Archive for January, 2011

Many publications in the 19th century give detailed descriptions of the baronies, parishes and townlands of Ireland. One of the most detailed is The Parliamentary Gazetteer of Ireland published in three volumes in 1846 by Fullarton and Co. Based on statistics from the lost censuses of 1831 and 1841, and providing excellent detail of a country on the cusp of The Famine, it is a truly excellent resource. Below is the description given to the civil parishes of Shankill from volume 3 and Kilmacahill from volume 2.


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I have created a listing of all the surnames/second names that I found in different genealogical resources that cover Paulstown. The geographical focus is the townlands of Paulstown, Kellymount, Shankill and Jordanstown, as these are the townlands I fell are closest to the village. The resources used are 1911 Census of Ireland, 1901 Census of Ireland, Bassett’s Kilkenny City and County Guide and Directory, Griffith’s Valuation and The Tithe Applotment Books.

In total there are 224 surname spelling variations. I have taken the spelling of the name as is from the source which leads to different spellings of the same name in different time periods, for example, Walsh/Walshe, Coady/Cody, Oneill/O Neill/O’Neill etc.. Be sure to check for all possible variations of the name you are looking for.

If you find that a name you have is not listed that does not mean your ancestors were not from Paulstown. This listing is only for the four townlands which I feel are closest to the village. People would have put Paulstown as their home town/village on various documents even if they lived a few miles from the actual village. Also, as with all the large listings I compile, mistakes are probably  inevitable.

Click the link to open the pdf file.

Surnames of Paulstown I

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The map section below comes from the publication Atlas and Cyclopedia of Ireland by P.W. Joyce and  A.M Sullivan and was published in 1900. The original map is for county Kilkenny, hence the lack of colour and place names to the right hand side, as this is county Carlow.  The publication is described as  “A Comprehensive Delineation of the Thirty-two Counties, with a Beautifully Colored Map of Each, arranged Alphabetically, showing over 11,000 Cities, Towns, Villages, and Places of Public Interest.”[1]

The map names well known antiquities of the area such as Shankill Castle and Paulstown Castle. The proximity of the railway line to the village can be seen along with the nearby Monefelim river, a tributary of the Barrow.

[1] Joyce, P. W., and A. M. Sullivan. Atlas and Cyclopedia of Ireland. New York: Murphy & McCarthy, 1900. Print.

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William Tighe (1766-1816) is associated with county Kilkenny through his ownership of the Woodstock Estate, near Inistioge, which he took over in the 1790s. Tighe travelled widely across Europe but also had time to carry out extensive renovations and improvements at Woodstock. In 1802 his book, Statistical Observations Relative to the County of Kilkenny Made in the Year 1800 and 1801 was published by Craisberry and Campbell. In this publication, Shankill and Kilmacahill civil parishes are mentioned.

Page 461 of the book shows the population of various civil parishes in the county of Kilkenny. It including those which make up the village of Paulstown, namely Shankill and Kilmacahill. In 1800 Shankill is listed as having 171 families and 1078 inhabitants with Kilmacahill having 124 families and 785 inhabitants. Statistics available for other civil parishes, such as the number of males and females are not given for Shankill and Kilmacahill.

Page 527 also describes how the titles of the parish of Kilmacahill are distributed. The collection of tithes eventually led to the Tithe Wars of the 1830s which were very prominent in county Kilkenny.

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I was luckly enough to get some publications in my Christmas stocking that contained articles in relation to the histroy of the Paulstown area. Both come from editions of the Old Kilkenny Review from the 1950s and focus on the civil parish of Kilmacahill and the old abbey in Kellymount townland.

The first is from the 1952 edition, Kellymount Old Abbey by Owen O’Kelly, pages 23-25.

The second is from the 1955 edition, The Ancient Parish of Kilmacahill by Sean O’Brien, pages 16-18.

More information on the Old Kilkenny Review and the Kilkenny Archaeological Society can be found here.

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