Seascapes and Townscapes – Ports and the Nineteenth-Century City

IHTA Public Lecture and Seminar 2019
16–17 May 2019
Convened by the Irish Historic Towns Atlas (IHTA) in collaboration with the British Historic Towns Atlas/Historic Towns Trust (HTT)
Royal Irish Academy in association with Dublin Port Company

All free to attend, booking essential

The Shaping of Dublin Port (Public Lecture)
by Professor Colm Lennon, MRIA
Date: 16 May 2019
Time: 18.00
Venue: Dublin Port Company HQ

Free to attend, booking essential. (Click here to book for The Shaping of Dublin Port)

The Shaping of Dublin Port public lecture will officially open the annual Irish Historic Towns Atlas Seminar ‘Seascapes and Townscapes—Ports and the Nineteenth-Century City’ that will take place on the 17 May 2019 in the Royal Irish Academy. This lecture, hosted by Dublin Port will be held in Dublin Port Company HQ where Professor Lennon will look at the evolution of Dublin’s port and will set the tone for the seminar that will be looking at comparative ports in Ireland, Britain and continental Europe. Eamonn O’Reilly, Chief Executive of Dublin Port Company will give some welcoming remarks.

Seascapes and Townscapes – Ports and the Nineteenth-Century City (Seminar)
Date: 17 May 2019
Time: 9.30 – 17.00
Venue: Dublin Port Company HQ

Attendance free, booking essential. (Click here to book for Seascapes and Townscapes)

Click here for seminar programme

Where townscapes meet seascapes, ports are a significant feature of our nineteenth-century urban inheritance. The topographical, environmental and cartographical impact of ‘the port’ is well represented in the Irish Historic Towns Atlas series, as exemplified by the IHTA published fascicles for Dublin, Belfast, Derry~Londonderry, Drogheda, Dundalk, Galway, Limerick, Sligo and Youghal; Cork, Dungarvan and New Ross forthcoming.

The 2019 annual seminar of the Irish Historic Towns Atlas will explore the evolution of port topography on the island of Ireland, as well as its associations with the broader nineteenth-century urban experience, in Britain and in Europe, since ports act as the gateways connecting Irish towns and cities with wider worlds.

‘Country House Collections: Their Past, Present & Future’

The 17th Annual Historic Houses Conference will take place at Maynooth University, Castletown House and the National Gallery of Ireland on 13-15th May 2019.

The theme of event will be ‘Country House Collections: Their Past, Present & Future’.

The conference will look at how and why collections were amassed, examine their break up, and consider the afterlife of objects as they moved into the art market, the museum world, or elsewhere. How does the identity of a house change if its contents have been removed? What were the reasons for such dispersal, were these actions chosen or enforced? What happens to a collection once it has begun to be dismembered, and how are objects viewed and understood in new locations by different audiences?

The conference will also discuss the role of art in country houses today, and conclude with a forum debating the future of such collections.

For a schedule or to make a booking for the event see the website:

‘Invasion 1169’ 850th anniversary of the Anglo-Norman Invasion

The Trinity Medieval Ireland Symposium takes place in Trinity College Dublin on 2–4 May 2019.

This conference is the third meeting of the biennial Trinity Medieval Ireland Symposium, a series that seeks to make cutting-edge historical scholarship accessible to all people and promote a wider public understanding and enjoyment of medieval Irish history. Admission to this event is open to all interested parties, and registration is entirely free of charge.

The symposium, entitled ‘Invasion 1169’, is a major National Conference which marks the occasion of the 850th anniversary of the Anglo-Norman Invasion of Ireland.

Speakers include:
David Bates (East Anglia) * Elizabeth Boyle (Maynooth) * Keith Busby (Wisconsin-Madison) * Bruce Campbell (QUB) * Denis Casey (Maynooth) * Peter Crooks (Trinity) * Ruairí Cullen * Seán Duffy (Trinity) * Marie Therese Flanagan (QUB) * Robin Frame (Durham) * Jeremy Hill * Rachel Moss (Trinity) * Ronan Mulhaire (Trinity) * Máire Ní Mhaonaigh (Cambridge) * Colmán Ó Clabaigh (Glenstal Abbey) * Ruairí Ó hUiginn (DIAS) * Linzi Simpson * Thomas W. Smith (Leeds) * Michael Staunton (UCD) * Colin Veach (Hull) * Nicholas Vincent (East Anglia) * Caoimhe Whelan (Trinity)

Further details may be found at the website, from where the Programme can be downloaded.

Be part of Kildare Town’s History!

Cill Dara Historical Society are offering people from Kildare Town, or those with a family connection to Kildare Town, the chance to have family photos published in their next photo book!

Select one or two photos/negatives of you or your family, relatives, friends, or local events, and Cill Dara Historical Society will scan them for you while you wait and publish them in our next book.

Just come along to a scanning session held throughout April 2019.

When: the following Mondays and Tuesdays in April 2019 from 10am to 3pm

Monday 1st, Tuesday 2nd
Monday 8th, Tuesday 9th
Monday 15th, Tuesday 16th
Monday 22nd, Tuesday 23rd

Where: CMWS Hall, Kildare Town

Behind the Walls: The Curragh Camp – radio doc

‘Behind the Walls: The Curragh Camp’ – a new one-hour radio documentary to be broadcast on KFM on Monday 18th March at 6pm

‘Behind the Walls: The Curragh Camp’ is a radio documentary for KFM Radio and was funded by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland through the Television Licence Fee.


The Curragh is synonymous with the military dating back to prehistoric times when it was famed as the practice ground for the warriors of Na Fianna, along with having links to Henry II in the late 1100s and the Jacobite Army in the late 1600s, but its status as a permanent military post dates back over 160 years to 1855 when established by the British Army. Its earliest uses by the British included the setting up of a training camp to train soldiers for the Crimean War at that time, followed by the Boer War from 1899 onwards and not long afterwards, World War 1.

Before its hand-over from the British Army to the Irish Free State on 6th May 1922, the camp had become a thriving community with approximately 6,000 British Army troops and 4,000 civilians living and working in the camp. Following its handover, it evolved into a far more joyless place of internment and detention during the ensuing Civil War, and again during The Emergency in World War 2, when it also housed both allied and German internees in an unusual arrangement for the time. Gaining the name of ‘Tin Town’ during this period, it is estimated that approximately 2,000 men passed away in the camp during this period. Over the years, the camp boasted many facilities including a swimming pool, a gymnasium, many shops and a cinema and was considered to be a great place to grow up.


‘Behind the Walls: The Curragh Camp’ takes the format of a guided walking tour around the camp, intercut with recordings looking at important historical artefacts from the museum, and an interview with the current Chief of Operations and Training in the Curragh Camp. The guided tour is expertly led by Reggie Darling, member of the Curragh Local History Group, who worked as a barber all his life on the Curragh, having been born and bred there.

The museum segments are led by retired army officer Ray Stewart, again an expert on the Curragh having grown up on the camp, along with spending most of his army career stationed there. With Ray’s assistance, we explore and visually describe the many wonders the museum has to offer, including the Brown Bess Musket and the Sliabh na mBan Rolls Royce Armoured Car, part of the convoy that accompanied Michael Collins during his ambush and death in 1922, amongst many other historical treasures.

The Curragh is now well-known as the main Training Centre of the Irish Defence Forces with the Command and Staff School, the Cadet School, the Infantry School, the Combat Support College, the Combat Services Support College, the Equitation School, a logistics base, a supply and services unit, and the United Nations School. With the help of Lt Col Shane Bradley (Chief of Operations and Training Oversight in the Defence Forces Training Centre in the Curragh Camp), we explore the current training activities at the camp.

These interviews and tours, along with music and sound effects, allow the listener to experience the rich and varied history of the Curragh Camp, including the many historical objects and places of interest behind its walls, along with its historical and social impact on the locality and the wider Kildare community.

These interviews and tours, along with music and sound effects, allow the listener to experience the rich and varied history of the Curragh Camp, including the many historical objects and places of interest behind its walls, along with its historical and social impact on the locality and the wider Kildare community.

Series Information

‘Behind the Walls: The Curragh Camp’ is one of five one-hour documentaries being broadcast on local radio stations across the country that explore the history of Defence Forces barracks situated within the region. It follows on from the recent documentary for LMFM Radio in Louth/Meath on Aiken Barracks and will be followed by future documentaries on Collins Barracks Cork and the recently closed Columb Barracks (Mullingar) and Connolly Barracks (Longford).

This radio documentary series seeks to travel behind the walls of Defence Forces barracks and camps across Ireland in doing so, offer listeners a chance to aurally explore what lies behind them, with the stories of the history they encompass told by those who know them best. Through interviews with defence force members, local historians and key members of the local community, we explore the history of these places through the stories associated with key buildings, artefacts and places throughout their campuses.

The documentary was funded by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland with the Television Licence Fee and produced by Little Road Productions Ltd, based in Co. Louth

@littleroadprods – Twitter
@littleroadproductions – Facebook

Upcoming talks of interest to military historians

Two upcoming talks that may be of interest to military historians will deal with recent international military history experienced by Irish Military personal on international service under the UN.

The first talk will take place on Wednesday 20th February at 8pm in the Curragh titled ‘Peacekeeping, an Irish Perspective’ and the second talk takes place on Tuesday 26th February at 8pm in Naas titled ‘Investigating War Crimes’. More details below.

Peacekeeping – an Irish Perspective – Wednesday 20th February at 8pm

Newbridge Local History Group’s next talk will take place in the Curragh and will be given by Lt. Col. Tim O’Brien on Peacekeeping, an Irish perspective.

We are all well aware of the contribution Ireland has made to peace-keeping operations all over the world. From our own town many military personnel have gone to places like Egypt, Israel, the Congo, Western Sahara, Kashmir in India to name a few.

Lt. Col. Tim O’Brien, head of the UN Training School in the Curragh (UNTSI) will give our February talk which will highlight that contribution, putting it all in perspective.

Time and Location: The talk will take place in the UNTSI HQ in the Curragh Camp on Wednesday 20th February 2019 at 8pm.

Investigating War Crimes – Tuesday 26th February at 8pm

At this talk Col. (Retired) Desmond Travers will speak about aspects of the investigations of crimes of war instancing events he has investigated in Palestine, the Yugoslav civil war, the Sri Lankan Tamil war and other conflicts.

Desmond Travers is a former soldier and is currently Vice-President of the Institute for International Criminal Investigations ( Based in The Hague, the Institute is the sole means available to teach and advise into the investigation of  crimes of war and genocide.

His military expertise is sought and he has been military adviser and analyst into such conflicts as: the Sri Lanka – Tamil war (2009), events during the Bolivian Presidency of 2002 and the Israel – Hisbollah conflict in S. Lebanon (2006). Additionally his services have been sought relating to events in Syria, Libya, the West Bank, Sudan and on the high seas (MV Marmara incident 2012). In 2010 he was appointed to the UN Fact-finding Mission into the Israeli forces attacks in Gaza in 2009.

Time and Location: The talk will take place in Naas Town Hall on Tuesday 26th February 2019 at 8pm.

Heritage Ireland 2030 – Co. Kildare Information Sessions

Heritage Ireland 2030 is the Government’s new National Heritage Plan and your views are now being sought to make this the best possible plan for our heritage and our communities. The new Plan will address built, natural and archaeological heritage.
The discussion document can be downloaded at and you can make submissions by email (, via online survey ( or by post to Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Custom House, Dublin 1, D01 W6XO. The closing date for submissions is 28 February 2019.

To assist communities and individuals who would like to make a submission, the Heritage Office of Kildare County Council is holding drop-in information sessions from 4.30pm to 8pm in branch libraries as follows:

Celbridge Library on Thursday 31st Jan
Athy Library on 5th Feb
Newbridge Library on 12th Feb

If you have a specific issue you’d like to clarify, or if you’re not sure how to write your submission, please do come along and we will help in any way we can. We can’t guarantee we will have all the answers but if we work together we can make sure the final plan is as strong as it can be for communities and for our shared heritage.

This is a chance for groups involved in the management and protection of heritage at grass-roots to make their views known to central Government and an opportunity to convey the importance of heritage to local communities across Ireland. One way we can show this is by a large volume of submissions on the plan. Please consider coming to one of the drop in sessions, spread the word and please send in a submission on the draft.

Bridget Loughlin,
County Heritage Officer,
Kildare County Council,
Áras Chill Dara,
Co Kildare

Tel: 045 980791
Twitter: KildareHeritage
Faebook: Countykildareheritageoffice

Grant Scheme Information Evening

County Kildare Federation of Local History Groups has been notified that Kildare PPN in association with Kildare County Council will hold two Grant Scheme Information evenings in February 2019.

Grants are available from a number of state bodies, as well as the local authority, for the benefit of the community and the promotion of the arts and heritage. Local history, heritage, and archaeological projects have the potential to qualify under the terms of many schemes and could be availed of by local heritage and history groups.

Groups are also encouraged to think creatively and look at the possibility of drawing down arts grants by combining heritage with the arts.

Below are a number of useful links followed by the details of the grant scheme information evenings in February.

Arts grants and Creative Ireland

Heritage 2019

Festival Grants

Community Grants

Grant Scheme Information Evenings

Kildare PPN in association with Kildare County Council will hold two Grant Scheme Information evenings as follows:

Tuesday 12th February 2019
The Clanard Court Hotel, Athy, at 7.30 pm to 9.00 pm

Thursday 14th February 2019
The Osprey Hotel, Naas, at 7.30 pm to 9.00 pm

The information evenings will cover the following:

Community Dept. Grants
Heritage Grants
LEADER Funding
Form filling – Making a good application

If you, or a member of your group/organisation, are interested in attending one of these information evenings please RSVP


7.15pm Registration
Bernard Higgins – Coordinator Kildare PPN

7.30pm Welcome & Introduction
Declan Nolan – Chairperson Kildare PPN

7.40pm Grant Schemes

Community Dept. Grants – Rian Glynn, Anne Dooley, Community Dept. KCC
Heritage Grants – Bridget Loughlin – Heritage Officer KCC
LEADER Funding – Helen Mulhall – Co. Kildare LEADER Partnership

8.30pm Q & A open forum

8.45pm Information Networking & Refreshments

9.00pm Close
Declan Nolan Kildare PPN

Built Heritage Conservation Grants 2019

Kildare County Council in conjunction with the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht are inviting applications for conservation projects for buildings contained on the Record of Protected Structures and in Architectural Conservation Areas within County Kildare under the following schemes:

Built Heritage Investment Scheme 2019

This scheme will support small scale, labour intensive conservation projects. The minimum level of funding awarded will be €2,500 up to a maximum of €15,000 per application.

Historic Structures Fund 2019

This scheme replaces the Structures at Risk Scheme and offers funding in 2 streams;

Stream 1 offers grants from €15,000 – €50,000 aimed at essential repairs and smaller capital works for the refurbishment and conservation of heritage structures

Stream 2 offers a smaller number of grants from €50,000 to €200,000 for larger enhancement, refurbishment or reuse projects involving heritage structures, where a clear community or public benefit is demonstrated.

Both schemes operate on a match funding basis and all applications must be accompanied by a method statement.

Application forms: full details of both schemes and eligibility criteria are available from our website or by emailing

Closing date: 4 p.m. on 31st January 2019.

Bridget Loughlin,
County Heritage Officer,
Kildare County Council,
Áras Chill Dara,
Co Kildare
Tel: 045 980791

Twitter: KildareHeritage
Facebook: Countykildareheritageoffice

Sworn to be Free – A Nation Reborn

The Co. Kildare Decade of Commemorations Committee would like to invite you to a commemorative event to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the meeting of the First Dáil in 1919.

Sworn to be Free – A Nation Reborn

Wednesday 23 January, 2019
Reception: 7.30 p.m.
Osprey Hotel, Naas, Co. Kildare

Cllr. Pádraig McEvoy
Chairman of the Co. Kildare Decade of Commemorations Committee

Opening Remarks:
Cllr. Seán Power, Mayor of Co. Kildare

Historical Background:
Mario Corrigan of Kildare Library Services

Ciara Plunkett, News Editor, KFM in conversation with the Ceann Comhairle, Seán Ó Fearghaíl and Members of the Oireachtas for Co. Kildare.

Sen. Anthony Lawlor | Bernard Durkan, T.D.
Martin Heydon, T.D. | James Lawless, T.D.
Catherine Murphy, T.D. | Fiona O’Loughlin, T.D.
Frank O’Rourke, T.D.

Colonising a Royal Landscape – Book Launch

Transport Infrastructure Ireland and Kildare County Council cordially invite you to a book and audio-book launch

Colonising a Royal Landscape – the History and Archaeology of a Medieval Village at Mullamast, County Kildare
TII Heritage Series 6

Mullamast – the Story of a Medieval Village (audiobook)

The Tanyard, Ballitore, County Kildare;
5.00 – 7.00 pm,
Thursday 6 December 2018

Cuireadh chuig seoladh leabhair agus closleabhair de chuid Bonneagar Iompair Éireann agus Comhairle Contae Chill Dara
Colonising a Royal Landscape – the History and Archaeology of a Medieval Village at Mullamast, County Kildare
TII Heritage Series 6

Mullamast – the Story of a Medieval Village (closleabhair)

An Tanyard, Béal Átha an Tuair, Contae Chill Dara;
5.00 – 7.00 i.n.,
Déardaoin 6 Mí na Nollag 2018

Mr Michael Nolan, Chief Executive of Transport Infrastructure Ireland and Mr Peter Carey, Chief Executive of Kildare County Council, invite you to the launch of Colonising a Royal Landscape – the latest in the TII Heritage Series dedicated to publicising the archaeological results on national road projects.

The book will be formally launched by Mr Guy St. John Williams, author and horse racing historian.

Ba mhór ag an Uasal Michael Nolan, Príomhfheidhmeannach Bonneagar Iompair Éireann agus an Uasal Peter Carey, Príomhfheidhmeannach Comhairle Contae Chill Dara, cuireadh a thabhairt duit chuig seoladh Colonising a Royal Landscape – an teideal is déanaí i sraith tiomanta ag an TII do phoibliú torthaí na imscrúduithe seandálaíochta ar thionscadail bóithre náisiúnta. 

Beidh an leabhar dá sheoladh go foirmiúil ag an Uasal Guy St. John Williams, údar agus staraí rásaíocht capaill.

Directions to venue: Turn off the M9 Kilcullen to Waterford Motorway at Junction 3 (Athy), onto the R447. After 2.4km turn left at the T-junction onto the R448. Take the first left at 0.6km for Ballitore. At 0.8km arrive in the centre of Ballitore village. The Tanyard is located beside Mary Leadbeater House and Ballitore Library.