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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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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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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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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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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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A list of soldiers from county Kilkenny who died in World War I was published in the Kilkenny People newspaper in November 2011. The names of those from Paulstown are transcribed below.

Name / From / Date of Death / Place of Death

Gleeson, John / Paulstown / 29 May 1918  / Unknown

Gleeson, Richard / Paulstown / 4 September 1918 / France

O’Neill, Michael / Paulstown / 19 March 1916 / Unknown

Tobin, Edward / Paulstown / 21 April 1917 / France

You can read the full list here. I hope to write more in-depth articles in the future about those from Paulstown who fought in World War I.

I would like to thank a reader of this blog for directing me towards this resource.

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In 1909 Meagher also questioned Birrell in relation to the Flood Estate.[1] He asked the Chief Secretary for Ireland, “if he can say if negotiations for the purchase of the Flood estate, Paulstown, county Kilkenny, have been yet completed; if the Estates Commissioners have acquired, or have taken steps to acquire, the untenanted land on this estate; and, if not, having regard to the large number of uneconomic holdings which; exists on this and neighbouring estates, he will recommend that the Estates Commissioners will take steps to acquire this land, which comprises about 200 acres, with a 613W view to its distribution amongst persons who are entitled under section 2 of the Land Act of 1903 to portions thereof?”

Birrell replied: “This estate is not pending for sale before the Estates Commissioners. If the owner institutes proceedings the property will be dealt with by the Commissioners in its order of priority.”

View House of Commons Debates I & II here and here.


[1] Millbank Systems, compilers. Hansard 1803-2005. House of Commons Debate 1 April 1909 vol 3 cc612-3W http://hansard.millbanksystems.com/written_answers/1909/apr/01/flood-estate-paulstown-county-kilkenny#S5CV0003P0_19090401_CWA_37 : accessed 9 December 2011.

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Michael Meagher represented the constituency of North Kilkenny from 1906-1918. On 6 February 1908 he put a question to Augustine Birrell, who was Chief Secretary of Ireland at the time. Meager enquired as to why police were sent to a grass letting at Viewmount on the previous January.

He questioned, “I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland if he is aware that forces of police were sent from Paulstown, Gowran, and Gores-bridge to assist at a grass-letting at 1103 Viewmount, County Kilkenny, on 22nd January; will he state by whose authority such action was taken; was a breach of the peace apprehended; if so, on what grounds; and, seeing that Kilkenny is one of the most peaceable and law-abiding counties in the United Kingdom, and with a view to prevent a breach of the peace and feelings of bitterness between the authorities and the people, will he see that conduct such as this will not be allowed in future.”[1]

Birrell replied: “A letting by auction of grazing lands at Viewmount was announced for 22nd January. The police authorities had reason to apprehend that the auction might be interfered with, and consequently four policemen were sent to the place for the preservation of the peace. It is the fact that the county of Kilkenny generally is in a most peaceful condition, but in this particular instance precautionary measures were called for. In reply to a further Question the right hon. Gentleman said the police would not have been sent to the auction had not threatening notices been posted.”[2]

To read more about Viewmount House click here.

To read House of Commons Debates 1803-2005 I click here.


[1] Millbank Systems, compilers. Hansard 1803-2005. House of Commons Debate 6 February 1908 vol 183 cc1102-3 http://hansard.millbanksystems.com/commons/1908/feb/06/viewmount-grass-letting#S4V0183P0_19080206_HOC_272 : accessed 9 December 2011.

[2]Ibid.

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The following names appear on passenger list for ships that sailed into the port of Boston from 1820 – 1943. It was only after the Immigration Act of 1891 that place of origin/ birth information started to appear on passenger lists, so many people from Paulstown could have sailed into Boston before the earliest name listed here.

Thomas Reeves[1]  – Arrived 29 April 1909 on S.S. Iverna from Queenstown, Cork, Ireland

Age: 24 / Male / Single / Occupation: Clerk / Can Read and Write / Nationality: British / Last Permanent Address: Paulstown, Ireland / Name and Complete Address of Nearest Relative: Richard Reeves Paulstown Co. Kilkenny / Final Destination: St. Pauls (Cannot decipher state) / By Whom Was Passage paid: Self / How Much Money In Possession Of: $10 / Whether Ever Before in the U.S: No / Name and Address of Friend or Relative Going to Stay With: Uncle Edward Moylan, 449 Laffan St, St. Pauls / Height: 5’6” / Complexion: Fair / Hair: Fair / Eyes: Grey / Place of Birth: Paulstown.

 

William Upton[2]  – Arrived 13 May 1909 on S.S. Saxonia from Queenstown, Cork, Ireland

Age: 22 / Male / Single / Occupation: Clerk / Can Read and Write / Nationality: British / Last Permanent Address: Bagenalstown / Name and Complete Address of Nearest Relative: Mrs. Upton Paulstown Bagenalstown / Final Destination: New York, NY / By Whom Was Passage paid: Self / How Much Money In Possession Of: $10 / Whether Ever Before in the U.S: No / Name and Address of Friend or Relative Going to Stay With: Friend Edward Butler, 520 East 82nd St, New York / Height: 5’7” / Complexion: Fair / Hair: Fair / Eyes: Green / Place of Birth: Paulstown, Ireland.

 

Bridget Brennan[3] – Arrived 26 October 1923 on S.S. Franconia from Cob, Cork, Ireland

Age: 56 / Female / Widow / Occupation: Wife / Can Read and Write / Nationality: British / Last Permanent Address: Sligo, Ireland / Name and Complete Address of Nearest Relative: Mother Mrs. Dowdall, Upper John St. Sligo / Final Destination: Elsmhurst, Long Island, NY / By Whom Was Passage paid: Self / How Much Money In Possession Of: $50 / Whether Ever Before in the U.S: No / Name and Address of Friend or Relative Going to Stay With: Son William Brennan 55 Boston St, Elmhurst Long Island / Height: 5’5” / Complexion: Fair / Hair: Auburn / Eyes: Blue / Place of Birth: Paulstown, Ireland.


[1] “Boston Passenger and Crew lists 1820-1943”, database, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 21 November 2011), entry for Thomas Reeves; citing National Archives and Records Administration (NARA); Washington, D.C.; Crew Lists of Vessels Arriving at Boston, Massachusetts, 1917-1943; Microfilm Serial: T938; Microfilm Roll: 133.

[2] “Boston Passenger and Crew lists 1820-1943”, database, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 21 November 2011), entry for William Upton; citing National Archives and Records Administration (NARA); Washington, D.C.; Crew Lists of Vessels Arriving at Boston, Massachusetts, 1820-1943; Microfilm Serial: T938; Microfilm Roll: 133.

[3] “Boston Passenger and Crew lists 1820-1943”, database, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 21 November 2011), entry for Bridget Brennan; citing National Archives and Records Administration (NARA); Washington, D.C.; Crew Lists of Vessels Arriving at Boston, Massachusetts, 1917-1943; Microfilm Serial: T938; Microfilm Roll: 288.

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