Entry on page
one of Tinryland baptism register.
Patrick Keating died March 20th 1813. in the 52nd
year of his age.
in the Parishes of Bennekerry and Tinryland by the
Rev. M. P. Malone inducted by the very Rev. Henry
Dean Stauton P.P. of Carlow on the 25th day of
was taken by the Rev. Michael Smyth and is not
registered correctly, he having omitted to enter the
names of the Parents in many instances up to the
month of June following.
No Registry was
to be found in the Parishes on the demise of the
late and very worthy Doctor Keating. R.I.P.
Rev. Mr. Malone
resigned the Parishes of Tinryland and Bennekerry on
the 29th day of October 1823 - he having gone to the
Parishes of Mounthrath and ? Queen's County. I was
inducted by the Right Rev. Dr. Doyle.
Tyrrell P. P. Tinryland
Priest” by John Scott
Tyrrell was a native of Ballyroan, Co. Laois. He was
PP of Doonane from 1815 to 1823 when he was
transferred to Tinryland where he remained until his
death on 24 August 1842.Many of his parishioners at
this time were tenants of the landlords Bruen and
Beresford and this probably began his interest in
politics. At this time in Carlow the Borough of
Carlow sent one representative to Parliament and the
County sent two. The bill giving Catholic
Emancipation was made law on 13 April 1829. A
separate bill was passed at the same time, which
raised the county franchise from forty shillings to
£ 10. This had the effect of reducing the number of
people who could vote in the County constituency
from about 4000 to 530. This was an attempt to limit
the effect of the emancipation bill and it deprived
many forty-shilling freeholders of the vote. The
very people who had forced the question of
emancipation were to be deprived of the fruits of
it. This just added to the feelings of bitterness,
which had built up over the previous decade.”
Reform Bill was passed in August 1832 and it
increased the electorate in the County to about
1246. Also, the borough franchise was extended to £
I 0 householders, the same as in England. Special
sessions for the registration of new voters were set
up and the number of people entitled to vote in the
next borough election would be considerably greater
than the thirteen who had the vote in the last one.
In the 1832 election 278 people had the right to
vote in the Borough. It must be remembered that at
this time voting was not secret and sometimes the
local papers published a list of the voters and how
they cast their votes. The landlords expected that
their tenants would vote as directed by them.”
elections in the County from the Act of Union in
1801 were just contests between various landlords.
Now with the coming of Catholic Emancipation and the
passing of the Reform Act the power of the landlords
could be challenged. This was the situation into
which Fr. Tyrrell threw his energies. In May 1830 he
addressed a Poor Law meeting in Maryborough and he
also proposed a motion at a Reform meeting in Carlow
on 24th May, 1832. He seconded Wallace, the Liberal
candidate, at the election in December 1832. Wallace
and the other Liberal candidate, Walter Blackney
were elected. The Conservatives tried to have the
result overturned and a Parliamentary Committee
investigated the election. Fr. Tyrrell travelled
from Tinryland to London and gave evidence before
this committee in May 1833.”
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Surnames: Kitson, Bryan & Bunbury.
Pat Purcell Papers.
Thomas Kitson of Hacketstown, Carlow came before me
this day and made oath on the Holy Evangelists that
there have been several fowls of different kinds
stolen from his place in Hacketstown.
That about the 12th March 1813 a Game Hen worth at
least ten shillings was stolen from him by Michael
Bryan of Ballysallagh, Carlow~
- Sworn before me this 3rd day of July 1813~
- (signed) Benjamin Bunbury.
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