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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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Walton – On the 10th inst., at his residence, Faraday street, Carlton, John Xavier Walton, of Paulstown, Kilkenny, Ireland.[1]


[1] Author Unknown, Deaths in The Argus, 17 October 1874, p.1; National Library of Australia, http://trove.nla.gov.au :  accessed 16 May 2012

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An article in an 1843 edition of the Southern Australian newspaper outlines how a number of searches were carried out in Gowran, and surrounding areas, looking for unregistered guns. A steward of J. Kearney (possibly James Kearney of the family who later become Aylward, residing at Shankill Castle) had been shot and the Under Secretary of Ireland had issued a warrant to the Gowran constabulary to carry out the searches.

The article takes the tone of an op ed piece and the author contends that the next series of searches should be conducted in the Paulstown area due to cabin holders having guns, powder and slugs. [1]


[1] Author Unknown, Search for Unregistered Arms in Southern Australian, 5 September 1843, p.4; National Library of Australia, http://trove.nla.gov.au :  accessed 16 May 2012

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On 16 December 1890 nominations were received by the Sub-Sherriff for Kilkenny at the County Courthouse. Mr. Vincent Scully put himself forward and was nominated by a number of men including Thomas Bowe, Paulstown and Michael Piece Brennan, Castlewarren. [1]


[1] Author Unknown, North Kilkenny Election in The Irish Times, 16 December 1890, p.5; New York Public Library, microfilm number ZY-R18 September – December 1890

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The Association for the Preservation of the Memorials of the Dead in Ireland has one of the best names of any historical organization that is consulted for Irish genealogical research. It was in existence from 1888-1934 and published a journal in each year.  The entry below comes from Volume II, covering the years 1892-1894.[1]

The history of the Protestant Church, as written in 1816, is outlined along with a list of rectors from the 17th – 19th centuries.


[1] Association for the Preservation of the Memorials of the Dead in Ireland. 1895. Journal of the Association for the Preservation of the Memorials of the Dead in Ireland. Volume II, 1892-1895. Dublin: Peter Roe.

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