Kildare County Council marks its 110th birthday

News of local studies interest from our neighbours in Kildare:
The 110th anniversary of Kildare County Council will be marked on Wednesday, 22 April at 8pm in the council’s award-winning new headquarters at Aras Cill Dara, Naas with a public talk on the first meeting of the council in 1899. The talk by local historian, Liam Kenny, will take place 110 years to the day since the inaugural council took office following the local elections of April 1899. The event will reflect on the excitement — and the controversies — generated by the first election in which the people of county Kildare were given a say in the choice of their elected representatives. For generations before participation in county administration had been confined to the landed elite; the 1899 elections were the first to bring a level of democracy to the county. The timing of the commemoration is particularly apt given that campaigning is in full swing for the 2009 local elections with twenty-five seats to be filled on the council from electoral areas throughout the county.

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4 thoughts on “Kildare County Council marks its 110th birthday

  1. It is my belief that an ancestor of mine was the first Chairman of Kildare County Council. His name was Stephen James Brown, a solicitor, who lived and died in Naas. He was born in 1854 and died in 1931. If you can confirm that he was the first Chairman for me I would be very grateful. I would welcome any other details you might have with regard to Stephen Brown and his election to Council.
    Many thanks
    Rosemary van Hilst
    Wallabi Point, NSW, Australia

    • I was directed to your message on the internet regarding my Great Uncle, Stephen James Brown. He was the first chairman of KCC and also was instrumental in bringing the first Grand Prix race to the British Isles in 1903, when the Gordon Bennett race was staged in and around Naas.

  2. Hello Paul
    I have only just found your entry as I was idly trawling the internet. Stephen James Brown was a brother to my grandfather Robert Louden Brown, born 1852, died 1914. Thank you for the information in your post. I noted that your name is Paul Louden-Brown. I am really interested in how the name Louden came to be part of the Brown name. Robert, my grandfather, appears to be the first Brown where this name is used. Caroline McCall researched the family quite extensively and wrote an article about it in the Genealogical Society of Ireland Vol 5 No 3 2004. Caroline was unable to determine where the name Louden originated. I would love to hear back from you if possible.
    Rosemary van Hilst

    • Dear Rosemary, we are indeed related! My father was Stephen Hugh Louden Brown, my grandfather Thomas Louden Brown all from Dundalk as you well know. My mother added the hyphen when they married because people kept calling her Mrs Brown! It might be easier to correspond via regular e-mail. My address is: plb@whitestarlinearchive.com

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