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A great story in the Kilkenny People newspaper from May 2012 outlines how Shortall’s from the state of Minnesota traced their ancestry back to Paulstown and met some of their Irish cousins.

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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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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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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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Photo’s of people born in the 19th century are more common in the U.S. than Ireland and other countries. The genealogy photo archive at www.deadfred.com has an image of James Loughlin, with the contributor of the photo outlining that he was born in 1818.

The image can be clicked to enlarge.

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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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