New Book: A Timeline of the War of Independence in Co. Kildare 1919-1922

The Co. Kildare Decade of Commemorations Programme has produced a new publication detailing many of the events that took place throughout the county during the War of Independence period. The launch of A Timeline of the War of Independence in Co. Kildare 1919-1922 coincides with the 100th anniversary of the burning of the Custom House, Dublin, on 25 …

Dictionary of Irish Biography – A Walkthrough Of Kildare’s Famous Figures

Dictionary of Irish Biography: A walkthrough of Kildare's famous figures

The Dictionary of Irish Biography (DIB), a hugely important national and international resource for scholars of Irish society, history and culture, moved its digital corpus of nearly 11,000 biographical entries to a new purpose-built, free-to-access repository in mid-March 2021. Since its launch in 2009, the DIB online has been available for institutions to purchase through …

Grants and Bursaries now open

The Kildare County Council 2021 Community Heritage Grants administered through the Heritage Office of Kildare County Council are now open for applicants. The closing date is Tuesday 16 March 2021 at 5PM. These are open to individuals/groups/organisations who are carrying out local heritage projects. Further information and the application form available here: http://kildare.ie/countycouncil/AllServices/Heritage/HeritageProjectsandgrants/ The Arts …

Maps, Deeds and Quakers. Rathagan’s Quaker Community 1690 – 1928

The Story of Rathangan’s Quaker Community from the birth of William Sheldon in 1692 to the departure of Sidney G Nicholson in 1928. Sat, 20 February 2021 10:00am – 12:30 Maps, Deeds and Quakers. Rathagan’s Quaker Community 1690 – 1928by Laurence Fullam The Religious Society of Friends – Quakers – were meticulous record-keepers. Working through …

Layers 1 – Photography, Archaeology, Ecology, and Raised Bogs

A Webinar by Creative Rathangan Meitheal will take place on Saturday, 7 November 2020 at 9:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Overview This online event explores the multi-layered landscape of Ireland’s great midland bogs through photography, archaeology and ecology. Tina Claffey, author and award-winning nature photographer will explore ‘The Living Skin’ – that carpet of life …

‘Becoming Strangers?’ – The Experience of Southern Protestants between 1900 and 1923

A Webinar by Creative Rathangan Meitheal will take place on Saturday 28th November at 9:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. with Ian d’Alton, Conor Morrsiey and Ciaran Reilly. Overview This seminar sets out to explore the experience of Southern Protestants between 1900 and 1923, and how they ‘became strangers’ in the newly established and very Catholic …

The Curragh Wrens – radio documentary

A one-hour radio documentary for KFM Radio Funded by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland with the Television Licence Fee To be broadcast on KFM Radio on Thursday October 15th at 7pm and Saturday October 17th at 11am. This one-hour radio documentary offers a posthumous voice to a group of women who lived as outcasts in 19th century Ireland – the …

Webinar: Conservation of Maudlins Pyramids, Naas

The conservation work on the two pyramid mausolea in Maudlins burial ground, Naas, is coming to completion and on Thursday 15th October at 7:00pm, Eoin Madigan, a stone mason who was involved with the project, will give a lecture on the work undertaken by Vernacular Conservation. There is no charge for the webinar, however, registration …

AGM – County Kildare Federation of Local History Groups

As you will know, it has been our practice in the Federation, in recent years, to hold an Annual General Meeting/Conference in October each year. We have been discussing (remotely) in committee what we should do this year and have concluded, reluctantly, that it would be wiser  to postpone the AGM for the present – given …

Book Launch – Morristown Lattin, County Kildare, 1630–1800

Morristown Lattin, County Kildare, 1630–1800: The estate and its tenants by Dr Emma Lyons will be officially published on Friday, 25th September. Details : Morristown Lattin, County Kildare, 1630–1800The estate and its tenantsEmma Lyons  Through an examination of the estate records, this case study provides an insight into the adaption and survival of a Catholic-owned …