- James Nolan & Elen
Byrne on their wedding day.
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Nolan at his daughters
double wedding September
Jim (The Bomber) Nolan died 22 or 23 March 1987. He was
found dead in a field . Some reports say he died of a heart
attack.. He did a lot for Graigue GAA and he also brought
Pongo (from New York) to the parish hall which resulted in
today's Bingo which is a great money spinner for the parish.
He helped many a person who came to our door to find their
ancestors as he was a mound of local information and
Source: Anna Nolan Gough (Facebook)
Jim Nolan is mentioned in the book 'The Parish of
KILLESHIN, Graiguecullen'. 1972. by P. MacSuibhne:
"Fr. Sean McWey C.C. and his brother Brendan were
outstanding Laois players. Mick, 'Cutchie' Haughney, a great
Graiguecullen and Laois footballer, was also a good clubman
for Graiguecullen. Uncle of Fr. Denis Haughney now in U.S.A.
Ned Hogan, Chapel St., on the Henry St. corner was the
father of Willie Hogan, red-haired, and Martin Hogan, both
good footballers who made football history with Graigue.
Jim Nolan, Henry St., a good organiser for G.A.A. and
parish funds is now chairman of Carlow U.D.C."
(Note: - Willie Hogan and Martin Hogan are
3rd cousins of Michael Brennan).
The following is an extract from
Graiguecullen G.A.A. Club Club History website page:
"Over the years the club had played and trained
in many fields around the village, the most famous and best
known of which was Fennell’s bog. Around 1953/54 the committee
set out to buy its own field.
A finance committee headed by
Nolan travelled with men and women from the village to the
fairs of Ireland selling tickets for a ‘Bullock for a bob’ to
raise the necessary finance. Carnivals in the Bank Field in
Carlow were regular events every summer and the Whale that he
brought from Fethard-On-Sea in Co. Wexford and charged the
people to see is still talked about today! There was also a car
raffled and pictured below is Fr. Byrne and Jim Nolan
presenting the keys to the lucky winner! (MB - sorry no
In the mid 50s the club bought land in
Graiguecullen from Behan’s of Leinster Lodge, Athy, Co. Kildare.
They developed one of the finest playing fields in Leinster. Fr.
Maher Park (named after a former P.P.) was officially opened in
1960 with 2 dressing rooms and a walled pitch."
- Helping to carrying Jim 'The Bomber' Nolan's coffin
over Graigue Bridge are Bernadette Nolan Keating, Sheila
Nolan (Paddy's), Ernie Culleton, Maurice Nolan (Joe's),
Paddy Price, Michael Nolan (Larry's), Danny Nolan
(Jack's), Dinny Nolan (Jim's), Margaret Nolan Cronin,
Mick Mayling and Michael Bolton. (March 1987).
- From: Anna Nolan Gough (Facebook)
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