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A recent article in the Irish Times highlighted one Kilkenny man’s quest to photograph all parochial houses in Ireland. The parochial house in Paulstown is included and can be viewed on this page. The house was the residence of the parish priest up to the late 1990s when it was purchased by the Barrett family. The parish priest now lives in a residence in Goresbridge village.

Currently, I am unaware of when the house was built. An aerial photo of the village, from the beginning of the 1900s, shows that it was built by this stage.[1] Likewise it appears on the OSI maps from the late 19th century and early 20th century.


[1] Paulstown Education and Historical Society (2007) Paulstown School Past and Present Paulstown, Kilkenny: Grange Silvia Publications. p.15

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

Kellymount, the townland which makes up one third of the village of Paulstown, is named after Joseph Keally/Kelly (1673-1713). Previous to this it was known as Ballimcloghlin[1], Baile Mhic Lachna in Irish[2]. The earliest instance of a name for the area comes from the Calendar of Deeds of the 1220s with Balimaclacth given.[3]

Joseph Keally, was a descendant of Maurice O’Kelly, who had fled from county Offaly after the massacre of Irish chieftains at Mullaghmast about 1578.[4] O’Kelly settled in the Gowran area and over the following decades the family name changed to Keally. Joseph Keally was born in 1673 to John Keally and Elizabeth Cuffe, daughter of Captain Joseph Cuffe of Castle Inch, Kilkenny.[5] Keally married Elizabeth Monke in 1707.[6]


[1] Like most Irish place names before standardization there are many spellings. This version comes from ‘Pender’s Census’ of 1659

[2] ‘Placenames Database of Ireland’, database, logainm.ie http://logainm.ie/Viewer.aspx?text=kellymount&streets=no : accessed 4 November 2011, entry for Kellymount

[3] Ibid.

[4] Lynch, Kathleen. 1938. Congreve’s Irish Friend Joseph Keally in Publications of the Modern Language Association of America (PMLA). Vol 53, No, 4, p. 1077

[5] Ibid.

[6] Ibid., p.1081

The following story appeared in an 1833 edition of The Morning Post newspaper, which had copied an article from the Kilkenny Moderator.[1]

About one o’clock on Monday morning an armed party of men attacked the dwelling house of a farmer named Carroll, residing in the parish of Paulstown, and barony of Gowran, and after smashing his windows, forced an entrance onto the house, gave him a severe beating, and carried off his daughter. A fellow named Buckley, suspected of having been concerned in the above gross outrage, was subsequently arrested by some of the police stationed at Baurnafea, and brought before Walter Molony, Esq., C.M., for examination. He has since been committed to our county gaol, on suspicion of having been concerned in the burglary, and abduction.


[1] Author Unknown, County Kilkenny in The Morning Post, 14 September 1833, p.4; 19th Century British Library Newspapers http://newspapers.bl.uk : accessed 4 November 2011

Many Irish people who came to the U.S. ended up in poor houses, almshouses and asylums. Some, for a short time, until they had the well being, contacts and resources to survive. For others, they stayed there until they died.  One entry in the registers for Westchester County (the county just above Bronx county, New York City) has information about a Mary O’Connor/Gorman who was born in Paulstown.[1]

If further outlines:

Name: Mary O’Connor or Gorman

Record Number: 3/1340

Date of Admission: 9 February 1880

Age: 60 / Single / Birthplace: Paulstown, Kilkenny, Ireland / How long in the US: 20 years / How long in the State: 20 years / At what port landed: N York / Birth Place of Father: Paulstown, Kilkenny, Ireland / Birthplace of Mother: Gordon (possibly the neighboring village of Gowran?), Kilkenny, Ireland / Education: None / Occupation of Father: Land Steward / Existing Cause of Dependence: Sickness and Destitution / What kind of labor is the person able to pursue, and to what extent: Light Housework / Has the person been an inmate of any other charitable institution: In Lunatic Asylum bd? 6 months.

A number of other questions are asked but answers are not provided.


[1] “New York Census of Inmates in Almshouse and Poorhouses 1830-1920”, database, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 21 October 2011), entry for Mary O’Connor, 9 February 1880; citing: New York State Archives, Albany, New York; Census of Inmates in Almshouses and Poorhouses, 1875-1921; Series A1978, Reel A1978:88, Record Number: 3/1340

This is a continuation from Information Wanted Ads I. Please read the first installment for further details and footnote information.

Michael Teahin – 1863                                                                                                                                                                                           Michael Teahin, Paulstown, Kilkenny, Ireland, your son and daughter are in Melbourne depot.[1]

Michael Connors – 1864                                                                                                                                                                                              From the townland of Paulstown, date of departure 1859, first location after arrival was Louisville, Kentucky. Patrick Connors, his brother, seeks information and can be reached at Gold Springs Post Office, Putnam County, New York. Date of advertisement 6 August 1864.

Patrick O’Neill – 1866                                                                                                                                                                                              Seeking person wants information, dead or alive. From the townland of Barnaphea (probably Baurnafea), Paulstown, Co. Kilkenny. Firs location after arrival was Sandfords Corners, NY in July 1855. Next location was Gregisville, Levings Co. NY. Michael O’Neil, his borther, seeks information and can be reached at Sandford Corners, Jefferson Co. NY. Date of advertisement 4 August 1866.

Patrick Phelan – 1877                                                                                                                                                                                           Wanted, Mr. John Nash of Melbourne, formerly of Royal Oak, Co. Carlow, Ireland, who recently communicated with Mr. John Doyle of Balyealls, Co. Kilkenny, Ireland to be good enough to send his address to Patrick Phelan, formerly of Garryduff, parish of Paulstown, Co. Kilkenny, now of Heargraves, near Mudgee, New South Wales.[2]

Patrick Finlay – 1886                                                                                                                                                                                                 Patrick Finlay, White Hall, Paulstown, Co. Kilkenny, Ireland. The last was heard of him thirty years ago eight miles outside of White Plains, NY. Wishes to be found by his sister, Bridget Burns, 168 Richard St, South Brooklyn.[3]


[1] Author Unknown, Missing Friends, Messages Etc. in The Argus, 27 August 1863, p.1; National Library of Australia, http://trove.nla.gov.au :  accessed 21 July 2011

[2] Author Unknown, Missing Friends, Messages Etc. in The Argus, 26 February 1877, p.1; National Library of Australia, http://trove.nla.gov.au :  accessed 21 July 2011

[3] Author Unknown, Personal in The New York Herald, 25 August 1886, p.1; America’s Historical Newspapers http://www.newsbank.com : accessed 24 May 2011

A selection of papers from the House of Commons published in 1820 gives some details in relation to the Protestant parishes in the Paulstown area.

In a section with the title ‘An Account of the Churches and Glebe Houses’ it is outlined that in 1806 there was new churches built in Kilmacahill, Grange Silvae and Wells. Alternatively, this could mean that a new church was built to serve these parishes.[1]

It is further outlined that the parish of Kilmacahill has a rectory and the serving rector at the time is William Latta. The parish of Grange Sylva [sic] is also mentioned and also has a rectory. The serving rector is Thomas Gough.[2]


[1] House of Commons. 1820. Miscellaneous Papers Ireland Session 21 April to 23 November 1820 Volume 9. London: House of Commons. p.336

[2] Ibid. p.320

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