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Ballinabranna House

Ballinabranagh, Co Carlow

Ballinabranna House

Map of Ballinabranna House
Ballinabranna House, an elegant period residence just outside the village of Ballinabranagh

The house, was constructed in the mid-1800s and has been the home of the Hughes family through several generations.

In the 1950s, Noel Hughes and his wife Nancy farmed the land for almost 50 years and at one time had 15 employees labouring on the land. After Noel’s retirement his son, Edward, and wife, Betty, the present owners, took over the duties but with the onset of mechanisation and the changes visited upon farming in rural areas, the need for workers became almost non-existent and the number of employees fell from 15 to just two by the 1980s.

A well-known and respected family in the Ballinabranna area, the Hughes were involved in all aspects of village life. The land on which the present school is built was supplied free of charge by the family and the grounds for the Ballinbranna GAA club were made available for purchase by the Hugheses as well.

Extract from the Nationalist by Brendan Lawrence April 2008

Further evidence of the residences of Ballinabranna House.

My great grand-mother was Elizabeth Hughes from Ballinabranna house. She married my great grandfather, James Dowling of Linkardstown in May, 1851. Her father was Edward Hughes 1778-1836 and he married Mary Conor 1796-1879. We don't know his father's name. Edward and Mary had seven daughters and one son.

Their children were as follows: Tim who married Mary Byrne, Alicia who married Pierce McGrath of Bagenalstown. The McGraths left a lot of money to Bagenalstown and the Memorial Hall and football field etc. Anne married John Browne of Bagenalstown, Julie married Laurence Hosey, Margaret married John Ryan, Brigid married A McKeever? And one daughter went to California and married a man called Shale or Hal, we don't know anything about her. If anybody has anything else on this family I am interested! The house is lovely. It is situated on the hill and the countryside around it is beautiful.

Source: Ronnie Shorten
Source of images & text from
Carloviana 1979/1989/90 provided by M. Purcell 2012,
Myles Kavanagh Ballinabranna (Baile na mBrannach) "A Centenary Celebration 1890-1990 p.23, 24, 25 & 27

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