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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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Eton College is the most distinguished secondary level school in the United Kingdom. Formed in the 15th century it has seen countless pupils go on to distinguished positions of leadership. Lists of those who have attended Eton show that a member of one of the main 19th Paulstown landowning families was a student there.

Election 1826 Upper School Forth Form[1]

Aylward:  James Kearney of Shankill Castle Co. Kilkenny

Election 1829 Upper School Fifth Form Lower DIvision[2]

Aylward:  James Kearney of Shankill Castle Co. Kilkenny

[1] Stapylton, H.E.C. 1863. The Eton School Lists 1791-1850. London: E.P. Williams p.131

[2] Ibid.  p.137

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In 1909 Meagher also questioned Birrell in relation to the Flood Estate.[1] He asked the Chief Secretary for Ireland, “if he can say if negotiations for the purchase of the Flood estate, Paulstown, county Kilkenny, have been yet completed; if the Estates Commissioners have acquired, or have taken steps to acquire, the untenanted land on this estate; and, if not, having regard to the large number of uneconomic holdings which; exists on this and neighbouring estates, he will recommend that the Estates Commissioners will take steps to acquire this land, which comprises about 200 acres, with a 613W view to its distribution amongst persons who are entitled under section 2 of the Land Act of 1903 to portions thereof?”

Birrell replied: “This estate is not pending for sale before the Estates Commissioners. If the owner institutes proceedings the property will be dealt with by the Commissioners in its order of priority.”

View House of Commons Debates I & II here and here.

[1] Millbank Systems, compilers. Hansard 1803-2005. House of Commons Debate 1 April 1909 vol 3 cc612-3W http://hansard.millbanksystems.com/written_answers/1909/apr/01/flood-estate-paulstown-county-kilkenny#S5CV0003P0_19090401_CWA_37 : accessed 9 December 2011.

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Michael Meagher represented the constituency of North Kilkenny from 1906-1918. On 6 February 1908 he put a question to Augustine Birrell, who was Chief Secretary of Ireland at the time. Meager enquired as to why police were sent to a grass letting at Viewmount on the previous January.

He questioned, “I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland if he is aware that forces of police were sent from Paulstown, Gowran, and Gores-bridge to assist at a grass-letting at 1103 Viewmount, County Kilkenny, on 22nd January; will he state by whose authority such action was taken; was a breach of the peace apprehended; if so, on what grounds; and, seeing that Kilkenny is one of the most peaceable and law-abiding counties in the United Kingdom, and with a view to prevent a breach of the peace and feelings of bitterness between the authorities and the people, will he see that conduct such as this will not be allowed in future.”[1]

Birrell replied: “A letting by auction of grazing lands at Viewmount was announced for 22nd January. The police authorities had reason to apprehend that the auction might be interfered with, and consequently four policemen were sent to the place for the preservation of the peace. It is the fact that the county of Kilkenny generally is in a most peaceful condition, but in this particular instance precautionary measures were called for. In reply to a further Question the right hon. Gentleman said the police would not have been sent to the auction had not threatening notices been posted.”[2]

To read more about Viewmount House click here.

To read House of Commons Debates 1803-2005 I click here.

[1] Millbank Systems, compilers. Hansard 1803-2005. House of Commons Debate 6 February 1908 vol 183 cc1102-3 http://hansard.millbanksystems.com/commons/1908/feb/06/viewmount-grass-letting#S4V0183P0_19080206_HOC_272 : accessed 9 December 2011.


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Over the last 160 years Paulstown has been mentioned in debates at the House of Commons in London. This is the first of a few posts that will outline when it was discussed.

In 1843 discussions took place in relation to the Arms (Ireland) Bill of the time. Sir Fredrick Stovin, participating in the debate noted how a number of areas in Ireland had sent in petitions to disband yeomanry in the 1830s. He outlined how “on the 27th of August, 1831, Mr. Blackney presented a petition from the inhabitants of Paulstown, for disarming the yeomanry in Ireland.”[1]

To see the minutes of the 1831 petition click here.

[1]Millbank Systems, compilers. Hansard 1803-2005. House of Commons Debate 27 April 1843 volume 68 cc1010-2 http://hansard.millbanksystems.com/commons/1843/may/29/arms-ireland-bill#S3V0069P0_18430529_HOC_44: accessed 9 December 2011.

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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

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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

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