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This is an entry that will be regarded as Paulstown history in the years to come. On Saturday 28 July 2012 Paulstown native Darren O’Neill represented Ireland in the 2012 Olympic Games in London. Darren is competing in boxing at the 75kg Middleweight event. He won in his first round bout, beating Muideen Akanji from Nigeria on a score of 15-6. On Thursday 2 August he will fight in the Round of 16 against Stefan Hartel of Germany. If he wins this bout he will be one fight away from a least a bronze medal. You can read his personal thoughts about it all on his Twitter account.

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An entry on a website dedicated to the memory of Special Forces who have died from World War II to the present day lists the details for a man who is buried at the New Cemetery in Paulstown.

John Heffernan died 24 Sept 1957 and served as a private in the PARAS 2 – Parachute Regiment. His date of birth is given as 3 December 1933. You can read the entry here.

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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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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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Over the last 160 years Paulstown has been mentioned in debates at the House of Commons in London. This is the first of a few posts that will outline when it was discussed.

In 1843 discussions took place in relation to the Arms (Ireland) Bill of the time. Sir Fredrick Stovin, participating in the debate noted how a number of areas in Ireland had sent in petitions to disband yeomanry in the 1830s. He outlined how “on the 27th of August, 1831, Mr. Blackney presented a petition from the inhabitants of Paulstown, for disarming the yeomanry in Ireland.”[1]

To see the minutes of the 1831 petition click here.


[1]Millbank Systems, compilers. Hansard 1803-2005. House of Commons Debate 27 April 1843 volume 68 cc1010-2 http://hansard.millbanksystems.com/commons/1843/may/29/arms-ireland-bill#S3V0069P0_18430529_HOC_44: accessed 9 December 2011.

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The following story appeared in an 1841 edition of The Standard newspaper, which had copied an article from the Carlow Sentinel. It talked about an attack at an area called the Royal Oak which is near Bagenalstown, a couple of miles inside the Carlow border from Paulstown.

A respectable elector named Andrew Marshall, was violently assaulted, and would have been killed but for the protection afforded him by Mr. Nash, the coach agent. The state of the village these six weeks past is disgraceful to any county pretending to civilization; and if the government do not send a party of police to preserve the peace, it is impossible to say what the consequences may be, as it is invaded every night by mobs from Paulstown, county of Kilkenny, and that district.[1]


[1] Author Unknown, Disorganised Condition of the County of Carlow in The Standard, 10 August 1841, p.1; 19th Century British Library Newspapers http://newspapers.bl.uk : accessed 4 November 2011

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