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The Shamrock


Photo donated by "Carloman"

Facing west "down" upper Tullow Street we have on the left of this picture Mrs Hynes Grocery and Confectionary shop, it was at one time Merdith's Bakery before passing to Dan Hogan who established a Provision shop here, it was later owned by James Brennan. Adjoining Hynes we see Noud's Grocery shop and sub-Post Office, which closed in 1979. The shop and post office was run by the Noud sisters, Mary, Rita, Alice, Eileen and Angela, two of whom were school teachers. in the mid 1800s Richard Paul had a Grain / Provision shop here , he also had a brewery in the large stores at the rear of the building. The name McElhoney in cast-iron lettering can be seen over the door. McElhoney settled in Carlow in 1897, he was married into the Noud family and worked in Doyle's of the Shamrock, where the letters for his sign were made in Doyle's forge. On the right of the picture is Staplestown Road and on the left is Pollerton Road.

Source: Mr Michael Purcell

The Shamrock 2008 before the fire.
Source: Google Street View
The Shamrock 2010 after the fire.
Source: Google Street View
Another view of The Shamrock
Source: W. Muldowney c.2006
The Shamrock Plaza c.2009
Image courtesy of P. Walker

Doyles  of the Shamrock. Image by Dermot O'Brien

The Fishbourne townhouse at the Shamrock was demolished in the 1980s by  Michael Doyle to extend Doyles' of the Shamrock hardware store.

Today the area forms part of the entrance to the underground carpark of the Shamrock Plaza building and the adjoining "Leaning Man" street sculpture.

There is a picture on the Carlow site of the townhouse. The picture was published originally as picture # 21 in "Carlow in old picture postcards" Volume 1. (see below).

 The Fishbournes lived for a period at Staplestown House, Carlow. During their time in Carlow they lived in various houses situated throughout the county.

I was informed recently that the income from the "Ground Rents" associated business collected on behalf of the Fishbourne Estate totaled over 5,000 euro for 2010.

  #21. The top of Upper Tullow Street, known as The Shamrock. This picture was taken in October 1913 when John Dillon M.F. arrived to deliver a Home Rule speech. The man in uniform leading ihe horse is Johnnie Power, he hired out char-a-banc cars. On the left of the picture is the public house of Dinny Mullane. Dinny had a notice displayed stating that he would pay 100 to any customer who could contradict his claim that all his whiskies were seven years old. The large building facing us was formerly the town house of the Fishbourne family built in 1782. in 1913 it was the 'Shamrock Hotel'; the shop in front of the house was a grocery and public house, to the rear were a hardware store, steam saw mill, coachbuilding workshop, joinery works, and iron-foundry, collectively known as 'Doyle's of the Shamrock'. The banner on the right reads: 'Ireland Sober is Ireland Free', appropriately enough it led the Graiguecullen Temperance Band.

Source: Michael Purcell

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