Local History Diary

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

Feb
25
Tue
2020
Palmerstown House and its colourful owners @ Old Band Hall
Feb 25 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Palmerstown House and its colourful owners @ Old Band Hall | Curragh Camp | County Kildare | Ireland

Mr Brian McCabe will give a talk titled, Palmerstown House and its colourful owners.

It should be a very interesting talk.
All welcome!

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
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
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.

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.

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.