Coiseanna: Journal of Clane Local History Group

Coiseanna Journal – Issue Contents

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Coiseanna 2012

The Abbey Cemetery by John Noonan
Past Residents of Clane – Part 1 by John Noonan
Thomas Francis Meagher Clongowes Student and Rebel by Brendan Cullen
The Legend of Dan Donnelly, Regency Rouge by Larry Breen
Clane’s Link to the Titanic Disaster by Pat Given
Charles Weld, the Gentleman Soldier by Joan Weld-Moore and Lisa Newham
Mainham in the 1940s and 1950s by Brendan Cullen
The Griffiths at Millicent by Jim Heffernan
Alexandra Bridge, Clane by Brendan Cullen
Strange Happenings in Clane by John Noonan
Viscount Dongan of Clane by Pat Given
Tommy Conneff – The Pride of Clane by Ciarán Reilly
Clane’s Parnell Cottages by Pat Given
Father John Doyle – A Clane Parish Priest and the Building Of Cooleragh Church by Michael Clifford

Coiseanna 2013

Leaving Clane Behind, Emigration During the First Irish Famine by Ciarán Reilly
The Pale, Clongowes and Clane by Brendan Cullen
St Michael and All Angels Church by Carita O’Leary
Elizabeth Griffith by Jim Heffernan
Jack Dempsey ‘Nonpareil’ Clane’s World Champion Boxer by John Noonan
The Clane-Kilarney Football Connection Part 1 by Michael Clifford
Clane Schools in the 1820s by Úna Heffernan
The First Garda Sergeant in Clane by John Noonan
Immigrant Leaps from Kildare to New York by Mary Lee Dunn
The Liberator’s Family and Clongowes by Brendan Cullen
Colonel Edward Wogan by Jim Heffernan
More Strange Happenings in Clane by John Noonan

Coiseanna 2014

Clongowes: Two Hundred Years A-Growing by Brendan Cullen
My Mother Alice Curtayne by Andrew Rynne
Coolcarrigan by John Hillis
Gravel Football in Clongowes by Brendan Cullen
Ever Welcome Letters from America by Mary Lee Dunne
The Killing of Lt. Wogan Brown by James Durney
Thomas Cooke-Trench by Rev. David Fraser
Memories of Growing up in Loughanure by Bernadette Plunkett
Firmount Demesne and its House by Pat Given
The Amalgamation of Clongoews and Tullabeg by Fr. Bruce Bradley, S.J.
Charles Wogan the Constant Jacobite by Jim Heffernan
The Handys in Clane 1934-1974 by Ruth Handy
Kildare’s Grand Canal by Larry Breeen
Aggie Weir and the Houses on Clane Green

Coiseanna 2015

Some Clane residences and their owners by Pat Given
James Joyce’s schooldays in Kildare by Bruce Bradley SJ
Fifty years at Blackhall Stud by John Noonan
Joseph Delamere Whyte by John Noonan
Flight Lieutenant Michael J. Casey – From Clongowes to the Great Escape by James Durney
Mrs. Handy’s Carol Singers by Des Marron
A Whistler Remembers Punchestown by Mick Mulvey
Andy McGann – A Voice from the Past by Brendan Cullen
The Old Bridge and Ford at Clane by Tony McEvoy
The Irish at War – Arbour Hill by Larry Breen
Jubilee Nurses’ in Clane 1932-1959 by John Noonan & Jim Heffernan
The reconstruction of the ‘Abbey’ by Ted Murray
Clane’s Hidden Gems by Brendan Cullen
Molly Maguires in Kildare by Brian McCabe

Coiseanna 2016

Dell Weld – Reminiscing by Joan Weld Moore
The Franciscan in Clane by Fr. Pat Conlon OFM
Remembering the ‘Good Old Days’ by Bernadette Plunket
Sources for Clane Local History by Ciarán Reilly
Clongowes Wood College: the Early Years by Brendan Cullen
Living in Landenstown House by Peter Schmelter
Tom Harris and the 1916 Rising by James Durney
From Clongowes to Capetown by Ciarán Reilly
The Kildare Scheme and the Turf Camps by Maureen Gill-Cummins
A Letter from Missouri by John Noonan
Wolfe Tone – Family Man by Larry Breen
Pat Lynch Remembers by Pat Lynch
Clane’s Role in Preserving Tone’s Grave by Pat Given
Dens Dunne Memories of Mainham by John Noonan
Review of ‘God Provoking Democrat’ by Henry Bauress

Coiseanna 2017

The High Cross at Moone by Brendan Cullen
My Uncle Frank by Mario Corrigan
Father John Sullivan by Fr. C Harper SJ
Clane & Mainham Companies, IRA 1917-22 by James Durney
Elizabeth Griffith, Actress and Write by Jim Heffernan
Tales of the Good People by John Noonan
There’s Gold in Them Thar Hills by Nick Coy
Clane’s Military Auxiliary Hospital by Pat Given
In the Wilds of Arkansas: the Sisters of Mercy in Little Rock by Anne Breen
Dominic Kelly: The Man Who Sang for Joyce by Bruce Bradley SJ
A Blundell Family Link with Clane by Pat Given
Restoring the Naas Canal Crance by Larry Breen
The Archaeology of Clane Friary by Pat Given
The General by Dessie Marron
WW1 Military Fatalities from Clane and Locality by Pat Given
Obituaries – John (Jack Noonan) & Una Heffernan by Pat Given

Coiseanna 2018

Captain Robert Halpin by John Finlay
The Construction of the Grand Canal in Kildare by Jim Heffernan
The Castledermot High Cross by Brendan Cullen
Whither the Curragh? by Adrian Mullowney
Clane’s Bullaun Stone by Lorcan Harney & Stephen Morrin
Dr. McCarthy – a Doctor’s War by Des Drumm
Sir Thomas Wentworth Bart by Mae Leonard
Fairy Lore by Doreen McBridge
The Daly Family of Galway and Jamaica by Henry Bauress
Fr. Willie Doyle S.J. by Brendan Cullen
The Tyrrells of Ballindoolin, Carbury – the 1916 Easter Rising and its Aftermath
Archaeology of the Sallins Bypass by Noel Dunne
Lurgan’s Master McGrath by Larry Breen
Clane and the Kinight’s Hospitallers by Pat Given

Coiseanna 2019

Remembering Carigeen’s Forgotten Monuments by Lorcan Harney
Interpreting Some Coats of Arms in the Clane Area by Jim Heffernan
A Joycean Tour of Clongowes Wood College by Brendan Cullen
Lurgan’s George William Russell by Brian McKernan
The Consecration of St Michael & All Angels Church
The Wolfhill Railway by Frank Taaffe
The Pickled Earl by Brian McCabe
Adeste Fidelis and Clongowes Wood College by Liam Kenny
Wicklow Gaol by Stan J. O’Reilly
Richard Griffith of Millicent by Jim Heffernan
The History of Barberstown Castle
The Sinking of RMS Leinster by Philip Lecane
A Landscape for Manufacturing Bricks – Archaeological Evidence from the Sallins Bypass by Noel Dunne
Monsterboice and Muredach’s High Cross by Brendan Cullen
Richard Grattan (1790-1886) of Drummin House Carbury by Ciaran Reilly
Obituary – Pat Given by Larry Breen

Coiseanna 2020

A Short History of Clane by Pat Given
The Hill of Tara by Brendan Cullen
The History of Clongowes Wood College Farm by John O’Dea
Ancient Times Long Forgotten, Unearthing the Pre-Historic Archaeology of Clane by Lorcan Harney
From Riches to Rags, the Life and Times of Horace de Vere Cole by Jim Heffernan
The Name of Clane and Related Matters by Tony McEvoy
‘Get Down on Your Knees and Pray for Shackleton’ by Kevin Kenny
Kildare County Council and the War of Independence by Liam Kenny
The Georgian Castle at Clongowes by Andrew Tierney
The Theft of the Irish Crown Jewels by Jim Heffernan
A Clane connection with Robben Island South Africa by Ciarán Reilly
History of Polo in County Kildare by Kim Mullahey and Eoghan Corry
Weak Tea, Bread, Bad Spuds and Bog Workers
by Henry Bauress
Folklore and Holy Wells in Kildare by Stan O’Reilly
Miscellany – Clane Bus, Church of St Patrick, Motor Fatality 1930, Andy McGann etc.

Coiseanna 2021

The Architecture of the Church of  St Patrick and St Brigid by Andrew Tierney p.6
The West Cross Monasterboice by Brendan Cullen p.15
The History of Clane Men’s Shed by Ted Murray p.23
Rev. Thomas Kelly and the Kellyites by Frank Taaffe p.31
Mick Sammon (1892-1947) by John Noonan p.39
Childhood Years Beside Naas Canal by Seamus Moore p.43
Dame Ninette de Valois by Paul Tyrrell p.53
General Thomas Francis Meagher by Jim Heffernan p.63
President Michael D Higgins Launches ‘Hidden Gems and Forgotten People’ Project by Larry Breen p.74
A Visitor to Clane During the Great Famine by Ciarán Reilly p.78
Lough Neagh Mythology by Jimmy Conway p.83
Louisa Conolly of Castetown by Henry Bauress p.89
Ballymore Eustace Woolen Mills by Larry Breen p.96
Revisiting the Holy Wells of Clane by Lorcan Harney and Stephen Morrin p.102
The Local History Federation on Tour by Larry Breen p.117
What it Said in the Papers for Clane in 1921 by Liam Kenny p.126
Bloody Sunday
The Greatest Sporting Achievement of Dick Radley NT
Local Historians Meet Archaeologists at the Pale

Coiseanna 2022

A Virtual History Tour of Clane by Brendan Culllen p.6
Fr. Laurence Keogh (1870-1948) by Michael Clifford p.15
Bites of Life: Growing Up in Clane by Karen Sullivan p.24
Clane 1922 by Liam Kenny p.31
St. Patrick’s Way: Downpatrick Camino by Larry Breen p.38
Thomas Francis Meagher, Rebel and Exile by Jim Heffernan p.48
A Virtual History Tour of Naas by Larry Breen p.59
Gerald Fitzmaurice FitzGerald and the Knight’s Effigy in the Franciscan Friary by Lorcan Harney p.70
Mainham and Clongowes Late 1930s to Early 1950s by Brendan Cullen and Liam Kenny p.83
Killashee House: the Changing Roles of a Victorian Mansion by Mary Weld p.89
Ladies of Science: Mary Rosse and Mary Ward by John McLoughlin p.96
Abbeylands House by Ciaran Reilly p.103
John Redmond by Jim Heffernan p.108
Josef Locke by Mario Corrigan p.116
The Leinster Leader: Fragments of its Early History by Henry Bauress p.120
Carton Observed: Some References to Carton House from the Kildare Observer 1880-1935 by Mario Corrigan p.128
Miscellany p.138
The Mantle of St Brigid of Bruges
Them were the Days
Castle Rag Naas

Coiseanna 2023

What’s in a name? by Tony McEvoy p.6
The ancient game of hurling by Noel Hynes p.10
Clane at the dawn of the GAA by Pat Lynch p.15
Blessed Dom Columba Marmion by Michael Clifford p.21
The Burning of Palmerstown House by Brian McCabe p.32
Patrick Sarsfield by Jim Heffernan p.38
Historical development of Wicklow Town by Brendan Cullen p.49
Musings on Medieval Castles by Lorcan Harney p.58
Early Years of Athy Workhouse by Frank Taaffe p.70
Nicky Kelly and the Sallins Train Robbery by Larry Breen p.79
Leinster Leader by Henry Bauress p.90
Turning back the pages – the news from Clane and district 100 years ago by Liam Kenny p.96
Confessions of a Bottle Collector by Neil Reid p.100
Tom MceCreery by Padraig Mc Evoy p.106
Miscellany p.109