Local History Diary

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

Mar
1
Sun
2020
Raising of the Welsh Flag @ Naas Town Hall
Mar 1 @ 3:00 pm – 3:15 pm
Raising of the Welsh Flag @ Naas Town Hall | County Kildare | Ireland

Raising of the Welsh Flag – a ceremony at Naas Town Hall with Naas Local History Group committee members.

Naas Local History Group first raised the Welsh flag on St. David’s Day in 1992 following the twinning of Naas Town with St. David’s in Wales.

The ceremony has continued every year since to commemorate the “granting” to the Fitzgerald Family of the lands and town of Naas in the late twelfth century following the Norman invasion. Many of the Norman families had previously been settled in Pembroke, Wales, and when they rebuilt the local church in Naas they rededicated it to the Welsh patron saint, hence the long standing local connection to St. David.

Mar
2
Mon
2020
Ger Kinchella Memorial Lecture & Heritage Cup Presentation @ Town House Hotel
Mar 2 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Ger Kinchella Memorial Lecture & Heritage Cup Presentation @ Town House Hotel | County Kildare | Ireland

The Annual Ger Kinchella Memorial Lecture and the presentation of the Naas Local History Group Heritage Cup

Naas Local History Group’s annual lecture to commemorate one of their founding members, Ger Kinchella, will take place in the Town House Hotel on the second of March.

This year the lecture will focus on ‘Trains thundering through Naas – the Naas-Tullow Railway.’ Liam Kenny will recreate the dismantled rail line in words and images, with the additional aid of 3D graphics by local graphic designer Eamon Synott.

Also on the night is the presentation of the Naas Local History Group Heritage Cup. Each year the Heritage Cup is awarded to a member of the community, a business, or a local community organisation, to acknowledge their long standing contribution to the community and its heritage through the continuation of a trade, service, business, or the maintenance of a shopfront, building, tradition, or sport.

This year the cup is being awarded to Swans on the Green and will be presented by P. C. Behan and Ger McCarthy.

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

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

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

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

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

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
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.