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Slaters Directory of 1870
Co Carlow

Extracts from Slater's Directory of Ireland 1870

(Thank you to Terry Curran for transcribing this  material)

Bagnalstown, With Leighlin Bridge, Old Leighlin, Borris, Royal Oak, Ballyellen, Ballyknockan, Fenagh, Milltown, Nurney, Paulstown, Tinnehinch and Neighbourhoods

BAGNALSTOWN, or Bagenalstown, is a neat municipal town, in the parish of DUNLECKNY, East Idrone barony county of Carlow, situated about two miles south from Leighlin Bridge on the river Burrow. It has been increasing in population and trade for a number of years and is now a place of considerable business both in shop trade and that in corn and flour several large mills are within its neighbourhood. Near the town are several extensive quarries of granite marble and limestone.

Sessions are held quarterly and petty sessions every third Friday. Mr. Newton and Mr. Bagenal, the proprietors of the town have greatly improved it, and many of the erections are very ornamental, especially the sessions house, with its Ionic portico, and many of the private houses are in good taste. Ward's is an excellent family and commercial hotel. The Protestant Episcopal church" is a handsome building, with a neat pinnacle tower.

The Roman Catholic chapel is also an ornament to the town; and there is one for Wesleyan Methodists. There are two National schools here, one of which is conducted by the nuns of the Presentation Convent, and there are also a Christian Brothers' school and a school for infants. A well supported fever hospital and a dispensary are additional establishments in this spirited place. The contiguous mansion of Dunleckny, which has been modernised, was the ancient seat of the Bagnals or Bagenals, who settled in this county about the middle of the sixteenth century. Fairs are held on the second Monday in each month. Population according to the returns for 1851, 2,256, and in 1861, 2.057.

LEIGHLIN BRIDGE is a small town, partly in the parishes of AOHA and WELLS, barony of East Idrone, county of Carlow, 7 miles south from Carlow, and was formerly a place of some importance, but it has gradually declined to a mere village. The navigable river Barrow flows past it. A stone bridge crosses the river, and at the foot of it are the fragments of a once considerable castle, which was dismantled by Cromwell. The country around is very pleasing, fertile, and well cultivated. The Protestant Episcopal Church occupies a lofty site, and its tower is a conspicuous object to a great distance. There is a Roman Catholic Church and a National school. About a mile from the town is a medicinal spa. A fair is held on the 14th of May. Population in 1851 was 1,292, and in 1871, 1,245.

BORRIS, or Borris-Idrone, is a village and post town in the parish of CLONAGOOSE, Lower St. Mullin's barony, County Carlow 71 miles s. from Dublin, and 16 s. From Carlow this place is situated near the river Barrow on the road to Carlow and New Ross. Borris House the noble seat of Arthur McMurrough Kavanagh, Esq. Is situated in an extensive and richly wooded demesne, and commands fine views terminated on the south-east by imposing views of the Backstairs mountains This mansion, which is constructed in the English baronial style of the sixteenth century, has been for ages the chief residence of the descendants of Donald Kavanagh, son of McMurrough, last king of Leinster. Attached to it is a very handsome private chapel, erected by the late Mr. Kavanagh, and open to the inhabitants of the town and neighbourhood. The Roman Catholic church is a handsome edifice, erected at an expense of £2,000.

There is a school, in which children of both sexes are taught, a commodious building, erected and fitted up by local contributions amounting to £274, and a grant of £97, from the National Board. Petty sessions are held every third Thursday, and road sessions occasionally; there is also a constabulary station. Fairs are held on the following days: January 1st, February 5th, March 25th, May 1st, June 1st, July 2nd, August 15th, September 7th, October 4th, November 14th, and December 4th. The population in 1851 was 720, and in 1861, 879.

OLD LEIGHLIN is a parish in the barony of Idrone West, 1 1/2 miles s.s.w. of Leighlin Bridge. It sent two members to Parliament before the Union, and is the seat of a diocese, founded in 632; it was joined to Ferns in 1600, and to Ossory in 1836. The church or cathedral was built or founded in 1185, and is in the plainest style of Gothic Architecture. Although once a place of some consequence, it could only boast in 1861 of 126 inhabitants,.

ROYAL OAK is a small village, in the parish of KILLINANE, barony of Idrone West, county of Carlow, one mile from Bagnalstown, and the same distance from Leighlin Bridge, situated on the river Barrow, and on the road from Dublin to Carlow. The name of the place is derived from that of an old and well -known inn in the vicinity, which was established previously to the erection of the village. The population in 1861 was 107.

POST OFFICE, BAGNALSTOWN, James Byrnes, Post Master.—Letters arrive from Dublin, quarter past eleven morning, and at half-past twelve midnight, and from Kilkenny and Waterford at a quarter-past three afternoon, and are despatched to Kilkenny and Waterford at half-past ten morning, to Dublin, &c. at a quarter before three afternoon and at a quarter before twelve night. Money Order and Telegraph Office and Savings Bank.

Post Office, BORRIS, Patrick Kinsella, Post Master letters arrive from all parts arrive at five minutes past six morning and a quarter to twelve noon, and are despatched at ten minutes past two afternoon and twenty-five minutes past seven evening. Money Order and Telegraph Office and Savings Bank.

Post Office, Leighlin Bridge, William Hargreaves, post Master arrive from all parts via Bagnalstown at seven morning and at one afternoon, and are despatched thereto at half-past one afternoon and at ten minutes to eight evening. Money Order and Telegraph Office and Savings Bank.

Gentry & Clergy Gentry & Clergy
Alexander Geo. Esq. J.P. Rathviuden, Leighlin Bridge McKee Rev. Robert, M.A. Leighlin Bridge
Alexander John Esq. Millford House Mason O. A. T. Esq. Bagnalstown
Anslee Col.—.Malconville Moreton the Hon. Algernon Thos. J.P. Eastwood, Bagnalstown
Armstrong Rev. George, F.A. M.A. Old Leighlin Morrin the Very Rev. Patrick, p.p. Bagnalstown
Bathe Jno. Innis Esq. Leighlin Bridge Murray Capt. —, Janeville, Fenagh
Bathe John VV. Esq. j.p. Cion Burrin, Fenagh Newton Capt. Philip Charles, j.p. Mount Leinster, Borris
Beresford Denis WP Esq. D.L. & J.P Fenagh Lodge Newton Philip J. Esq. J.P. and D.L. Dunleckney
Blackney Hugh, Esq. J.P. Ballyellen Borris O'Beirne Rev. James, Bagnalstown
Brady John C. Esq. j.p. Myshall Persse Capt. Walter, J.P. Bagnalstown House
Carey Eev. Pal rick, P.P. Borris Rooke Rev. George W. M.A. Borris
Carleton Rev. Jas. M.A. Old Leighlin Singleton Thos. Esq. Bagnalstown
Chapman George, Esq. Bagnalstown Stewart Mrs Elizabeth D. Stewarts Lodge, Leighlin Bridge
Chapman Rev. Joieph, M.A. Bagnalstown Stopford the Hon. Edward Sydney, j.p. Borris
Crosthwait Edward, Esq. The Lodge, Bagnalstown Sweetman Michael Fitzhenry. Esq. Counellan, Borris
Crosthwait Samuel, Esq. the Lodge, Bagnalstown  Vesey William Muschamp, Esq. J.P. Borris
Cummins Mrs—,  Coolnakisha Vigors Major John Ciiffe, J.P. Burgage, Leighlin Bridge
Flood William, Esq. J.P. Paulstown Castle Wall Rev. Michael, Leighlin Bridge
Gray John, Esq. J.P. Upton House, Fenagh  Warden Capt. George, Killanene House
Griffith Revd. Patrick, Bagnalstown Watson Rev. Dean, Leighlin Bridge
Grogan Rev. Charles James, M.A Dunleckney Watson John Lecky, Esq. J.P. Kilconnor, Fenagh
Hegarty Edmund, Esq. J.P. Kilcoltrim, Borris  Watson Robert, Esq. Baliydarton,
Hutchinson Rev. Abraham, B. A. Whelan T. H. Esq. J.P. Borris
Kavanagh Arthur McMorrough, Esq. M.P. Borris House, Borris Williams Rev. Jas. M.A. Templepeter
Letchford Edward B. Esq. Clonmore Fenagh Wyer Rev. J.P. p.p. Leighlin Bridge

Academies & Schools
Bagnalstown The Christian Brothers teachers
Borris  The Christian Brothers, teachers
Bagnalstown  Margaret James, mistress
Leighlin Bridge Harriet Moore, mistress
Bagnalstown, master (vacant).
Borris (girls') —Mary D'Arcy, mistress
Leighlin Bridge (boys')—John Conwell, master
Leighlin Bridge (girls')—Mary  Foran, mistress
Bagnalstown John Mc Glynn, master; Jane F. Mc Glynn, mistress
Borris—John Hobbs, master
Bagnalstown—Mrs Maher, Superioress

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