Discovery of Historical Photos
Old photos show how it was done in the ‘30s
show work been carried out installing new water pipes at
the junction of Maryborough Street and Graiguecullen
Bridge in the years of 1938/39.
The two men are
L McDermott Clerk of works and
R McGoverny. pictured in
the churchyard of St Clare's church in Graiguecullen
with the roof of the old RIC Barracks in the
background - a tombstone on the right records the fact
that the remains of Fr. James Maher were reinterred in
the spot in 1937, Fr Maher was parish priest of
Graiguecullen 1841 to 1874. Also reinterred here are PPs Fr. Pat Maher, Fr Dan Byrne, Fr George Byrne.
Source: Michael Purcell
Names written on the back
of the photo are L
McDermott Clerk of works
R McGoverny. Arci
The only person we can name
in this photo is Anne Ryan.
Maryborough Street near the bridge. The
building in the centre of the picture is the Sacred
Heart Men's club and the shop on the corner Murphy's
grocery and Post Office
Maryborough Street opposite
the gates to St. Fiacc's church
These photographs have been provided
by Terry Curran for the Carlow IGP website and cannot be
reproduced or published without the explicit permission of Mr
Terry Curran. The photographs are the property of and are
Copyrighted ©Mr. Terry Curran.
Note from Terry Curran: Only a few of the
prints have anything written on the back. The young girl with
the group of workers we know was called Anne Ryan
Green Lane in mid 1970's
- The view is from the Railway Bridge at Green Lane in
1970s, on the right, where the children are gathered, is
the entrance to the Presentation School , Scoil Mhuire Gan
Smal, on the left is portion of the new Fire Station. The
photo was taken when they were lowering the level of the
road under the Green Lane railway bridge and reinforcing
the base of the bridge on both sides, in order to
facilitate the passage underneath of high heavy duty
lorries. Health and Safety precautions, which nowadays are
implemented with roadwork schemes, were not considered an
issue back then, hence the intermittent placing of barrels
around the roadwork’s.
- Note from M Brennan: The Carlow Fire Station in Green Lane
was completed and opened in 1973. A new station was built
on the same site in 2002. The white car in the foreground
is a VW Fastback following a Morris in front.
The following appeared in The
Nationalist in August 2010:
that Carlow town is currently in the midst of a massive
upheaval with the ongoing main drainage scheme, these pictures
taken 72 years ago are more than timely.
Owned by Blackbog Road resident John
Curran, the pictures show waterworks taking place around the
town back in the 1930’s.
“They were taken in 1938 by Kevin Murray, an engineer
from Sligo,” explained John. John and Kevin, who has passed
away, were distantly related, with Kevin’s wife sending John
the pictures a few years ago.
The grainy black and white pictures
show the mammoth efforts of workmen back in the ‘30’s who were
carrying out similar job to what is going on now, just without
the heavy machinery!
John said he felt the pictures were
relevant given that similar work is ongoing in Carlow at the
The town’s modern day residents can
definitely relate to the upheaval shown in the pictures from
The photos were developed in Athy and
still have the old packaging,” said John, who added that they
show work being done on several streets in the town, along
with Graiguecullen Bridge, which is clearly identifiable in
Current works on the main drainage
scheme are continuing around Carlow town at the moment, with
construction work continuing on Burrin Street, with a closure
in place until 17 August.
Construction of a large water storage
tank is taking place at Mill Lane. A pipe will be built
leading from Mill Lane to Kennedy Street in the coming weeks.
Separately, the urban relief road and
flood relief works are progressing at Barrow Track, with
construction of raised section of road and flood walls
underway. Additional building of two combined sewer overflows
at Kennedy Road and Pembroke is well underway.
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