- Graigue as described in the Topographical Dictionary of Ireland,
- by Samuel
Lewis in 1837
- GRAIGUE, a suburb of the town of CARLOW, in the parish of KILLESHIN,
QUEEN'S county, and province of LEINSTER; containing 1976 inhabitants. It is
situated on the right bank of the river Barrow, over which there is a bridge
into the town of Carlow, but is entirely exempt from the jurisdiction of the
sovereign of that borough, although included within its limits for electoral
purposes by the act of the 2nd and 3rd of William IV., cap. 89. It comprises
114 acres, and includes 234 houses, a large flour-mill, two tanyards, and a
distillery which manufactures more than 36,000 gallons of whiskey annually.
It is a constabulary police station, and has fairs on Jan. 6th, Feb. 18th,
April 1st, and Oct. 6th. The parochial church (a handsome new building with
a curious arched roof of stone), the R. C. chapel, and the parochial and
national schools, are in the village; near which about 600 of the men who
were killed in the attack upon Carlow, in 1798, were buried.--See KILLESHIN.
Graigue (Graiguecullen / Graigue-Cullen)
Graigue is a suburb of Carlow Town situated on
the west side of the River Barrow; it was developed as a satellite village
to Carlow town - gráig is a
village - and its history is that of its prosperous parent. Graigue
was once part of County of Laois for the purposes of local government and
civil administration. The town of Graigue is essentially one long
street extending for about one kilometre running parallel with the west bank
of the Barrow. It had already attained a considerable size by the mid
seventeen century, when it had a population of 106 families; the Borough of
Carlow had 560 families, 271 of them were English, at this time.
Before the famine Graigue had a population of almost two thousand people,
which declined steadily thereafter until the present century.
Graigue belongs to the old Civil Parish of
Sletty, and its correct full name was Slettygraigue. The present name
of Graigue-cullen dates to the nineteen-twenties, when it was renamed in
memory of Father Hugh Cullen, a much loved local priest who died in 1917.
Source: Laois An Environmental
History by John Feehan
Gaelic League Graiguecullen Branch
I hereby declare that from this day henceforth I will use the name
Graiguecullen both in speaking and writing whenever I am referring to
that place or Bridge of that name. I undertake to do this and have it
done as a tribute of respect to the memory of our late patriotic Parish
Priest, and I hereby subscribe myself on behalf of all this household in
Keelogue Killeshin who number six in all.
- (signed) John Purcell, Bridget Purcell,
Mary Purcell, Anne Purcell, Pat Purcell, Mike Purcell.
- Keelogue, Killeshin in the Barony of
Ballickmoyler, Queen’s County.
Graigue (Carlow) Fair 1885
- This fair, held on Monday was considered good, and all sorts of
stock sold well.
- Prime beef brought 56s. per cwt; Mutton, 6d. to 6½d. per lb.; Springers, £14 10s. to £18;
Two-and-a-half year old Heifers, £9 to £11: Heifer calves, £4 to £5; Bullock ditto, £2. 15s. to £3 5s. The pig fair
was well supplied, and large purchases were made; at from 42s. to 50s.
- Source: The Nationalist Centenary
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