Category Archives: Heritage

St. Patrick’s Day 2016

Congratulations to Clane’s St. Patrick’s Festival Committee who pulled off such a great week of festivities yet again, this year focused on the theme of Health and Fitness.

Clane Community Council hope you enjoyed our float which was powered by volunteers of all ages from Clane Tidy Towns, Clane and Rathcoffey Community Games, Clane Friary and Abbey Cemetery, Clane Heritage and the Abbey Community Centre. Generously sponsored by local business Power Food Technology, it demonstrated the wonderful power of the community working together.

Clane Community Councils Float about to power up Main Street

Clane Community Council’s Float about to power up Main Street

Some of the Guard of Honour for the main float!

Des Drumm (chairman) and John Power (chief engineer!) accepting the award on behalf of Clane Community Council from Lord Mayor of Clane Dessie Marron

Here’s to the “Health and Fitness” of everyone in Clane in 2016.

Happy Saint Patricks Day from all in Clane Community Council

Happy St. Patricks Day from all in Clane Community Council

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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Introducing the Heritage of Clane

Building on different walking tours and historical maps that were developed in Clane over the years, the Heritage Committee of Clane Community Council in collaboration with Clane Local History Group are delighted to unveil new online maps highlighting some of the wonderful heritage in and around Clane.

From the landmark Abbey to the discrete Bullaun stone – the oldest man made object in Clane – the maps feature and introduce almost twenty sites of significance.

Why not print them out and enjoy a leisurely walk around the town or cycle or drive into the countryside.

A big thank you to the members of Clane Local History Group who helped compile the information. The group regularly hosts wonderful talks and events – find out about their next one on the Community Calendar.

The new Heritage Site maps are located under the Heritage menu of

Clane Heritage – Seeking Your Photos

Do you have old photographs of Clane that you think might be of interest? How about having some of them published through Clane Community Council Heritage Group?

All you need to do is send a copy with some key information to us and we will do the rest. If you supply an original we will scan it and return the original to you. Then sit back and see your photograph appear in a locally produced publication.

Any photograph connected with people from Clane or the Clane area itself can be of interest.

You can email photos to us at Alternatively, please drop your photos along with details to any of the following:

  • Marie’s – Niamh Ryan
  • Given Opticians – Natasha Given
  • John Daly 086 2583635 CCC Heritage Group
  • Des Drumm 086 2241761 CCC Heritage Group
  • Pat Given 086 2432359 CCC Heritage Group

Please remember to include your contact details so your originals can be returned to you safely.

Thank you.

Celebrate Heritage Week … in Clane

The week starting August 18th is National Heritage Week and this year we are delighted to announce it can be celebrated in Clane.

On Sunday 19th Clane Community Council has arranged a Wild About Clane Nature Walk by the Liffey, with experts from Birdwatch Ireland and Kildare Bat Group. The walk starts at 8pm in the Abbbeylands Shopping Centre Car Park.

On Tuesday 21st August starting at 8pm in the Library, Clane Local History Group are presenting a talk where local history experts will present on the topic Main Street Clane: Its Buildings and People.

Why not come out and enjoy your local heritage at one or both of these events…all are welcome and they are free of change. We look forward to seeing you there.

Clane Nest Box Scheme 2012 – the results!!

In early 2012 Clane Tidy Towns, in association with the Kildare Branch of Birdwatch Ireland, launched our Nest Box Scheme.

A selection of the nest boxes donated to Clane Nest Box Scheme

A survey identified several species that could be reasonably expected to be attracted to nest boxes in Clane, appropriate sites were identified around the town, and suggested nest box designs were drawn up.

People were invited to create and donate nest boxes, and a wonderful total of 18 boxes (including 4 from the local Men’s Shed) were assembled, gratefully received, painted up and carefully installed.

Over the course of the breeding season these boxes were monitored under license from the National Parks and Wildlife Service, and now that the season is over (at least for these nest boxes) we are delighted to share our results.

"With beautiful views over the Liffey..."

Despite the inclement weather which drastically affected the population of caterpillars on which most nestlings are fed, we are delighted to report that nests were constructed in 9 of the boxes, and young were successfully raised in 7 of these nests. Eggs were not laid in one of the nests, and in another the nest was abandoned for some reason before the eggs hatched. Of the 18 nest boxes originally installed a total of 37 young were successfully reared – a wonderful result for the first year of the scheme. All the nests were occupied by Blue Tit, one of our targeted species. Details of the nesting results were contributed to the BTO’s Nest Record Scheme to assist in long term research.

Of the 18 nest boxes installed we actually went ahead and installed a camera in one of them, and connected it up to a recorder. By shear luck, a pair of Blue Tits started to construct their nest in the box the day after the camera went in!! The complete nest was not visible to the camera but at least 9 eggs were seen to be laid and at least 8 young were counted leaving the nest a few short weeks later. The transformation from empty wooden box to chaotic home full of at least 10 birds was wonderful to witness, and we are delighted now to share some of the highlights below having uploaded them to YouTube. A big thank you to the staff and members of the John Sullivan Resource Centre who kept a close eye on the birds. They christened the mum Annabelle, and the dad was named Apollo. We hope you enjoy the clips below.

A big thank you to everyone who supported the Nest Box Scheme in 2012 – the results were very encouraging. Here’s wishing the 37 young that were raised all the best in and around Clane in the coming weeks and months.