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Newspapers

Digitised Collections

The Kildare Observer (1880-1935) is available for free here

The Irish Newspaper Archive is freely accessible in the Local Studies Department in Newbridge by appointment. It is also available in the main branch libraries in Athy, Celbridge, Kildare, Leixlip, Maynooth, Naas and Newbridge. This digital archive includes a range of national and regional newspapers, including The Kildare Nationalist (formerly Nationalist&Leinster Times), The Leinster Express, The Irish Independent, The Freeman's Journal and The Irish PressThe Leinster Leader has also been partially digitised up to 1929.

The Radical Newspaper Archive is also available to view for free in the Local Studies Department in Newbridge and in Athy, Celbridge, Kildare, Leixlip, Maynooth, Naas and Newbridge libraries by appointment. This collection includes a wide range of specialist papers across the political spectrum, including nationalist, republican, labour and suffragette publications. This resource is supported by the County Kildare Decade of Commemorations Committee. 

The British Newspaper Archive is available for free in the Local Studies Department in Newbridge by appointment. It is also available in the main branch libraries in Athy, Celbridge, Kildare, Leixlip, Maynooth, Naas and Newbridge. This resource is particularly useful as it includes several decades of The Leinster Leader (1884-1889 & 1925-1955) along with many other papers.

Newspapers available on microfilm

Leinster Leader - 1881/82 – 2018 (1881/82 – 1884 holdings are incomplete; many issues missing)

Kildare Observer - 1880 – 1935. [complete - paper discontinued in 1935]

Nationalist and Leinster Times - 1880-1950 [acquisition ongoing]

Freeman’s Journal - 1763 – 1860.

Finn's Leinster Journal - 1767-1828 [ missing - 1777, 1784-85; 1800; 1804; 1809-1817; 1825-26]

Leinster Express - 24 Sept 1831 – 1884.

Irish Times 1859 - 1923; Jan. 1997 – 2003.

Dublin Penny Journal - 1832-1836.

Newspapers and magazines available in hardcopy 

Leinster Leader - Some copies available for years prior to 1983 but condition varies from good to extremely poor.  All years now on microfilm and some digitised on the Irish Newspaper Archive and the British Newspaper Archive.

1983 – present.

Kildare Nationalist - 1983 - present.

Liffey Champion - 1990 onwards. Missing some issues, particularly in the early years.

The Curragh News (bound photocopy)
Feb. – Sept. 1891.

The Ballitore Magazine (bound photocopy)
2 nd series 1821.

Leixlip Life (bound 4 vols) April 1973 – March 1982.

New Link Magazine, Newbridge 1973-1976.

Maynooth Newsletter 1975 onwards

Lucan Times 

The Dublin Penny Journal 1832-3; 1834-5.