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Findagrave.com is one of the main sites to go to for headstone information. An entry from Incarnate Word Cemetery in Missouri, USA has a lot of information from an obituary for Sr. Amabilis O’Byrne, who was born in Paulstown. It states she was 98 when she died in 1988, giving a year of birth of c.1890. Click here to read the entry.

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The Examiner, a London based newspaper, reported in 1841 that William Flood, J.P., Esq of Paulstown Castle, was arrested in Dublin and charged with “being riotous on the preceding evening” (Wedensday 12 May 1841) and calling out “to hell with the Pope and Popery.”[1]


[1] Author Unknown. Offenses in The Examiner, 16 May 1841, p.1; 19th Century British Newspapers  http://newspapers.bl.uk: accessed 7 February 2012

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There has been female religious community in continuous existence in Paulstown since the 1830s. In this decade Rose Bolger of Acore and Peggy Carroll of Castlehill built a house and small shop on land owned by the Church and the bishop at the time, the famous Dr. James Doyle, permitted them to have The Blessed Sacrament in an upstairs oratory.[1]

For the next forty years those in the house sold good in the shop, made clothes, and looked after the sick and needy of the parish. They were also involved in teaching the girls of the village before and after the establishment of the girls’ national school in 1839.[2]

In 1845 the Congregation of St. Brigid received the approbation of Rome. The Mother House was located in Tullow, Co. Carlow.[3] In 1858 the Mother House founded a convent in Goresbridge with a local man, who had a niece in the Tullow congregation, financing it.[4]  From there a branch house was established in Paulstown in 1874[5] or 1875.[6]

The current Brigidine Convent building is located on the Waterford road, between the Kilkenny/Dublin road junction and the Goresbridge /Waterford crossroads. The foundation stone for the building was laid on 8 September 1928.[7] An image of the convent from 1932 is located in this pdf document on page 6. It also contains an undated photograph of nuns from the Paulstown and Goresbridge communities.


[1] Paulstown Education and Historical Society (2007) Paulstown School Past and Present Paulstown, Kilkenny: Grange Silvia Publications, p.29

[2] Ibid. p.29

[3] Author Unknown, Brigidines Celebrate 200 Years in The Breastplate, Match 2007 p.6; pratricianbrothers.com http://www.patricianbrothers.com/patwebsite/newsletterhome/australianewsletter/breastplate07/marbreastplate07.pdf : accessed 18 July 2011

[4] Brigidine Sisters. 2010. Spread of the Congregation, http://www.brigidine.org.au/about-us/index.cfm?loadref=15accessed accessed 10 January 2012

[5] Ibid.

[6] Author Unknown, Brigidines Celebrate 200 Years in The Breastplate, Match 2007 p.6; http://www.patricianbrothers.com/patwebsite/newsletterhome/australianewsletter/breastplate07/marbreastplate07.pdf : accessed 18 July 2011

[7] Paulstown Education and Historical Society (2007) Paulstown School Past and Present Paulstown, Kilkenny: Grange Silvia Publications, p.31

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The Dublin Metropolitan Police was formed in 1836 to replace the old Dublin Watch and remained in existence until it was amalgamated with An Garda Siochana in 1925.[1] An excellent publication by Jim Herlihy lists various members under different headings in the appendix. One such heading is “Ex-members of the Royal Irish Constabulary” and this list contains the following information:[2]

Maher, Jeremiah, DMP 144, born 1808, Paulstown, Co. Kilkenny

DMP 144 is the warrant number and all 12,566 members of the force had one.


[1] Herlihy, Jim. 2001. The Dublin Metropolitan Police: A Short History and Genealogical Guide 1836-1925. Dublin: Four Courts Press, p.xv.

[2] Ibid. p.221.

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Eton College is the most distinguished secondary level school in the United Kingdom. Formed in the 15th century it has seen countless pupils go on to distinguished positions of leadership. Lists of those who have attended Eton show that a member of one of the main 19th Paulstown landowning families was a student there.

Election 1826 Upper School Forth Form[1]

Aylward:  James Kearney of Shankill Castle Co. Kilkenny

Election 1829 Upper School Fifth Form Lower DIvision[2]

Aylward:  James Kearney of Shankill Castle Co. Kilkenny


[1] Stapylton, H.E.C. 1863. The Eton School Lists 1791-1850. London: E.P. Williams p.131

[2] Ibid.  p.137

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I have previously written an article about the history of quarrying in Paulstown. Recently I came across a book from the early 19th century which goes into a little more detail about wages, costs and sales prices for Paulstown limestone in that era. [1]

You can read the book here.


[1] Wakefield, Edward. 1812. An account of Ireland: Statistical and Political Volume I. London: Longman et al. p.123.

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I have previously written an article about Michael Byrne, who was a passenger on the Lusitania when it sank in 1915. After surviving the attack he made his way to Paulstown to stay with relations. You can read the full article here.

More specific genealogical information about Michael Byrne can be found on a website that has transcribed records from the Registration of Americans Citizens forms that were filed at the United States Consulates in Ireland.[1]

The entry states that he was born on 15 May 1868 in the Carrick-on-Suir area of Co. Tipperary. He married Herminie Rushman who was born at Numberg (Nuremberg?), Germany. The reason for his trip on the Lusitania was ‘commerical business’.


[1] Unknown, Sheila, compiler. Irish Gleanings to Connect People to Townlands in Ireland; Registration of Americans Citizens forms that were filed at the United States Consulates in Ireland                                                                                            http://sites.google.com/site/irishgleanings/home/american-registration-documents : accessed 28 December 2011

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