Federation AGM & Seminar 13 September 2014

Co. Kildare Federation of Local History Groups – Annual Seminar in Kilcullen Heritage Centre

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Saturday 13 September 2014.

9.30 – 2 p.m.

Details

9:30 – Co. Kildare Federation of Local History Groups AGM and “society speak” (Group representatives only) Cost €3 euro or €15 euro if also attending lunch.

11:00 – Tea break

11:30 – Kildare Folktales – The main public event  – book launch and entertainment –  FREE

13:00 – lunch in Fallons (for those who haven’t attended the seminar and would like to avail of lunch the cost is €12).


The theme will be the Folklore of Co. Kildare. The public part of the event will feature the launch of Kildare Folk-Tales by Steve Lally, followed by an exciting performance of storytelling, music and recitations, by The Quiet Men, Steve Lally and Ray Dunne. Kildare Folk-Tales will be available to purchase on the day. The Seminar will be followed by lunch in Fallons.

Groups are reminded that the popular ‘Society Speak’ segment of the Annual Seminar allows member groups and individuals to tell those present about their current activities and projects. Groups should prepare a short presentation (5 mins max) in advance and nominate a speaker.

The Seminar relies on member groups to encourage delegates to attend and to spread the word to anyone they believe might be interested.

Member Groups, whose membership is outstanding, are reminded that the annual society membership fee of €20 is now due.

Thank you

James Durney (Chairman)

Friends of the Curragh Museum Invitation to Open Days

Friends of the Curragh Museum Invitation to Co. Kildare Local History Groups

Last Autum the Friends of the Curragh Museum held two Open Days for members of the Local History Groups in the local towns with Military connections e.g. Naas, Kildare, Newbridge. We, with the approval of the GOC of the Curragh, intend to repeat this in the next couple of months and I now have pleasure in inviting:

Co.Kildare Federation Local History Group’ members

To 2 familiarisation days in the Curragh Camp on

Sun 3rd March (Cancelled) and 21st April 2013

 

The details of the events are as follows:

2pm Assemble at the Watertower Conference Centre opposite the Garrison Church in the Camp.

2.15pm Lecture on the Camp.

3pm Tour of Camp with Guide to include the Clock Tower, Military Museum, Curragh Local History Group premises.

5pm Return to Conference Centre for Debrief, Tea and Biscuits.

As space in the different facilities is limited regretably only 30 persons
will be able to attend the day.

For Security purposes please submit the names and addresses of those attending
to our Hon Sec. at least one week in advance.

We look forward to a good attendance.

Please reply to the Hon. Sec.:

Mr. Michael Rowley, Brownstown, Curragh, Co.Kildare rowleymj@tcd.ie

Federation AGM & Seminar 12 October 2013

1913 Dublin Lockout

Pádraig Yeates
Pádraig Yeates

We are pleased to announce that the speaker for this year’s seminar will be Pádraig Yeates, former Irish Times industry and employment correspondent; author of Lockout: Dublin 1913; project manager of the Irish 1913 Committee.

Pádraig will deliver a lecture on the Dublin Lockout of 1913. During this epic struggle an estimated 100,000 people, one third of the capital’s inhabitants, faced starvation for five months in a battle for workers’ rights.

Details

The AGM will be held on Saturday week 12th October in Kilcullen Town Hall. The cost is €15.00 including lunch. The Agenda is as follows:-

9.30 – 9.45
Registration – please let us know at Registration if you are staying for lunch

9.45 – 11
Report from a member of each Society

11 – 11.30
Election of Officers (only members may vote)

11.30-12
Tea/Coffee

12 – 1 pm1913

Lockout Presentation (questions and answer session included) by Pádraig Yeates, former Irish Times industry and employment correspondent. Author of Lockout: Dublin 1913; project manager of the Irish 1913 Committee.

Pádraig will deliver a lecture on the Dublin Lockout of 1913. During this epic struggle an estimated 100,000 people, one third of the capital’s inhabitants, faced starvation for five months in a battle for workers’ rights.

This talk is open to the public. All are welcome for tea at 11.30.

Lunch – Fallons

Non-members are welcome to attend the opening sessions and the presentation but would not be able to participate in the official business of the AGM and elections from 11 – 11.30 a.m.

Co. Kildare Federation of Local History Groups Logo

The Co. Kildare Federation of Local History Groups logo is a design taken from a late Neolithic stone carving found on a rock boulder unearthed east of Naas in 1975, and as such represents, possibly, the earliest expression of human culture in Co. Kildare. The following drawing and extract are taken from the JOURNAL OF THE CO. KILDARE ARCHAEOLOGICAL SOCIETY, VOLUME 15, NUMBER 5, ROCK ART FROM FORENAGHTS GREAT TOWNLAND written by ELIZABETH SHEE.

‘In Marth 1975 Mr. David Synnott of Furness House noticed some carvings on a newly exposed stone on his lands in Forenaghts Great Townland, Co. Kildare, about three miles east of Naas. Realising the significance of the carvings, he immediately notified the National Museum of Ireland of the discovery and the site was examined by the Keeper of Irish Antiquities, Dr. Joseph Raftery, who, in turn, informed me of the find. The decorated stone was revealed at about 450ft. O.D. during ploughing in a field just 200m south east of the medieval church of Furness (National Monument No. 394). Mr. Synnott has brought the stone to this church and it now rests against the outer face of the east wall of the chancel…

… it is difficult to avoid the generally accepted assignment of a late neolithic or early bronze age date for rock art such as that from Forenaghts, in round figures, say, 2000— 1500 B.C. Further research may well modify this view, or it may be shown that rock art has a much longer time-span than is at present thought possible. We must, therefore, accept the likelihood of the contemporanity of the Forenaghts decorated stone with the cist/standing stone and earthwork complex just 700m to the north. This latter site has been identified as a Class II henge monument (like phase I of Stonehenge) and as such should be dated to the first half of the second millennium B.C.’
ELIZABETH SHEE JOURNAL OF THE CO. KILDARE ARCHAEOLOGICAL SOCIETY