Prosperous to mark 1798 with new festival

Last 20 years of 1700's a transformative time for Kildare village

Conor McHugh

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Prosperous to mark 1798 with new festival

An image of Sir Robert Brooke who founded Prosperous.

Kildare’s latest festival is set to celebrate the unique role one of its small villages played in Irish history.

Prosperous was the scene of some of the most significant events surrounding the 1798 rebellion. It is where one of the first battles and wins of the 1798 rebellion happened.

Locals will commemorate the 220th anniversary next year over the weekend of May 25, 26 and 27 with the Prosperous Heritage Festival.

 “We plan to have a weekend full of history talks, music, reenactments, a 1798 museum, old fashioned crafting displays, and a commemoration ceremony,” Darren Brereton of the organising committee explained.

“We aim to dive right back to how Prosperous was established in 1780 by Sir Robert Brooke as a cotton manufacturing industrial village — and all the way forward to the stories and history of the role Prosperous played in the rebellion at the time.” 

 For more information see the Prosperous Heritgage Festival page on Facebook.