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Carlow County - Ireland Genealogical Projects (IGP TM)

Pat Purcell  Papers

John Hammond 1888

By kind permission of Michael Purcell  12/2009

John Hammond

The beginning of administration for county Carlow can be traced back to 1328, under powers granted by King Edward the Third. The administrative staff consisted of a Sheriff and a sub-Sheriff together with clerks and record keepers.

There were also Sergeants and Keepers of the King's Peace.

There was also units established for the functional administration of justice.

An Act of 1634 authorised the Justice / Magistrate of the Assize, with the consent of the Grand Jury, to construct and repair roads and bridges.

The cost of this was levied against the county and barony land and property owners.

In 1898 the Local Government Act was enacted, the Grand Jury system was replaced by elected County Councils.

The first elected chairman of Carlow County Council was John Hammond of Tullow Street, Carlow (his shop was later owned by Ger Donnelly).

John presided as Chairman from 1888 to 1907.

The population of Carlow County in 1891 was 40,936 and one hundred years later in 1991, the population was 40,988.

In 1956, the population of the county dropped to its lowest level since census taking began, at 33,888.

The above is a true and accurate transcript of the original document.

Transcribed by Jean Casey, 2010

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