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When Edenderry was Ireland’s ‘Detroit’

Detroit is synonymous with being the Headquarters of the US Car manufacturing Industry. There was a time at the start of the 20th Century when it could be fairly said that Edenderry was the “Detroit”, or motor car manufacturing capital of Ireland.

The first motor car manufacturer was William Corrigan.His gravestone at CastroPetreCemetery records that he died on the 3rd January 1946 aged 83 years. 42 years earlier, in 1902, and at the age of 41 or so, he manufactured a 4 ½ hp car. Apparently there is a photograph of this car in the museum of the Royal Irish Automobile Club which has its headquarters in Kildare Street, Dublin. William Corrigan ran a very successful garage business. According to details recorded in one of the late Joe Reilly’s books, over 40 people were employed there and some of the principal customers were O’Brien’s which had 15 Lorries and 8 Vans and Williams’ Bakery.The garage business was located at the rear of William Corrigan’s house on Main Street Edenderry. Joe D…

Remembering society outings

Remembering society outings in 1993 By Mairead Evans
Mairead Evans has been one of the most active members of the society over the years and here having looked through photo albums remembers 1993, twenty years ago, and the societies numerous trips that summer.

Summer 1993 was a busy time for the society. Our first outing of the year was a day spent in Wicklow in May. We visited Turlough Hill, the ESB pumping station which pumps water for the city of Dublin, then St Kevin’s Monastic site at Glendalough and finally to Avondale House, the former home of Charles Stewart Parnell. In June counties Kildare and Kilkenny were visited. In the morning we visited the Quaker settlement of Ballytore and the High Cross and Castledermot. In the afternoon we visited Duiske Abbey at Graiguenamanagh. Our host here was Fr Con Phelan who had been a curate for some years in Edenderry. Later in June we went north to Fermanagh where we visited the Marble Arch Caves and Enniskillen Castle- once an O’Donnell str…

Heritage Week Lecture- Queen Victoria in Ireland

Queen Victoria’s visits toIreland 1849-1861: views from the Irish country house
 On Friday 23rd August 2013 in the Parish Centre (old Convent) at 8pm, Edenderry Historical Society will host a lecture on Queen Victoria in Ireland, 1849-1861.
Queen Victoria visited Ireland three times in the early part of her reign: firstly in 1849 during the Great Famine; again in 1853 when she attended the Exhibition of Art and Art Industry at Leinster Lawn, Dublin, and the third time in 1861 when the royal family stayed at Killarney. This talk examines the frenzied preparations preceding these visits, both in municipal and private venues. Close attention is paid to the few specially chosen private country houses on the royal party’s itinerary. It considers if these visits of Queen Victoria had any impact on the built heritage of our land. Many interesting facts and stories came to light during the research into these royal trips. The subject chosen was inspired by the 2011 visit to Ireland of Queen El…