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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.

 

 

 

FOOD
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.

CLOTHING

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.

EDUCATION

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
here

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!

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Castle Arms Hotel, Durrow 

You can find photographs of the Castle everywhere but not of the trees.  Isn’t the colour beautiful?
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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
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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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Heritage Treasure Trove, Laois

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Treasure Trove – Heritage.  Laois

 

There is a ‘Treasure Trove’ relating to our Heritage in Co. Laois.  A friend of mine had told me that I really had to go and see this place and I am telling you now that it is incredible!!  The photos I have here don’t even do it justice.  The creator/owner of the Treasure Trove is of himself a Treasure also.

Some people know that I had 3 friends from the US staying in Sandymount House, Abbeyleix for 3 days last week.  The first day we met we headed off to Kilkenny, the 2nd day the plan was for me to bring them to the Rock of Dunamase (because that is an incredible Heritage treasure for Co. Laois).  En route, just as we got to a turn in Portlaoise I remembered that my friend had told me I had to go see this place and I changed route.

We got there, I spoke to the owners son he let us into the building and then telephoned his father to tell him that he had visitors.  His father returned and I have to say I was so glad.  As I’ve said he is a Treasure of himself and he walked all around telling my friends the history of every object – not exactly everything because there is so much ‘stuff’ there that it would take you a week to get round it all and even then you still would not be finished!!

My photographs do not do the Treasure Trove justice.  Light was bad and I only had my little camera with me.  Some of these photos may include my friends Sue, Mary and Phil.

Enjoy –  as we did :)

My ‘Header’ photograph on this page is of a Trolley which was used in St. Vincent’s Hospital, Athy, Kildare to transfer bodies to a paupers grave during the Great famine.

 

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Hounds & First Hunt, Laois. 2016

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Hounds & the First Hunt, Laois.

2nd November 2016

The Hunt in Laois was established in 1899 according to the date on a plaque where the dogs are kept.

We had friends over from America and we decided to ‘kidnap’ them for a day and bring them to places that they would never thing of going to in their lives.  The first hunt of 2016 just happened to occur on that ‘kidnap’ day.

First place of stop was to see the houndss which were not going out for the day. Meeting with the new Huntsman Dermot Hannify and seeing the hounds in their kennels was very interesting.  Laois Hunt has approximately 60 hounds, sexes are kept separately in the kennels.  When they first go out young hounds are tied to an older hound and the older hound will teach them.

An hour or so later we headed to the Manor Hotel, Abbeyleix where the Laois Hunt was about to take off from.

An interesting event to view.  I’ve never actually seen the hounds or the proper hunt take off before.

 

 

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Rathdowney. Baptism 1859

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Rathdowney Roman Catholic Parish

Baptismal Index 1859

This is a baptismal index of the names of children baptised in the Roman Catholic parish of Rathdowney (Co. Laois/Queen’s Co.) during the year 1859

The following table of baptisms is transcribed from Microfilm No. 5014 held online by the National Library of Ireland accessible through their Roman Catholic Parish Register Search page.   All names and surnames given here are as I read them.

The register is in English.  Place names are given.  My list is sorted by year, alphabetically using the surname of the child. Question marks indicate letters or words I had a problem reading.  The letters ‘sic’ indicate that is how I read the letters I have typed.
[ ] indicates that the letters within the brackets are my best guess at what the letters are
n.g.=Not given

Nicknames, Shortened names used in Irish records

I am currently transcribing all the Rathdowney parish records and decided to analyse these entries. There are 72 baptisms and when we look at the names of men and women we see that there are 23 female first names and 18 male first names.  These figures include the names of father and mother.  Of the total 72 baptisms there is only one child who was given two first names and that is Mary Jane Leahy.  The following table will give you an idea of which first names were the most common, or it will show you how little some names were considered.  The Index table follows this.

NameNo times
Abby1
Ann7
Anne3
Anty1
Bridget5
Bridgt8
Catherine3
Charles1
Daniel1
Danl1
Edward2
Eliza8
Ellen5
Esther1
Grace1
Honora2
James4
Jermh1
John9
Joseph7
Judith2
Judy2
Kate11
Margaret7
Margt3
Martha1
Martin1
Mary24
Mary Jane1
Michael1
Michl4
Pat1
Patrick2
Patt1
Sara1
Simon1
Thomas4
Timothy2
William2
Winny1
NameSurnameFatherMotherMaiden NamePlacenameDateYear
John?FermoyleJamesMaryBrowneErrill23-Jan1859
Mary?FiernyPAttWinnyLalorKileaw06-Feb1859
MargaretBerginMichl.MargtGra(?ce)Grogan20-Jan1859
MaryBerginEdwardMaryDelanyKileaw18-Sep1859
JohnBerginMichl.BridgtFinnB.Coolad04-Oct1859
MaryBoweKyranHonoraCarrollGrogan21-Nov1859
MaryBrayPattKateBrienBorahan30-Oct1859
JamesBrophyWilliamAnneBurkeEglish21-Feb1859
EdwardButlerMartinBridgetEganBallagh07-May1859
BridgetByrneTimothyElizaClancyBallagh06-Feb1859
KateByrneWilliamMaryNolanGrogan11-Jul1859
MichlCampionKyranAnnEganRathdy30-Sep1859
ElizaCareyWilliamMaryWhelanRathdy29-Jul1859
ThomasCarrollThomasMaryJulianTemplequain17-Jul1859
WilliamCarterMichaelKateDelanyRathdowney01-Aug1859
JosephColemanJohnKateDunneClonburn17-Jul1859
JohnConnellyEdwardJudyMaherRathdy31-Oct1859
JosephConroyJohnMaryScottR.Downey20-Jan1859
PatConroyMichl.HanoraMaraRathdy22-Jul1859
ThomasCostiganPatrickBridgetKavanaghC.kerry30-Apr1859
TimothyCostiganTimothyEllen(?F)anningC.kerry21-Jun1859
PatrickCostiganPatrickJudyClinchLyrouge03-Sep1859
ElizaCraghMartinAnn??FryRathdy02-Jun1859
JohnCraghPattAnnCreary or CredryRathdy05-Jun1859
MaryDavinWilliamSaraDowlingClonmeen15-Jan1859
JohnDavinMichl.MargtDelanyB.valla02-Mar1859
AnnDelanyPattKateKirwanCoolowly21-Mar1859
DanlDelanyDenisKateFitzpatkRa….06-Jul1859
MaryDelanyJohnMargaretDelanyRathdy20-Nov1859
ThomasDooleyPattEllenMaraRathdy19-Dec1859
JosephDoranPattMaryDoyleRathdy29-Jun1859
DanielDuiganJamesEllenMurphyLirouge14-Feb1859
GraceDunphyMichl.EllenGuiderC.kerry15-Jun1859
MaryGearyDanielCatherineCarrollRathdy09-Nov1859
PatrickGleesonPatrickMargaretCarrollErril21-Mar1859
JohnHeneryMichl.BridgtWhyteKileaw09-May1859
MartinHeneryMichl.BridgtWhyteKileaw09-May1859
JosephHenesyPhilipAntyWhiteheadRathdy16-Oct1859
AnnHiginsJohnAbbyCreary or CredryRathdy05-Jun1859
KyranHoyneJosephBridgetKeyH.town15-Feb1859
JosephKavanaghJohnJudithDoranRathdy31-Oct1859
JermhKellyJohnAnnDelanyB.Coolad15-May1859
SimonKellyWilliamElizaBrophyRathdy08-Sep1859
JosephKenahanDanlEstherDuiganPark11-Jun1859
JamesKingJohnJudithTracyClonmeen04-Dec1859
Mary JaneLeahyJohnMarthaWillsErril03-Apr1859
JohnLoughlinKyranCatherineWhelanClonmeen15-May1859
EllenLowryTimothyMarySullivanBor….03-Mar1859
PattMaguireEwdKateQuiglyGrogan12-Jun1859
BridgetMaherJohnElizaFitzpatrickC.fleming29-May1859
MaryMaherThomasElizaEd(?h)vokLisduff28-Aug1859
JohnMaherPattMaryHoolahanRathdy15-Nov1859
MargaretMaraPattMargtKellyRathdy19-Dec1859
MichlMooneyPattKateKilmartinKileaw23-Nov1859
TimothyMoresyAndrewKateDoolingC.Town18-Dec1859
ThomasMoylanJohnElizaDavyKileaw27-Nov1859
KateMulhallEdwardBridgtMahonyKileaw15-Aug1859
ElizaPetersMichaelMargaretHoyneB.Bugga27-Feb1859
CharlesPurcellJohnMaryLalorMoonamonra14-Feb1859
MichlRyanJohnMaryDowlingLirouge28-Aug1859
MarySheilTimothyBridgtMaraH.town27-Aug1859
JosephSkeanWilliamCatherineBerginRathdowney21-May1859
MichlSlatteryMartinMaryMoresyC.Town03-Oct1859
MargaretSlatteryMartinMaryMoresyC.Town03-Oct1859
JohnStensonMichl.BridgtGleesonRathdy01-Apr1859
MaryStensonMichl.BridgtGleesonRathdy01-Apr1859
MichaelSullivanJohnAnneGrahamBallagh31-Jul1859
EdwardTierneyMichaelAnneCormackRathdy25-Sep1859
JamesTiernyPhilipMaryGuilfoyleKileaw14-Jan1859
WilliamWalkerPattAnnColemanGloshaw28-Nov1859
JamesWhelanJohnBridgtWhelanLismora14-Aug1859
MargaretWhitePattKateFitzpatkB.Coolad16-Dec1859
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Ossory Show 2016. Trucks

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Ossory Show, 2016

Trucks and Truckers

The Ossory Show 2016 was a different event for me – here are some photos of the Truck Show section.

I’d never seen a ‘Truck Show’ before and I didn’t know what to expect.  It was really interesting as I stood on top of one of the garden beds and watched a bunch of trucks come up the road blowing their horns like as if they were all excited to have finally found the show.  I did hear at one point that a few of the trucks were off in Mountrath because they were lost, didn’t know where the show grounds were, and it was the arrival of this bunch of trucks that I am talking about. Unfortunately, I can’t show the excitement, what it felt like to watch them all arrive, photographing them as they drove in.

For me though, the nicest bit was when I ‘bumped’ in to Johnnie and Holly.  I didn’t know who they were, they were just two gorgeous children playing together or around the trucks.  The three of us sat and chatted and we talked about how children should not talk to adults and that even though I was taking their photo for them I couldn’t put that photo on the internet.  I told them that I’d get a copy of my photo to them.

Maybe I should make the title of this page – “Johnnie” :)

I kept photographing as I do, and then I saw this wee little truck, a ‘baby’ truck, parked between two grown up trucks and I thought ‘wow’.  Then, I learned that the little truck actually works, I think it has a wheelchair engine AND that it belongs to Johnnie.  Later, Seamus asked me if I would photograph the truckers receiving their cups and I said “No, problem” and ok, they had a professional photographer but that didn’t bother me because I was just taking photos.  I’d get a shot of the people who came first and second but not the person who came third because the professional would get all three people to stand with their backs to the crowd.  So, I took photos of the trophy recipients as they came off the stage.  These are all off the cuff photos and some of them are not that perfect.

As I was watching & photographing the ceremony I realised that Johnnie and his mother were standing beside me.  I told him Mam (Sandra) that I had photographed Johnnie and Holly and I gave her the name of my website and asked her to email me so that I could send her copies of those photos.

THEN, next thing, Johnnie was called up to the stage – his dad went with him and he was told he was being given an award BUT that the group did not have a trophy for him right now, they would get one to him.  I took photos.

I’m only getting the photos online now BUT the other night, Sandra emailed me and told me that Johnnie had received his trophy.  I asked her if I could have a copy of a photo of him with his trophy and she said that she would get  a photo of Johnnie, his truck and his trophy.

I have put the photo of Johnnie, his truck, his trophy and his Dad as my header photo here now.   To me, that photo speaks a million words. I hope any truckers who read this page, come to see these photos will agree with me.

It was a pleasure to photograph the trucks and truckers, it was a bigger pleasure to have met Johnnie and see his truck.  Shouldn’t say this, showed my son the lead photo of Johnnie, Truck, Trophy & Dad  tonight and he said “That’s the luckiest boy in the world”

 

 

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Rathdowney Baptismal Index 1880-1881

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Rathdowney Roman Catholic Parish

Baptismal Index 1880-1881

This is a baptismal index of the names of children baptised in the Roman Catholic parish of Rathdowney (Co. Laois/Queen’s Co.) during the years 1880-1881

The following table of baptisms is transcribed from Microfilm No. 5014 held online by the National Library of Ireland accessible through their Roman Catholic Parish Register Search page.   All names and surnames given here are as I read them.

The register is in English.  Place names are given.  My list is sorted by year, alphabetically using the surname of the child. Question marks indicate letters or words I had a problem reading.  The letters ‘sic’ indicate that is how I read the letters I have typed.
[ ] indicates that the letters within the brackets are my best guess at what the letters are.

n.g.= not given.

Nicknames, Shortened names used in Irish records

 

NameSurnameFatherMotherMaiden NameFromDateYear 
Margret(?K)eenanJohnBridgetBrophyRathdowney19-Oct1880
James??Bennet or ??PennetJohnElizaCarrollRathdowney19-Jun1880
James??GrogartyJamesBridgetMorisseyRathdowney02-Oct1880
Honoria??Herns or KernsJohnMaryClery??Monamondra06-May1880
AnnBartonJohnMaryRyanRathdowney13-Nov1880
BridgetBerginThos.JohannaHolohanB(ae)nry03-Jan1880
Mary AnnBerginPatrickMaryWalshRathdowney18-Aug1880
Mary AnnBrennanJamesMary(??Ho)ganRathdowney14-Nov1880
MichaelBrienMichaelElizaDempseyBorahan13-Jun1880
MargretBrophyRichardSarahRingwoodPark15-Feb1880
JohnButlerWilliamMaryButlerBallycoolid03-Jan1880
JohnC(?r)earyMichaelMaryHayesRathdowney07-Nov1880
PatrickCahillMichaelAnnRichardsRathdowney02-Jun1880
Michael JohnCampionCorneliusElizaDwyreErrill15-Mar1880
PhilipCampionJeremiahMaryMooreCoolkerry19-Jul1880
JosephCarrollThos.BridgetMeagherGlosha14-Mar1880
JohnCartyJohnMary AnnTis(?d)alRathdowney14-Apr1880
CatherineChamberlainHenryMaryFitzpatrickK……30-Jan1880
ThomasCleareyThos.CatherineMacavoyGlosha28-Jul1880
PatrickCostiganMichaelMargretBaananGrogan04-Jul1880
CatherineDaleyJamesMaryKere(?v)ickRathdowney30-Oct1880
JohnDarmodyJamesSarahFanningRathdowney09-May1880
Anna MaryDea(?re)yEdwardNoraFanning??Barney11-May1880
JamesDelahauntyThos.MargretQuigleyRathdowney26-Feb1880
JohanaDelahauntyWilliamMaryLeahy??Clonmeen08-Jun1880
JohnDoolingAndrewAnnDavinErrill31-Dec1880
MargretDunnePatrickMaryHentenRathdowney26-Jul1880
MaryDwyreJohnAnnMillsRathdowney29-Oct1880
JosephEustaceJamesJohanaBrien??Borohan15-May1880
JosephFanninPattMargretFitzgeraldRathdowney09-Dec1880
CatherineFitzpatrickWilliamMaryTynanBorahan22-Feb1880
JohnFitzpatrickPatrickMaryFitzpatrickCoolowley23-Aug1880
??HarryFletcherJohnElizaVicars??Roselee30-Jan1880
JeremiahFogartyJohnJuliaO'KeeffeClonm(??een)05-Jan1880
PatrickFogartyWilliamElizaHennesyRathdowney21-Jun1880
PatrickGlindonJohnJuliaSheilHarristown06-Jan1880
MarthaGradyJohnMaryFryRathdowney28-Sep1880
RobertGrattanRobertCatherineCunninghamRathdowney28-Mar1880
JohnGuylfoileJohnMary AnnPalmerErrill06-Nov1880
JohnH?uhanPattMaryBerminghamRathdowney21-Jun1880
PhilipHennesyJohnAnnSmythRathdowney18-Feb1880
CatherineHollandPatrickHonoriaMaherRathdowney04-Sep1880
MichaelHoyneWilliamMaryFitzpatrickCastlefleming12-Nov1880
KyranKellyJohnElizaHayesKnockile08-Aug1880
WilliamKellyPattElizaFogartyBallycoolid19-Sep1880
MargretL(?o)ngJohnMargretSlatteryGrogan03-Oct1880
AnnLoobyPattMaryRingwoodGlosha13-Mar1880
JamesLoughmanMichaelMaryGuilfoileRathdowney14-Jan1880
AnnMaherJohnBridgetGleesenDonomore11-Jul1880
JamesMaherMichaelBridgetGuilfoileRaheen03-Aug1880
RichardMaherJohnNannySheilRathdowney04-Nov1880
Mary AnnMcKennaJohnElizaCunniffRathdowney09-Nov1880
MargretMeehenMartinMargretNolan???10-Oct1880
PeterMigrathPatrickMaryWhelanRathdowney07-Jul1880
RobertMo(??on)eyJamesMargretLydenErrill30-May1880
FrancisMooneyPeterMaryCarly or CareyDonomore16-Apr1880
RodyMooreLaurenceNoraCostiganBorahin29-Apr1880
MichaelMoylanJohnElizaDeavyKileahan25-Nov1880
JohnMurreyJamesMargretWhelanRathdowney07-Jul1880
????AnnNolanPattMaryQuinlanRathdowneyFeb (can't read)1880
ThomasNolanJeremiahMargretHowardGlosha27-Nov1880
JohnO'NeilOwenFannyBowe(??Erkin)dale02-Apr1880
SaraghPalmerPatrickBridgetLoughmanErrill06-Sep1880
ThomasPurcillJohnMargretCallaghanErrill24-Aug1880
PatrickQuigleyDanielMaryBoilstonRathdowney07-Sep1880
CatherineQuigleyPeterMaryFitzpatrickErrill13-Nov1880
PatrickSt. GeorgeWilliamMargretClearRathdowney28-Nov1880
KieranStensonJohnMary AnnFletcherRathdowney06-Mar1880
EllenTynanEdwardJuliaTooleClonmeen04-Dec1880
MaryWallThos.MaryQuigleyDonomore17-Apr1880
WilliamWhe(?e)lerWilliamMargretMcNamaraRathdowney07-Feb1880
MaryWhelanThos.CatherineShielCoolfin21-Feb1880
HubertWhelanPatrickJuliaMaddenErrill06-May1880
MaryWhelanPatrickElizaSheilDonomore09-Jul1880
MaryWhiteWilliamMaryDoolenErrill08-Feb1880
JamesWhitePatrickCatherineMentenRathdowney02-Mar1880
JohanaWhiteJohnMaryDoolanErrill08-May1880
HarryBannonMichaelMaryBrophyErrill14-Jan1881
ElizaBerginPatrickCatherineFitzgerald(??He)alh01-Jan1881
JohnBrophyMichaelCatherineMeehanHarristown1881
Michael (??Martin)CampionPatrickMargretMaherBally….02-Feb1881
MichaelConroyDanielCatherineMooreRathdowney09-Jan1881
EdwardFitzpatrickEdwardJudyLoughmanKnockile20-Jan1881
AnistaciaHennesyMartinAnistaciaKeoughErrill29-Jan1881
??(Patr)ickLoughmanJohnAnnDermodyHarristownJan 1881
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Rathdowney Marriage Records 1866-71

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Rathdowney Roman Catholic Parish,

Laois.
Index to names on Marriage Records 1866-1871

This is an index of the names of the people who were married in the Roman Catholic parish of Rathdowney during the years 1866-1871.  The following table of marriages is transcribed from Microfilm No. 5014 held online by the National Library of Ireland accessible through their Roman Catholic Parish Register Search page.   All names and surnames given here are as I read them.

My list is sorted by year, alphabetically using the surname of the Groom. Question marks indicate letters or words I had a problem reading.  The letters ‘sic’ indicate that is how I read the letters I have typed.
[ ] indicates that the letters within the brackets are my best guess at what the letters might be. n.g=not given.

Rathy/Rathdy=Rathdowney ; Bala/Balla=Bally ; Lisnorra=Lismore ; B-bugga=Ballybuggy

Nicknames, Shortened names used in Irish records

 

 

NameSurnameB NameB SurnamPlacenameDateYear    
JohnDelanyAnnDaveyDerries30-Jan1866
EdwdBreenMaryBerryHarristown05-Feb1866
PeterCareyMaryDelanyBallagh05-Feb1866
MalachyLalorHonoraBrophyKnockile06-Feb1866
CharlesKellyJaneBoohanRathd'y08-Feb1866
JamesNaryMariaNolanRathd'y08-Feb1866
MichlCostiganMargtBaninGrogan11-Feb1866
JamesCollierEllenBerginCoolkerry12-Feb1866
FrankDockinSusanDelanyRathd'y12-Feb1866
KyranFitzpatrickMaryKeysMoonamonra12-Feb1866
JohnWalshJudithDowlingClonmeen12-Feb1866
CorneliusHeelyMaryConrahyBorahen13-Feb1866
EdwdFitzpatrickJohannaLoughmanKnockile22-Apr1866
ThosKeaneEllenCareyGragueavalla29-Apr1866
PeterMooneyMaryCostiganRathd'y01-May1866
WmBartonAnneBourkeRathd'y24-Sep1866
AndrewFitzpatrickBridgtDowlingErrill08-Nov1866
JamesFitzpatrickCathernMcNamaraBalacoolad26-Nov1866
JohnHayesMaryButlerClonmeen29-Nov1866
JohnLalorMaryLoughmanHarristown29-Nov1866
JerhRocheKateDaleyRathdowney29-Nov1866
PattPetersMargtCookeRathd'y07-Feb1867
HyacinthCampbellMaryGuilfoyleRathd'y08-Feb1867
JohnCassinGraceCostigan??11-Feb1867
ThomasWhelanCatherineKingClonmeen11-Feb1867
LaurenceMahonyAnneFitzPatrickKnockile14-Feb1867
MartinMoranMargtFitzpatrickBorahen21-Feb1867
EdwardPurcellKateMaherCoolkerry28-Feb1867
MichlClearyMaryDelanyRathd'y04-Mar1867
JohnWhelanMaryPrattBallagh11-May1867
PeterQuigleyMaryFitzPatrickCoolowly18-Jun1867
DanielCahilJudithKavanaghBarney29-Aug1867
PattLubyMaryRingwoodGloshue14-Oct1867
JosephMortonAnnWhelanGrogan28-Nov1867
MatthewClearElizaDawsonClonmeen13-Jan1868
WmHaydonBridgetDelanyRathd'y13-Jan1868
MichlBurkeSarahLoughmanHarristown20-Feb1868
JermhQuigleyBridgtDeaLism?oore20-Feb1868
DenisSheph?erdKateRyanErrill20-Feb1868
TomShielMaryBurdenPark24-Feb1868
DenisHoolahanHanoriaEganLismore25-Feb1868
EdwardKellyJudyMaherRathd'y25-Feb1868
JohnKeyOneyQuaidGrogan08-May1868
WilliamConroyMaryFitzPatrickErrill28-May1868
JohnMurphyElizaEllisKilemallo?wen28-May1868
JamesDunneAlliceDugganBarney07-Jul1868
MichlLeonardHonoraWhyteRathdowney14-Jul1868
MathewMaherJohannaMaherCoolkerry28-Jul1868
DenisTynanElizaQuinnLismorra20-Aug1868
ThomasHoganEllenBrooderRathdowney19-Sep1868
JohnDaly?Fany??MeehanRathdowney12-Jan1869
JosephBrayAnneCondrenRathdowney02-Feb1869
MalachyFitzpatrickBridgtDugganBarney02-Feb1869
MartinGahanMargtMaherKnockile08-Feb1869
JohnDunneJohannaRourkeRathdowney09-Feb1869
HenrySparlingEllenBirminghamRathdowney09-Feb1869
PattBerginKateFitzpatrickMoonamonra06-May1869
ThomasWallMaryQuigleyRathdowney08-May1869
FintanKeeganBridgtMarshallRathdowney11-May1869
JohnMantonMaryBriscoeRathdowney22-May1869
JamesMeehanJudyHaum?sillRathdowney05-Jul1869
PattFlaniganMaryGormanRathdowney01-Aug1869
JohnCantwellMarthaMcMahonRathd'y20-Sep1869
DanlConroyKateMooreRathd'yJan1869
JohnMullenMaryWhelanErrill13-Jan1870
EdwardLoughmanEllenLoughmanErrill01-Feb1870
PattCreaghMargtPetersHarristown10-Feb1870
JohnMaherEllenPhelanCoolkerry10-Feb1870
JamesBrophyMaryMurphyGlosha22-Feb1870
JohnGuilfoyleMaryannePalmerErrill22-Feb1870
JohnHoyneMargaretBreenBorahen22-Feb1870
DanielBerginKateGuilfoyleTemplequain23-Feb1870
JermhKilmartinKateDelanyCoolowly23-Feb1870
MichlBrophyElizaCarrollLis?moore or nora24-Feb1870
ThomasCrearyJudyDaveyDerries24-Feb1870
EdmondClearJudyBerginKilcoran28-Feb1870
EdmondComerfordMargtDempseyEglish28-Feb1870
JamesFitzgeraldMaryCliffordRathdowney28-Feb1870
ThomasCloonyKateMullalyRathd'y01-Mar1870
JohnKilmartinJudyTracyErrill01-Mar1870
ThomasClearyKateMcAvoyGlosha08-May1870
JohnStensonMaryFletcherRathd'y11-May1870
JohnHughesMaryMahonCappa?la??n20-Jun1870
JohnWhyteSarahWhyteErrill20-Jun1870
MichlDunphyMargtBoweRathdowney08-Jul1870
JohnCarthySarahWhelanRathd'y25-Jul1870
JohnPrattMaryMaherRathdowney18-Sep1870
PattDispardKateMa??nnsRathd'y10-Oct1870
MartinMeehanMargtNolanGrogan10-Jan1871
PattMoylanAnnMaherBallagh19-Jan1871
PattFitzpatrickMaryanneMooreRathdy29-Jan1871
MartinDunneEllenCostiganBorahen02-Feb1871
JohnGradyMary?FryRathdy07-Feb1871
JamesShielMaryCoalRathdy07-Feb1871
EdwardKirwanJudyMaherLisnoora14-Feb1871
PattMeehanMaryanneBirminghamRathdy16-Feb1871
MichlRyanKateKennyB-bugga19-Feb1871
William?WrineMargtKennedyErrill20-Feb1871
JohnComerfordKateWhelanBalacoolad20-Feb1871
PattConroyMaryGainenEglish20-Feb1871
PattFitzpatrickMaryFitzPatrickBalacoolad20-Feb1871
MixhlHoganEllenSippleCoolowly20-Feb1871
JohnWhelanOneyTynanClonmeen20-Feb1871
JohnDivinJaneNolanRathdy25-Apr1871
DenisLoughmanMargretCarrollTemplequain23-May1871
MichlHaydenMaryCreaghGrogan13-Jun1871
PattNolanMaryHarveyRathdy03-Jul1871
JohnFitzpatrickMaryMcGrathCoolkerry02-Nov1871
JohnD?uningMaryDaleyRathdy05-Nov1871

 

 

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Top Gear : Creation, movement of Scarecrow entry 2016

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Top Gear

2016 All Ireland Scarecrow Festival Entrant

 

The ‘creation of’ :)  I remember the first time I saw this ‘two cars stuck together’  few years ago and I wanted to photograph it, my friend Noel said, “Not now Jane, it’s not ready yet”.  That’s the kind of statement that makes you wonder when will it ever be ‘ready’?

So, no a Sat morning as I drove from Westport home to Laois I received a phone call (answered by my nephew) and the person calling wanted to know when would I be home, that the All Ireland Scarecrow Festival began the next day and I had to take photos!  I didn’t even know the Scarecrow festival was starting the next day.  So, off I went to Durrow that evening to take photos which I have already uploaded.  My friends idea though was that I could take photos of his entry as it set out to go to Durrow.  His entry was ‘Top Gear’.  I hadn’t been around to photograph the re-painting of the cars and I just begin with getting the entry up and off to Durrow along with some photographs of the ‘creation’ of the puppets.

Young boys were all fascinated with these two cars AND they actually do ‘work’ as in can move themselves around a bit or so I’ve heard.

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All Ireland Scarecrow Festival, 2016

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All Ireland Scarecrow Festival, 2016

Durrow, Laois

As usual I was over in Durrow for the ‘All Ireland Scarecrow Festival, 2016’.  What can I say?Every year the entries just get better and better.  The winner this year was Noah’s Ark and the work that went in to that was incredible!  They even had little animals inside the ark right down to bats and insects flying around.  They had a grain store and mice! :)  Children were able to walk in to the ark and look at all the ‘animals’ and insects.

The Scarecrow festival is divided into a number of areas.  There are two sections where adults pay very little to get (1 or 2 Euro) and children are free. Outside of these two areas there are scarecrow entries all over the town, up and down, you have to remember to look up on the walls of buildings as there can be scarecrows up there!!

My photographs are not in order to to speak as I went over the evening before the festival officially opened and walked around photographing everything before there were lots of people about.  Then, on the Monday I went back over with children taking more photos. The result is that I have a lot of photos and even at that I don’t think I got them all.

Definitely a very enjoyable day and very interesting to listed to the comments of the children on the scarecrows.

 

and finally, let us not forget Humpty Dumpty and the Turnip being pulled up by one and all!!

 

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