Available Speakers

The Local Studies Department of Kildare County Council’s Library & Arts Service have expressed their willingness to provide local history groups with talks at short notice if a booked speaker becomes unavailable. A wide range of locally specific and county related talks can be availed of from historians Mario Corrigan, James Durney and genealogist Karel Kiely.

Local Studies Dept. Kildare County Library
Riverbank Campus
Main Street
Co. Kildare

Telephone: 045 448351
Mobile: 087 9871046
(Office hours Tues-Sat)

Local Studies Department e-mail: localhistory@kildarecoco.ie


The following members of affiliated Local History Groups have indicated that they would be available to speak to groups.

James Durney
Subject: Notes:
Kildare and the Spanish Civil War Illustrated talk
Irishmen in Korea Illustrated talk
From Kildare to Korea Illustrated talk
Irishmen in Vietnam Illustrated talk
Irish gangsters in America Illustrated talk
The killing of Lt.Wogan Browne Illustrated talk
Forgotten Kildare POWs of WWII Illustrated talk
The Curragh internment camps Illustrated talk
Social Housing in Naas Illustrated talk
Social housing in Newbridge Illustrated talk
Kildare people onboard the Titanic Illustrated talk
The Quiet Man. NYPD detective Peter Daly Illustrated talk
The Gauls of Rathasker Road, Naas Illustrated talk
The Lockout and its effect in Kildare Illustrated talk
The War of Independence in Kildare Illustrated talk
The Civil War in Kildare Illustrated talk
Contact details: Ph: 085-1443998 email: james.durney@yahoo.ie
James Durney & Liam Kenny
Subject: Notes:
The Sabbath disturbed … Kildare and the Curragh Mutiny 1914 Talk
Contact details: James Durney Ph: 085-1443998 email: james.durney@yahoo.ie
Contact details: Liam Kenny Ph: 087-2872704 email: liamkenny99@gmail.com
A.J. Mullowney
Subject: Notes:
Kildare Town History Illustrated talk
Kildare Town Walking tour of the cathedral and town
Civil War Executions, Kildare 1922 Illustrated talk
The Curragh Plains – Past, Present and Future Illustrated talk
Curragh Plains Walking Tour
St. Brigid Talk
Old Kilcullen, Moone, Castledermot, Mullaghmast Tour – bus or car. Groups arrange transport
Historic Videos of the Army Video presentation
Contact details: Ph:045-522140 email: ajmull@gmail.com
Liam Kenny
Subject: Notes:
Wheel & Keel Transport history of Co. Kildare, road, rail, canal
A genuine Irish row Kildare’s first Local Elections 1899 – talk
Bullets and ballots Kildare County Council and the War of Independence 1919-21 – talk
Contact details: Ph: 087-2872704 email: liamkenny99@gmail.com
Kevin Kenny
Subject: Notes:
Lillywhites on Ice Polar exploration and the Kildare connections
Contact details: Ph: 045-895191 email: kevinkenny@hotmail.com
Brendan Cullen
Subject: Notes:
Clongowes Wood College History of the School
Book of Kells Illustrated talk
High Crosses of Kildare Illustrated talk
Contact details: Ph: 045-861159
Gerry McCarthy
Subject: Notes:
Country Houses of Co. Kildare Illustrated talk
Forgotten Heritage of Kildare Illustrated lecture
History of the Eustace Family Illustrated talk
Borrows of Gilltown Illustrated talk
Contact details: Ph: 045-879108 email: breger10@eircom.net
Brian McCabe
Subject: Notes:
Surveying and Transcribing in Old Graveyards Talk
Dublin/Kilcullen Toll Road Illustrated talk
Celtic Times (1887) History of periodical
Palmerstown House and the Earls of Mayo Illustrated talk
Contact details: Ph: 045-894412
Paddy Behan
Subject: Notes:
History of Naas Illustrated talk on the town
Naas Canal Illustrated talk
Naas Town Commission Talk
Contact details: Ph: 045-876365 email: pccbehan@eircom.net
Ronnie Kinane
Subject: Notes:
The Black Flu (1918) Talk
Contact details: Ph: 045-876254
Seamus Moore
Subject: Notes:
Naas Gasworks and Its People Talk
Contact details: Ph: 045-879241
Kay Brophy
Subject: Notes:
History of Naas Racecourse Talk
Lyons & the Cloncurrys Talk
Contact details: Ph: 01-6272967
Liam Kenny & Brian McCabe
Subject: Notes:
Lilywhites on the Veldt — the Boer War and Kildare Talk
Contact details: Liam Kenny Ph: 087-2872704 email:liamkenny99@gmail.com
Contact details: Brian McCabe Ph: 045-894412 email: mccabe@gmail.com
Collette Jordan
Subject: Notes:
Servants in the Big House
The role of Women in the Big House – 150 years of the Duchesses of Leinster Talk
History of New Abbey, Kilcullen Talk
Contact details: email: collettejordan@ireland.com
Jeanne Meldon
Subject: Notes:
Celbridge, Maynooth and the Palace of Westminster: the legacy of A.W.N. Pugin Illustrated Talk
Contact details: email: jeanne.meldon@nuim.ie
Ida Milne
Subject: Notes:
Using Talk to find History: A User’s Guide to Oral History An overview of oral history
Stacking the coffins: the 1918-19 influenza pandemic in Ireland. Co. Kildare features heavily in this talk.
The Quiet corner back: Protestants and the GAA Talk
Mumps, measles and diarrhoea: Child health in 20th century Ireland Talk
Contact details: email: milnem@tcd.ie

The following authors not associated with member groups are available for talks and lectures in the Co. Kildare area.

Rory O’Farrell
Subject: Notes:
Dublin 1760-1820 Illustrated Talk
Mrs Smith, a 19th century local diarist Illustrated Talk
The 19th Century, gateway to the modern world Illustrated Talk
Elizabethan Life Illustrated Talk
Giraldus Cambrensis, a mediaeval visitor to Kildare Illustrated Talk
The Mediaeval Bestiary Illustrated Talk
Contact details: Ph: 01 4582532 email: ofarrwrk@iol.ie
Elizabeth Prendergast
Subject: Notes:
Jubilee Nurses – the first community care nurses Talk
Contact details: email: elizabethprendergastartist@gmail.com
Mary Muldowney
Subject: Notes:
Irish Women and World War II Talk
Contact details: email: mmuldwny@tcd.ie
Ray Bateson
Subject: Notes:
Burial places of famous Irish people and of 1916 fatalities Talk
Contact details: email: irishgraves@eircom.net
Brian McCarthy
Subject: Notes:
The Garda Mutiny in Kildare barracks 1922 Talk
Contact details: Ph: 086 8100181
Pádraig Laffan
Subject: Notes:
Long talks Approx. Duration 1 hr
My life in Communications – From Morse code to Twitter Illustrated Talk
Ancient People and their Hilltop Monuments of Wicklow and Dublin Illustrated Talk
The Military Road in Wicklow Illustrated Talk
Prints and Pictures of South Co. Dublin Illustrated Talk
Dublin in the Days of Horses Illustrated Talk
Forges, Farriers and Smiths Illustrated Talk
Big Freeze Bad Harvest (The Desperate Fight to save the Harvest of 1946 and the Severe Winter of 1947) Illustrated Talk
Dublin Bay – From the Ford of the Hurdles to the Kish Light Illustrated Talk
Lord Anglesea’s Scandal (The true events that inspired R.L. Stevenson’s classic ‘Kidnapped’. Illustrated Talk
Subject: Notes:
Short Talks Approx. Duration half hour
The Pirates of The Muglins Illustrated Short Talk
The Escape of Red Hugh O’Donnell from Dublin Castle Illustrated Short Talk
The Celtic Oratory at Dún Laoghaire Illustrated Short Talk
The finding of the Great Deer Meglaceros Gigantus at Ballybetagh Bog Illustrated Short Talk
Early Dublin Drainage (Vital Developments to make a modern Capitol City) Illustrated Short Talk
Aircrash on Djouce Mountain 1946 Illustrated Short Talk
The Great Influenza Pandemic of 1918 Illustrated Short Talk
Edward Chambre Hardman Liverpool’s Famous Photographer from Foxrock Illustrated Short Talk
Ancient Rock Art Illustrated Short Talk
The Jungfrau Railway Illustrated Short Talk
The Kilruddery Hunt – (The song and the story) Illustrated Short Talk
General Vallency (Much More than Military Engineer a Historian and collector) Illustrated Short Talk
The Bombing of the North Strand in 1941. (I was there) (The North Strand and other places Bombed in WW2.) Illustrated Short Talk
Contact details: Ph: 01 2895778 email: padraiglaffan@gmail.com
Dermot Meleady
Subject: Notes:
The Lost Legacy of John Redmond Talk focusing on his life and times and the forgotten achievements of the IPP under his leadership
John Redmond and the Third Home Rule Bill 1912-1916 Talk focusing on the IPP’s struggle to have the Home Rule Bill passed through the British House of Commons, and the subsequent obstacles to its implementation
John Redmond and the Great War Talk examining Redmond’s motives in calling, first, for Irish nationalist support for the Allies in August 1914, and later, for Irish nationalist enlistment with the British forces in the Great War
John Redmond – What If? Could things have turned out differently for Home Rule and for Ireland in 1914, and, if so, under what conditions?
Contact details: Ph: 087 418 5282 email: dermeleady@yahoo.ie
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