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The Gas Works

Montgomery Street , Carlow

Montgomery Street Carlow 2009
Carlow Gas Works
Map of Gas Works in Carlow
Arial view of the old Gas Works with the old graveyard at the top.

This picture affords us a rare view of Carlow Gas Works which was situated at the end of Montgomery Street (now Greenvale Bacon factory). William Brennan of Bridewell Lane worked here all his life. This picture is courtesy of his grandson Willie Brennan of Graiguecullen. The Carlow Gaslight Company was established in 1846. The site pictured above was leased to the Gas Com­pany by Francis Malcolm-son. The large building to the left was formerly Mr. Bewley's textile factory and later it was used as a malthouse by the Kane Brothers. The area was at a lower level than most of the town and was, we are told, ideally suited for distributing gas. The supply ceased in 1956 when the works closed.

Source of Gas Works image: Carlow in old picture postcards Volume 2 by Michael Purcell 1999. Image No. 67.

The “Carlow Gaslight Joint Stock Company”was situated on Mr Malcomsons property at the end of Montgomery St., (now Greenvale Meats).

In Slater's Directory of 1870 Co. Carlow a Mr. William Farrady, is mentioned as the manager of the Gas Works, in Montgomery St. Carlow.

After the Gas Works closed this property became Brennan’s Bacon Factory according to Pat O'Mahony Memoirs “Carlow Through The Eyes of A “Blow-In”" c.1948.

The Gas Works are also mentioned in the 1911 census for Ireland. and George Francis Treacy, aged 22, Married and living in Brown Street, Carlow (Fitter gas works) Source: 1911 Census of Ireland

James (Jimmy) Meehan d. c.1956 worked in the Gas Works

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