Defending the rights of tenants in Athy: Eye on the Past no. 1465

THE Irish National Land League, commonly called the Land League, was founded on 21 October 1879 at a meeting held in a Dublin hotel attended by Michael Davitt and Charles Stewart Parnell. It followed on the earlier Mayo Land League...

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Moore name forever linked with Rheban GFC

Eye on the Past No. 1464 HE was born in 1901, the youngest of seven children, and grew up in Rheban on a small farm with the nearby Grand Canal as his youthful playground. His name will be forever linked...

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Emergence of Sinn Féin in 1918 election changed the political face of urban Ireland.

EYE ON THE PAST NO. 1461 TOWARDS the end of November 1918 the local newspapers reported on the arrangements made...

Sunday, 27/12/20 - 11:56am Read More

A look back at the GAA in south Kildare 50 years ago

EYE ON THE PAST NO. 1459 THE local G.A.A.club year of 50 years ago opened with controversy arising from the...

Friday, 18/12/20 - 11:08pm Read More

Popular mythology has tended to hide many historical truths

EYE ON THE PAST NO. 1458 MUCH has been written in the past week about the Kilmichael ambush, so much...

Sunday, 13/12/20 - 12:07pm Read More

Athy woman played their role in fight for independence

EYE ON THE PAST NO. 1457   IT’S one of my many regrets that I didn’t realise the elderly lady...

Sunday, 06/12/20 - 1:35pm Read More

Eye on the Past: Please support Lions appeals in Athy

By Frank Taaffe THE local conference of the St Vincent de Paul Society has been doing extraordinary work within our...

Sunday, 29/11/20 - 10:01am Read More

Online school confirms the international reach of the Shackleton story

EYE ON THE PAST NO. 1454 THE week started with the ‘Virtually Shackleton’ event on Saturday streamed from the Town...

Saturday, 14/11/20 - 10:45am Read More

New book gives past lives a relevance

EYE ON THE PAST NO. 1453 LOCAL history is all around us. It is in the buildings, the streets and...

Friday, 06/11/20 - 12:45pm Read More

Archaeological assessment of historical site in Athy needed

EYE ON THE PAST NO. 1452 LAST week’s ********Kildare Nationalist*********** carried a news item concerning White’s Castle and an announcement...

Sunday, 01/11/20 - 2:00pm Read More

Saluting the heroes past and present of Athy GFC

  EYE ON THE PAST NO. 1450 By Frank Taaffe IN years to come it may be described as the...

Wednesday, 14/10/20 - 7:30pm Read More

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...

Sunday, 20/09/20 - 10:00am Read More

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...

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