The Kilcoole Gunrunning, 2nd August 1914

The Kilcoole Heritage group came together in 2012 to plan for the Centenary of the landing of guns at the beach in Kilcoole. With the Decade of Centenaries taking shape and much discussion round the rights and wrongs of events a challenge the group face was to...

Monteith’s Own Great Adventure!

                         Wicklow man Robert Monteith or “Bob”, as he was known, was born on the 1st March 1879 on the Woodstockdemesne (now Druids Glen on the Kilcoole to Newtownmountkennedy road) where his father was a land steward. Members of the Church of Ireland,...

The O’Rahilly Papers

‘From the Archives’ documents are a pair of letters written by Mary Spring Rice to The O’Rahilly on 1 and 9 May 1914. They detail the early planning phases of what would ultimately become the Howth gun-running: the importation of a consignment of 1,500 rifles and...

Aspirations of the 1916 Rising

The men and women of the 1916 Rising envisaged a new Ireland as a national democracy; an Ireland which, in the words of the Proclamation, ‘guarantees religious and civil liberty, equal rights and equal opportunities to all its citizens, and [which] declares its...

Welcome to Kilcoole Remembers 1916

Over the June Bank Holiday 2016 from the 2nd to the 5th June, Kilcoole Heritage Group are planning a major festival of commemoration and celebration.  This is in recognition of the major part this small village  played in the acquisition of  arms for the Rising (in...

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