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Accommodation Road c.1940

Source: Friends and Neighbours 1986 & Michael Purcell c2008

Friends and Neighbours 1986

While every care has been taken to ensure the accuracy of the details in this booklet, the publishers cannot guarantee that they are correct in every respect. Any errors or omissions are inadvertent and we trust that readers will appreciate the efforts of all concerned in compiling and publishing this history. Eire Og C.L.G.

Leo Brennan decided to perpetuate the name of Accommodation Road
 by funding the erection of a plaque. Many former residents gathered at the unveiling by Leo and Liam O’Ceallaigh, representing Carlow County Heritage Society. Pictured above are:
Back Row, L. to R.: Leo Brennan, Cathal Brennan, Liam O’Ceallaigh, C.C.H.S.; Noel Redmond, Tom Kelly, Paddy Byrne, Paddy Woods, Michael Kenny.
Front Row, L. to R.: Oliver Dooley, Eddie Burke, William Pigott and Joe Kenny.
Source: Carlow Past & Present. Vol. 1. No. 3. 1990

Accommodation Road

Accommodation Road, Carlow links Green Lane to Pollerton Road and consisted of fifteen single storey slate roofed houses on one side of the road, comprising two rooms and a loft.

The name Accommodation Road is entirely practical, the houses being built in the 1840's to accommodate the workers who were building the Railway. The road was enclosed with gates at both ends; Green Lane and being known as Holdens Corner. The houses numbered 1 to 15 (from Green Lane) were owned by a Mr. White of Wexford and later by the O'Rourke Bros, of Montgomery Street.

The houses are of course long gone. Where they stood is now an open space, to the rear of which now proudly stands the fine headquarters of our excellent Fire Brigade. The siting of this building is entirely appropriate being almost in the garden of the services' first captain John Sweeney. Pollerton Road and an Eire Og member. James Brady. P.C. succeeded in having the Urban District Council, of which he is a member, name its Tullow Road Housing Estate John Sweeney Park, in honour of this most distinguished servant of Carlow.

'Bono' Geoghegan and his dog.
'Bono' Geoghegan

No. 1: Had a fountain outside it and was occupied by John Geoghegan, whose family was associated with the organising of the famous '98 Senior Football Tournament in 1897. The proceeds going towards the enclosing of the Croppy Hole in Graiguecullen.

His father John (wife Myra) had a shop at 2 Pollerton Road, opposite Fountain House i.e. Jackie Parker (Ballickmoyler) and had daughters Mai (Mrs. Dunster), Nellie (Mrs. McCullough) and sons Ned, 13 Staplestown Road; John, J.K.L. Nellie and Joe are still with us. Tony was interned on Spike Island for his Republican sympathies, while Ned, who died young, was a Labour Councillor and Chairman of U.D.C., a position since held by his niece

Eileen (Mrs. Tom Brophy), Idrone Park, also representing the Labour Party. His son Tom married Mary Dufferin, Wexford, and they had two sons, John (Holy) and Tom. Tom (Snr.) lived in Green Lane, he was gifted with his hands and set up an Electrical/Cycle Shop in Dublin St., in partnership with Paddy Kinsella, St. Fiac's Terrace.

John (Holy) married Marna Murphy, daughter of the legendary Tommy Murphy, the "Boy Wonder" of Laois and Graiguecullen in the 30's and 40's, now lives in Australia. John was brought home from England by the County Board to play a Leinster Championship game.

Tom (Jnr.) married Manan Butler (Kilkenny) and has daughters, Emma, Laura, Ciara and son Padraic, the family live in Ballinacarrig. Tom is the General Manager of The Nationalist and Leinster Times and played football for both Eire Og and the County team, he is also Trustee of the Eire Og Club. No. 1 was later occupied by Jer (Wig) Butler, brother of the famous "Thumbs" whose family reside at Staplestown Road, and whose son John "The Dew" and Jimmy were skilled footballers with Eire Og. John's age was called into question following an U-14 Perry Cup game v. Ballyadams in 1957 and calling to "Thumbs" to enquire how I might get his Birth Certificate, I was calmly told John had been born in India during the war and that the records were destroyed during the London blitz.

No. 2: The house was later occupied by the late Edward Bermingham, a C.I.E. official and a prominent member of the Labour Party and Urban Council for fifteen years. The girls are all teachers, Mary and Colette are nuns and the boys hold senior executive positions - one in Dublin, and the other in Canada in T. V. Joe, the elder boy was a most exciting footballer with the O'Hanrahans and also for a period on the County team. He was very skilled with a great turn of speed. He was with the O'Hanrahans at the same time as Jimma Rea, "Buller" Moore, Maurice Doogue, Sean Kinsella, "Pirn" Quinlan, Emmet Shevlin, Seamus Corcoran (now in the U.S.) and of course Ned Begley, who also played for Laois. Many readers will remember with nostalgia those fine players of the early 40's.

No. 3/4: Was occupied by the Hyland family. George Hyland was for many years the father figure of the famous Shamrocks (all whites) G.A.A. Club. He died last year in England, R.I.P. and is buried in Baltinglass. In the 60's, Georgie would drive or lend his van to take the complete Eire Og 7-a-side panel which included Vinny Harvey, Martin Brophy (now Fr.), P. J. Hogan, Genie Kelly, Jimmy Travers, Billy O'Brien, Brendan Hayden, Larry Darcy and Jim O'Brien, (The Shamrocks amalgamated with the O'Hanrahans in the early 50's). Nicholas Hyland, a brother of Georgie, ran a very successful poultry business and sold eggs. His wife Bridget now lives on the Green Road.

No. 4/3: Mick Kavanagh known as "Bones" worked for many years in the Boot Factory. Later this house - 1946-'51 - was occupied by Percy McDarby, a craftsman and hurler of note and a very prominent Cosets official, (Vice-president of the club for some time). He moved to St. Patrick' Ave., and two years later to Larkfield, having been one of the founders of the Co-Op which built those houses. His wife Kitty (Hutton) is, of course, the "Mother" of Irish dancing in Carlow. Daughter Kathleen is on the clerical staff of Comhlucht Siuicre Eireann and shares fully her parents' ideals.

No. 5: Benjamin Ryan - Benny, as he was affectionately known - married Sarah Kavanagh, sister of Mick "Bones". Their children were Willie, Lennie, Josie and Terry. Terry now lives at Lower Staplestown Road and his daughter Caroline married John Owens, the gifted Eire Og and County footballer and resides at Beechwood Park, Pollerton.

John Geoghegan, uncle of Tom, also lived here. An employee of U.D.C., married, Ellen Williamson, Bridewell Lane, their son Paddy (Whack) is in England. Later they lived at 132 J.K.L.

No. 6: Many readers will remember Jim O'Neill. He was an artist of no mean achievement and it was always an entertaining story Jim could pass on to young and old alike. Indeed it was Jim's grandson, Willie Kavanagh, who heroically gave his life in a rescue mission as a member of Carlow Fire Brigade. "Ar dheis De go Raibh a anam.

No. 7: Anthony (Duck) Parker, as he was known to many "Bird" friends, as one of the area's great characters. He was an ardent Shamrocks supporter in an area of such supporters and "carried" the jerseys for many years. His daughter Kathleen, who married Alec Young, Potato Market, was probably the best ballroom dancer ever in the town. Son Anthony is married to Rita Moore, Barrack Street, and they are in England.

No. 8: Katie and Johnny Rooney were the grandparents of Mrs. Betty Waters, who lives at Staplestown Road. Katie was one of the last persons to be buried in the Old Graves from the road and was one of the most expert pluckers at Watty Kehoes, Pembroke, whose grandson Brian runs his International Freight Company most successfully.

No. 9: Henry Harvey married Martha Holmes who was originally from No. 1, they had five children. Henry (Jnr.) married Harriet Ellis of Charlotte Street. Elizabeth married Michael Dowling, Graiguecullen. Hannah (O'Connor) lived in Dublin. Martha married Tom Shaw, Hanover Mills and later St. Killian's Crescent, they had nine children. Tom was a prominent O'Hanrahan official until his death and was a former player for Carlow who was involved in the aftermath of Milford v. Graiguecullen S.F.C. Final in 1926. He composed a song about the happenings and no matter how good the singer it is not recommended for singing everywhere in the urban areas, was also noted for his recitation of "The Roads Around Rathoe".

Mick married Marie Bowling (Green Lane) who shared his love of sport, and they lived at No. 3 Pollerton Road. Mick captained the "Shammies" in their only S.F.C. final appearance in 1934, when they were beaten by Tinryland 1-6 to 0-6 from midfield. An ex-Army man, he played with the O'Hanrahans who won the Championship in 1929, as did "Bolum" Hogan.

The medals were on display in McEvoys (this is Cee Gees) and a member commented: "We could have won those ourselves" meaning Bridewell Lane, as there was only two from outside the lane on the team. Mick and Bollum agreed never to play with O'Hanrahans again. However, a story is told that the following year, Mick, home from the army, was met by Tom Shaw, who more or less "interned" him at his home in Hanover Mills, to have him for the match the next day. Mick slipped his keeper, who was a formidable man to cross in the early hours and gathering a couple of dogs went hunting around Gotham. 'Bolom' was prevailed upon to play and unfortunately suffered the injury that was eventually to cost him his life. During Mick's years in the army he was called upon to play the last post at State funerals, he was also a member of Fianna Eireann. His son Vinny of Eire Og and county fame, is currently trainer of the county team.

No. 10: Mrs. Catherine Kavanagh, mother of "Bones" Kavanagh.

No. 11: Liz Rice, mother of Patsa, noted Shamrock player and a "character". An ex-Army man, he was noted for a song he usually sang on pay night during the Beet Campaign to the air of Mary My Scots Blue girl.

"I love a rasher, a big fat rasher,
Fried with an onion in the pan,
When you hear the pan frying,
You hear poor Patsa crying,
Mother take up the pan".

 Also occupied by the Slater Family, one of whom, Johnny, now in England, was with Eire Og in the Club's first years, was a tough and tenacious defender, contesting the M.F.C. and League Finals in 1956.

No. 12: Paddy Geoghegan married Maisie Rice, Patsa's sister, their son Stan, a staunch O'Hanrahan supporter, now lives at O'Hanrahan's Avenue.

No. 13: Peter McEvoy (Joss Mac) a noted story-teller - not all of which were exactly true! and father of Percy, a lorry driver with the U.D.C., who also ran a car hire service during the war years. A gifted musician (saxophone) and Band Leader (Black Aces) etc.

A terrific character, very intelligent, excellent debater. His daughter Mary Thomas lives at Hanover. Brother Golly Mac was a very good footballer with the "Shammies" and a skilled employee of Messrs. T. Thompson,

No. 14: Jim Donoghue, a Malt House and Sugar Company employee, and father of Mrs. Betty Kehoe, who with husband Joe, after a long number of years in England, have returned to live at Askea Lawns. Both are life members of Eire Og.

Lilly Young, Mick Brennan, Sarah and Bill PiggottNo. 15: Bill Piggott a close to nature man, was into birds in a caring way, a gardener and he always kept chickens. Father of Billy, a life-long employee of the Sugar Company, who is now retired and living at New Oak Estate. Madge Piggott married Bill Brennan (Barrack Street), who was at one time a policeman in Africa. Their son "Big Neddy" lived here and later at Staplestown Road and his son, Willie, is the noted Laois footballer, who scored that vital goal against Carlow in the 1985 Leinster S.F.C.

Some of the many other people who lived in this street are Paddy Dooley (The Kaiser), Julia Balfe, who was a governess in France, sister Lizzie, the Walshe Family and Lil Conroy.

Source: Friends and Neighbours by James O'Brien 1986 & Michael Purcell c2008

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