Sworn to be Free – A Nation Reborn

The Co. Kildare Decade of Commemorations Committee would like to invite you to a commemorative event to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the meeting of the First Dáil in 1919.

Sworn to be Free – A Nation Reborn

Wednesday 23 January, 2019
Reception: 7.30 p.m.
Osprey Hotel, Naas, Co. Kildare

Cllr. Pádraig McEvoy
Chairman of the Co. Kildare Decade of Commemorations Committee

Opening Remarks:
Cllr. Seán Power, Mayor of Co. Kildare

Historical Background:
Mario Corrigan of Kildare Library Services

Ciara Plunkett, News Editor, KFM in conversation with the Ceann Comhairle, Seán Ó Fearghaíl and Members of the Oireachtas for Co. Kildare.

Sen. Anthony Lawlor | Bernard Durkan, T.D.
Martin Heydon, T.D. | James Lawless, T.D.
Catherine Murphy, T.D. | Fiona O’Loughlin, T.D.
Frank O’Rourke, T.D.

Remembrance – The Eleventh Hour

Kildare County Council Decade of Commemorations Committee

Cordially invites you to the unveiling of a memorial plaque marking the centenary of the end of the Great War

The Eleventh Hour – County Kildare 1918-2018


Mayor of County Kildare
Cllr. Seán Power

Áras Chill Dara, Devoy Park, Naas
Sunday, 11 November 2018 at 11.00 a.m.

Be advised: event begins at 10 a.m.

Civic Reception 12 noon Osprey Hotel

If you wish to attend please R.S.V.P. cilldara2016@gmail.com

Annual John Devoy Memorial Event

Annual John Devoy Memorial Event: William Roantree, Kildare Fenian and the Devoy Connection

Each year an event is held in Naas to commemorate John Devoy. As you know his statue was erected at Poplar Square in 2015.

This year’s event will be held in Naas Library on 18 September at 7.00 p.m.

It is a lecture titled, William Roantree, Kildare Fenian and the Devoy Connection.

It will be delivered by Michael Kenny. Michael is an historian and former Keeper, Art and Industry Division at the National Museum of Ireland. His book, ‘Brothers in Arms’ tells the remarkable story of William and James Roantree, from Leixlip, Co. Kildare and was launched in Leixlip Community Library in February.

Michael is a very entertaining and interesting speaker so this is an event not to be missed!

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Irish Military Seminar

Irish Military Seminar – Great Episodes in Ireland’s History
Will take place in the Riverbank, Newbridge, Co. Kildare
9–11 June 2018

Download the Programme: > IMS 2018_Programme


17:00–17:45pm The Glen of Imaal Disaster, 1941 — Terence O’Reilly

17:50pm Readings from the Leb — Martin Malone

18:35pm Reception in foyer of Riverbank Arts Centre

19:00pm Opening of the Seminar by Mayor of Co. Kildare, Cllr. Martin Miley

19:15pm Book Launch by Col. Desmond Travers (Retd.), Witness to War  Crimes, by Colm Doyle, with Conor Graham, Merrion Press

20:00pm Who Fears to Speak of ‘22? The politics of Commemoration. The practicalities and challenges of commemoration history; a panel discussion  and public forum with historians and the local media


8:45–9:15am Registration — Tea & Coffee

9:20–9:25am WELCOME

10:20–11:05am What Did The Women Do Anyway? The Role of Women in the Struggle for Irish Freedom 1918–1923 — Liz Gillis

11:05–11:30am TEA / COFFEE BREAK

9:30–10:15am Zulu. The Defence of Rorke’s Drift — Dan Harvey

11:35am–12:20pm Recovering the voices of the Union Irish: The forgotten
letters of Ireland’s American Civil War dead — Damian Shiels

12:25–13:10pm Oliver Cromwell and the conquest of Ireland: His greatest failure? — Professor Micheál Ó Siochrú

13:10–14:25pm LUNCH (at own expense)

14:30–15:15pm Granuaile — Grace O’Malley: Ireland’s Pirate Queen (1530-1603). The life and times of an iconic pioneer and feminist — Anne Chambers

15:20–16:05pm The significance of Irish involvement in World War I: A review — Neil Richardson



20:00pm ‘Birth of a Nation’ — a musical extravaganza set against the backdrop of Irish history up to the founding of the modern Irish State; featuring songs and music from the period. A marvellous, sometimes whimsical, but often tragic journey, guaranteed to move and entertain.

Script  by Mario Corrigan.
Paul Linehan, Tenor, Ann Cullen, Piano and Violin, and Liam  Quinlivan, Narrator.

Seminar Admission:
Friday Free
Saturday €5.00.
Concert €10.00. Includes complimentary tea and coffee break. Lunch at own expense.

Download the Programme: > IMS 2018_Programme

Booking  essential via Riverbank Arts Centre Box Office. boxoffice@riverbank.ie / 045-448327.



Public consultation meeting – Decade of Commemoration Strategy

Kildare County Council invites participation from local groups, organisations and individuals, to be part of the Ireland 2018 – 2023 Centenary Programme and Decade of Commemorations Strategy.

Kildare County Council will host an open meeting on Wednesday, 9 May, 7.30 p.m. to 9.30 p.m. in The Hotel Keadeen, Newbridge Co. Kildare for anyone interested in participating in the continued development and delivery of Kildare County Council’s programme, as part of the national Decade of Centenaries Programme.


Public consultation was key in preparing for 2016 and plans are in place to begin similar consultations on 9 May 2018. According to the Expert Advisory Group,

‘The coming years see the centenaries of some of the most significant and also divisive events in the history of modern Ireland. Widespread public engagement in this second phase of commemoration is necessary and welcome. Commemorating the period 1917-1923 raises particular challenges, requiring imaginative, thoughtful, innovative and authentic interpretations to appeal to a discerning and expectant public and to stay true to the intricate and controversial sequence of events of that time.’

The Decade of Commemorations team will be in attendance to hear your views.

In order to facilitate numbers, prospective participants are kindly requested to register their interest to attend by emailing cilldara2016@gmail.com before 4 May 2018.

Light refreshments will be provided – For further details contact:


045 448350