SINN FEIN. ORGANISING CO. KILDARE, 1917

February 3, 2021

SINN FEIN. ORGANISING CO. KILDARE, 1917

The Kildare Observer 11 August 1917 SINN FEIN ORGANISING CO. KILDARE The first Sinn Fein demonstration ever held in the county took place on Sunday last at Naas, when over 3,000 were addressed by Mr. Arthur Griffith, founder of the Sinn Fein movement, and other prominent speakers. The meeting was originally arranged to be held in the Main street, but an order was published under the Defence of the Realm Act, signed by Sir Bryan Mahon, declaring the meeting proclaimed, […]
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LA FHEILE BRIDE 2021

January 31, 2021

LA FHEILE BRIDE 2021

  St. Brigid’s Day, 100 years ago Evening Herald 1 February 1921 St. Brigid The first of February with its promise of spring also brings thoughts of hope and faith by the observances of St. Brigid’s feast day. With Patrick and Columkille she protects the land where she spent her saintly life. The reverence for St. Brigid has been maintained from the earliest times and is evident from the fact that wherever the early missionaries went through the Continent, from […]
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KILDARE IN THE REVOLUTIONARY DECADE (HISTORY IRELAND PODCAST)

January 25, 2021

KILDARE IN THE REVOLUTIONARY DECADE (HISTORY IRELAND PODCAST)

KILDARE IN THE REVOLUTIONARY DECADE  History Ireland Podcast A new History Ireland Magazine Hedge School Podcast, supported by Kildare Decade of Commemorations, was released recently. It features History Ireland magazine editor, Tommy Graham, in discussion with historians James Durney, John Gibney, Ida Milne and Fionnuala Walsh on ‘Kildare in the Revolutionary Decade‘. While not in the vanguard of armed activity during the War of Independence, Kildare was central to the ‘revolutionary decade’ as whole, not only for its strategic importance and proximity […]
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ARE YOU RIGHT THERE, MICHAEL, ARE YOU RIGHT?

January 18, 2021

ARE YOU RIGHT THERE, MICHAEL, ARE YOU RIGHT?

Are you right there Michael, are you right? Liam Kenny recalls the Kildare appearances of Percy French – impresario and balladeer In the tumult of 2020, many anniversaries that would otherwise have been commemorated have slipped by as our communities were forced to concentrate on survival in the present rather than on contemplation of the past. One such anniversary worth putting on record is the centenary of the death of Percy French, composer and performer of some of the most […]
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21st KILDARE DRAMA FESTIVAL PROGRAMME (1978)

January 14, 2021

21st KILDARE DRAMA FESTIVAL PROGRAMME (1978)

21st KILDARE DRAMA FESTIVAL PROGRAMME (1978) Since 1958, the annual Kildare Drama Festival has been a key fixture in the cultural calendar of County Kildare and further afield. The drama festival circuit has been the starting point for many future directors, actors and technical people whilst also providing immense entertainment for audiences. The Local Studies Department of Kildare Library Service has a selection of the programmes for the Kildare Drama Festival in their collections. The 21st Festival Programme for 1978 […]
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A PANDEMIC RELECTION

January 5, 2021

A PANDEMIC RELECTION

Liam Kenny reflects on how the Covid19 virus has stricken community life in Kildare and draws inspiration from the virtues of polar explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton A pandemic reflection … No‌ ‌Punchestown. ‌ ‌No‌ ‌Bodenstown. ‌ ‌No‌ ‌Kildare‌ ‌Derby‌ ‌Festival. ‌ ‌No‌ ‌Athy‌ ‌County‌ ‌Show. ‌ ‌No‌ ‌Community‌ ‌Games. ‌ ‌No‌ ‌Tidy‌ ‌Towns. ‌ ‌No‌ ‌-‌ ‌or‌ ‌very‌ ‌circumscribed‌ ‌-‌ ‌communion, ‌ ‌confirmation‌ ‌and‌ ‌christening‌ ‌celebrations. ‌ ‌ ‌ The‌ ‌litany‌ ‌of‌ ‌family‌ ‌and‌ ‌communal ‌rituals‌ ‌suppressed‌ ‌by‌ ‌the‌ ‌dreadful‌ ‌corona‌ ‌virus‌ ‌is‌ ‌a‌ […]
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GERMAN BOMBER OVER NEWBRIDGE … 80 YEARS AGO

December 30, 2020

GERMAN BOMBER OVER NEWBRIDGE … 80 YEARS AGO

German bomber over Newbridge – bombs hit Ballymany  … 80 years ago Liam Kenny recalls how Newbridge came within minutes of annihilation as a stray Nazi aircraft unleashed projectiles near the Curragh racecourse … 2 January 1941 It was a New Year’s gift as unwelcome as it was unexpected. In the early hours of 2nd January 1941 as the people of Newbridge slept under the thin security blanket of Irish neutrality a stray Nazi plane droned overhead and unleashed a […]
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ANNE’S CHRISTMAS PARTY BY TERESA BRAYTON

December 22, 2020

ANNE’S CHRISTMAS PARTY BY TERESA BRAYTON

ANNE’S CHRISTMAS PARTY BY TERESA BRAYTON Staff in the Local Studies, Genealogy & Archives Department of Kildare Library Service recently came across the short story ‘Anne’s Christmas Party’ authored by Kildare poet Teresa Brayton in an original copy of An Phoblacht in December 1934. Anne’s Christmas Dinner Party_final Teresa Brayton was a poet and nationalist, who was born and later lived in Kilbrook, County Kildare. The Old Bog Road is among her most famous works. She released a volume of religious poetry Christmas […]
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ARMISTICE DAY IN KILDARE 1928

December 17, 2020

ARMISTICE DAY IN KILDARE 1928

The Kildare Observer Saturday, 17 November 1928 ARMISTICE DAY IN KILDARE THE NEWBRIDGE PARADE The parade of ex-servicemen in Newbridge, under Capt. Rowley, was very large. Headed by the Ballyshannon Band, the men marched to the Protestant and Catholic Churches, after which they re-turned to the Legion Hall, where they were addressed by Captain Rowley, who urged the necessity for unity among the men. The Committee received a letter from Colonel Mansfield regretting that owing to illness he was unable […]
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NORA CONNOLLY IN NAAS TOWN HALL

December 11, 2020

NORA CONNOLLY IN NAAS TOWN HALL

  Leinster Leader 26 April 1919 Concert and Dramatic Entertainment at Naas On Wednesday evening last in the Town Hall, Naas, under the auspices of the “Sean Connolly” Sinn Fein Club, a lecture and concert and dramatic entertainment took place in the presence of a large and highly appreciative audience, the building being crowded to its utmost capacity. The presentation of “The Matchmakers,” a comedy by the late Seumas O’Kelly, was a huge success, evoking hearty laughter and continuous applause […]
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