Eye on the past

Eye on the Past: The year that was 1861 in Athy

EYE ON THE PAST NO. 1445 By Frank Taaffe THE  Leinster Express reported in September 1861 that Athy had 44 public houses. The town population that year was 4,113 housed in 745 houses which gave a ratio of a public...

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One of biggest parades and pageants even seen in Athy

By Frank Taaffe IT was reported in the local press as one of the biggest parades and pageants seen in...

Sunday, 06/09/20 - 11:00am Read More

Man makes daring escape from Athy in 1960

By Frank Taaffe MIKE Robinson, born in this parish 77 years ago and now a long-time resident in Australia, sent...

Wednesday, 19/08/20 - 12:01am Read More

A look back at the history of Athy Museum Society

By FRANK TAAFFE THIRTY-seven years have passed since Athy Museum Society was founded following a public meeting in the local...

Saturday, 01/08/20 - 4:21pm Read More

Gordon Bennet race made Athy epicentre of the motoring world

By Frank Taaffe The Gordan Bennett race of July 1903 made Ireland, for a short time at least, the epicentre...

Sunday, 26/07/20 - 2:05pm Read More

Fr Matthew’s Temperance medals donated to Athy heritage centre

Eye on the past By Frank Taaffe IN a recent*Eye on the Past I made reference to Fr Mathew’s Temperance...

Sunday, 19/07/20 - 10:07am Read More

Athy has proud tradition of marching bands

ATHY’S documented musical legacy stretches back to the 1880s with an extant account which records the existence of a band...

Wednesday, 06/05/20 - 10:00am Read More

1082. Photo evokes happy memories of times past

THIS week an interesting photograph was shown to me and the wonders of modern technology allowed me to scan it...

Tuesday, 10/09/13 - 9:22am Read More

Journey to a place of pilgrimage. No 1079

BOOKS open up avenues to places previously unknown and sometime suggest journeys never before planned. I was conscious of this...

Tuesday, 20/08/13 - 8:54am Read More

Poems of the Great War: Eye on the Past 1078

 AUGUST is generally one of the quieter months around the town of Athy as the schools have yet to re-open.However...

Tuesday, 13/08/13 - 8:41am Read More

Living Greener

On yer bike

IN  perhaps one of the great ironies of human civilisation, mechanical devices to truly magnify human power came along as soon as we didn’t need them. Pedal-powered devices like bicycles only appeared after coal had already begun to transform the...

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Feel the heat

SAY solar power” and everyone thinks of photovoltaic cells, and investing in these would be a boon to the world...

Tuesday, 12/03/13 - 10:38am Read More

All aboard the Earthship

ALL of us live in homes that are dependent on larger systems to operate: electrical grids, heating and plumbing. Most...

Tuesday, 05/03/13 - 9:09am Read More

The qualities of kale

MANY local gardeners had their worst year ever in 2012, with the near-constant rain washing away soil, waterlogging roots and...

Tuesday, 26/02/13 - 9:58am Read More