During the 19th and 20th centuries the parish priest was a dominant personality and the enforcer of morality in the parishes, villages and towns of Ireland. The list below gives the names of all those who have served as the priest in the parish of Paulstown. The parish of Paulstown and Goresbridge was created circa 1822 with an entry in the Graiguenamanagh parish registers stating that “1822 – About this time Goresbridge was taken from this parish and with Paulstown, made a separate parish. Today, according to the website of the diocese of Kildare and Leighlin, the parish is called Paulstown.
The list of priests from Michael Brennan (1833-1851) to the current priest, Fr. Laurence Malone, is to be found in chapter fourteen of Paulstown Schools Past and Present. To supplement this list, I have added examples from other sources where their names were also found. I have also found some examples of priests who served in Paulstown from before the time of Michael Brennan.
1618 Sir Edmund Seix, listed as someone who says mass and sometime stays with Sir Richard Butler of Pawlestown
1704 Anthony Forstall, listed as PP of Graiguenamanagh and Paulstown
1704 William Walsh
1731 William Walshe,listed as PP of St. Kill and Kilmacahill
1733 William Walshe
1741 Dr. Walter Jacob
1766-1783 Paul Cullen, listed as PP of Leighlin, Wells, Shankill and Kilmacahill. He could have served as priest before 1766 as this year is the first time he is mentioned in documents as the priest of this area
1796 William Cullen
1824-1829 Daniel Nolan
1830-1833 James Maher
1833-1851 Michael Brennan
1851-1870 Bernard Kinsella
1870-1901 Patrick Joseph Mulhall
1901-1934 Richard O’Brien (See footnote)
1934-1948 Mark Walshe
1948-1950 James Breen
1950-1962 Cornelius Brennan
1962-1977 James Kavanagh
1977-1978 Pierce Kavanagh
1978-1996 Sean O’Laoghaire
1996-2000 James O’Connell
2000-2004 Tom McDonnell
2004-2011 Laurence Malone
2011-Current John McEvoy
 Comerford, Michael. 1886. Collections Relating to the Diocese of Kildare and Leighlin Vol 3. Dublin:J Duffy and Sons. p.336.
 Paulstown History and Education Society. 2007. Paulstown Schools Past and Present. Kilkenny: Grange Silvia Publications. p.101
 Comerford, Michael. 1886. p.335.
 Carraigan, Canon William . 1905. History and Antiquities of the Diocese of Ossory Vol 3. Dublin: Sealey, Bryers and Walker p.412
 Ibid. p.281. Walsh could have taken over from Forstall in this year or it could be a mistake on the part of Carrigan to list two different priests in the same year.
 Comerford, Michael. 1886. p.335
 His name is on a tablet in the current Roman Catholic Church as the serving priest when the church was built in 1796.
 Catholic Record Society of Ireland. 1984. Archivium Hibernicum. Unknown vol but between 39-44
 Boase, Fredrick. 1897. Modern English Biography. Truro: Netherton and Worth. p.1622.
 House of Commons. 1836. House of Commons Papers: Report from Commissioners, Poor Law Ireland Col XXXI. p.72
 Kavanagh, James. 1865. Catholic Directory, Almanac and Registry for Ireland, England and Scotland. Dublin: John Mullany. p.189
 Keogh, Canon. 1872. The Irish Catholic Directory, Almanac and Registry. Dublin: John Mullany.
 Bassett, George Henry. 1884. Kilkenny City and County Guide and Directory. Dublin: Sealy, Bryers and Walker. p.318
 In the 1911 Census of Ireland Richard O’Brien is listed as a curate and living in Goresbridge. Peter Kavanagh is listed as a priest and living in Paulstown.
The National Archives of Ireland, 1901 Census of Ireland, County Kilkenny, DED Paulstown, Townland/Street Paulstown, Form A, Number on Form B 1 (stamped), house 12, Peter Kavanagh; digitial image, The National Archives http://census.nationalarchives.ie/pages/1911/Kilkenny/Paulstown/Paulstown_Town__part_of_/567547/ : accessed 21 February 2011: original manuscript not cited.
 Duffy, J. 1968. The Irish Catholic Directory. p.164
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