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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WORKHOUSE ABOLITION

March 8, 2022

WORKHOUSE ABOLITION

The Kildare Observer 25 June 1921 WORKHOUSE ABOLITION The conference held at Naas on Tuesday last in reference to the question of workhouse abolition is likely to be sweeping in its results, this being the first occasion on which the question on workhouse abolition or amalgamation was discussed on a county basis.  The matter was debated in its broader aspects, the conference devoting but little time to the consideration of details, which must, of course, be dealt with by those […]
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AN ADDENDUM TO THE STACUMNEY AMBUSH

March 2, 2022

AN ADDENDUM TO THE STACUMNEY AMBUSH

An addendum to the Stacumney Ambush, 1921 Seamus Cummins author of Planes, Trains and the Postman’s Bicycle. The Stacumney Ambush, Celbridge, Co. Kildare, 2 July 1921 has updated the account of Vol. William Goodwin, the only I.R.A. casualty at the Stacumney Ambush. Breaking Stones for the County Council – William Goodwin. The Man Who Broke His Leg at the Stacumney Ambush, Celbridge, 2 July 1921. Braking Stones For The County Council – William Goodwin
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MRS. V. SHEPPARD, NAAS

February 22, 2022

MRS. V. SHEPPARD, NAAS

The Leinster Leader 3 February 1979 Mrs. V. Sheppard, Naas The death of Mrs. Violet Sheppard has taken place following a prolonged period of failing health. Aged 71, she was the wife of Mr. William (Bill) Sheppard, formerly of Rathangan and second daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Pearson, formerly of Balkinstown, Nurney. Married in 1944, Mr. and Mrs. Sheppard travelled extensively in Africa and the Middle East, Mr. Sheppard being a geologist assistant with various research companies. He […]
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JOSEPH LUSK, RATHANGAN

February 15, 2022

JOSEPH LUSK, RATHANGAN

The Leinster Leader 8 February 1941 Rathangan man accorded military funeral The death occurred on Thursday week of Mr. Joseph Lusk, Rathangan, father of Pat, Frank and Mick Lusk, well-known Kildare footballers. Deceased was about 65 years of age. He was a very decent, quiet, industrious man, very popular with everyone. The late Mr. Lusk fought in the Boer War in the late ‘nineties and had many stories of his experience during the campaign. He was a member of the […]
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CENTENARY OF ULYSSES (KILDARE CONNECTIONS WITH JOYCE)

February 2, 2022

CENTENARY OF ULYSSES (KILDARE CONNECTIONS WITH JOYCE)

CENTENARY OF ULYSSES (COUNTY KILDARE CONNECTIONS WITH JAMES JOYCE) Stately, plump Buck Mulligan came from the stairhead, bearing a bowl of lather on which a mirror and a razor lay crossed… The above is the opening sentence of James Joyce’s famous modernist novel Ulysses, published 100 years ago today by Paris bookseller Sylvia Beach on 2 February 1922. Historian Liam Kenny previously highlighted the strong connections between County Kildare and James Joyce for Bloomsday 2021, including references to Clane, Millicent, […]
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WILFUL MURDER. LT. JOHN HUBERT WOGAN-BROWNE, KILDARE, 10 FEBRUARY 1922

February 2, 2022

WILFUL MURDER. LT. JOHN HUBERT WOGAN-BROWNE, KILDARE, 10 FEBRUARY 1922

Press Release  2 February 2022  ********************  Wilful Murder. Lt. John Hubert Wogan-Browne, Kildare, 10 February 1922. by Mark D. McLoughlin  Wilful Murder. Lt. John Hubert Wogan-Browne, Kildare, 10 February 1922 by Mark McLoughlin, is the latest publication which has been produced as part of the Co. Kildare Decade of Commemorations programme. On 10 February 1922, a British Army officer, Lt. Wogan-Browne, was shot dead during a robbery in Kildare town. The murder sent shockwaves through the local community and contributed […]
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FROM CELBRIDGE TO BEGGARS BUSH BARRACKS

January 28, 2022

FROM CELBRIDGE TO BEGGARS BUSH BARRACKS

From Celbridge to Beggars Bush Barracks 1 February 1922 James Durney Co. Kildare has a long history with the Irish Defence Forces, but it is not that well documented that the county housed the first barracks of the new National Army. It was at Celbridge in the north of the county and not on the midland plains of Kildare that the first unit of the National Army initially paraded. Following the ratification of the Anglo-Irish Treaty by Dáil Éireann on […]
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