James Durney

James Durney is an author/historian who works in the Local Studies and Genealogy Department, based in Newbridge Library. He is the author of twelve books on local and Irish history. James also works as a tour guide for the Kildare Town Heritage Company. He has written extensively on the history of his native County Kildare, and on Irish history in general. James has worked on several TV projects for RTE and TG4 as a researcher and two of his books have been the basis of TV documentaries – ‘Mobs Mheirica’ and ‘War Stories – Korea.’ His essay ‘From defiance to defeat: the Curragh internees 1916-24,’ won the 2011 Lord Walter Fitzgerald Literary Award for Original Research. Heart and Home. A history of social housing in Kildare Town 1881-2012 (2012) won 1st Prize for the Nilson Heritage Award at the Listowel Writer’s Festival 2013. He is Chairman of the Co. Kildare Federation of Local History Groups; Chairman of Naas Local History Group; and a Committee member of the Co. Kildare Archaeological Society. His latest book is In a Time of War. Kildare 1914-1918, published by Merrion Press. James is married with two children and lives in Naas, Co. Kildare.