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Ever wondered about how near Edenderry is to county Kildare? See for  yourself. This photo taken in 2009 at Kinnefad looking towards Edenderry Town.

Edenderry & Great War, 1914-1918

Edenderry & the Great War, 1914-1918

A new book by Catherine Watson, a member of the Edenderry Historical Society was launched on Wednesday, 27 August to great acclaim in Edenderry Library. On the night more than 120 people attended, all anxious to get a copy of the book which contains the names of over 300 men (and four women) from the Edenderry area who enlisted in the Great War. Of these, 70 men would give their lives in the conflict. Catherine will give a lecture on Fri 29 August in Edenderry Parish Centre on some of these men from Edenderry who enlisted.

Prior to the launch of the book , a memorial plaque was unveiled at the Town Hall commemorating these men. Chairperson of the Edenderry Historical Society, Cherry Carter and Fr PJ McEvoy unveiled the plaque to a very large audience. Speaking at the unveiling of the plaque Ciarán Reilly said:
This evening is a historic evening as Edenderry remembers all of those who enlisted, fought and died during the First World War. Some 7…

Edenderry in times past, vol 34

Edenderry's first Feis

Edenderry's first Feis (Feis Bride) (St. Bridget's Feis) was held in 1931.
It was organised by the Local Branch of the Gaelic League.  Many local GAA personalities appear on the Organising Committee and Local Bands - Edenderry, Tullamore, Carbury and Croghan participated.
St. Bridget was strongly identified with the locality, Croghan Hill and also Kildare Town and Bridget was then a popular local personal name.

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Edenderry in times past, vol 33

The German U-Boat Blockade of Britain and Ireland during the First World War caused partial food-rationing to be introduced. Sugar was one of the first foods to be rationed. This card shows the registration with the Retailer - Clare Byrne of "The Harbour", Edenderry. The current location is at the junction of St. Mary Street and Francis Street. The Byrne Family sold the shop in the late 1950's to the O'Brien Group.

Book Launch: The Irish Land Agent, 1830-60

Dr Ciarán Reilly's book, The Irish Land Agent, 1830-60: The case of King's County will be officially launched by Professor Terence Dooley on Thursday, 21 August at 8pm in the Offaly History Centre, Bury Quay, Tullamore.

About the Book:
Land agents have been stereotypically represented in Irish history as alien, capricious and in general the tormentors of the tenantry. However, to date, no definitive examination exists of the social background, education and training of land agents as a group. With the exception of a mere handful of men, such as William Steuart Trench, Charles Boycott and Samuel Hussey, land agents remain both a taboo and unknown within Irish historiography. But how accurate are such representations? How qualified or equipped were agents to deal with the challenges that the mid-19th century, and the Famine in particular, brought? Having identified over 100 men who acted as land agents during the period 1830 to 1860, this study examines the role and function of …