Kildare Publications

Hearth and Home – a history of social housing in Kildare town 1889-2009
In 1900 Kildare was a small market town with a population of over 2,800. However, most of the population lived in substandard houses, poorly built in plaster and slate, which comprised one room and a kitchen with no running water or toilets. Some of these houses accommodated up to ten persons. The first labouerers’ cottages were built in the town in 1889, but it was not until 1939 when Kildare Co. Council built the first social housing scheme – ‘Rowanville.’ This ground-breaking book reveals the story of the ordinary men and women who struggled to built the town that we live in today. Peopled with rich characters and lively interviews ‘Hearth and home,’ is a must for anyone living in Kildare Town.

Hearth and Home – a history of social housing in Kildare town 1889-2009 is available from Kildare Heritage Centre, Malones newsagent and Southwells, Kildare Town; Farrell and Nephew, Newbridge; Barker and Jones, Naas.

Price €13.99.

Kildare Town – Snapshots In Time

ON SALE in Malones, Southwells, Parish Centre, Credit Union, Heritage Centre and Carmelite Friary Shop in Kildare Town Farrell and Nephew in Newbridge and Barker and Jones in Naas.

Price €15.99.