Category Archives: Clane Local History Group

Heritage Week in Clane

National Heritage Week is being held August 13-21st and local volunteers have arranged two free events in Clane…all welcome!

Hidden Gems and Forgotten People of Clane

Clane Local History Group will host a photographic exhibition entitled ‘Hidden Gems and Forgotten People of Clane’ in Clane Community Library courtesy of Mrs Jackie McCabe, Librarian. The exhibition can be viewed during library opening hours:

  • 13 August, 10am – 1pm
  • 16 August, 10am – 1pm
  • 16 August, 2pm – 8pm
  • 18 August, 2pm – 6pm
  • 20 August, 10am – 1pm

The Pale and Beyond

On Saturday August 20th at 3pm, Clane Community Council and Clane Local History Group have organised a stroll to the ramparts of the Pale and around the grounds of Clongowes Wood College. Former Clongowes teacher and local historian Brendan Cullen will give the talk on both the Pale and the early history of the castle as well as snippets of its later history and links to James Joyce.

The walk and talk starts at 3pm from the car park on the right hand side at the end of the Clongowes driveway.

All events are free and all are welcome – we hope to see you there!

Clane Local History Group and Clane Community Council supporting National Heritage Week.

Introducing Clane’s New Heritage Signage

Heritage SignageDuring 2014 the Heritage subcommittee of Clane Community Council and Clane Local History Group worked together to design and deliver a new set of Heritage signage for the village of Clane.

First of all some key sites were selected from the rich list already featured in the Heritage section of this website. The key features of each location were then condensed into a sentence or two that could be squeezed into a plaque.

With heritage funding from Kildare County Council and a number of generous donations from the locality, the signage was then commissioned, manufactured and delivered.

In recent weeks Kildare County Council have started to install the new arrivals. Already two finger posts, a number of plaques, and the Information Board on Main Street are in place.

In the coming weeks and months you can expect to see the remaining plaques and posts go up.

We hope you enjoy this new amenity for the village!

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Celebrating Heritage Week in Clane

The heritage of Clane is rich and varied and this Heritage Week there are several special events arranged to help everyone discover and celebrate it…

  • On Saturday starting 3pm in ALDI car park, Clane Local History Group have organised a Heritage Walk to introduce you to some of the historic built heritage of the village.
  • On Sunday starting 8pm in Westgrove Shopping Centre car park, a Wild About Clane…at Sunset nature walk will be lead with experts from Kildare Bat Group,  Kildare branch of Birdwatch Ireland and GROWing Gardens.
  • On Tuesday at 8pm in Clane Library Clane Local History Group will present a talk on “Some Forgotten Clane Residences“.

For details of other heritage week events in and around the area why not check out





Launching “Coiseanna” … Volume 2

On Wednesday 17th April 2013, the 2nd volume of “Coiseanna”, published by Clane Local History Group, was launched by Mr. Des Marron, Mayor of Clane, in a crowded GAA Centre. This year’s volume runs to 124 pages and is chock-a-block with local historical information of great interest to all  residents of Clane.

Clane Local History Group would like to thank the huge crowd who attended the launch; the GAA authorities for the use of their premises and the shopkeepers in Clane who are kind enough to sell the journal for us.

“Coiseanna” (named after Coiseanna Hill on College Road) costs only 5 Euro per copy and can be purchased at the following outlets in the Village: The Parish Shop; Marron’s Chemist; Hughes’ Chemist; Given’s Optician; Country Blossoms; Clancy’s Chemist.

The journal makes an ideal present for those Clane people who have had to emigrate in recent years.

We hope you enjoy the read.