Local History Diary

Events in the diary are organised by affiliated groups. For non-member history related events see the news section.

Apr
6
Mon
2020
From Balyna to Burton Hall – Co. Kildare’s Country Houses @ Town House Hotel
Apr 6 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
From Balyna to Burton Hall - Co. Kildare's Country Houses @ Town House Hotel | County Kildare | Ireland

Notice from Naas Local History Group – dated 16 March 2020

In the interest of our members health, it has been decided to cancel all Naas Local History Group events until further notice.

We will resume our meetings and outings when it is safe to do so. In the meantime, please stay safe and keep well. We will meet again when this crisis has been overcome.

Ger McCarthy will give an illustrated talk on the Country Houses of Co. Kildare titled “From Balyna to Burton Hall”.

Apr
27
Mon
2020
Kildare: the Irish Revolution 1912-1923 @ Parish Meeting Room, Kill
Apr 27 @ 8:30 pm – 9:45 pm
Kildare: the Irish Revolution 1912-1923 @ Parish Meeting Room, Kill | Kill | County Kildare | Ireland

Kildare: the Irish Revolution 1912-1923, a talk by Seamus Cullen.

Everyone is welcome.

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

Note:

As a precautionary measure to minimise the spread of COVID-19 we are cancelling our talks until further notice.

This decision has been made to protect the health and safety of all our valued members and speakers and their families and friends.

Thank you for your understanding.

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.

May
11
Mon
2020
Fr. P. J. Doyle – Parish Priest of Naas @ Town House Hotel
May 11 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Fr. P. J. Doyle - Parish Priest of Naas @ Town House Hotel | County Kildare | Ireland

Notice from Naas Local History Group – dated 16 March 2020

In the interest of our members health, it has been decided to cancel all Naas Local History Group events until further notice.

We will resume our meetings and outings when it is safe to do so. In the meantime, please stay safe and keep well. We will meet again when this crisis has been overcome.

John Miley & Stan Hickey will give an illustrated talk on Fr. P. J. Doyle – Parish Priest of Naas.

May
25
Mon
2020
How we measure: a brief history @ Parish Meeting Room, Kill
May 25 @ 8:30 pm – 9:45 pm
How we measure: a brief history @ Parish Meeting Room, Kill | Kill | County Kildare | Ireland

How we measure: a brief history, a talk by mathematician Dr Ciarán Mac an Bhaird, will include lots of interesting facts rather than figures!

Everyone is welcome.

May
28
Thu
2020
Buildings and Churches of Naas Town – Walk @ Naas Town Hall
May 28 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Buildings and Churches of Naas Town - Walk @ Naas Town Hall | Naas | County Kildare | Ireland

Notice from Naas Local History Group – dated 16 March 2020

In the interest of our members health, it has been decided to cancel all Naas Local History Group events until further notice.

We will resume our meetings and outings when it is safe to do so. In the meantime, please stay safe and keep well. We will meet again when this crisis has been overcome.

Naas Local History Group committee  members will lead a walk exploring the history and heritage of the county town’s main street and historic structures, including the Court House, the Town Hall, and St. David’s Church.

Please Note: Meeting at Naas Town Hall at 7.00pm.

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

Note:

As a precautionary measure to minimise the spread of COVID-19 we are cancelling our talks until further notice.

This decision has been made to protect the health and safety of all our valued members and speakers and their families and friends.

Thank you for your understanding.

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.

Jun
20
Sat
2020
NHLG outing to Farmleigh House & Ashtown Castle @ Ballycane Church
Jun 20 @ 8:30 am – 5:30 pm
NHLG outing to Farmleigh House & Ashtown Castle @ Ballycane Church | Wicklow | County Wicklow | Ireland

NHLG outing to Farmleigh House and Ashtown Castle – Naas Local History Group’s annual tour, advanced booking required.

Booking: Brian O’Connor
Meeting at Ballycane Church car park on Saturday the 20th of June at 8.30am.

Further details to be announced.

Jun
22
Mon
2020
Showband Days in Ireland: Kildare Connection @ Parish Meeting Room, Kill
Jun 22 @ 8:30 pm – 9:45 pm
Showband Days in Ireland: Kildare Connection @ Parish Meeting Room, Kill | Kill | County Kildare | Ireland

Showband Days in Ireland: Kildare Connection, a talk by Pat Lonergan

Everyone is welcome.

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.