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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 Delany Archive stores the archival collections of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Kildare & Leighlin, the Patrician Brothers, Brigidine Sisters and Carlow College. The Roman Catholic parish of Paulstown is in the Kildare and Leighlin diocese. A few months ago they put pictures of the Brigidine Convent in Paulstown on their Flickr stream. You can view them here.

You can read about the history of the Brigidine Convent in Paulstown in my first post about the convent.

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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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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.

Read it here.

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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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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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