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Kelly Park is located at the corner of Lawrence St and Melrose Place in Wodonga, Victoria, Austraila. An entry in the newsletter of the Wodonga Family History Society outlines that the park is named after Kellys who emigrated from Australia.[1]  It reads:

Three Kelly brothers left Paulstown in Ireland in 1850. Their sister Mary, who was employed in Sydney, paid their fare on the ‘Hilton’ as she feared that they may be conscripted for the Crimean War. They purchased an area of 80 acres, on which Kelly Park was a part of, from Mr W McFarlane in 1872. The majority of this land was heavily under vines. The Kelly brothers, and their family, cleared the land and farmed the property they called ‘Melrose’. [The] Council purchased the land in 1963.


[1] Burrows, Norma. 2012. Article in Borderline News, Wodonga Family History Society p.8. http://wodongafamilyhistory.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/WFHS-Newsletter-2012-02.pdf accessed 16 May 2012.

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A report in the ‘news from Ireland’ section of the Kentucky Irish American newspaper outlines that a man named John Malay [sic, possibly Millea], living in Paulstown, celebrated his 102nd birthday in September 1898.[1] He worked as a labo(u)rer and the article states that, “the centenarian was engaged last week at Paulstown where his dexterity in handling the sickle won the admiration of all.”

During his life he was married three times and the article further adds that he had a vivid recollection of The Famine and the tithe wars in Carrickshock, Kilkenny.


[1] Author Unknown, Ireland in Kentucky Irish American, 17 September 1898, p.4; Chronicling America, http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov  :  accessed 10 July 2012

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Interesting observations from Mason’s 1816 publication A Statistical Account, or parochial Survey of Ireland (Vol 2) in relation to population food and fuel.

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The study of placenames has a long tradition in Ireland. Classics of the field include Joyce’s The Origin and History of Irish Names of Places, among others. The standout modern day effort is the work of the Placenames Database of Ireland.

More localized and specific examples abound and one such publication is the work of William Shawn Mason. In volume two of A Statistical Account or Parochial Survey or Ireland he gives the following origins for the townlands in the civil parish of Kilmacahill.

You can also see an accompanying map from a previous post.

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For a brief introduction to quarter sessions see the first entry in this series.

Spring 1833 – To James Kearney Aylward Esq. and Mich. Cooke, to repair 294 perches of the road from Goresbridge to Castlecomer, between the Church at Shankill and James Maher’s gate at Shankill, at 2s. per perch, £29 8s., wages £1 9s. 5d., stamps 6s. 2d. [1]

Spring 1839 – Patrick Byrne – To keep in repair for half a year, 764 perches of the road from Castlecomer to Goresbridge, between Mark Walsh’s house at Boohgurteen (Ballygurteen?) and the widow Deegan’s house at Paulstown, at 1s 6d per perch per year. [2]

Spring 1839 – To Patrick Bridget, to repair for one year, 614 perches of the road from Castlecomer to Gowran, between Patrick Purcell’s house at Kellymount and the Widow Phelan’s at Garryduff; all in the townlands of Ballyvalden, Ballinvally, and Garryduff, at 1s 10d per perch.[3]


[1] Author Unknown. 1832. County of Kilkenny: General Assizes and General Gaol Delivery….Kilkenny: T. Shearman.

[2] Author Unknown. 1840. County of Kilkenny: General Assizes and General Gaol Delivery….Kilkenny: A Denroche Kilkenny Moderator Printing.

[3] Author Unknown. Year Unknown. County of Kilkenny: General Assizes and General Gaol Delivery….Kilkenny: A Denroche Kilkenny Moderator Printing.

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For a brief introduction to quarter sessions see the first entry in this series.

Spring 1832 – Thomas T. Bookey Esq., Of that part of the road from Goresbridge to Castlecomer, between the cross roads at Duninga and Michael Hughes’s house at Paulstown – 524 Irish perches at 5 ½ d. per perch.[1]

Spring 1832 – To Thomas T. Bookey Esq. the Rev.  James Maher and James Brenan, to lower a hill and fill a hollow, at Ballyvalden, on the road from Castlecomer to Gowran, 21l. 4s. 4d., stamps 6s. 2d.[2]

Summer 1832 – To Thomas T. Bookey Esq. the Rev.  James Maher, James Brenan and Pat Bridget, to fill ruts on 760 perches of the road from Goresbridge to Castlecomer, between Michael Deegan’s house at Paulstown and Mark Walshe’s house at Boolagurteen, at 1s.per perch, £38, wages £1 18s., stamps 6s. 2d. [3]


[1] Author Unknown. 1832. County of Kilkenny: General Assizes and General Gaol Delivery…. Kilkenny: T. Shearman.

[2] Ibid.

[3] Ibid.

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The genealogy website From-Ireland.net, run by Dr. Jane Lyons, has a database of transcribed information from cemeteries in Kilkenny and Laois. Click here and type ‘Paulstown’ in the ‘Search Grave Records’ search box. In total there are over 300 records.

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Quarter sessions were local courts that were usually held about four times each year. The courts did not have juries and were run by justices of the peace. Reilly outlines that justice of the peace were “a body of twenty three of the largest landholders in a county selected by the high sheriff in the spring and summer to meet with the crown’s circuit judges to present indictments for criminal charges and to serve as the financial body to impose the taxes for the repair of roads and bridges, the erections of courthouses and jails.”[1] Below are the first series of road repair entries that mention places and people connected with the Paulstown area.

1801 – To Nicholas Aylward, Charles Kearney, Esqrs and Gerald Fitzgerald, to repair the pound of Shankill £13 5s. 0d. [2]

Spring 1823 – To Henry and John Flood, Esqrs., and Patt Tehan, to open twelve perches of road from Castlecomer to Goresbridge, between a white thorn tree at Paulstown and a bridge at Paulstown[3]

Spring 1832 – To Thomas T. Bookey Esq. the Rev.  James Maher, and Michael Kennedy, to build a gullet across the road at Paulstown, (18 perches of mason work), on the road from Goresbridge to Castlecomer, 7l. 19s. 2d., stamps 4s. 2d. [4]


[1] Reilly, James. 2000.  Richard Griffith and his Valuation of Ireland. Baltimore: Clearfield Company

[2] Author Unknown. 1825? County of Kilkenny: The Presentments of the Grand Jury of Kilkenny 1801-1824. Online at Google Books. Accessed 17 May 2012

[3] Ibid.

[4] Author Unknown. 1832. County of Kilkenny: General Assizes and General Gaol Delivery….Kilkenny: T. Shearman.

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I have recently added the titles of a number of publications that discusses aspects of Paulstown history. You can view them all in the ‘Publications‘ section of this blog.

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Througout 2012 the Irish genealogy website findmypast.ie has been digitizing and uploads records from the Irish Petty Sessions Courts. You can read about this here and here. In county Kilkenny there were two courts held very near Paulstown, one in Goresbridge and one in Gowran. The records from these courts are among those that have been put on the website.

Currently (June 2012) they have the following years:

Goresbridge 1854-1909

Gowran 1865-67 and 1893-1910

Any Paulstown residents who had a minor skirmish with the law would more than likely have ended up in the dock at these courts. Other Petty Session court records from Kilkenny and Carlow are also on the website such as Castlecomer, Carlow Town and two from Kilkenny City. You can view these records, via subscription, here.

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