Layers 1 – Photography, Archaeology, Ecology, and Raised Bogs

A Webinar by Creative Rathangan Meitheal will take place on Saturday, 7 November 2020 at 9:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Overview This online event explores the multi-layered landscape of Ireland’s great midland bogs through photography, archaeology and ecology. Tina Claffey, author and award-winning nature photographer will explore ‘The Living Skin’ – that carpet of life …

‘Becoming Strangers?’ – The Experience of Southern Protestants between 1900 and 1923

A Webinar by Creative Rathangan Meitheal will take place on Saturday 28th November at 9:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. with Ian d’Alton, Conor Morrsiey and Ciaran Reilly. Overview This seminar sets out to explore the experience of Southern Protestants between 1900 and 1923, and how they ‘became strangers’ in the newly established and very Catholic …

The Curragh Wrens – radio documentary

A one-hour radio documentary for KFM Radio Funded by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland with the Television Licence Fee To be broadcast on KFM Radio on Thursday October 15th at 7pm and Saturday October 17th at 11am. This one-hour radio documentary offers a posthumous voice to a group of women who lived as outcasts in 19th century Ireland – the …

Webinar: Conservation of Maudlins Pyramids, Naas

The conservation work on the two pyramid mausolea in Maudlins burial ground, Naas, is coming to completion and on Thursday 15th October at 7:00pm, Eoin Madigan, a stone mason who was involved with the project, will give a lecture on the work undertaken by Vernacular Conservation. There is no charge for the webinar, however, registration …

AGM – County Kildare Federation of Local History Groups

As you will know, it has been our practice in the Federation, in recent years, to hold an Annual General Meeting/Conference in October each year. We have been discussing (remotely) in committee what we should do this year and have concluded, reluctantly, that it would be wiser  to postpone the AGM for the present – given …

Book Launch – Morristown Lattin, County Kildare, 1630–1800

Morristown Lattin, County Kildare, 1630–1800: The estate and its tenants by Dr Emma Lyons will be officially published on Friday, 25th September. Details : Morristown Lattin, County Kildare, 1630–1800The estate and its tenantsEmma Lyons  Through an examination of the estate records, this case study provides an insight into the adaption and survival of a Catholic-owned …

Heritage Council Community Heritage Grant Scheme

Community Heritage Grant Scheme now OPEN Apply by 15th September 2020.  The Heritage Council invites applications for their Community Heritage Grant Scheme 2020. Communities and heritage non-governmental organisations (NGOs) are encouraged to apply for funding to support capital projects that improve access and inclusion to heritage sites; that apply good heritage practice to the management …

Kildare Town video released for Heritage Week

In light of the unprecedented COVID-19  global pandemic, the Heritage Council have encouraged local history groups to take events online or produce digital content for this year’s Heritage Week (15-23 August). Cill Dara Historical Society’s contribution to this call has been to release online some highlights of its 2014 DVD release, Kildare Town – Reeling …

New Book: Kildare – The Irish Revolution, 1912-23

County Kildare Historian Seamus Cullen will launch a new book as part of the Fourt Courts Press series on Irish Counties during the revolutionary period. The book will be launched on the 17th July 2020 and is titled  Kildare – The Irish Revolution, 1912-23. This is the first comprehensive single volume history of County Kildare …