The issue of January 21,1932, had a brief
obituary notice which read as follows:
“The death on Tuesday of last week of Mr.
Joseph C. Deighton at his residence, “Coolarne,” Silchester Road,
Glenageary, Co. Dublin, was learned with feelings of deep regret in
Carlow where he spent the greater portion of his active life.
Deceased came to Carlow as a young man in the
capacity of a plumber, and as a result of his extraordinary industry and
business acument he soon became one of Carlow’s leading businessmen. He
with other trades people established the Carlow Gas Co., an enterprise
which has had many vicissitudes and which had often to be financed by
the late Mr. Deighton in order to preserve its existence.
He had the pleasure in later years of seeing
the Company in a most flourishing condition; in fact, it is one of the
most successful undertakings in the country. Deceased was extremely
honourable in commercial affairs and a very loyal colleague.
Had he lived another month he would have
celebrated his hundredth birthday. Almost to the end he retained
complete use of all his faculties, and took a keen interest in passing
The funeral, which was private, took place on
Thursday, 14th inst. from “Coolarne” to Killeshin Cemetery, Carlow.”
His place of business was in Burrin Street, in
the premises to the left of the present Credit Union premises, where he
established a thriving iron works.
A varied number of items were manufactured
there, some still surviving, such as fireplaces, gates, bollards and
ornate lamp brackets.
A news item in The Nationalist and Leinster
Times of December 8, 1888, read: “Mr. Deighton’s tender to supply an
ornamental lamp over the Town Hall door for £10-7s was accepted after
some alterations in the specification, by Carlow Town Commission on
Tuesday, December 4, 1888.”
During the recent demolition of Corcoran’s
Mineral Water factory, a cast iron bollard was noticed which had the
inscription: “Deighton Vulcan Works Carlow.”
Up to the time the present courthouse was built
(1830s) the Deighton Hall was the County Courthouse and was much bigger
than at present. There was another apartment, which extended into
Kennedy Avenue, which was demolished to widen the Avenue.1
In November 1909, Mr. Deighton handed over the
building to St. Mary’s Parish, to be used as a parochial hall.
1 Carloviana, Vol. 1, No. 1, 1947.
(Thanks to Mr. Victory Gray for
help in compiling this article, and to Mr. Tommy Alcock for bringing to
our notice the bollard at Corcoran’s).