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Little Barrack Street c.1940

Sourced from Friends and Neighbours 1986. Produced
 by the late Jim O'Brien and An Éire Óg Teamwork Scheme Production.

Source: Michael Purcell c2008 . Edited by M. Brennan

Little Barrack Street

Outside what was the 30 foot high boundary wall of British Army Barracks, stands Little Barrack Street. The 'Barracks was built circa 1780, when the forces of the Crown moved up from their original site near the castle. They moved out to the 'Union' on the Kilkenny Road when the Free State was inaugurated. The Barracks is now the Sacred Heart Home

The street comprises 16 houses and is at the end of Barrack Street, running from east to west. It is one of the last streets in Carlow to have a cobbled path. The houses end at Ward's (1940) but the road twists on into Paupish Lane, which runs alongside the "auld Burrin" and passing Mick Kelly's that famous milkman and ending at Murphy's next to the Railway line.

Each house had a kitchen, two bedrooms and a loft. A feature of these houses is the high ceiling in the kitchen. The rear gardens, which are quite big, has the mill race from the Hanover mill at the end.

Little Barrack Street was commonly called "Gallipot", christened no doubt by local wags. It was so called after its owner Wallace who was hung opposite at the Gaol (Thompson's). He was a postmaster and spothecarry (chemist) and chemists of the time mixed their prescriptions in a vessel called a "galipot".

The street was later owned by Mrs. Sheils, who also had a shop in Burrin Street where Newsworld now stands.

No. 1A - This house at one time served as a forge but was later converted into a dwelling house. During the 1940 Patrick Hynes lived here. Patrick worked as a waiter in the Royal Hotel. He was married and had thre daughters, Kathleen, Peg and Nan, and three sons, Paddy, Ambrose and Jack. Kathleen lived in Portlaoise. Peg married Pat Cullen and went to live in Green Lane. Nan lived in the house and had one room converted into a shop for some years. Jack married and his son Ollie taught at the C.B.S. and St. Leo's. Of all the houses in the street, this one has seen the most changes as it has been used as a forge, dwelling house-shop, hairdressers called "The Wee Salon", and then a veterinary centre. Opposite the houses stood the magazine post for the Army Barracks, which of course is long gone.

No. 1. Here for three generations lived the Kelly family. Paddy Kelly married Bridie who coincidentally was also a Kelly from New Street and later Granby Row. They had two daughters Mary and Sarah, and three sons Michael, Patsy and Hughie. Paddy worked for the Sugar Factory and along with his helper "Rookie" Curran, (No 11) was the first man in Carlow to drive a 10 wheeled lorry.

Mary married Jim O'Brien, to whose memory this publication is dedicated, and has eight children. Patsy worked for the U.D.C. until his untimely death in 1984.

Hughie served his time with Statham’s, He had two children and lived in Coventry, England, as did Michael who had four children and worked for British Telecom. Mary recalls a winter's day years ago, when Michael climbed over the garden gate and fell into the Mill race, which was in flood. She had to jump in fully clothed to save him from what could have been a very nasty accident. Patsy once told the writer about his father chasing him barefoot through the snow covered fields for mitching (playing truant) from school. He didn't return home until nightfall. Bridie Kelly was still living here in 1986.

No. 2 - Henry McDonald, Ballymanus Terrace and his wife Annie "Nan" from Stradbally, lived here. They had daughters Bridie and Claire. Bridie married Joe Bolger who worked in Lanigan's office. Claire married Tom Hennessy, Graiguecullen, who was well known for his work with the young soccer players of Carlow and Graiguecullen.

No. 3 The Meaney family, believed to be one of the oldest families in Carlow lived here. Thomas Meaney, who was an army man, married Annie McDonald, Barrack Street and they had six children - Eileen, Jim, Tom and Moll emigrated to England; Leo married Molly Kenny and they lived in Kevin Barry Avenue with their four children, Thomas, Mary Bernadette; John served in the Army medical corps. He married Hilder Small and lived for a while in Little Barrack Street. They later moved to Roncalli Place where both died in 1975.

John and Hilda had nine children all of whom married – Joe, Frankie and Kenneth lived in Carlow; Jim and Geraldine in England; Gertie went to Castledermot; Noel went Kilkenny; Bernadette went to live in Maganey and John lived in Portlaoise.

No. 4 - Patrick and Julia Dooley were living here. Patrick died in an unfortunate accident at Thompson's, where he worked. Anthony Dooley, the noted Carlow oarsman who received the County Carlow Sports Stars Award in 1970, lived here with the Dooley’s. The house was occupied by Julia's niece, Eileen Denieffe and her husband Jimmy who worked for C.I.E. in Carlow. They had three children.

No 5 & 6 were occupied by the Curran brothers, Michael (b1878-d1950) (at No 5) and James (at No. 6). Michael worked as Tailor in Michael Molloy’s for many years. Molloy’s which will be remembered by many readers, was a fashionable department store in Tullow Street where Tullow Street House now stands. James was also a Tailor in his later years. The Brothers carried on a Tailoring business from their homes.

Click on image to visit Curran Family notes
James Curran, Terry Curran's Great grandfather one of the famous Tailors of Little Barrack Street. He died after a fall and hitting his head on a kerb.
Click on image to visit Curran Family notes
James Curran and his wife and children taken about 1914. Note they are all well dressed expected from a Tailor, maybe no food but a good suit was always at hand.

No. 7 - James Ledwich and family lived here, James from Dublin-originally worked the floats for C.I.E. The family consisted of two sons and two daughters. Jim worked for Governey's in the Boot Factory for many years while John worked in Watty Kehoe's. Daughters Mary and Rose are living with John in "Nanny Nolan's Shop" in Tullow Street.

No. 8 - Murt Conville, who died at the great old age of 98, was a veteran of the British Army. He was married to Mary Kehoe and had two sons and three daughters. Paddy lived with his family in Graiguecullen. Owenie who served his time in Prendergast's and went to live in England, as did his sister Judy. Kathleen who lived in Castledermot. Mary, sadly died at eighteen. Murt's wife was an aunt to "Bolum" Hogan of McGamhna Road and of Eire Og fame.

No. 9 - Mr. and Mrs. Edward Doyle lived here. Edward worked for many years as a gardener for Dr. Doyle, Kilkenny. They had two daughters, Ena and Ann who worked for the Beet Haulers' Association in Dublin.

No. 10 - Robert (Bobby) Parker married Margaret Durgan of Muinebheag, and they had two children, Annie and Robert jnr. Annie married Jack Byrne and later lived at No. 5. Bobby was Sarah Kelly's (No. 1) godfather.

No. 11 - The three Curran sisters, Margaret, Fran and Mary lived here with their brother James. James "Rookie" as he was known, was a bachelor. He worked with Paddy Kelly (No. 1) in the Sugar Company for a while, but most of his working life was spent as a boiler man in the Sacred Heart Home. Margaret married James Nolan. (See Curran Family notes)

No. 12 - Jimmy Fenlon worked in the Boot Factory. He was married to Lil Walsh and they had two daughters, Delina and Margaret. Delma married Dinny Hyland, who held the Irish high jump record for nine years. Margaret married Joe Nolan (Tullow) of Mix 'n' Match.

No. 13 - Peter Begley married Ellen Moore. Peter was a sergeant in the Royal Dublin Fusiliers and saw active service on the continent. In France during 1915 he was hospitalised having been wounded in battle. Ellen was a nurse in St. Dympna's and they had seven children - Lizzie, Lilly, Mary, Nick, Jack, Tim and Peter.

Before moving to Little Barrack Street, the family lived in Bridewell Lane where they had a shop. Mick and Jack married sisters, Nellie and Lizzie Hennessy, daughters of the legendary Barney Hennessy. Mick was killed in an accident while working in the Nationalist. Jack lived in McGamhna Road with their children Barney, Michael, Sean and Harry. Tim died very young while the family were living in Bridewell Lane. Bridie and Lizzie were living in England. Peter married Chrissie and lived in St. Patrick's Avenue. Chrissie was the star of R.T.E.'s Mike Murphy radio programme when it was broadcast from Braun in 1985.

No. 14 - Edward Murphy worked as a carpenter in Prendergast's, his wife Molly (nee Kelly) was from Athy. They had three children, Eddie and Sean who went to live in England, and Sadie lived in Nenagh.

No. 15 - Jack and Eilleen Ward (nee Buchannon) and family lived here. Jack, originally from Staplestown Road, worked in the Sugar Company. They had four sons, John who died in Africa, Tom who was a Peace Commissioner in Rhodesia. Robert, is a university professor and a colleague of Eire Og man Genie Kelly, and Dick was a ship's officer on the Q.E. II.

Next is a plot of ground which was at this time held by the Carey family who lived in Bridewell Lane.

A photo of Little Barrack Street taken by William Muldowney c.2006

Little Barrack Street.

A photo of Little Barrack Street taken by William Muldowney c.1997.

The above was transcribed by Terry Curran c2008

These were know as "The Little Barrack Street Gang of the 1930's"

L. to R. Jack Murphy, Jack Hynes, Tom Kelly, Andy Murphy, Jack Begley, Ned Murphy, Joe Curran, Dick Walsh. Centre: Ambrose Hynes.

(Picture: Carlow Advertiser Dec 1988)

Sourced from Friends and Neighbours 1986. Produced by the late Jim O'Brien and An Éire Óg Teamwork Scheme Production.

Source: Michael Purcell c2008

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