THE EVACUATION OF THE BRITISH ARMY FROM KILDARE, 16 MAY 1922

May 17, 2022

THE EVACUATION OF THE BRITISH ARMY FROM KILDARE, 16 MAY 1922

The evacuation of the British Army from Kildare, 16 May 1922 James Durney After the signing of the Anglo-Irish Treaty on 6 December 1921 enlistments to the Irish regiments of the British Army were suspended. In February 1922 the British Secretary of War announced the disbandment of six Irish regiments, including the Royal Dublin Fusiliers. The last detachment of the Royal Dublin Fusiliers left Naas Military Barracks on 7 February. They marched out through the front gates and down through […]
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6TH IRISH MILITARY SEMINAR

May 12, 2022

6TH IRISH MILITARY SEMINAR

6th Irish Military Seminar 4-11 June 2022 The Irish Military Seminar returns with an exciting full programme of lectures this year in venues across the county, including Castletown House, Celbridge, Naas and Newbridge Libraries and Newbridge Town Hall, featuring renowned historians and authors, including Stella Tillyard (Aristocrats and Citizen Lord) and Professor Diarmaid Ferriter, our keynote speaker who will give a talk based on his most recent book, Between Two Hells: The Irish Civil War. “It is not the duty […]
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DEATH OF A CRIMEAN VETERAN

May 10, 2022

DEATH OF A CRIMEAN VETERAN

The Kildare Observer 2 January 1904 Death of a Crimean Veteran We regret to record the death of Mr. Patrick Turner, of Naas, one of the few surviving Crimean veterans. Deceased, who had attained a ripe old age, took part in all the battles in the famous campaign of his regiment the 50th, or “Blind Half Hundred”. Mr. Turner was granted a modest pension on being invalided, but on being medically certified as fit for work, that small emolument was […]
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COUNTY SURGEON BUYS NAAS NORMAN CASTLE

April 29, 2022

COUNTY SURGEON BUYS NAAS NORMAN CASTLE

The Nationalist and Leinster Times 25 October 1968 Co. Surgeon buys Naas Norman castle The Norman castle at Naas, believed to be among the oldest inhabited ones in the country, now has a new owner. He is the popular Co. Surgeon, Mr. Jack Gibson, F.R.C.S.I., of “The Hill House”, Tipper Naas. King John’s Castle, which was built in the twelfth century, was knocked down to Mr. Gibson for £14,850, after some spirited bidding at the public auction in Dublin, on […]
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TANYARD DEMOLISHED

April 22, 2022

TANYARD DEMOLISHED

The Leinster Leader 25 September 1965 Tanyard Demolished When workmen began work last week to demolish buildings in Ballitore tanyard and clear the site, there was much speculation in the district about the purpose of the work. Rumors that a new industry was being established were rife. A well-informed source, however, told the reason for knocking down the buildings as that they had been considered dangerous. Opened in 1801 by the Cullen family, the tannery was for over 125 years […]
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KILDARE TOWN. AN GARDA SIOCHANA CENTENARY CELEBRATIONS

April 11, 2022

KILDARE TOWN. AN GARDA SIOCHANA CENTENARY CELEBRATIONS

Saturday 16 April 2022 An Garda Síochána Centenary Celebrations Kildare Town 1922-2022 A family friendly day of events will take place in Kildare Town on Easter Saturday, 16 April from 11.45 a.m. to mark the 100th anniversary of the arrival of the Civic Guard/An Garda Siochána to Co. Kildare in 1922. The commemorative day has been organised and funded by Kildare County Council’s Decade of Commemorations Committee, An Garda Síochána, An Garda Síochána Retired Members Association, and the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, […]
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THE LATE DR. DARBY, MONASTEREVAN

April 5, 2022

THE LATE DR. DARBY, MONASTEREVAN

The Leinster Leader 9 November 1901 The Late Dr. Darby, Monasterevan The news of the death of Dr. Martin Darby, J P, which took place at his residence Moore Street, Monasterevan, will be received throughout Kildare and in many adjoining counties with deepest feelings of regret. Dr. Darby, who had been but a fortnight ill, passed peacefully away shortly after 7 o’clock on Monday evening last. During his illness and even to the day prior to his death great hopes […]
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AN GARDA SIOCHANA CENTENARY CELEBRATIONS

March 31, 2022

AN GARDA SIOCHANA CENTENARY CELEBRATIONS

An Garda Síochána Centenary Celebrations   Kildare Town 1922-2022 A family friendly day of events will take place in Kildare Town on Easter Saturday, 16 April from 11.45 a.m. to mark the 100th anniversary of the arrival of the Civic Guard/An Garda Siochána to Co. Kildare in 1922. The commemorative day has been organised and funded by Kildare County Council’s Decade of Commemorations Committee, An Garda Síochána, the Garda Síochána Retired Members Association, and the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media […]
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TAOISEACH IN NEW YORK

March 22, 2022

TAOISEACH IN NEW YORK

Taoiseach in New York P. J. Lennon American Feature, The Nationalist and Leinster Times 11 September 1948 In contrast to the visit of Mr. de Valera to this country some time ago, there were no bands or huge crowds to greet the arrival of Prime Minister John A. Costello. With his wife, Mr. Sean Nunan, Irish Consul, and his Aide, Comdt. Michael Byrne, the Irish premier attended a Solemn High Mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral on Sunday. Cardinal Spellman presided. […]
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THE LADY NELSON. SHIPWRECKED 14 OCTOBER 1849. AN UPDATE

March 15, 2022

THE LADY NELSON. SHIPWRECKED 14 OCTOBER 1849. AN UPDATE

The Lady Nelson – Shipwrecked 14 October  1809   An Update James Robinson, M.Phil. In 2012, I published a paper on the loss of the Lady Nelson.  In the intervening years, further information on this ship has come to light, which has prompted me to update my original publication. There are approximately 900 shipwrecks off the Kerry coast.  On Christmas Day 2020, a two-hour programme on some of these wreckages, which included the Lady Nelson, was broadcast on Radio Kerry. […]
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