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In the grounds of Shankill Castle there are the ruins of an old church and graveyard. This church would be quite old as it is shown in ruins on the Ordnance Survey maps of Ireland from the 1830s-1840s period.

Towards the end of the 19th century an organization called the Association for the Preservation of the Memorials of the Dead was formed in Ireland. Members of this group spent their spare time visiting graveyards and transcribing the information on headstones, vaults and tombs. Many of these graveyards are in a total state of disrepair today and that makes the journal published by the association very valuable.

In the journal for the year 1900, a Mr. C.J. Hobson writes about how he visited this church and graveyard and transcribed what he could.[1]The relevant genealogical information from his transcriptions are reproduced below.

Elizabeth Ayleward, alias Butler, died 21 October 1708.  She had two daughters. Monument erected by her husband Peter Aylward in 1719.

John Gorges Hely Mulhallen of Malcolmville, Carlow died 1 April 1860 age 66. Erected by Frances.

Mary Cody, alias Purcell, died 31 February 1782, age 51 years.

Dennis Ryan, died 9 May 1800, age 70 years.

Erected by Michael Cooke in the memory of his father Thomas Cooke, late of Kellymount, died 16 December 1801, age 70 years. Headstone carved by John Brennan, stone-cutter, Royal Oak

Gregory Murphy, died 29 April 1768, age 21 years.

Michael Murphy, died 26 January 1771, age 60 years. Erected by his son Michael. Also, son Joseph died 26 December 1787, age 45 years.


[1] Hobson, C.J. 1900. Shankill or St. Kill Parish in Journal of the Association for the Preservation of the Memorials of the Dead. Vol.4 No.3 Part 1, pp.432-434.

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In 1891 The Immigration Act became law in the United States. This meant that much more detailed information had to be supplied on passenger lists for ships coming to the United States. For genealogists, this was of course a fantastic development as a place of last residence had to be supplied by immigrants.

Below is a list of five people who came to the US through the port of New York and gave Paulstown as their last place of residence.[1]

James J Byrne    Arrived 8 September 1901           Age 24  Single    Ship S.S. Celtic   Port of Departure Queenstown                Occupation Waiter          Last Residence Paulstown            Previously in New York in 1896            Brother living at 746 10th Avenue

Mary Stokes       Arrived 10 August 1898    Age 51    Single    Ship S.S. Majestic             Port of Departure Liverpool        Last Residence Paulstown     Final Destination Rochester

William Tracey   Arrived 10 August 1898    Age 27    Single    Ship S.S. Majestic             Port of Departure Liverpool        Occupation Farmer Final Destination Buffalo               Sister living at West Street, Buffalo, New York

Annie Upton      Arrived 6 November 1904            Age 20  Single    S.S. Etruria          Port of Departure Queenstown                 Occupation Postulant     Final Destination San Antonio Texas        Friend of The Superior of Divine Providence Convent San Antonio Texas

Kathleen Upton                     Arrived 14 October 1906          Age 18  Single    S.S. Etruria          Port of Departure Queenstown                Occupation Postulant     Final Destination San Antonio Texas        Friend of The Superior of Divine Providence Convent San Antonio Texas


[1] Ancestry.com. New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1957 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010.

Original data: Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at New York, New York, 1820-1897; (National Archives Microfilm Publication M237, 675 rolls); Records of the U.S. Customs Service, Record Group 36; National Archives, Washington, D.C.

Passenger and Crew Lists of Vessels Arriving at New York, New York, 1897-1957; (National Archives Microfilm Publication T715, 8892 rolls); Records of the Immigration and Naturalization Service; National Archives, Washington, D.C.

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This is the second post that has a compilation of surnames from the Paulstown area. The first post covered the townlands nearest the village of Paulstown. This post covers the neighbouring townlands to those nearest the village. They are Ballytarsna, Ballyvalden, Butlersgrove, Coolcuttia, Coorleagh, Garryduff and Kilmacahill. Please see the first article, via the link above, for how the names were compiled.

You can open the list as a pdf file via the link below.

Surnames of Paulstown II

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The 2011 Census of Ireland will be carried out on 10 April. The most previous census, in 2006, showed that the population of Paulstown increased by over 100%, from 292 to 598.[1] This is a tremendous change for any area in such a short amount of time.

To give some idea of the changing population of the village in the 20th and 21st centuries, I have included some demographic statistics from the Central Statistics Office in Ireland. It is important to remember that these figures cannot be compared against each other when two different area definitions are used.

Currently, I am unaware of what townlands are included in the Paulstown Electoral District. Ancedotal evidence would suggest that it might be just the three townlands where the village is located, namely Shankill, Paulstown and Kellymount.

YEAR POPULATION AREA DEFINITION
2006 598 Electoral District
2002 292 Electoral District
1996 221[2] Electoral District
1991 234[3] Unknown
1971 459[4] District Electoral Division
1961 239[5] Cluster of 20 houses or more
1951 83[6] Cluster of 20 houses or more
1946 89[7] Cluster of 20 houses or more
1926 70[8] Cluster of 20 houses or more
1911 493[9] District Electoral Division
1901 349[10] District Electoral Division

[1] Central Statistics Office. 2006. Alphabetical List of Towns with their population 2002-2006. http://census.cso.ie/Census/TableViewer/tableView.aspx?ReportId=75478 : accessed 16 March 2011

[2] Central Statistics Office. 2002. Population of Towns ordered by County and size, 1996 and 2002 http://www.cso.ie/census/documents/vol1_t5.pdf: accessed 3 March 2011

[3] Central Statistics Office. 1991. Alphabetical list of towns tith their population in 1991 http://www.cso.ie/census/census_1991_results/Volume1/C1991_V1_T20.pdf : accessed 3 March 2011

[4] Central Statistics Office. 1971. Population, area and valuation of each district electoral division, urban district, rural district and county. http://cso.ie/census/census_1971_results/Volume1/C%201971%20V1%20T11.pdf : accessed 3 March 2011

[5] Central Statistics Office. 1961.  Alphabetical List of towns with population 1961. http://www.cso.ie/census/census_1961_results/Volume1/C%201961%20VOL%201%20T15.pdf : accessed 3 March 2011

[6] Central Statistics Office. 1951.  Alphabetical List of towns with population 1951.  http://www.cso.ie/census/census_1951_results/Volume1/C%201951%20V1%20T14.pdf : accessed 03 march 2011

[7] Central Statistics Office. 1946.  Alphabetical List of towns with population 1946.  http://cso.ie/census/census_1946_results/Volume1/C%201946%20V1%20T13.pdf : accessed 03 march 2011

[8] Central Statistics Office. 1926.  Alphabetical List of towns with population 1926. http://www.cso.ie/census/census_1926_results/Volume10/C%201926%20V10%20Chapter%20Appendix%20D.pdf :accessed 03 March 2011

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