Kildare

Cill Dara Historical Society

Meetings: 1st. Wednesday of the month
Location:  Áras Bhríde, Parish Centre, Kildare Town at 8 p.m.
Contact: Joe Connelly, Tullywest, Kildare, Co. Kildare
Ph: 086-1686236

History of Kildare

The Cill Dara Historical Society has provided a brief History of Kildare Town for this site, and would like to acknowledge AJ Mullowney for writing the main text.


Cill Dara History Diary

Mar
4
Wed
2020
The Incredible Untold Story of Mary Elmes @ Kildare Parish Centre
Mar 4 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm
The Incredible Untold Story of Mary Elmes @ Kildare Parish Centre | Kildare | County Kildare | Ireland

The Incredible Untold Story of Mary Elmes – Ireland’s Oskar Schindler

Mary Elmes was an Irish woman who saved children from Nazi concentration camps. Clodagh Finn has written about Mary Elmes’s remarkable life, and she will give an illustrated talk based on her book, A Time to Risk All.

Come early from 7:30pm to enjoy some refreshments and a chat before the event.

Apr
1
Wed
2020
“Cromwell was Framed” – Ireland 1649 @ Kildare Parish Centre
Apr 1 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm
"Cromwell was Framed" - Ireland 1649 @ Kildare Parish Centre | Kildare | County Kildare | Ireland

Cromwell Was Framed – Ireland 1649 a talk by author Tom Reilly.

Come early from 7:30pm to enjoy some refreshments and a chat before the event.

May
6
Wed
2020
The Earls of Castlehaven: Lord Audleys of Cork and Kildare @ Kildare Parish Centre
May 6 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm
The Earls of Castlehaven: Lord Audleys of Cork and Kildare @ Kildare Parish Centre | Kildare | County Kildare | Ireland

The Earls of Castlehaven: Lord Audleys of Cork and Kildare – illustrated talk by Dr Michael Christopher Keane

Michael Christopher Keane is a retired lecturer from University College, Cork. This talk is based on his book ‘The Earls of Castlehaven’. There is a prominent County Kildare dimension to the story.

George Touchet, 11th Baron Audley and 1st Earl of Castlehaven was a leading English commander in the decisive Battle of Kinsale in which he was wounded. He later became one of Ireland’s largest landowners, possessing 200,000 acres stretching from the lands of the O’Driscolls and O’Mahonys in West Cork to that of the O’Neills of Tyrone. His successor, the 2nd Earl of Castlehaven, married royalty as his wife Anne, eldest daughter of Lord Derby and Alice Spencer of Althorp of more recent Lady Diana fame, was at one stage heir presumptive to the throne of Queen Elizabeth I. However the 2nd Earl was accused by Anne of extreme sexual depravity and, following a sensational trial, was executed in London. Remarkably his successor, the 3rd Earl of Castlehaven of Maddenstown, Co. Kildare, became a leading commander in the Catholic Confederacy uprising and led the resistance in Ireland to Protestant advancement and to Cromwell. In the 19th century three successive Lord Audleys were involved in copper mining on their estate in the Mizen peninsula near Ballydehob in West Cork, a venture which was riddled with fraud and corruption. Their estate later became a focal point in the catastrophe of the Great Famine in the region.

In overall terms the story of the lives of the Castlehavens/Audleys can help to illuminate the shifting sands of control and dominance of Irish affairs during many of the key centuries of Irish history.

Come early from 7:30pm to enjoy some refreshments and a chat before the event.

Jun
3
Wed
2020
Irish Banknotes – An Inside Story @ Kildare Parish Centre
Jun 3 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Irish Banknotes - An Inside Story @ Kildare Parish Centre | Kildare | County Kildare | Ireland

Irish Banknotes – An Inside Story with Louis O’Byrne former head of the Irish Banknote Printing Works and Mint.
Come early from 7:30pm to enjoy some refreshments and a chat before the event.

Jul
1
Wed
2020
Wolfe Tone – Family Man @ Kildare Parish Centre
Jul 1 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Wolfe Tone – Family Man @ Kildare Parish Centre | Kildare | County Kildare | Ireland

Wolfe Tone – Family Manan illustrated talk by Larry Breen

The talk will outline the family life of the great Irish Republican and 1798 leader of the United Irishmen, Theobald Wolfe Tone, and explore his County Kildare connections.

Come early from 7:30pm to enjoy some refreshments and a chat before the event.

Aug
26
Wed
2020
Kildare Town Country Music Festival @ CMYS Hall
Aug 26 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Lilywhite Country – Night One

A night of country music during Heritage Week – organised by Cill Dara Historical Society as part of Lilywhite Country – Kildare Town Country Music Festival 26th-28th August 2020 .

Artists:

Declan Nerney, Mick Flavin, Sina Theil, Gerry Guthrie, T.R. Dallas, Sabrina Fallon.

Hosted by Trudi Lalor and featuring The Ryan Turner Band.

Admission by ticket only.
Tickets available in Kildare town from:

Kildare Town Heritage Centre and Tourist Office, Market Square
Áras Bhride – Kildare Parish Centre, Bride Street
Cill Dara Historical Society (Joe Connelly)

Aug
27
Thu
2020
Kildare Town Country Music Festival @ CMYS Hall
Aug 27 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Lilywhite Country – Night Two

A night of country music during Heritage Week – organised by Cill Dara Historical Society as part of Lilywhite Country – Kildare Town Country Music Festival 26th-28th August 2020 .

Artists:

Brendan Shine, John McNicholl, Gloria, Ciaran Rosney, Max T Barnes, Carmel Sheerin.

Hosted by Trudi Lalor and featuring The Ryan Turner Band.

Admission by ticket only.
Tickets available in Kildare town from:

Kildare Town Heritage Centre and Tourist Office, Market Square
Áras Bhride – Kildare Parish Centre, Bride Street
Cill Dara Historical Society (Joe Connelly)

Aug
28
Fri
2020
Kildare Town Country Music Festival @ CMYS Hall
Aug 28 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Lilywhite Country – Night Three

A night of country music during Heritage Week – organised by Cill Dara Historical Society as part of Lilywhite Country – Kildare Town Country Music Festival 26th-28th August 2020 .

Artists:

Fr Ray Kelly, Owen Mac, John Hogan, John Raferty, Tony Kerr, Kevin Logue.

Hosted by Trudi Lalor and featuring The Ryan Turner Band.

Admission by ticket only.
Tickets available in Kildare town from:

Kildare Town Heritage Centre and Tourist Office, Market Square
Áras Bhride – Kildare Parish Centre, Bride Street
Cill Dara Historical Society (Joe Connelly)

Sep
2
Wed
2020
Movies/Memories/Memorabilia Night @ Kildare Parish Centre
Sep 2 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Movies/Memories/Memorabilia Night @ Kildare Parish Centre | Kildare | County Kildare | Ireland

A night of movies, memories and memorabilia with Cill Dara Historical Society members.

Come early from 7:30pm to enjoy some refreshments and a chat before the event.

Oct
7
Wed
2020
Feeding the Towns of Medieval Ireland @ Kildare Parish Centre
Oct 7 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Feeding the Towns of Medieval Ireland @ Kildare Parish Centre | Kildare | County Kildare | Ireland

Feeding the Towns of Medieval Ireland – with Dr Margaret Murphy of Carlow College, Medieval Historian.

Come early from 7:30pm to enjoy some refreshments and a chat before the event.