1082. Photo evokes happy memories of times past

THIS week an interesting photograph was shown to me and the wonders of modern technology allowed me to scan it into my computer in seconds. The photograph is an interesting shot of the canal boat, 29B, as it approached the...

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Journey to a place of pilgrimage. No 1079

BOOKS open up avenues to places previously unknown and sometime suggest journeys never before planned. I was conscious of this after reading *****************Walsingham – A Place of Pilgrimage for All People************** written by Claude Fisher which I bought in a...

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Poems of the Great War: Eye on the Past 1078

 AUGUST is generally one of the quieter months around the town of Athy as the schools have yet to re-open.However...

Tuesday, 13/08/13 - 8:41am Read More

1077: History written in our roads and buildings

INLAND towns such as Athy benefitted enormously from improved road making practises of the 18th century. Prior to then, responsibility...

Tuesday, 06/08/13 - 9:10am Read More

People I admire

EYE ON THE PAST 1065 LAST week I had occasion to reflect on the writers I have enjoyed over the...

Tuesday, 14/05/13 - 8:44am Read More

A forgotten freedom fighter

EYE ON THE PAST 1058 RESEARCH which I carried out in recent years gave me the names of only two...

Tuesday, 26/03/13 - 11:24am Read More

A hero of the Latvian nation

St Michael’s Cemetery Athy was the scene of an unusual gathering last week when a group of Latvians accompanied by...

Tuesday, 12/03/13 - 10:37am Read More

Centre helps us to value our heritage

PART of Athy’s developing cultural heritage is the Heritage Centre located on the ground floor of the town’s 18th century...

Tuesday, 05/03/13 - 9:07am Read More

EYE ON THE PAST 1054: Remembering the voice of Sunday evening radio

THE recent death of Seán Óg Ó Ceallacháin sent me searching amongst my sports books and in particular amongst the...

Tuesday, 26/02/13 - 10:02am Read More

EYE ON THE PAST 1052: town mourns passing of two stalwart campaigners

WITHIN the space of a few weeks Athy has lost two of its most stalwart campaigners. You may think it...

Tuesday, 12/02/13 - 10:01am Read More

Offaly St- A street of memories

DAVID Neill was half a generation ahead of me and so, although we were both of Offaly Street, we never...

Tuesday, 22/01/13 - 12:00pm Read More

A to Z of business in Athy

PORTERS Directory and Guide published in or around 1909 carried an alphabetical list of names of Athy businesses associated with...

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Athy’s sole llink to 1916 ‘Rising

WE are facing into a series of centenary commemorations over the next 10 years or so.  These will include the...

Tuesday, 27/11/12 - 10:44am Read More

Passing of two community heroes

TWO people with whom I shared a friendship in recent years passed away last week.  Pat Henshaw, born in Malta...

Tuesday, 20/11/12 - 2:16pm Read More

Shared memories of a past community

LAST week Gertie Healy was laid to rest in St Michael’s Cemetery. She had been absent from her usual place...

Tuesday, 13/11/12 - 1:43pm Read More

Remembering our war dead

THIS year’s Armistice Day, 11 November, coincides with Remembrance Day and so uniquely we can commemorate at 11 o’clock on...

Tuesday, 06/11/12 - 10:50am Read More
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