The Kildare 2016 Programme was officially launched following the unveiling of a Memorial to John Devoy in Naas on Sunday the 25th of October 2015
The launch of the programme was the culmination of a week-long series of events organised by The Kildare County Council Decade of Commemorations Committee.
Events included the launch of Tom Nelson’s book Through Peace and War. Kildare Co. Council in the years of revolution, 1899-1926, in Áras Chill Dara, Devoy Park, Naas on Monday 19 October, Terry Golway’s Irish rebel: John Devoy and America’s Fight For Ireland’s Freedom, was re-published by Merrion Press of Sallins, and a new book by Kildare Historian in Residence, James Durney, Foremost and Ready: Kildare and the 1916 Rising was launched in Naas Town Hall.
Kildare County Council hosted two nights of entertainment in Naas Town Hall for local residents and the US visitors who travelled for the unveiling of the memorial to John Devoy: ‘The Percy French Story’ by Owen C. Lynch and Mona Conroy was performed on Friday 23 October and Saturday 24 October. Earlier on Saturday the Co. Kildare Federation of Local History Groups hosted their annual seminar in Kilcullen Heritage Centre with guest speaker, Adhamhnán Ó Súilleabháin, who delivered an illustrated talk on his grandfather, 1916 veteran, Domhnall Ua Buachalla, from Maynooth.
The week-long festivities culminated on Sunday with the unveiling of the John Devoy statue at 2.00 p.m., at Poplar Square, Naas, followed by the launch at 4.00 p.m., of the Co. Kildare 1916-2016 Programme.