant change, which impacted the lives of people throughout the country from […]
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“GO-AS-YOU-PLEASE” PEDESTRIAN RACE FROM MONASTEREVIN TO KILDARE, 1904

October 10, 2023

“GO-AS-YOU-PLEASE” PEDESTRIAN RACE FROM MONASTEREVIN TO KILDARE, 1904

“Go-As-You-Please” Pedestrian Race From Monasterevin to Kildare, 1904 This photograph  was donated to the Kildare Local Studies Collections by Seán McCabe, Monasterevin in 2002. It depicts competitors at a “Go-As-You-Please” Pedestrian Race that took place on a route from Monasterevin via Duneany to Kildare and back again on Sunday 28 August 1904. “Go-As-You-Please” races were usually a precursor to modern day race walking, though competitors were permitted to jog on occasion. Pedestrianism events took place across Ireland in the late […]
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COUNTY KILDARE GRAND JURY RECORDS NOW ONLINE

September 26, 2023

COUNTY KILDARE GRAND JURY RECORDS NOW ONLINE

County Kildare Grand Jury records now online Karel Kiely, archivist Kildare County Archives  has digitised over 6,000 pages of the surviving County Kildare Grand Jury Abstracts of Presentments and Query Books and these are now available to researchers via its Online Archives  ‘We present Mary Nowlan, wife of Darby Nowlan of Nurney in said County, as a proper person to be instructed in the practise of midwifery, her residence being seven miles distant from the nearest practicing physician, or gentleman […]
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SHANIA TWAIN’S NEWBRIDGE CONNECTION

September 5, 2023

SHANIA TWAIN’S NEWBRIDGE CONNECTION

Shania Twain’s Newbridge Connection Karel Kiely Shania Twain (Eilleen Regina Edwards) was born in Ontario, Canada on 28 August 1965 to Sharon Morrison (1945-1987) and Clarence Edwards (1945-). Her mother later married Jerry Twain (1947-1987) in 1981. Sharon and Jerry Twain were killed in a car accident in 1987 when Shania was twenty-two and on the verge of launching her singing career. Her maternal grandmother, Eileen Mary Pearce, was born in Newbridge, Co. Kildare on 10 April 1911. She was […]
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BRIGID 1500 PROGRAMME OF TALKS (COUNTY KILDARE FEDERATION OF LOCAL HISTORY GROUPS)

August 16, 2023

BRIGID 1500 PROGRAMME OF TALKS (COUNTY KILDARE FEDERATION OF LOCAL HISTORY GROUPS)

The County Kildare Federation of Local History Groups are organising a series of talks in advance of the Brigid 1500 celebrations in 2024. The first talk takes place on Wednesday 16 August 2023 at 6.30PM in Kilcullen Heritage Centre. The full line-up of talks is in the image below (also available on www.kildarelocalhistory.ie ). This series of talks is supported by Kildare County Council’s Brigid 1500 Programme.  
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HUNDREDS VIEW WOLFE TONE GRAVE DAMAGE

August 9, 2023

HUNDREDS VIEW WOLFE TONE GRAVE DAMAGE

Leinster Leader 8 November 1969 Hundreds view Wolfe Tone grave damage Bodenstown churchyard was the attraction for a steady stream of visitors on Sunday who came to view the damage to the memorial over the grave of the patriot, Theobald Wolfe Tone. The desecration took place in the early hours of Friday but the damage was not discovered until about 4 o’clock in the afternoon. A noise awakened people within a radius of a mile of the cemetery about 5 […]
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