87 Tullow Street
Tullow Street map
I shot this from the tower of
the Cathedral just after Christmas 1970. - J.J. Woods*
Map of Courthouse
The image on the left is 87 Tullow street
shows the entrance to Lawry's Lane. Note the red car coming out of Dempsey's store yard
in the photo above on the left; this was the
Tullow Street entrance for Lawry's Lane which is now called Cathedral
Place. The map images are from OSi Mapviewer.
J.J. Woods photo: from the bottom of the
picture -the first row of houses are what remained of Lowry's Lane in
1970. The adjoining yard with all the overgrowth belonged to the
Purcell family. The yard at the top of the photo, alongside Purcell's,
was in the ownership of Ina Brennan.
- Lawry's (Lowry's)
Lane used to go through what is now St. Patrick's college to the old
Dublin road somewhere opposite or near the Courthouse.
- During the 1798 rising
some of the united Irishmen escaped through the lane from Tullow
- This is
another item of Carlow history that should be highlighted for locals
Lane is now the store yard adjoining and owned by Dempsey's Hardware
shop on Tullow Street. Carlow.
If you walked in to Dempsey's yard through the vehicle gateway
beside the shop entrance in the 1960's you would see the remains of
two rows of houses, these were no longer dwellings but were used by
the Dempsey family business for storage of "everything from a needle
to an anchor", since then the houses have been demolished and various
sheds erected. In my earlier contribution I mentioned the Courthouse,
this was only to give some sense of direction, the Courthouse was
built well after 1798. Lowery's lane may have run parallel to School
Lane ? Perhaps a visit to Dempsey's shop and a word with one of the
family might lead to some photographs of the old lane, its worth a
Above notes provided by Michael Purcell, J.J. Woods & Carloman2. *Image
from J.J. Woods
The Griffiths Valuation for Carlow County
c.1851/52. Houses in Lawry's Lane Carlow
1901 Census of Ireland
||Margaret Bryan -
Cook, Domestic Servt
||John Mills - Towel
||Mills Michael -
1911 Census of Ireland
Houses in Lawry's Lane Carlow
- Feely - Edward.
- Lacey - Thomas and Margaret, James, Mary,
Bridie, Margaret, Josephine, William, Nellie.
- Mills - John, Martin, William, -
- Lyons - Lucy, Mary, Agnes, Essy, Lucy Whelan.
- Brooks - Margaret, Edward, John, Denis,
Ellen, William, Annie.
- Fleming - Kate, Davis: Annie, Mary.