The County Kildare Archaeological Society celebrated its 125th anniversary with a gala dinner on Saturday, October 15, at Palmerstown House - where the society was founded.
President Hugh Crawford said the society is as strong today as ever. He said the society's longevity is down to the hard work of its members promoting the study and knowledge of the history, archaeology and heritage of County Kildare and surrounding districts.
He said any notion that elitism surrounds the society was dismissed a long time ago by Lord Walter Fitzgerald who encouraged an interested youth to join as the group inspected a ruin. The youth subsequently became a lifetime officer of the society and the GAA.
“The same criteria still apply to anyone interested in joining the society and participating in what we do,” said Mr. Crawford.
Apart from its activities with its journal, lectures, outings and seminars, the society has been involved in protecting the heritage of Co. Kildare. It also participates in the Inter-Departmental Task Force on the future management of the Curragh.
Photos: Tony Keane