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Launch of Carved in Stone

On Thursday 12 August 2010 Edenderry Historical Society will launch Carved in Stone, documenting more than twenty local graveyard readings from the vicinity. Compilied over the past few years by a dedicated small band of workers, this is a truely phenomenal recording of over 500 hundred years of local history. With the earliest grave recorded being 1562 and the latest 2009. The book is bound to be a major source for historians, genealogists and those researching their own family history. With over 20 graveyards there are a few thousand people mentioned in the text. It is in effect a census of the locality across several centuries

Among the graveyards nad burial grounds mentioned in the text are: Ballinakill, Ballyboggan, Ballyburly, Ballymacwilliam, Carbury Church & Churchyard , Carbury Hill, Carrick, Castlejordan (Old), Castropetre Church & Churchyard, Cushlann Gearr, Drumcooley, Killane, Kilpatrick, Kilrainy (Old), Monasteroris, Nurney, Shean, Society of Friends’ Burial Grou…

Formation of the GAA in Edenderry

This is an adapted text of a lecture by Ciaran Reilly to mark Edenderry GAA celebrations of La na gClub on 10 May 2009

The Formation of the GAA

Introduction

The largest sporting organisation in Ireland today, the GAA was founded in Hayes Hotel, Thurles 125 years ago and according to its founder Michael Cusack it 'spread like wildfire' into every town and village in Ireland. Why then did that 'wildfire' take longer to reach Edenderry? What was Edenderry like in 1884? What were the pastimes of the local people? Why did the GAA not take hold for 7 years? How did the GAA influence the locality in its early years?
The games of hurling and football were played in the area prior to the formation of the GAA but seem to have ceased to be played by the 1880s. The travel writer Jonathon Binns noted in 1836 about Edenderry that: 'in the afternoon they play at football and other games'. Two years before the Great Famine hurling was being played in Edenderry, perhaps not to…

Fr Hume of Rhode and Land League politics

Back in the heady days of the Land League struggle in Ireland, the fortunes of Edenderry and Rhode were linked through the prominence of the Home Rule club at Edenderry. The movement was supported by the local Catholic clergy, none more vocal than Fr Hume of Rhode parish. In a bid to quell the support of the Edenderry Home Rule club and in particular the influence of Fr A. Hume at Rhode Mr Verschoyle, land agent for a Mr Hornridge who owned land in Rhode parish conducted a campaign against the priest.

On 30th January a meeting of the men of Rhode and Croghan denounced the insult given to Hume by a clique of 'Orange Freemasons'(Leinster Leader, 12 Feb 1887). Bernard Ennis in the chair said it was the greatest honour on a Catholic to defend a priest. The Orange cliques were Scotch and Cromwell’s men. Hume had two communications from Verschoyle and that 'the brutal agent' had met him in Dublin in September 1886. Hume wanted Verschoyle to remove the 'emergency men'…

CARVED IN STONE

In the coming weeks Edenderry Historical Society will launch Carved in Stone, documenting more than twenty local graveyard readings from the vicinity. Compilied over the past few years by a dedicated small band of workers, this is a truely phenomenal recording of over 500 hundred years of local history. With the earliest grave recorded being 1562 and the latest 2009. The book is bound to be a major source for historians, genealogists and those researching their own family history. With over 20 graveyards there are a few thousand people mentioned in the text. It is in effect a census of the locality across several centuries

Among the graveyards nad burial grounds mentioned in the text are: Ballinakill, Ballyboggan, Ballyburly, Ballymacwilliam, Carbury Church & Churchyard , Carbury Hill, Carrick, Castlejordan (Old), Castropetre Church & Churchyard, Cushlann Gearr, Drumcooley, Killane, Kilpatrick, Kilrainy (Old), Monasteroris, Nurney, Shean, Society of Friends’ Burial Grounds, St…

Ancestry

The society welcomes all correspondence especially regarding ancestors who may have come from Edenderry and the surrounding area. owing to a technical problem some of the emails recieved over the last week (or since the beginning of July) may not have been recieved properly. We would ask you to re-send a query if you have not had a response.

Contact: edenderryhistory@gmail.com


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Local snippets: vol 2 Edenderry

In 1915 outgoing Edenderry Town Commissioners John Pelin, Arthur Williams and Michael Delaney were opposed and issued handbills to the people of Edenderry stating that
“Fellow Townspeople, After twelve years since out town was incorporated under the Towns Improvement Act, we are about to have a contest. During that time with your consent, we have represented you as commissioners. We think we can claim that we have not abused your confidence, as during our tenure of office we have lighted our town and suburbs as far as the chapel. Although we were not allowed to borrow money to do so, we, in conjunction with our fellow commissioners, gave our own personal security amounting to £1,200, which we are happy to state has now al been paid off, and the town now possesses what few towns, if any in Ireland can boast, a Gas Plant the sole property of the Edenderry Ratepayers. We then undertook to lay down new concrete footpaths, which we think you must admit, are second to none in Ireland. If yo…