Eye on the past

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 attached to the local branch of the Catholic Young Men’s Society. The first account I have found to a pipers...

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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

1077: History written in our roads and buildings

INLAND towns such as Athy benefitted enormously from improved road making practises of the 18th century. Prior to then, responsibility...

Tuesday, 06/08/13 - 9:10am Read More

People I admire

EYE ON THE PAST 1065 LAST week I had occasion to reflect on the writers I have enjoyed over the...

Tuesday, 14/05/13 - 8:44am Read More

A forgotten freedom fighter

EYE ON THE PAST 1058 RESEARCH which I carried out in recent years gave me the names of only two...

Tuesday, 26/03/13 - 11:24am Read More

A hero of the Latvian nation

St Michael’s Cemetery Athy was the scene of an unusual gathering last week when a group of Latvians accompanied by...

Tuesday, 12/03/13 - 10:37am Read More

Centre helps us to value our heritage

PART of Athy’s developing cultural heritage is the Heritage Centre located on the ground floor of the town’s 18th century...

Tuesday, 05/03/13 - 9:07am Read More

EYE ON THE PAST 1054: Remembering the voice of Sunday evening radio

THE recent death of Seán Óg Ó Ceallacháin sent me searching amongst my sports books and in particular amongst the...

Tuesday, 26/02/13 - 10:02am 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