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Johnstown Public Cemetery
Co. Kilkenny

This cemetery is on the outskirts of Johnstown village and initially it was photographed in 2012 however some gravestones were not included.  Over the last few months, I have returned, photographed the stones that had been missed and checked for deaths recorded over the last few years.

There are 681 people buried in this cemetery up to 9th May 2017.  Forty two of these people have 2 first names, everyone else has one first name and then there are 36 nicknames listed with the first name.  There is one stone which has the script written in the Irish language and there are a total of twelve people who have first names in Irish.  The oldest stone carries a date of 1894.

The most common first names are as follows:
Ladies : Mary(54), Margaret (27), Bridget (25) , Catherine (21), Kathleen(10) and Ellen (10).
If we include the name Kate with Catherine then the two surnames rise to 29
Males: Michael & John (44) ; James(36), Patrick (31), William(22), Thomas (13), Martin (13)

The most common surnames with the numbers listed after the name are Ryan (42) ; Holohan(18) ; Henderson(16) ; Dalton & Broderick (14) ; Dowling(12) ; Walsh, Phelan Delaney & Dollard (11); Carroll, Moore & Skehan (10)

The following table is indexed alphabetically by surname.    The name found in the name ref column is the name on the gravestone. In some cases I have only included a close up photograph and not the photograph of the full stone.
Where you see a ? it means that I was not 100% sure of the exact letter or word.

Full sized copies of these photographs can be had by making a donation of 3 Euro to the maintenance of this web site.  Please email me if you would like to receive a copy.

When you see the letters n.d. this means that no date was given, n.g. also means that the date was not given.
The photographs will be loaded on 30th May 2017

NameSurnameDateYearAgefromName Ref
John?Fitzpatricke.s.Fitzpatrick 1
Conor?Whyte20-Jun2003babyWhyte 1a
BridieAnderson20-Feb199081Anderson 1 Ryan
ThomasAnderson23-Apr198080Togher Rd., UrlingfordAnderson 1 Ryan
HughBannon19-Oct196279Bannon 1 Moore
JamesBannon27-Sep1947late of WarrenstownBannon 1 Moore
BridgetBergin03-Mar1964Bergin 2
Bridget MaryBergin23-Nov198879Bergin 2
GerardBergin24-Jun1967Bergin 4 McEvoy
JimBergin10-Jun198984Bergin 2
MargaretBergin21-Dec2011Bergin 1
PeggyBergin21-Dec201173St. Kieran's Place, JohnstownBergin 3
SheilaBergin14-Oct201389Bergin 4 McEvoy
Thomas JohnBergin28-May198075Bergin 2
BridgetBoland31-May1973FoulkscourtCoady 1 Boland
James PiusBoland28-Feb197722Coady 1 Boland
JohnBoland19-Feb197768Coady 1 Boland
plotBolandn.d.Boland 1
CaitlinBowen.d.Bowe 1a
FrancesBowe10-Jul19864.5St. Kieran's PlaceBowe 1
JamesBrennan18-Nov1981Brennan 1
Judith MaryBrennan23-Apr19661 wkBrennan 1
LiamBrennan17-Nov200888Brennan 1
MaryBrennan10-Jan1970Brennan 1
KevinBrett30-Mar199661Borrisbeg, UrlingfordBrett 1
2 boysBroderickinfantBroderick 5
Alice V.Broderick16-Mar200760Luton Beds,EnglandBroderick 4 Whelan
DanielBroderick01-May197666St. Mary's Ave, UrlingfordBroderick 1 Murphy Healy
DannyBrodericke.s.Broderick 4 Whelan
EleanorBroderick22-Mar199514Broderick 5
EllenBroderick20-Feb200281Broderick 5
JuliaBroderick15-Feb197883Broderick 3 Byrnes
KarinaBroderick05-Sep19799 mosBroderick 2
Mary AnnBroderick01-Dec196824interred MullinahoneBroderick 5
Maureen Broderick18-Nov200178Broderick 1 Murphy Healy
MichaelBroderick16-Oct195274Broderick 3 Byrnes
MichaelBroderick16-Jul199650interred Luton, EnglandBroderick 5
PatrickBroderick08-Nov199482St. Mary's Ave, UrlingfordBroderick 5
PaulBrodericknamedBroderick 2
SusanBrodericknamedBroderick 2
MaryBrophySept196581Brophy 1
MichaelBrophyJan196390Brophy 1
KathleenBurke06-Jul1977Burke 1
PatrickBurke21-May1969interred ClomantaghBurke 1
PatrickBurke23-Jul199860Burke 1
AnneButler30-Nov200882Butler 1 Holohan
BridgetButler22-Sep1963Butler 2
BridgetButlere.s.Butler 2
JohnButler08-Jun195870The Islands, UrlingfordButler 1 Holohan
JuliaButler25-Nov1968Butler 1 Holohan
LawrenceButler14-Jun1963Herertstown, Co. LimerickButler 2
SeanButler18-Feb198557Butler 1 Holohan
infantByrnen.d.Byrne 1
MaryByrne30-Oct196360Byrne 2
NicholasByrne20-Apr196479Byrne 2
Se?nByrne16-Jul200061Byrne 2
AnastasiaCahill19-Feb197657Cahill 1
JohnCahill03-Mar201086Cahill 2
JulieCahill11-May197444Cahill 2
Margaret (Maurette)Cahill13-Dec196624CoolnacrittaCahill 1
WilliamCahill07-Jul19?8179Cahill 1
CatherineCampion26-Jan198573Delaney 4
EamonnCampion23-Nov200658Campion 1
EdmondCampion31-May197467Campion 1
ElizabethCampion10-Jul198676Campion 1
StevieCampionn.g199621DonoughmoreCampion 2
AnnieCarrett or Garrett2? Jan1981Carrett or Garrett 1
PatrickCarrett or Garrett06-May1978JohnstownCarrett or Garrett 1
AlmaCarroll11-Mar200854JohnstownCarroll 3 O'Rourke
AnnCarrolle.s.Carroll 2a
familyCarrolle.s.GloshaMoloughney 2
James Carrolle.s.Carroll 2a
JoanCarrolle.s.Carroll 2a
JohannaCarroll23-Jun199389Carroll 2
LiamCarroll21-Dec200466Bawnmore, JohnstownCarroll 1
MarieCarrolle.s.Carroll 2a
MichaelCarroll12-Feb198633Islands, UrlingfordCarroll 2 2a
NoreenCarrolle.s.Carroll 2a
JohnCass10-Mar1951Dalton 3 Cass
Teresa Clancy01-Nov199146Mellross, JohnstownClancy 1
MaryClark11-Feb1985Liston 1 Clark
WilliamClark12-May1986InchorourkeListon 1 Clark
DeliaClohosey05-Jan200783Seven sisters, JohnstownClohosey 1 Costigan
EdwardClohosey04-Feb198470UrlingfordClohosey 2 Dunne
MaryClohosey09-Oct198880Clohosey 2 Dunne
ThomasClohoseye.s.Clohosey 1 Costigan
TomClohosey15-Mar201093Clohosey 1 Costigan
EileenCoady02-Jul200869St. Kieran's PlaceCoady 1 Boland
BridgetCody22-May201193Dalton 2
BridgetCodye.s.D'Alton 1
BrigidCody22-May201193Dalton 2 Cody
MichaelCody11-Jan1974Dalton 2
NoraColeOct198988Comerford 2 Cole
AnnColleton21-Jan199075Colleton 1
familyColletonn.d.Colleton 2
JamesColleton21-Jul196619CoolnacrittaColleton 1
LauraColleton06-Sep1981infantColleton 1
TonyColleton03-Nov200194Colleton 1
Margaret MaryComerford17-May195969Comerford 2 Cole
MaryComerford03-Mar194118buried in DonaghmoreComerford 2 Cole
MauraComerford22-Feb199367Valentine Lodge, UrlingfordComerford 1 O'Reilly
NancyComerford03-Dec199773Comerford 2 Cole
Peter AlphonsusComerford28-Mar200892Comerford 1 O'Reilly
WilliamComerford24-Feb196089UrlingfordComerford 2 Cole
Se?nConnolly02-Aug201074Foulkscourt, JohnstownConnolly 1
James V.Corcoran31-Oct1968GalmoyCorcoran 1
MichaelCorcoran28-Mar201266Corcoran 1a
JeremiahCreed12-May197376Creed 1
MaryCreed17-Dec194441Creed 1
PatrickCroughan09-Jun198958Urard, UrlingfordCroughan 1
SarahCroughan21-Oct199054Croughan 1
AliceCullen18-Dec200459Watson 1
GerardCullinanen.d.infant Cullinane 1
JohannaCunningham09-Sep199886Johnstown & CastlebarCunningham 1
Arthur (Attie)Curran31-May199241Curran 1 Phelan
BridgetCurran11-Nov200382Curran 1 Phelan
EdmondCurranApr199988Brophy 1
MichaelCurran14-Oct1966WarrenstownCurran 1 Phelan
RichardCurran23-Jul1972Curran 1 Phelan
Susan (Mitty)Curran24-Sep200687Brophy 1
BridgetDalton10-Jun196783late SevensistersDalton 2
BridgetDalton10-Jun196783Dalton 2 Cody
BridgetDaltone.s.DonoughmoreDalton 3 Cass
BrigidDalton09-Jul1972Dalton 3 Cass
DannyDalton27-Oct199268Dalton 1 Queally Kennedy
ElizabethDalton22-Oct200170Dalton 1 Queally Kennedy
HannahDalton18-Jun1987Dalton 2
HannahDalton18-Jun1987Dalton 2 Cody
JamesDalton16-Dec194970Borrismore, JohnstownDalton 1 Queally Kennedy
MargaretDalton23-Jun200691Dalton 2
MargaretDalton23-Jun200691Dalton 2 Cody
MartinDalton03-Dec1974Dalton 2
MartinDalton03-Dec1974Dalton 2 Cody
MaryDalton21-Apr195872Dalton 1 Queally Kennedy
MichaelDalton21-Feb1956Dalton 3 Cass
PatrickD'Alton11-Jun1983DonoughmoreD'Alton 1
JamesD'Arcy20-Aug196970BorrisbegD'Arcy 1
MaryD'Arcy17-Feb198479D'Arcy 1
BridgetDelaneye.s.Delaney 1
JamesDelaney03-Jan197872JohnstownDelaney 4 Campion Fitzpatrick
JoanDelaney16-Jul199037Delaney 4a Campion Fitpatrick
JoeDelaney15-Dec199857Viewmount, Dublin Rd., JohnstownDelaney 1
JuliaDelaney01-Mar199779Delaney 3
LiamDelaney03-Jul200061Delaney 2
MaryDelaney22-Nov198980Delaney 4 Campion Fitzpatrick
MaryDelaney21-Nov200281Delaney 3
Mary AnneDelaney30-Dec199346GlashareDelaney 2
PaddyDelaney12-Feb199680Delaney 3
Stephen P.Delaney27-Apr198476Delaney 4a Campion Fitpatrick
WilliamDelaney25-Jun198974Donoughmore, JohnstownDelaney 3
JamesDermody18-Apr199377Tullyvolty, JohnstownDermody 1
Mary (Mai)Dermody30-Sep200680Dermody 1
MichaelDermody15-Jun200654Dermody 1
Seamus (Sheriff)Dermody10-Mar200151Dermody 1
SeanDermody22-Mar2005interred in SligoDermody 1
Ellen (Elsie)Doheny03-Aug199076formerly of DonoughmoreLennon 1a Doheny
MichaelDoheny16-Nov199576Lennon 1a Doheny
CatherineDollard08-Jul1968Dollard 4
GarryDollardnamedDollard 2
Gerald /GerardDollard01-Sep197926Dollard 3
JohnDollard11-Mar1959CoolnacrittaDollard 4
JohnDollard14-Oct198068Dollard 1
KathleenDollard16-Nov198060Dollard 1
KathleenDollard12-Dec198773Dollard 3
MargaretDollarde.s.Dollard 2
PaddyDollard26-Mar198730The Islands, UrlingfordDollard 2
PatrickDollard195752Bawnricken, JohnstownDollard 3
PatrickDollardnamedDollard 2
AnastatiaDowling26-Jan200278Dowling 2
CatherineDowlingn.d.Dowling 2
EdwardDowling17-Jun200080Dowling 3
EllenDowling30-Apr199873Ballyspellan, JohnstownDowling 3
JohnDowling05-Jan195884Seven-SistersDowling 1
JohnDowling07-Mar199877Dowling 3
John (Jack)Dowling28-Jun200281Dowling 1
MargaretDowling07-Mar197381Dowling 1
MichaelDowlingn.d.Dowling 2
RichardDowling14-Feb195928Dowling 1
RichardDowling09-Aug198667Dowling 2
Thomas (Mossie)Dowling04-Dec200719Borrismore, UrlinfordDowling 4
WilliamDowling04-Dec199879Dowling 1
JuliaDoyle16-Nov1972Doyle 1 O'Brien
MichaelDoyle14-Feb195958Doyle 1 O'Brien
OliverDoyle20-May199753Doyle 1 O'Brien
LenaDrennan20-Mar199574Gortnamuck, GathabawnDrennan 1
MargaretDrennan01-Mar2002Drennan 2
Margaret (Babby)Drennan02-Jun2001Drennan 2
MichaelDrennan27-Dec1988Rathlogan, JohnstownDrennan 2
PatrickDrennan31-Mar200482Drennan 1
JohannaDuggan27-Dec199091Doyle 1 O'Brien
MichaelDuggan12-Mar201083Doyle 1 O'Brien
ThomasDuggan27-Apr1972Lisduff, UrlingfordDoyle 1 O'Brien
CatherineDullard29-Sep195971GreenkillDullard 1 Holohan
DanielDullard05-Feb1968Dullard 1 Holohan
MargaretDunne08-Sep2002infantDunne 1 Bowden Minahan
MichaelDunne29-Nov198675Dunne 2
MichaelDunne29-Nov198675Spa Bar, JohnstownDunne 2
WilliamDunne29-Jan197664Schoolview, Graigue, UrlingfordDunne 1 Bowden Minahan
KieranEgan27-Jan198275BallyspellanEgan 2
MarieEgan24-Nov198777BallyspellanEgan 1
MartinEgan13-Oct197985Egan 2
MartinEgane.s.Egan 1
MichaelEgan02-Mar194444interred in GalmoyEgan 1
Dolores ElizabethFarrell26-Jun200660Farrell 1
JohnFarrell16-Apr198884JohnstownFarrell 1
EileenFennelly05-Jan1984Oakwood, Kilfera, KilkennyFennelly 1
JohnFennelly27-May1991Steeple View, JohnstownFennelly 1
BridgetFitzgerald16-Mar1978Fitzgerald 3 Fennelly
EileenFitzgerald04-Dec1986Fitzgerald 2 Phelan
JamesFitzgerald16-Apr1978Main St., UrlingfordFitzgerald 2 Phelan
KieranFitzgerald26-Sep1983Fitzgerald 3 Fennelly
MaryFitzgerald25-Dec200282Fitzgerald 2 Phelan
PhilipFitzgerald22-Sep1986Fitzgerald 3 Fennelly
Alice (Allie)Fitzpatrick04-Aug200163Borrismore, JohnstownFitzpatrick 4 Finn
BridgetFitzpatrick12-Mar200893Fitzpatrick 2
EstherFitzpatrick15-Feb201254Warrenstown, JohnstownFitzpatrick 3 Lawlor
JohnFitzpatrick31-Jan196858DonoughmoreFitzpatrick 2
Martin (Sonny)Fitzpatrick01-Jun197561Sandford 1 Darcy Fitzpatrick
MaryFitzpatrick06-Jan1987Fitzpatrick 5
Mary (Maura)Fitzpatrick20-Jan201086Sandford 1 Darcy Fitzpatrick
PaddyFitzpatrick07-Nov199041Fitzpatrick 2
PatrickFitzpatrick12-Mar198394Fitzpatrick 5
PatrickFitzpatrick06-May199181Rathdowney Rd., JohnstownFitzpatrick 1
BrigidFogarty04-May197054The Islands, UrlingfordFogarty 1
Ellen (Mona)Fogarty20-Mar200383Fogarty 2 Brennan
JamesFogarty25-Mar198968Warrenstown, JohnstownFogarty 2 Brennan
TomFogarty21-Nov199893Fogarty 1
MichaelGannon24-Feb200269Ballyspellan, JohnstownGannon 1
JamesGarrett11-Jul201573Garrett 1
MargaretGarrett24-Apr198943New Road, UrlingfordGarrett 1
MaryGarrett Fitzgerald14-Sep1948native Kilkenny CityFitzgerald 1 Holmes
TomGarrett Fitzgerald21-May196975native JohnstownFitzgerald 1 Holmes
CarmelGleeson10-Jan2017Gleeson 1 Ryan
CeciliaGorman25-Oct198752Gorman 2
JamesGorman31-Aug1975Clonsaul, JohnstownGorman 2
MartinGorman17-May196276The Islands, UrlingfordGorman 1
TimothyGorman05-Mar195776Bawnmore, JohnstownGorman 1
MargaretGrace01-Aug195377Spa HillGrace 1 Martin
NicholasGrace03-Mar195481Grace 1 Martin
BernadetteGreene02-May2011Greene 1 Hyland
DavidGreene18-Feb200426FoulkscourtGreene 1 Hyland
MichaelGreene31-Aug1971infantGreene 1 Hyland
Edward J.Guerin16-Nov1964Borris in OssoryGuerin 1
JohnGuerin02-Jan198261Guerin 1
MaryGuerin18-Sep197181Guerin 1
CatherineGuilfoyle18-Dec198564Main St., UrlingfordRyan 13 Guilfoyle
DenisGuilfoyle09-Jun198974Ryan 13 Guilfoyle
EddieGuilfoyle28-Nov199242St. Mary's Ave, UrlingfordGuilfoyle 1
JohannaHanrahan20-Apr198086Hanrahan 2
MichaelHanrahan20-May199519Main St., JohnstownHanrahan 1
SeanHanrahan09-Mar200058Hanrahan 1
WilliamHanrahan26-May197587UrlingfordHanrahan 2
Catherine (Kitty)Hawkes02-Mar200274Rathlogan, JohnstownHawkes 1
EdwardHayde06-Aug198269St. Mary's Ave, UrlingfordHayde 1 Broderick
MargaretHayde08-Jun200787Hayde 1 Broderick
CatherineHayden11-Nov1984Hayden 1 King
DanielHayden07-Apr195472Hayden 1 King
MichaelHaydenn.d.infantHayden 1 King
JamesHayes20-May197960Main St., UrlingfordHayes 1 Brennan
MargaretHayes19-Feb201459Urlingford- DublinHayes 1 Brennan
MaryHayes27-Aug200284formerly of Derryfadda, MoyneHayes 1 Brennan
Ellen (Nellie)Healy16-Jan200978Broderick 1 Murphy Healy
MartinHealy25-Oct197513Healy 1
NicholasHealy27-Nov199670Town View House, UrlingfordHealy 1
PiusHealyn.d.infantHealy 1
AndrewHenderson04-Oct196388RathloganHenderson 1 Corrigan
AnnieHenderson18-Jan1983Henderson 1 Corrigan
BridgetHenderson12-Jan196083Henderson 1 Corrigan
GerryHenderson21-Mar200795Henderson 1 Corrigan
JamesHenderson18-Dec197466Henderson 1 Corrigan
JeremiahHenderson24-May1964BallyspellanHenderson 2
JerryHenderson12-Aug198923Henderson 1 Corrigan
JohnHenderson13-Jul198671Henderson 1 Corrigan
JosephHenderson03-Jul197823Greeksville, JohnstownHenderson 4
JosephineHenderson25-Jul199367Ballygooney, GathabawnHenderson 3 Fogarty
MargaretHenderson10-Oct1967Henderson 1 Corrigan
Mary (Minnie)Henderson29-Jan198478Henderson 1 Corrigan
MichaelHenderson20-Jun200882Henderson 3 Fogarty
NicholasHenderson14-Mar197162Henderson 1 Corrigan
PatrickHenderson02-Aug199383Henderson 1 Corrigan
sisterHenderson12-Mar1960infantinterred TubridHenderson 4
ThomasHenderson05-Oct1967Henderson 2
DanielHennessy06-Oct1964UrlingfordHennessy 1 Carey
NancyHennessy17-May197257Hennessy 1 Carey
Brigid (Bridie)Hickey31-May199984Hickey 2
John (Jack)Hickey01-Sep199282Millbrook, UrlingfordHickey 3 Bowden
KittyHickey20-Dec200893Hickey 3 Bowden
MarthaHickey01-Sep200966Hickey 1 Conroy
MichaelHickey04-Dec198178New Road, UrlingfordHickey 2
NorahHickey30-Jun200897Hickey 1 Conroy
ThomasHickey10-Mar197770JohnstownHickey 1 Conroy
William (Billy)Hickey23-Mar200792Hickey 3 Bowden
MargaretHogan21-Jan199082Hogan 1
MichaelHogan09-Jan198979Rathpatrick, Crosspatrick, Co. KilkennyHogan 1
JeremiahHolland27-Oct193948interred DonoughmoreHolland 2
KathleenHolland29-May1974Holland 1
KieranHolland01-Aug1961JohnstownHolland 1
MaryHolland23-Nov197981FoulkscourtHolland 2
JamesHolmes05-May199522Canal Road, JohnstownHolmes 1
BridgetHolohan08-Dec194784BallycuddihyHolohan 4
DenisHolohan17-Aug19744.5Holohan 2
EdmondHolohan13-Dec194969BawnmoreHolohan 1 Gorman Quinlan
Elizabeth (Lil)Holohan24-Mar200164Holohan 5
EllenHolohan08-Jul198491Holohan 5
EllenHolohane.s.Holohan 4
Joseph GerardHolohan26-Mar19747 daysHolohan 3
KatieHolohan23-Jan196886Holohan 1 Gorman Quinlan
LilHolohan20-Mar200677Holohan 2
MartinHolohan05-Jun198768Holohan 1 Gorman Quinlan
MartinHolohan16-Feb200085GrangefertaghDullard 1 Holohan
MichaelHolohan26-Feb197254Holohan 1 Gorman Quinlan
SylvesterHolohan16-Dec193369interred in AharneyHolohan 4
TessHolohan06-Mar200992Holohan 1 Gorman Quinlan
TessHolohan06-Mar2009Church Rd., JohnstownHolohan 1a Gorman Quinlan
ThomasHolohan16-Jul199575Tullyvolty, JohnstownHolohan 2
WilliamHolohan09-Jul199174Holohan 5
William JohnHolohan03-Feb196882Warrenstown, JohnstownHolohan 5
FredHope27-May201056Spa Hill, JohnstownHope 1
RayHope03-Aug201159Hope 1
Ray Hope05-Dec201287Holohan 5
BridieHughes03-Dec199387Foulkscourt, JohnstownHughes 3
EdwardHughes10-Jul198672Grangefertagh, JohnstownHughes 1 Holohan
JohnHughes197575BallyspellanHughes 2 Keane
MarionHughes199985interred Enfield LondonHughes 2 Keane
MaryHughes10-Apr199775Hughes 1 Holohan
EdwardJoyce06-Jul197270SpringviewJoyce 2 McDonnell
JamesJoyce29-Apr1981Errill, late of SpringviewJoyce 1
Mary EllenJoyce10-Jul199978Joyce 2 McDonnell
BernardKavanagh30-Sep198775Main St., UrlingfordKavanagh 3
Catherine (Kitty)Kavanagh23-Oct200789Kavanagh 2
EleanorKavanagh12-Jan201095Kavanagh 1 Rice
James J.Kavanagh11-Aug195761UrlingfordKavanagh 2
JohnKavanagh12-May196260Church View, UrlingfordKavanagh 1 Rice
MatthewKavanagh04-Nov198663Kavanagh 2
MollieKavanagh26-Jun198794Kavanagh 2
Bernard (Peter)Kelly15-Nov2016Kelly 2
KathleenKelly25-Nov200779Kelly 1 Cahill
Richard (Dick)Kelly21-Oct198969JohnstownKelly 1 Cahill
AnneKennedy16-Apr196880GalmoyKennedy 2
JamesKennedy13-Apr197179Kennedy 2
JamesKennedy04-Jan199776Kennedy 2
JamesKennedyn.d.died youngKennedy 2
KathleenKennedyn.d.died youngKennedy 2
MonaKennedy01-Apr2001Kennedy 1 McFadden
Noel A.Kennedy13-Nov1992Lilac Lodge, JohnstownKennedy 1 McFadden
BernardKilbride04-Jul194861The Islands, UrlingfordKilbride 1
ElizabethKilbride21-Mar1967Kilbride 1
MargaretKilbride11-Apr1964Kilbride 1
MauraKilbride16-Sep1980Kilbride 1
MichaelKilbride2? Oct1976Kilbride 1
Roger (Rody)Kilbride01-Sep1980Kilbride 1
RonnieKilbride07-Jul197214Kilbride 1
JamesKing03-Feb195460BawnmoreKing 1 Ryan
Mary AnnKing25-Mar196972King 1 Ryan
William (Billy)King21-Aug199974King 1 Ryan
FrankKing-McKee06-Mar2004babyKing-McKee 1
FrankKing-McKee06-Mar2004babyWilliams 1 King McKee
BridgetKirby30-Apr1951RathpoleenKirby 1
EdwardKirby10-Jul197241Kirby 1
JohnKirby20-Feb197540Kirby 1
AmbroseKirwan30-Dec199762formerly of Seven SistersKirwan 1
ErnstKumnig14-Jan2012Hogan 1a
BredaLawlor13-Dec201670Stevenage, EnglandMurphy 1 McElligott Lawlor
DickLawlore.s.Race Course, ThurlesLawlor 1 Dowling
MaryLawlor29-Oct195533Lawlor 1 Dowling
BridgetLennon24-Oct1988DonoughmoreLennon 1 Doheny
JamesLennon02-Sep1989Lennon 1 Doheny
AnastasiaLeonard03-Mar200777interred in U.K.Leonard 1
CatherineLeonard30-Dec19722Leonard 1
JoeLeonard04-Jul195486JohnstownLeonard 1
KateLeonard23-May196992Leonard 1
MichaelLeonard02-Feb197148Leonard 1
JohnListon28-Sep1983The Square, JohnstownListon 1 Clark
EdwardLoughlin30-Jan1966Kirby 1
NoraLoughlin14-Jul1966RathloganLoughlin 1 O'Loughlin Cahill
PatrickLoughlin17-Jan1981Loughlin 1 O'Loughlin Cahill
James (Jimi)Mackey22-Aug200733Donoughmore, JohnstownMackey 1
JohnMackey05-Dec196065Mackey 2 Tobin
KatieMackey08-Jun198092Mackey 2 Tobin
KathyMaher28-Jul200173Main St., UrlingfordMaher 2
MaryMaher28-Jun195572interred GalmoyNorton 2 Maher Neary
OliverMaher01-Nov199473Maher 1 Owens
SheilaMaher16-May199362Clonwood, Togher Rd., UrlingfordMaher 1 Owens
AnnieMartin07-Jul196553Grace 1 Martin
MaryMartin11-Aug2012Martin 1 Moriarty
Elizabeth (Liz)McCarthy24-Jun200973Grangefertagh, JohnstownMcCarthy 1 Dillon
GarryMcCarthye.s.McCarthy 1 Dillon
FrancisMcCormack28-Sep197270McCormack 2 Fogarty
Gerald McCormack24-Sep199275Steeple View House, JohnstownMcCormack 1
JoeMcCormack08-Aug19818McCormack 2 Fogarty
MaryMcCormack11-Oct2014800McCormack 2 Fogarty
Richard (Dick)McCormack04-Oct201179Glashare Castle, GalmoyMcCormack 2 Fogarty
RitaMcCormack04-Jan197967McCormack 2 Fogarty
ThomasMcCormack21-Jul197171McCormack 2 Fogarty
WilliamMcCormack09-Nov196761GlashareMcCormack 2 Fogarty
AnneMcDermott02-May1969McDermott 1
KateMcDermott31st June (sic)1948McDermott 1
Patrick FinbarrMcDermott20-Sep1974McDermott 1
KateMcElligott14-Jul196687Canal RoadMurphy 1 McElligott Lawlor
PatrickMcElligott14-Oct1939interred in DonoughmoreMurphy 1 McElligott Lawlor
PatrickMcElligott28-Dec1981Murphy 1 McElligott Lawlor
MargaretMcEvoy06-Feb194936McEvoy 1
Mary BridgetMcEvoyn.d.Moore 2 Kennedy
PatrickMcEvoye.s.Ballyspellan, JohnstownMcEvoy 1
JohnMcKenna05-Sep199267McKenna 1
MaryMcKenna16-Mar199163St. Mary's Ave, UrlingfordMcKenna 1
CharlesMcLoughlin05-Apr1977?88Glashare, JohnstownMcLoughlin 1
CatherineMcMahon03-Feb1998McMahon 1
FrankMcMahon08-Feb1992Conobora, RathdowneyMcMahon 1
KathleenMcMahon19-Jan2005Glasnevin, DublinMcMahon 1
MaryMcNeill04-Oct199449McNeill 1
DanielMeaney19-May1990Meaney 1
JohnMeaney14-Feb198963Meaney 1
MaryMeaney31-Mar198681Meaney 1
MichaelMeaney01-Nov198292Ballinphrase, RathdowneyMeaney 1
MichaelMinahan11-Feb1989Dunne 1 Bowden Minahan
AnnieMolloy08-Sep196680JohnstownMolloy 1
MaeveMolloy26-Jan2003Molloy 1
NualaMolloy28-Mar2002Molloy 1
PaulineMolloy15-May1989Molloy 1
Robert J.Molloy26-Aug197090Molloy 1
ChristineMoloughney19-Aug199084Moloughney 1 Neary
EddieMoloughney25-Oct200469Moloughney 1 Neary
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First Names List : Analysis of

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Most common first names list

Baptismal Records 1867-1880

Rathdowney Roman Catholic parish

I have taken most of the first names in the baptismal records of the parish of Rathdowney, Laois for the years 1867-1880.

People in other countries seem to think that the Irish all had two first names.  That is not true.  People of the Church of Ireland and perhaps other non Catholic religions had two first names but not the Catholics.  I hold that Catholics only took on two first names post 1900.  I have 4 siblings and not one of us has two first names..

There was a total of 3146 first names in my table.   I  have the names of the parents and the children i.e. 3 names per record. Some of the first names were difficult to read, these have been excluded.

Of those 3146 first names there are only 28 people who have two first names.  Everybody else has one only first name.

A number of first names are spelled without a letter, in a different way.  I have lined up all the first names and I have ‘added’ the numbers of each first name to give me a total.  So, when you look at this list, if you see only one number but a few first names then that number is the total of however many people there were for each first name.

Mary is the most common female name with 427 of these people having the first name Mary (plain Mary)

John is the most common male name with 338 people having John or Jon as a first name.

I am giving you an index which is alphabetically sorted so it will be easy for you to find the first name you are interested in.  I have sorted the names so that names which are shortened versions of the full name, nicknames of the full name lie together.

As I was loading this file I noticed that I had made a few mistakes or rather missed a bit of lining up similar names with one another.  You’ll be able to see where I missed these quite easily.

Eliza can be a shortened version of Elizabeth.
The short name or nickname for Catherine can be Kate
Ellen can be Helen
Fanny is a short for Frances
Jermh is Jeremiah.

Finally, while I have a table here which is sorted alphabetically by name, if you want to see which of the names are most common please go to the table beneath.

List with names in alphabetical order

NameNo of people        
Ann Mary1
Anna Mary1
Bridget Elizabeth1
Catherine Mary1
Daniel50alsoDanalsoDanil (sic)andDanl.
Francis Joseph1
Hie (sic)1
J. Edward1
Jas. E.2
Jas. Patrick1
Jno George1
John Francis1
John Joseph1
John William1
Julia Ann1
July Agnes1
Mary Agnes2
Mary Ann39alsoMary Anne
Mary Catherine2
Mary Ellen1
Mary Jane1
Michael159alsoMic (sic)alsoMichl.
Michael John1
Michl John1
Nannie M.1
Nicholas7alsoNicolas (sic)
P. Joseph1
Patrick J.1
Patrick Joseph3
Patt John1
Sally or Lally1
Sarah Eliza1

List with names and numbers of name.  Lowest to highest numbers

NameNo of people        
Ann Mary1
Anna Mary1
Bridget Elizabeth1
Catherine Mary1
Francis Joseph1
Hie (sic)1
J. Edward1
Jas. Patrick1
Jno George1
John Francis1
John Joseph1
John William1
Julia Ann1
July Agnes1
Mary Ellen1
Mary Jane1
Michael John1
Michl John1
Nannie M.1
P. Joseph1
Patrick J.1
Patt John1
Sally or Lally1
Sarah Eliza1
Jas. E.2
Mary Agnes2
Mary Catherine2
Patrick Joseph3
Nicholas7alsoNicolas (sic)
Mary Ann39alsoMary Anne
Daniel50alsoDanalsoDanil (sic)andDanl.
Michael159alsoMic (sic)alsoMichl.

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Robbed at a graveyard

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I was robbed last week.

Last Friday I was at a meeting in Naas so because I am currently working on the surname Lyons from Monasterevin I decided that if the meeting ended early enough I would try to find graveyards around Monasterevin.

I actually ended up in St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Rathangan and it was a very busy cemetery, lots of people going in.  When I got back to my car, I realised I had been robbed.  My bag had been stolen off the seat.  The actual good thing about this was that they had stolen my bag but not taken my Canon camera that was under the bag.

Police came and they were so nice, Each policeman walked up and down different sides of the road looking for the bag.  They were able to tell me that the thieves only wanted the money, that they would have pulled the money from the wallet and chucked the bag out the window.

No luck in their searches.  Believe it or not, the only thing that worried me was that I had brought all my camera discs with me and for one of them I had not transferred all the information on it.  My daughter Sinead had given names to all my gravestone photographs from two graveyards and she had indexed these photographs and I had not downloaded them onto a computer :(

Have to say, the robbery put me out psychologically.

Next morning, I am sitting at computer working away and I receive a phone call from the Gardai in Edenderry to tell me that my bag had been handed in and that yes, everything was in the bag except the money.

Amn’t I such a lucky unlucky person :)

We all tend to give out about our Policemen (the Gardai) BUT no matter what I can only say that the three Gardai I spoke to this week were extremely nice and helpful and I would have nothing but good to say about them

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Rathdowney Marriages 1769 to 1773

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Rathdowney Roman Catholic Parish
Marriages 1769-1773

Rathdowney Roman Catholic parish is an unusual one in that we have a parish register that goes back to 1769 for marriages.  Admittedly incomplete but very interesting to read.  The Parish Priest indicates the family relationship of some witnesses (it not all) to the couple being married.  Also, when the groom comes from a different parish this is also noted

A few names have been illegible there are also some names which are missing off the sides of the page and I have put can’t read in the columns for these entries.  The surnames of some of the witnesses can be read so for anyone who can’t find a marriage they are interested in they could go look at the witness surnames.  There are generally speaking always more than two witnesses.

Batt=Bartholomew ; Danl=Daniel ; Denns=Dennis ; Jams/Js=James ; Jerry=Jeremiah ; Jn=John ; Kyran=Kieran ; Michl=Michael ; Patt/Patk=Patrick ; Richd=Richard ; Thoms=Thomas ; Wm=William.
Betty=Elizabeth ; Bridgt=Bridget ; Catharine=Catherine ; Honner=Honoria/Honor ; Jenny=Jenifer/Jane ; Kate=Catherine or Kate ; Margt/Peggy=Margaret ; Nelly=Eleanor ; Winny=Winifred

Surnames : Fitzp = Fitzpatrick ; Fitzg=Fitzgerald ; Kiervick=Kerwick ; Clynch==Clinch ;

Rathdy= Rathdowney ; Dunaghmore=Donaghmore

Name GSurnameName BS BPlaceDateYear
?N..??HonnerCarrollDunaghmore Rathmore05-Feb1771
????KateMaherDunaghmore Rathmore27-Feb1772
????????????Rathdy Clonburn07-Feb1771
Thoms?DouenMargtFletcherRathsaran Park01-Mar1772
JsBerginCatharineBurkeRathdy, Barney parish20-Jun1769
DennsBerginElizabethCommerfordDunaghmore Raheendorenogue12-Feb1770
PattBerginMargtShallowSkirke 12-Feb1770
MalachyBerginCatharineGaiggRadhty Lismorae29-Apr1771
DennsBerginJoaneGormanRathdy Errill21-Aug1772
JnBoodonMargtMaherSkirke Kilasmista 14-Feb1773
JnBourkeMaryFitzpkRathdy Dunacligan02-Mar1772
WmBoweMaryPhelanRathdy Ballybuggy08-Jan1772
ThadyBrophyAnneDelanyRathdy Ballybuggy8ber1st1772
JnBrophyCatharineFitzpkRathdy Clonburn29-Apr1773
BattCahillMaryGormanRathdy Bealedy13-Feb1772
JnCahillNellyTracyRathdy Errill05-Feb1773
WmCampionCatharineFitzpkRathdy Eglish23-Jul1770
MalachyCampioncan't redcan't readSkirke Kilasmista8ber29th1773
Ma…can't readcan't readBrophyDunaghmore Rathmore9ber9th1773
RogerCarrollBettyBrennanRathdy Monninonra27-Apr1772
AnthonyCashenMaryBerginRathdy Clonmeen8ber4th1773
JamsCleerMargtHoyneRathdy Knockeel30-Apr1770
RogerClinchMaryCarrollRathdy Erill09-Jan1770
MichlClynchKateHenesyRathdy Erill07-Jan1772
PattColemanMaryMaherSkirke Kilasmista parish30-Jul1769
JamsCommonBettyHenesyRathdy Lisduff31-Jan1773
MarkCormickKateShallowDunaghmore Rathmore23-Jul1772
PattCrearyBettyDelanyRathdy, Eglish parish28-May1769
MichlDaly??CarrollRathdy Rossmore27-Feb1772
DarbyDavinHonnerQuiglyDunaghmore Raheenshera?9 Mar1772
WmDelanyBridgtFitzgdRathdy Ballybuggy11-Feb1771
JnDem(?s)yHonnerCommon Rathdy Eglish26-May1771
PattDonneRoseKellyRathdy Coulouly16-Jun1771
DanlDoranSarahHughesRathdy Bealedy03-Feb1773
JnDoranCatharineMahercan't read?Aprl 23rd1773
JnDoyne (?Hoyne)AnneMulloneRathdy Monninonra11-Feb1771
WmDullahantyJulia???RyanRathdy Ballymullin30-Sep1769
RichdFitzgdBettyMagillRathdy Harristown13-May1773
MartinFitzpkMaryBerginRathdy, Eglish parish17-Jun1769
ThomsGormanCatharineDunneRathdy Kilcoran 18-Feb1770
KyranGormanKateMcGrathDunaghmore Kiladowly8ber8th1772
JnGydrahHonnerPhelanRathdy Erill18-Feb1770
PattGydrahAnneDullehantyRathdy Knockacha10-Feb1772
JnHackettMargtRyanDunaghmore Raheenshera9ber 26th1772
JnHenesyMaryDouenRathdy Errill26-Apr1772
JnHickeyBridgetMaherRathdy Rossmore13-Aug1769
WmHoganJoaneKilmichaelSkirke Garren27-Feb1770
MichlKealyBridgtShallowRathdy Erill31-Aug1770
JamsKynahanCatharineGormanRathdy Erill24-Jun1770
Name GLahyNellyHayseRathdy Lismorae09-Feb1772
PattLaniganWinnyMcGrathRathdy Lismorae03-Mar1772
JnLoughman?BessKavanaghSkirke Liss20-Feb1770
JnLourySarahHo(?n)seyRathdy Shraduff17-May1773
DarbyMaherBettyRyanRathdy, Eglish parish18-May1769
DennsMaherJoaneMaherRathdy Dunacligan16-Jun1773
JsManusMaryMulkeenRathdy Ballybuggy09-Feb1773
DanlMaraCatharineRyanRathdy Gintard8ber21st1773
PattMentonNellyLalorRathdy Clonmeen18-Feb1773
LaurenceMooreJoane??Brien???can't readAprl1773
??MorrysyMaryDelanyDunaghmore Raheendorenogue11-Feb1770
KyranNealonCatharineKealyRathdy Shraduff05-Aug1770
PattPhelanMargtRafterDunaghmore Gurtnalee13-Sep1770
DennsPhelanJudithFitzpkDunaghmore Gurtnalee08-Jun1773
LukePhelanMaryGormanRathdy Shraduff19-Jun1773
JnPhelanJoaneMaherRathdy Lisduff26-Aug1773
JamsQuinlanCatharine??Rathdy Ballybuggy17-Feb1772
PattRafterJoaneTracyDunaghmore Gurtnalee28-Jul1770
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Rathdowney EasyRiders Outing 2016

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EasyRiders Rathdowney Charity Cycle, 2016

Every year the Rathdowney EasyRiders cycle from Rathdowney to another place as a charity fundraiser.  This year, Martin McCormack asked me if I’d go in to town and take a few photos.  This charity cycle took place in March of last year, just a year ago and it really shouldn’t have taken me this long to get the photos online!

Mostly, the photos are just of the social interaction before the cycle took off.

2016, they cycled from Rathdowney to Portlaoise, then Athlone, Mullingar and finally to Cavan.  They motor bikes leading them they had at least one van, there were cars, supporters and from what I have heard all had a good time.


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Kilkenny City some photos

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Kilkenny City, a few photos

I’m over in Kilkenny so often and these are from a few years ago

St. Canice’s and the Round tower.  The greenish building WAS the Loreto Convent boarding school where I spent a few years and I just decided I had to take it for memory’s sake.  The rest mainly taken around Kilkenny Castle and then a note about the Shee house.

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St. Patrick’s Day parade, Rathdowney, 2017

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St. Patrick’s Day parade, Rathdowney, Laois. 2017

Video on Youtube – taken by Dr. Jane Lyons

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Lyons, Shragh/Srah, Woodford, Galway

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Lyons family Shragh, Drummin District Electoral Division, Galway.

IMPORTANT to descendants of my Lyons family. The genetic condition haemochromatosis is in this Lyons family. Haemochromatosis causes diabetes, liver cancer, cirrhosis, heart disease and osteoarthritis among other things. I have haemochromatosis.

My Lyons family come from a place called Shragh/Srah, Co. Galway.

My father was Matthew Anthony Lyons and he married Dr. Margaret Murray who had been born in Belfast but who was brought up in Celbridge, Co. Kildare.

My paternal Grandfather was Matthew John Lyons who was born in Galway c.1896. His father was Michael Lyons and his mother was Anna or Annie Porter. Michael & Annie had 8 children, 6 of whom were still alive in 1911.

Lyons family Shragh 1911 census

This family :
Michael 52 : born c.1859
Annie 38 : born c.1873
Matt John 15, born c.1896
Bridget Mary 13, born c.1898
Catherine A. 8, born c. 1903
Patt 6, born circa 1905
Michael 3, born c. 1908
Mary Anne 0

Michael & Annie had been married for 17 years and 6 of their 8 children still lived.

Matthew John Lyons married Helena Noonan and they moved to Longford, he was highly involved in the meat industry in Ireland.

In 1901 this Lyons family also lived at the same address only in 1901 Michaels mother Bridget was still living in the house. There is another child listed who is not listed in 1911 and that is Thomas Lyons who was aged 0.  A Thomas Ford is also listed, he is a cousin of Bridget the Head of House. Thomas Ford was born in America

Lyons family Shragh 1901 census image

Also in Shragh /Shrah we have another Lyons family. This is the family of John Lyons who is 40. His wife is called Bridget and she is 27. Living with them they have two of Johns brothers. Daniel who is 35 and James who is 31.

I believe that these two families in the same townland are related to one another.

The first Lyons baptism in the Roman Catholic parish of Woodford, Ballinakill, Galway (Roman Catholic parish records 2433) is that of a Matthew Lyons son of a John Lyons & Maria Donohoe (John is THE most common first male name but Matthew is in general Irish records not so common)

Link to first Lyons baptism

The Woodford, Ballinakill parish records are initially in Latin and no place name is given. I have not finished transcribing the information from these records so what I am giving here is a little bit itsy bitsy. The gaps will be filled in as time goes by.

1821 in these records we have
John & Maria Donohoe baptise their son Matthew on 23 November 1821.
Cornelius Lyons & Anna are sponsors.
Richard & Bridget Dwyer baptise Eleanor 31st Dec 1821
Michael & Maria Go?niry baptise Patrick 20th Dec 1821.
Malachy & Maria Torpy baptise Margaret 18th April 1822.
Laurence & Winifred Slattery baptise Anna, 27th June 1851. Thomas Lyons sponsor
James & Anna Donohue baptise James 23rd Dec 1852. John Lyons sponsor.

1865-75/6 Woodford RC parish records
We have
Martin & Anne Abberton having children baptised 1871-76 : Bridget, Laurence, Mary A., & William
Francis & Mary C…. 1875. Michael
Thomas & Mary Culligan, 1873. Anne
Francis & Catherine Fitzgerald, 1865 Michael
John & Helena/Elenora/Elanora Geeran/Gearin. 1865, 68, 71. Patrick, Thomas and John also possibly a James in 1875.
Thomas & Mary Gilligan 1875 : Mary.

I believe Mary Culligan is Mary Gilligan

We have John & Nellie Goery having a Margaret baptised in 1873.
Eleanor=Nellie. I believe this is the same couple as John & Eleanor/Helena/Geeran

Patrick & Elizabeth Hickey, 1865. Eliza

John & Ellen Joyran 1875 – this is never Eleanor Geeran again……phonetically it could easily be!! Daughter is Anne.
Francis & Mary Killeen/Killian 1866-72. Anne, Catherine, Richard.
can’t read & Bridget McDonald 1870 – Michael
Patrick & Bridget McDonnell 1872, Mary

McDonald=McDonnell – possible phonetic

Thomas & Anne, 1871. Anne M.

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Donaghmore Workhouse Laois

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Donaghmore Workhouse, Laois

today, a Museum.

On the day that we kidnapped my American friends we took them to the final venue, Donaghmore Workhouse which is now a Museum.  Most of the Workhouse is now a Museum containing material collected over the years.

I have one photograph of Dorene Allen holding the lid of a pan.  That particular pan had been donated to the Workhouse/Museum by a lady after whom Dorene had been named.  The spelling of her first name is a bit different, but Dorene was named after Doreen Squires who had donated the pan.

When families entered the Workhouse they were broken up.  Very young children could stay with their mothers but when they were a few years old they were separated out to the children’s quarters.  What must it have been like to be in a building 2 minutes away from the one your Mammy was in and not be able to see her?  Donaghmore Workhouse is a very sad place as are all workhouses.

There is little to say about any of these photographs.  Once again, in some instances the light was not good for taking a photo.

The colours of equipment that you see in these photos are exactly as they were painted when they were created.

A lot of this equipment was upstairs in what was the Girls dormitory.  There are wooden panels lying down the centre of the floor and it was in this area that the straw for the girls to sleep on lay.




Breakfast was timed for 9am which consisted of a half pint of milk and 8oz of bread per inmate.  Bread was supplied by H. Odlum in 4lb loaves – 6.5d for white and 7d for brown.

d. = 1 penny
s.= Shilling.  12 d = 1 shilling

The Inmates frequently complained about the poor quality of the milk, that it was often blue, thick and sour.

Milk was supplied at 7d per gallon.

Lunch consisted of 8oz of bread and soup. Potatoes were used for thickening this soup, when available. At nearly 7 shillings a barrel i.e. 20 stone, they were expensive.  Flour was also used as a potato substitute at a rate of 12 oz per gallon.

Meat was sometimes used – there were 5 different types.  Officers meat, Paupers meat, Coarse meat, Hospital meat, and Meat for Soup.

Coarse beef – 3d per pound
Sheeps head – 7d each
Cows head – 1 shilling and 9d each
Hocks of beef – 3d per pound.

On special days such as Christmas and Easter Sunday Paupers were given a tea breakfast and a meat dinner.

For the evening meal, stirabout was served. Sometimes it was made of Indian meal and rice, but usually made of Indian meal and oat meal.  It was made of 4lb of meal and 2lb of rice in ten gallon of water.


Amongst the poorer people clothing amounted to little more than rags. Any decent clothes were given to the men at the fair.  Women scarcely ever wore shoes.

Suits were made for 5 shillings and 6d each and a local Tailor gave instructions for boys on how to repair clothes.

A Shoe maker was paid 7 shillings and 6d for making mens shoes, 5 shillings for women and 3 shillings 6d for children.

Oaten straw was used for puffing mattresses at 3 shillings and 6d per cuit.


A school was in operation in Donaghmore from 1853.  A Mr. Tuck was the first Teacher appointed.  A Miss Bergin was appointed School Mistress in 1862 on a salary of £7 and 7 shillings per year.  She was highly regarded by the Inspectors of the time. She was given 4lbs of chalk and snuffer tray and was regarded as being highly efficient.


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Heritage tour in Laois. Kidnapped!

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Kidnap Day!!

Heritage Tour in Laois

I’m calling this a Heritage Tour in Laois because for the most part, it was a Heritage tour and we did things that our friends might not have managed to do by themselves.  They definitely would not have had the company of people who know the area.

My friend Sue McDonald Welles along with her friend Mary Connelly Pereira and Mary’s brother Philip were over here in Ireland on holiday, they were going to spend 3 days in Laois because Sue’s family are from Raheen.  This was the second time in the last few years that Sue and Mary have been over and I spent a few days with them the last time as well.

My friend Dorene Allen is this incredible cook so I asked Dorene if she would cook dinner for my friends and we’d have it in her house (which was my childhood family home).  Dorene agreed to this, then it dawned on me “Jane, these are Americans and Americans go around Ireland wondering where they will get ‘Irish’ food.  Why don’t you cook an Irish stew for them”  I asked Sue if they’d like Irish stew or Bacon & cabbage, the reply came back that they would like the stew.  When I told my brother this he informed me that Dorene and her children do not like Irish stew so, I found another recipe which had lamb cooked in a red wine and tomato sauce.

In the meantime, Dorene and I are talking about my American friends and their few days here and Dorene says “Why don’t we kidnap them on Wednesday and show them all kinds of stuff they’d never get to see on their own? – A Heritage Tour” To which I replied, great idea and asked Sue to keep Wed free because we were going to kidnap them.

The Heritage Tour kidnapping day went like this:

1. We collected the three – Sues, Mary and Phil

2. We took them to the kennels for the hunt ‘hounds’ – I was calling them dogs!!

3. We went to Morrissey’s Pub in Abbeyleix for a cup of coffee

4. After that off to see the hunt people gathering and taking off from Abbeyleix Manor Hotel

5. Followed by Alissa Blundells shop ‘Horse n Riders’ in Abbeyleix

6. Then to Bramleys or the Gallic Kitchen in Abbeyleix (Titanic Carpets had been produced

7. Church of Ireland, Abbeyleix

8. Lord’s Walk beside Church of Ireland

9. Down to Durrow and Bowe’s Foodhall for lunch

10 Up to the Castle Arms Hotel Durrow – Castle

11. Off to Donaghmore Workhouse which is now a Museum

12 back to Sandymount house their Bed and breakfast for an hour break

13 Back to my family home in Rathdowney for dinner & a surprise.


I have no photos for the Gallic kitchen visit – at that point I was wrecked and just stayed in

Philip Sheppard was coming to dinner as well so I had asked him if he wanted to come earlyfor the surprise – he said yes.

We all got back to Rathdowney at 6.30p.m. where Dorene had everyone roll up their sleeves and she taught Sue, Mary, Phil, Philip & myself how to make brown bread.

Brown bread was supposed to go with dinner

Dinner consisted of Irish stew and a casserole of lamb cooked in red wine and tomatoes and
then a spinage lasagne which I had prepared for our vegetarian. Dorene did starter and dessert – she is an incredible cook.   As it turned out the American trio had a bit of both meat dishes.  The vegetarian stuck with the lasagne

They had an incredible day – I had an incredible day, Dorene and my brother Matthew had an incredible day

Almost forgot – over the course of the evening, Dorene and the children sang them songs

I am not going to load all the photos taken that day  to this page.  Most of the Hounds & Hunt went to a page created just with hounds and hunt.  Some of the photos taken there are not on that page so I include them here.  Most of the Donaghmore Workhouse photos will go to a Donaghmore Workhouse page.

Those pages will be linked to from this page.

From here – for the rest of this page, it is just going to be photos!

I hope you enjoy them as much as we enjoyed our day overall.  My American friends have thanked us for a most incredible day and evening.  Philip has said similar as regards his evening out with us all.

Lead photo at top of page preparing to leave and go on Heritage tour not having a clue where they were going!!

The Hounds

Hunt gathering & leaving

If you are interested in seeing the rest of the Hounds & First Hunt Laois 2016 photos taken that day then please click the link.

Before the actual Hunt took off from the hotel we went to Mossirrey’s pub in Abbeyleix, a very famous place in it’s own right.  Years ago, and I am talking very many years ago this pub was only one story high.  There are photographs of it as a one story building in Heritage House Abbeyleix, although I don’t know if those photographs are available for public viewing or not.

Morrissey’s Pub, Abbeyleix

Out the door to the Hunt and then back onto Main street to

Horse N Riders

Church of Ireland, Abbeyleix & The Lord’s Walk (beside it)

Bowe’s Food Hall, Durrow 

and yes, I only have one photo from that day of the floor in the new bathroom of their extension.  A 2 cent floor!



Castle Arms Hotel, Durrow 

You can find photographs of the Castle everywhere but not of the trees.  Isn’t the colour beautiful?

The final venue of the day, the saddest place we were at.  I’ m only giving you a few photos here as the Workhouse (Museum) is going to get itself a full web page

 Donaghmore Workhouse

Everyone was exhausted at this time, it was about 5pm when we left the Workhouse.  I

dropped my American friends back to Sandymount House in Abbeyleix for an hours rest and
then got them back to our house in Rathdowney where we met Philip at the gate waiting to
go in (3 dogs in garden).  We got into the kitchen and Dorene had everyone roll up their
sleeves because she had a big bowl waiting – she taught us how to make brown bread to go

with our dinner!

Evening :)

While the bread was baking we had music

Finally the Dinner table

Our guests left at 11.30 that night and I can only say that a wonderful day was had by all.

At the end of it all, I have to say that the Americans and everyone except our vegetarian all had portions of both the Irish stew and the wine stew AND the children ate every single bit!  It was great.

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