THESE notes were collected over a period
of many years, and though they lack order are recorded here for the
information they contain. Wherever possible the name of the person
from whom the notes were taken is given, together with the date. The
notes are reproduced as they were written down at the time, and in
the idiom of the various people who supplied them.
Tobins And Carthys
Ballon Parish. Frank Tobin, Boggan, 23
October '54. G. Rouse Keogh, father of Col. Keogh. Baileys lived at
Arthur Websters, Sherwood Park. Mrs. Power, John Power. Laneway from
the head of the Pottle to Jim Fitzpatrick's, Kilbride and Harry
Nolan's. The lane goes through James Fitzpatrick's land, leads to
Henry Nolan's, formerly Charles Rickey's. Long Tom was the father
of.........., 23 stone weight. A brother of old Mrs. Griffin. Long
Tom told that he was bringing an ass and trap to Kilbride forge, Tom
Murphy's, or was at the forge. Col, Keogh enquired who owned the
trap. He went home and raised the rent on Fitzpatricks.
John's house was in the parish of Barragh
one time. Also Carthys, Boggan. The boundary came through Tobins'
Whelans were here before Tobins. Old Mrs.
Whelan was an aunt of Bishop Brownrigg. She reared him here and sent
him to school. His father was a Protestant who married a second
time. The bishop belonged to the first wife, nee Roche. Frank never
heard of the children of the second wife. Mrs. Whelan was Brigid
Brownrigg who became a Catholic when she married. Tom Whelan had a
mill. He went to Ballon school on an ass. He went to Tullow from
Maurice Neillís, Ballymogue. His stepmother was nee Conroy from
Tom Whelan bought this place in bad times
for £400. He limed it. He was from Kilmish; related to the big Frank
Whelans there. Andy Whelan, butcher, Clonegal, a distant relative.
Col. Keogh evicted Johnny Tobin once when
Ned was three days old. The mother was carried out and left outside.
Mick Byrne, Ballour, uncle of the present writer, broke in the door
and got in
Mrs. Tobin. Fr. Kehoe, P.P., Ballon, got back the house and land.
The rent had been £75. Fr. Kehoe got it down to £50. While Fr. Kehoe
was ill in bed, Col. Keogh had raised it. Frank's father, Mick, went
to Fr. Kehoe who went to the Colonel Fr. Kehoe told Mick Tobin that
Col. Keogh would never raise the rent again. Col. Keogh died soon
Fr. Joe Griffin,
P.P., states: Col. Keogh came to Fitz-patricks and heard from them
that he had given them a long lease. He was so enraged that he lay
down in the yard and frothed....is a nephew of Frank Tobin, 7
January 1955. The Powers who lived where Kavanaghs were on Boggan
Hill were proud and would not let in the priest on Station morning.
They shut the door. Clonegal parish came to there. This was about
100 years ago. Clonegal parish came to the butt of Boggan Hill.
Tobins' house was in Barragh parish and the shed in Ballon parish.
The Powers who lived there before Kavanaghs were a bad luck set. The
priest hit the door with the whip. Baileys had a pack of hounds;
they bit every cow in the place.
The Powers were
distantly related to the Powers of Carrig. Walls are between
Fitzpatricks and the river under the house. Ask Mrs. Jordan,
Ballinvalley or Jim Coleman, Ballon. Pat Blanche, 13 June, 1948. Pat
was at Fr. Kehoe P.P.'s funeral. He waited for it at Byrne's gate,
Ballinadrum. Pat began 54 years in Ballykealy, 5 June, 1888. He
received 16/- for three months. He went to Pat Dooliní Cross. Fail
Nolan owned the place before Pat [recte Tim] Doolin.
tailor, went there in the seventies; no land. Will McDonald, an
uncle of Pat Blanche, lived there after Tom Fetherson. Pat never
heard he had a son a priest. McDonalds went to Dublin. Pat or Pat's
father did three years previous to that riding horses and working at
drains. Women got plenty of work and grub, plenty of milk. Better
times than now when the youth of the county have so much money and
can put it in their pockets. Pat was at the present writer's
grandfather's and grandmother's wake.
Tomlinsons lived at
Sraugh. Fail Nolans had an acre of a commons on Ballon Hill,
opposite Billy Corrigan's. Conways built where Morris's are. Mahon
was the landlord of Ballon, Fr. McDonald was son of an R.I.C. man.
Pat met him at a Feis in Muinebheag about forty years ago. He was
with Mrs. Whyte. He was a friend of Joe Whyte, Mill Lane, Carlow.
Alex was another brother. He was ordained in Rome. He was related
also to Pat Smith who was a first cousin of Pat. Fr.
Cecil........used to come to Smith's, Ballinadrum. Would this be the
priest my uncle Jimmy refers to as son of Will McDonald? The Fr.
McDonald Jimmy refers to is much older. Will McDonald had only one
son, Eddie. A younger son was scalded at Craanpursheen.
Old Mr. Burke, the
teacher, was from Rathvilly. Miss Kate Hoey belonged to the Hoeys of
Leighlinbridge and Carlow. They are in Leighlin still.
When the bell was
hung in Myshall, it was rung by Fr. Cummins. This annoyed the
bigots. Major Brady came down furious and ordered Fr. Cummins not to
ring the bell. Fr. Cummins refused to obey and said there would be a
bell ringing there that would be heard for miles around when there
would not be the name of Brady. This from Miss Kate Kennedy,
farmers, who lived over Myshall under Bradys. She had it from her
Fails had only one
acre. They got into Sraugh. There was no free sale, no ownership in
property, no fair rent or fixity of tenure. They were always
Johnny Neill, 13
March, 1949. Malones, Ardristan, lived at the bridge, Rathmore, now
Burgess'. Baileys may have lived at Malones'. Were those Mahers of
Ardristan from Kellistown? Two or three Fitzpatricks also lived
where P. Nolan, the carpenter, lives, the thatched house. One of
these was executed.
Neills, now Nolans,
lived in Tullow parish, 18 acres. Bounds ditch, waste bank of
ground marked........Mat Neill knew this family ........ hanged in
Rathrush, lived where Dwyers are......A Mrs. Coughlan, Rathrush, was
buried in Kellistown, aged 109. Farms changed hands very quickly,
especially moderately-sized farms. The sale day came after the
harvest. Tenants took off the crop and helped by the neighbours
brought it off in the night and threshed it, that is if they had not
the rent handy. There is a Kilmurry near Gilbertstown. There was an
old chapel there.
Harveys from Co.
Wicklow lived here. They had a priest in the family who used to
visit here; he never lived here. A man who came with them worked
afterwards with Ned Nolan, Ballon, Lar's father. Mrs. Paddy Nolan
knew him. He was called Jack Harney but that was not his real name.
Donnellys lived in a thatched
house near Pat Whelans........The father was Jim Donnelly. They were
succeeded by Martin who was probably from Conaberry. Jer Nowlan's
grandfather was Garret and Martin was Garret's uncle. Martin
married; his wife died and his family left him. Lieut. Anderson,
V.C. in 1914 war was a descendant of some of Martin's family; two or
three went out to England. Dan Brien of Knockballestein, a nephew of
Maurice Neill, Ardristan, told this. He is good at family history.
Dan's wife is a sister of Mrs. Tom Brophy, Kellistown.
Jerry Nowlan is a second cousin of Johnny
Neill. Johnny's grandmother was Margaret Nowlan, Conaberry and
grand-aunt of Jerry from where Jerry lives now. Uncle Mat's mother
was Margaret Nolan and his wife was Margaret Nolan. A Nolan family
lived in Killane, formerly P. J. Kealy's place. P. J. sold it to Dan
Jordan of Coolasneachta, father of Dan who lives at widow Nolan's,
Killane. This .... Nolan married Miss .... Doolin, Closh, sister of
Tom and Miss Liz Doolin, Closh. ... Nolan was a relative of Fr. P.
F. Nolan, P.P., Ballon. There were Doolins in the Land League field,
Murtagh Doolin and his son James. Their names are on an old lease.
First possessor of lands across the road was Murtagh Doolin and his
son James. The lands passed from them to Tom Kelly. [Uncle Jimmy
Swain used to speak of Nancy Doolin, a woman who used to go round to
the houses]. They used to come down the lane from the old house.
There were several houses down there.
It was the same down in the Commons.
Wilsons, now Donohoes, was made up of a lot of small farms made into
one. Probably the same was true of the Land League. That land and
James Corrigan's, Ballinvalley, belonged to the estate of Susan M.
Lee. Johnny Neill saw a map showing the boundary of these two farms,
red-lined. John Kealy left Ballinvalley at the Plan of Campaign and
never got back. He came in as an evicted tenant into Brewsters,
formerly Clowrys, Ballintrane.
Just below Ned Doolin's garden, an ancestor
of P. J. Kealy lived in one of two thatched houses there and worked
in Ballykealy. He became very confidential with Lecky. Lecky's agent
lived where Tommy Byrne lives. Kealy worked into Lecky'b
good graces and got into that house. Kealy might have been
Lecky's agent's name. Kelly came from Tullaroan and married Miss
Kealy, aunt of grand-aunt of P. J. Kealy. Johnny can't say where
John Kealy was born or how Pat Kealy acquired Ballinvalley. He had
not it long. The Land League was in possession at the time of the
Mick Power's, Johnny Neill's and Andy
Kearney's are the estate of More O'Farrell. The three houses are
built in the same position, the same distance from the road and the
same type of avenue. The landlord or someone for him must have built
all three. Miss Hennessy was the mother of the four Fail Nolans.
Tornlinsons lived in Ballymogue before Conroys. There is a Miss
Tomlinson still in Mill Park. If the three houses were built, at the
same time, they are built long over 100 years. There was an older
house in Kilmurry here.
Terence Fenelon's wife is a niece of Miss
Maggie Brophy. ......Kehoe, probably John, father of Miss Fenelon,
died suddenly at Carlow Railway Station on a fair day. Conroys were
originally where Mrs. Harry Nolan died in Conaberry, half a mile
from the road. Though there is a William Conroy on the tombstone
in.....Mrs. Nolan could not make out who he was. She could not go
back farther than John Conroy who had a son John who was married
twice, first to Miss O'Leary from Grange, and second to Miss Redmond
from Gorey. He acquired Quirkes' place and where Johnny was born;
all the one farm 90 or 100 acres. There were Conroys of Drisogue and
another family where Johnny Carroll lives. Tomlinsons owned Quirkes'
land and Johnny's before Conroys. Conroys are buried a few yards
above the old church.
Connors, Ballinrush, are buried near
them. Are they the same Connors who were shot in 1798? Wilsons was a
collection of small farms. Ned Murphy's people, Clonross, on the
Croppy Road to Ballinrush were evicted from The Commons. A good many
of those who were evicted were from Carrigslaney Commons, went
towards Myshall. Connor may have been another.
Right behind the old church are remains
of an old church and three flat tombs over the graves of three
clergymen. One is Father Brett; another a priest named Murphy,
probably belonging to the parish and died away.
Frank Kinsella's father, Pat, came from a
house 200 or 300 yards at this side of the Closh, Carlow. He held
the lands there. They are the same as Kinsellas of the Barn.
Condells were there after and then Leech. Bernard Gorman is there
now, married to Kate Dooley, Carrig, sister of Mick Dooley who was
deaf. Bernard is building the factory ... Edward Conroy, Drisogue's
father lived where Tom Kavanagh is now. He owned the land above the
old cemetery, now owned by Jim Corrigan. The property passed from
Conroys to Nolans, old Ned and Larry, his son, and Ally, his
daughter. Edward used to say: Nolans took it from us. Old Ned was
rent-warner. Richard Conroy was Edward's father.
Miss Lecky, Ballykealy, a Quaker, was
very good to the poor in 1847. She paid Conroy and he supplied the
poor with yellow meal stirabout. He used to carry it out in tubs.
There was a Market House somewhere above the Post Office, and the
people used to sit in the Market House and eat the stirabout. There
are two long stones at Johnny Neill's, Ballymogue, which used to
hold up the Market House. His father drew them down to
Ned Nolan was a brother of Peter Nolan of
the New Road, father of John and James whom the present writer knew.
Ned Nolan owned the field opposite the school Fr. Kehoe wanted it
for a cow but was refused. Fr. Kehoe left Ballon and built the
parochial house in Rathoe. Mrs. Nolan, Kilnock, was Ned's daughter.
All this should be investigated.
Ellen Connors, Sraugh, related to Denny
Walsh's wife, nee Nolan born in Ardristan or Aghade, rather where P.
Nolan, her nephew, is now. He was a grandson of Miss Connors. Mrs.
Denny Walsh's mother, a Miss Connors, Kilnock, married a Moore of
Grange, Johnny thinks, an only daughter. After a year or two of
marriage the husband died. They had one child and she had to leave
Grange and come back to Kilnock and then she married Pat Cummins of
Killane, brother of old Terence. He died and then she married
William Nolan of Rosslea. After a year or two she died and he
married Miss Nolan, Ballon.
Tom Treacy's mother was Maria Cummins,
daughter of Pat Cummins. Moores are there still, probably the same
as Sheppards. One of the Moores asked someone to show him Tom
Treacy, his first cousin. They had the same grandmother, Miss
Connors. Tom and young Cummins are second cousins. The old home of
Cummins in Killane possibly where Peter Brophy is living. There were
Cummins of Turtane and Cummins of Moanmore, all sprung from the
piece of land 30 or 40 acres that Miss Carthy had before she died
near Crowe's Cross and the late Ned Canavan's cottage. Miss Carthy
was a niece of.......Cummins. Crowe's Cross is at the Fenagh side of
Burren bridge on the way from Ballon to Fenagh. Cornie Kennedy was
from around there. He had a daughter Winnie in Dublin at the time he
died. His wife was Miss Fetherson, Carrig.
Bishop Kinsella of Ossory
Johnny Nolan's wife of Killane was .....
Madge Doolin, aunt of Pat and. Liz, and sister of Tom on land now
owned by Dan Jordan just beyond Peter Brophy's. There is no sign of
a residence that he knows. Fr. Nolan's people were called the Badger
Nolans. There were Nolans in Sandbrook, Jimmy and Harry, called the
Ballybricks, related to the Badgers. They lived one time where Mrs.
Kinsella lives. Jimmy was the father of Henry in Conaberry and
Johnny in Carrigslaney.
Henry Nolan, Sandbrook, married twice,
married last to Miss ... Kavanagh, Craaninore. Harry died and Pat
came from near Carlow and married the widow, Mrs. Nolan. Mrs.
Kinsella, nee Kavanagh, was mother of Prank Kinsella and aunt of
Mrs. Mat Neill, Kilmurry. Both their mothers were Kavanaghs. John
Kinsella, Rathrush's father was Pat, but Johnny Neill never heard of
any relation between them. Kinsellas, Carlow, were evicted from
where McDermots or Nolans are. The place Pat Kinsella came from was
afterwards called Condells of the Barn; there was a nice barn there.
Doyles of Ballinacarrig, now Mr. and Mrs. Corrigan, nee Doyle, was
formerly O'Briens from Carlow. Browne-Clayton made the match between
Pat Kinsella and Mrs. or Miss Nolan, nee Kavanagh. Browne-Clayton
lived in Sandbrook, landlord of Carlow and Sandbrook. Very friendly
with the Kinsellas, cousins of Frank Kinsella. Dr. William Kinsella,
Bishop of Ossory belonged to Frank Kinsella's family.
Andy Doyle, Fr. Peter's father, was first
cousin of Maurice and Pat O'Neill, Ardristan. Their mother was ....
Hickey from Grange where Tom Dwyer lives. Jack Shiel, recte
Fitzpatrick whose mother's name was Shiel, married into Patrick
Kellys. Patrick worked all his life at Colliers, Boggan. Jack came
probably from Sraugh where Ellen, his sister, lived opposite James
Doyle's. Art Murphy was splendid at family history. His father and
all his people were all old residents of the parish.
Anderson, a Protestant clergyman, lived at
Wilsons, The Commons. Then two men named Byrne, John and Alexander,
cousins from Co. Wicklow, came after each other. Neither stopped
long. Wilson's people were the landlords all the time. Wilsons were
from Grangecon. All his people were converts except Henry P., who
died here. He married Miss Patterson. There was a Mrs. O'Neill of
Athy, a sister of Henry P. Wilson. Mrs. O'Neill's husband was a
doctor, a son of a doctor if not two, and probably a grandson a
Johnny, Tom, Patrick, Elica, Mat O'Neill,
born in Ardristan, all except Maurice who was born here. Tom
remained in Ardristan and became the father of Maurice, Patrick and
the four Misses O'Neill. Bill Donohoe, the cow-doctor's people,
carne from Ballynunnery.
Johnny Neill, Kilmurry, 28 March, 1949.
Nolan of Ballylean was Mrs. Gitten's father. He carried on a smithy.
He possibly was connected with '98. There was a forge at the back of
Larry Nolan's, Ballon, adjoining Tommy Neillís field, the one
opposite the Land League gate. The owner was a brother of the
Ballylean man in '98 time. He made pikes in Ballon forge i.e. the
present John Nolan's. The track of the house is there still. Johnny
can't say if the Ballylean man ever made pikes. Five hundred men
went from Ballon through Kellistown to Carlow. They assembled at
Kellistown. Some were from Myshall.
Willie Kinsella who lived on Ballon Hill
when we were going to school had been in the U.S.A. Army or Navy and
had a pension from U.S.A. The same as the big Kehoes of Muinebheag.
Fail Nolan, brother of Jimmy and Tom, was a shop assistant there.
Johnny Swain, the present writer's father, was clerk at the small
Kehoes. There were Kehoes in Ballon who had a shop where Doyles are.
Pr. John Kehoe lived with Fr. John Kinsella, P.P., in Rathrush where
John Kinsella lived. Born there, he thinks. That seems to be John
Kinsella. Fr. Kinsella, Jim, a brother of Pat Kinsella and uncle of
John. Fr. Hume was C.C. in Ballon. He became P.P. Myshall. He was
well liked. He got weak in the head in Myshall. Fr. Kehoe built
Rathoe Parochial House. Quilter was the engineer. He lived where
Martin Nolan lives now. During the 1914 war he used walk down the
hill to meet Mr. Carthy, R.I.C. pensioner, and discuss the war with
him from the daily paper. They used to say: "We advanced or
retreated," meaning the Allies.
Johnny O'Neill is a far-out relative of
the Roscatt Dargana. His mother and old Ned Dargan were second
cousins. Ned was father of Tom Dargan of Beaumont.
John Coughlan is a first cousin of Paddy
J. Kelly of Butler's Grange. Their mothers were sisters. Miss Nolan,
Ballon, was born at Josie Nolan's, Grassyard. P. J. Nolan married
Hovenden, a rich farmer in Aries parish. They are the parents-in-law
of James Kelly. Fr. Fleming who was C.C. in Ballon for a couple of
years was from around Ballickmoyler. He was related to Mrs. Harry
Nolan, Conaberry, nee Neill, whose mother was Brigid Conroy and
whose mother's mother was Fleming of Farnans, Ballickmoyler, related
to Fr. Fleming.
Professor Arthur Conway, later President,
U.C.D., is descended from Harris who lived in Ballymogue on land now
owned by John Carroll. There is a slight mark of the house there
still. One of these Harrises married a man named Walsh and went down
Co. Wexford. A daughter of theirs married an 0 Loghlen, so spelt.
Ireland's Own, Wexford People and Wicklow People fell
from Walshes to 0 Loghlen. Mrs. 0 Loghlen at the end of her life
used to send Ireland's Own and Wexford People to
Johnny's uncle, Mat Neill, Kilmurry. Professor Conway was connected
with Walshes or 0 Loughlens. A Harris married into Walshes, Co.
Wexford, who owned the papers at the time. She ó that is they ó had
a family, at least one daughter. That was about thirteen years ago.
Denny the garsoon, used to have
newspapers sticking out of his hat. He had a saying: "He let her die
like a dog or a Protestant." Doolins used to go in through the old
house at Paddy Nolan's.
Maria Doyle was reared there. The mother
of Fr. Larry O'Neill, P.P., .... was Doyle, also born there. Two
sisters and Fr. Tom Doyle, brother and Mat Cullen's mother, Annie,
was sister of Fr. Toin Doyle. Mat is second cousin of Mrs. Ryan. So
also is .... Mrs. Annie Ryan, Crowsgrove, who died 9 March, 1945,
was a sister of T. McDonald, V.S. Husband . . . . Ryan, was a nephew
of John Brophy, Lower Miltown. Paul Maher died three years ago. Hugh
died before him, about six years ago.
Pat Hennessy, Knocknacree, father of
Michael, Castledermot, married aunt Jane Maher of Knocknatubrid. He
was a great athlete and met the Mahers that way. She was stepmother
of Michael Hennessy who idolised her and second wife. Pat Hennessy
came home from a sports and married Jane. She died aged 59, mother
of Mollie who died in St. John and Elizabeth Hospital in England.
Brother Benignus Kealy.born in Mill St.,
entered young. He is related to the Dargans and Aughneys.
Mrs. Julia O'Farrell....., nee Rice, the
Road, 20 February, 1949. Rices began in Sherwood where Patrick Rice
lives. He had two sons, Wm. and John. They spread to the Road. Uncle
Laurence Rice lives at Sandbank, Kilcarry. Generations of
Grandfather of Mrs. O'Farrell, nee Kavanagh, died......Mrs. Farrell,
daughter of Patrick Kavanagh, Ballyredinond Mill and Annie Rice of
Sandbanks. Annie was daughter of James Rice and Kate Kelly,
Milltown, born at the present Torn Toole's, Ballykeenan, sister of
Tim Kelly. The same Kellys lived in Boggan where Tooles are
grandnephews. Laurence and Johanna, sisters of Tom, lived in Boggan.
Pat Toole and Tom Toole were their nephews.
Tim Kelly married
Miss ......... Brophy, Daughters Jane and Mary. Other sisters were
Kate and Mary. Another sister Mary, married Tom Maher, brother of
Fr. Dan Maher, P.P., Clonegal. Tim lived in Boggan, Kelly's place.
Tim Maher married into it. Pat Toole, there now, married to a
daughter of Red Charlie. There are generations of Rices at the Road.
Big James Rice of the Road and little James Rice of Sherwood, father
of the two priests, were first cousins. The two priests are second
cousins of Laurence Rice of Sandbanks. James Rice, grandfather of
Mrs. Farrell, was born at Rices of the Road.
Fr. O'Neill of
Killanure died at Ballycormell. O'Neillís of Busherstown are the
same o'Neills. Tim Kelly's wife was a first cousin. Mrs. FarrelTs
mother, Annie Rice, nee Kavanagh and Edward Murphy, Ballinvally were
second cousins. Rices of Monaughrim are not related. Vid. notes by
Bro. Benignus, Tullow.
Uncle Jimmy Swain,
Craanpursheen, 30 May, 1948. Vid. also dowry cards. Fr. McDonald who
built Killeshin Holy Cross Church, he thinks was born at Kearneys,
Sraugh. Fr. Laurence Cummins, P.P., Myshall, was born in Ullard.
Friends of his owned Kearneys, Sraugh. Uncle Jimmy knew brothers of
Fr. Cummins. One used to ride a fine tall horse to Tullow, a very
fine man like a priest. Ter Cummins of Killane was connected with
the big Cummins of Uliard. Ullard was willed to him. Little Doyle
paid £2000 for it. A fine type of man who began poor. He had a
daughter a nun.He never smoked or drank.
Tom, Ter, Alicia, Elica
Kearney lived where Simon lives now. They willed the place to Peter
and then Denny got it. Cummins, Sraugh died out. Simon Kearney
bought the place. Simon had no family. Andy was a nephew and came
into land and got the farm. Old John Kearney was married to a sister
of Ter Cummins. Pat Cummins, a young man, fell dead, aged 33. Fr.
McDonald was bora at Kearneys. They built that house, a very fine
house ........ He thinks Fr. McDonald lived and worked in the
diocese of Kildare and Leighlin. Mike Power, Sraugh, says today that
McDonalds were stone-cutters and came from Co. Wicklow, Shillelagh
side. Uncle Jimmy thinks they may be the same as McDonnells in
Ballybrornhill where probably Broughans are now. Fr. McDonald built
Killeshin Holy Cross Church.
Tomlinsons lived at
Mike Powers, Fail Nolans. Protestants. They made the hall door, a
very fine door. Cummins were connected with the Kearneys here
beyond. Uncle Jimmy remembers McDonald of Ballybromhill. Fr. Kehoe,
P.P., was with him at a ploughing match at a Land League meeting in
the field of that name in Ballon. Fr. Kehoe said he had a very high
opinion of McDonald. Broughan of Tullow married a sister of McDonald
Peerie Byrne where
Mahers live now was unpopular. Hall of Hall's Turn worked at Fail
Nolans. Andy Kearney's grandfather, Butler, built Ballydarton. He
also extended Shiels, Muinebheag. Fr. Kehoe saw Roche, the perjurer.
Fr. Kehoe always denounced perjury and drink. Mrs. Kitty Toole told
the yeomen to take Fr. John Murphy's horses. John Swain, father of
present writer, told one of the Tooles to find out what Kitty Toole
said to the yeomen. If he failed, he, John, would tell him. Seventy
Nolans left Conaberry for Carlow in '98. So says Nan Nolan, Laragh,
quoting young Nolan of the Fields.
Uncle Jimmy Swain
continues: Johnny Brophy, Miltown; James Rice, Sherwood, and James
Kennedy, Myshall, were first cousins. Their mothers were three
Misses Walsh of the Harrow. At Peter Kennedy's there are two boys
and two girls now. Nicholas Walsh, Lisgarvan, a Protestant, was from
Co. Wexford. He sold out the place to Corrigan, Ballinvailey.
Kep-pels had it first; they were about three years there.
Fr. Maher of
Ballyloughan or Bailybar was related to Kellys, Milltown. Uncle
Jimmy went to school with two brothers of his. There were five or
six Kellys of Miltown. All died out only Tom. There was one where
Jer Toole is, another at Jordans. Tom married Miss Fitzgerald of
Ullard. Hinches lived in Bal-lour. One married . . . Hughes. Fr.
James Delany, C.C., Ballon, married them, Hinch was an emergency
man; he had a shop in Hacketstown. He died poor in Carlow. Tom
Nolan, Kilconnor, bought the place. Was Fr. Delany, C.C. from
Leighlin? Uncle Jimmy as a chap remembered him. He was e great Land
Leaguer and was well-liked. Kinsellas of Rathrush. Their relatives
were in Ballykeenan. They were turned out. Fr. John Kehoe, P.P., was
the same as the Leighlin Kehoes. Fr. James Delany later P.P.
Rosenallis was from Carlow town.
Eamonn Doyle, T.D.
Eamonn Doyle, T.D.,
Ballon Cross, 16 October, 1962. Ter Cummins's father was Pierce.
Probably Pierce's father whom Tom Nolan attempted to kill. ... Fr.
James Byrne is buried right up against Fail Nolan's (Sraugh) plot.
Byrne, the borough engineer, was a great Irishman. He was at the
sinking of the Douglas river about 90 years ago. He was nearly
related to Billy Byrne of Ballymanus. He used to say to Ned's
father: "You know, Pat, we are nearly related to Fr. Byrne, who is
buried in Ballon". Eamonn'e grandmother, Paddy Doyle's mother, was
... Byrne of Ballour Lane, same as old Jim Byrne, Nan's father, who
came from there.
Five hundred people
marched from Ballon to the battle of Carlow. There were more people
on Ballon Hill and in Conaberry then than there are in the town of
Tullow to-day. Garret Nolan's tomb, the first name was erected on
the requisition of Fr. P. C. Nolan, P.P., Rathvilly; "this tomb is
erected in memory of his great grandfather's great grand≠father's
father." This is not verbatim. The nearest relative of Garret Nolan
is Nolans, Conaberry. Dan Murphy who was very shrewd told him this.
There was a six
days' fair held on Town Hill where Cummins are now in Kilnock,
nearly opposite Billy Keppel's gate. Dr. Comerford refers to the
royal fair of Carmen as having been held on the N.W. side of Mount
Leinster in the parish of Ballon. The six days' fair should be that.
His father, Paddy, heard about the six days fair from the old
Leckys were drummers
in Cromwell's army. Richard Nolan lived in Ballinadrum. He built the
house there. It became the first police barracks in Ballon under
Peel. The coat of arms was over the door. Nolan, the chief of the
clan, lived in Laragh. Nolans came from Tipperary. A long avenue
went down across Curry's Loch, across Eamon Doyle's garden, down by
the cemetery and out on the lane.
The old church down
there was never called anything but the old church. There is a
remarkable stone there; hollow in the centre and streams going from
it. There were stones under it like legs under a stool. Young Jimmy
Doyle, Eamon's son, remembers looking under it. Fr. Kehoe, P.P., got
the present chapel raised and a new roof put on it. The yeomen
burned Ballon chapel, possibly the one in the churchyard.
Ned Hickey was in
the Tithe War. He was in the Battle of Newtownbarry. He was in with
a cow. The person in charge of the yeomen gave the command to fire
... There was no sale for the cow. He got on the cow's back and
galloped to Ballon Hill. Between Newtownbarry and Kildavin he was
intercepted by two yeomen. After a long struggle Net got away to his
native place. This is in Fr. Kavanagh's History. There is a garden
there still called Hickey's garden. Dick Barry has it now. Pursued
by 25 yeomen, he gathered the neighbours and killed all except two
who escaped to Kilkenny. Ned Hickey is buried in Ballon.
Richard Nolan built
Ballinadrum. The old O'Briens are buried in the chapel floor, more
at the vestry side. Richard Conroy built Doyles, Ballon. Two other
big houses, Morris's and Nolan's. A Dr. Keogh, a quack doctor, lived
in the dispensary about 150 years ago. Miss Keogh of Kilkeens owned
Ter Byrnes, Killane, where Simon Maher is. The Byrnes were evicted
out of Acawn where the Cromlech is, in Tobinstown, below Tullow; the
Kilkeens Bog where the priest's drain is. Pr. ... Byrne who is
buried in the graveyard, must be connected with the Kilkeens. In
answer to other questions, he said: "Ned is bet." Byrne, the
engineer, said Fr. Byrne was one of his. All the Byrnes came from
Ballymanus, Byrne gave the drain the title Priest's Drain on the map
of the Douglas Drainage and he got it sunk. Fr. Peter Nolan who is
buried outside the chapel window is one of the Kilkeens. Biddy and
Tom Nolan of the Kilkeens were big people. They were evicted by the
Byrnes and were left only with the garden, Kilkeens garden. Tom went
over to Kilkeen Byrne and gave him a bash. He thought he had killed
Byrne, and he then cut his own throat. Dr. Fryer was passing and
sewed him up. He was put into the mental hospital and died there.
Brophy, Rathrush, formerly Conaberry, 21 December, 1965. Cummins of
Killane related to the Nolans, Cranaha, the Neddies as they were
called. Neddie, Larry and Tom who was at Halligans, Tullow for
years. Miss Maria was their sister. Nolans, Ballintrane, Alice,
Esther and Mary Margaret, first cousins of Lockie who died there.
There were two brothers, Edward and Patrick. Their mother was Miss
Dwyer, Kilcoole, sister of Lockie's mother. Mrs. Brophy's father,
Jim Murphy, was related to Dwyer, two sisters, one of whom married a
came from Myshall. Hugh Nolan, the Plucker'a grandmother, was Miss
Brophy, Shankill, the mother of Father Nolan, who is buried in
Myshall; he was off the mission. Two Frs. Nolan, Fr. Tom, Abbeyleix,
and Fr. John, P.P., Kildare, were evicted from Lisgarvan and went to
Ballinrush. Ter Cummin's people came from Kellistown. They were
called Cummins, Cummin's related to Nolans, Burrin Side, Mrs. Nolan,
Muinebheag. The Nolans related to Cummins were most likely of
Cranaha, a big place, but a long way down the fields. The gate is at
the Fenagh side of Morrisseys, and at Morrissey's side of the road.
A very old family. They left the place to a niece who married a
Ryan. They sold it out. There" was a Miss Lalor there. These Nolans
were also related to the Kilkeen Nolans. The Kilkeen gardens are
there still, at the back of Ballon Hill. They were evicted from
McConnacks where Simon Maher has the land. Ter Byrne, uncle of Ter
Cummins, came from Acann and got into the place. The Kilkeens owned
a good deal of Leckys and were evicted. Fr. Peter Nolan, who is
buried at the back of the sacristy in Ballon, is of this family.
Where did Fr. Murt
Doyle, who is buried in Kellistown die? He was born possibly at the
steward's house in Ballykealy. The real Doyles lived in Ballykealy
House and had a farm at the back of it. Possibly Fr. Murt was born
there. One of them married a Murphy. Murtagh Murphy was Mrs.
Brophy's grandfather. Richard Nolan lived at Ballinadrum and built
that house. He was .... and his sister married a sergeant in Ballon.
Probably the Leckys got the present barracks built. Paddy Nolan,
Nan's father, came from Ballykealy Gate, beside Costigans. Related
to Dr. Edward Nolan, Bishop, John Murphy, the schoolteacher, was
first cousin of Mrs. Brophy. Bishop Brownrigg went to school to Pat
Murphy. Mrs. Brophy saw the roll-books. Keppels of Rathrush also
went to school there. Pat's son was in the same class as the future
Bishop. Fr. Kinsella, P.P., sacked Pat Murphy and closed the school,
in Ballylean. There was a brick oven in the kitchen there. They went
from there to Ballypierce. Fr. Larry Brophy, S.T.L., always said
Bishop Kinsella came from Kinsellas of the Barn, the house to the
right as you go to Carlow. John Brophy always said Fr. Bernard
Kinsella, P.P., Paulstown, came from Grangeford. Kinsellas of the
Bam, Grangeford and Sandbrook, are all the same.
Following notes from somebody else.
Another book, Miss
Lalor, Burren Side, Ballon parish. Rogers, Burren Side, formerly
Nolans, 40 acres. Parkers .... Four Nolans there now. Lalors
formerly Parkers. Some of the Tinnedash Nolans. Kellys of Butler's
Grange related. Where Parkers are now was Nolans. Davy Nolan, the
rest of Mrs. Gittens and Peter Doyle of the New Road. Judith Nolan
on a headstone in Tinneclash. Rogers, Parkers, Nolans formerly ....
Nolans, Kilnock, Two priests in Tinneclash.
Kilmaglush, Fenagh. Games were played in front of the house in
Carthy's field, ten Irish acres. Turtawn, the big bush. John Nolan,
Bendenstown, in. May. Bill, Larry, Sean, Liain, Michael were
children. Two priests from there. Sheet 17,1 gives Cranaha,
Kilconnor, Raheen. Sheet xiii. 13 gives north of 17.
- Source: Ballon and Rathoe Vol. 1 Peadar Mac