The following link is to a number of articles taken from the Kildare Observer Online. I done a quick search of Curragh Interest and the following articles came back. I don’t remember the Kildare Observer or when it finished, but some of the articles go back as far as 1890. Some interesting reading, but unfortunately a lot of accidents and untimely deaths. But I suppose that’s what made the news back then.
I had never heard of The Curragh Petty Sessions before now. Perhaps somebody knows where it was located on The Curragh. It was indeed a busy court and the ones I have post are only a selection. They were certainly different times and the punishment handed down were very severe by today’s standards, hard labour included.
The Kildare Observer Online is free at the moment to view and has a search feature that allows you to search for particular interest such as Curragh Camp, or Curragh Petty Sessions or Newbridge Barracks or whatever you like.
Something else I found was the amount of accidents causing death and suicide among the young soldiers was very great indeed. Although not a believer, growing up on O’Higgins Tce there was always a mention of Ghosts and sightings especially on the dark winter evenings. Always scared the life out of me a little boy playing “Kick the Can” and “Jack Jack Shine the Light” and it would always finish up with Ghost Stories. But I suppose The Curragh had more than its fair share of tragedy down through the years.
On a lighter note, the amount of sporting activities that show up for the Curragh is amazing, although most are from the British times on the camp its gives an insight into life back then.
Also for the ladies there are society weddings mentioned, where you see who from the rich and famous married who and where the reception was held, who attended and more importantly what presents they bought for the happy couple are listed
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Hi Andy, thats the very same shop, when we were kids we used to make money selling back the golf balls we would get in the pond. The pond had four Greens around it so there was always plenty of balls in it, we got 6d per ball 1/s if we were in the pond when a ball landed, that was because Barry's charged 1s6d per ball in the shop, a nice little earner.
Liam I well remember you giving me directions on the art of pitching the ball, you were good every ball went into the water, now I know why you bought me that six penny ice cream in Barry's shop, a true entrepreneur
Keep safe, keep well and keep your sense of humour. remember our wants are many, but our needs are few.
Most of the lost balls came from the 9th hole - the tee was on the other side of the road leading up to Crotanstown House and you had to hit straight over the pond. I still remember the squelch of the muck as we moved around in it. I used to cut the greens twice a week later on.