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"How well do you know Carlow?"

You've probably often read or heard people talking about place names in Carlow town but when you go to look them up in your Carlow Town map they are nowhere to be found. This can be very frustrating when trying to pinpoint ancestors or a business which your ancestors were connected with.   Below is a list of business' names, street names and place names which have now disappeared. This article appeared in the "Carlow Now & Then" magazine in the Spring/Summer edition of 1997. I hope they will help someone to locate a lost place or person.

If anyone out there has any more lost names or old stories of Carlow town then
please send them to me at: Michael Brennan



Brewery Lane
from Bridewell Lane to River Burrin. "Brewery Lane got its name from Sam Carpenter's brewery which was established here in 1696. He was one of the signatories of a petition to King William III in 1702. Sam also owned the White Horse Inn on Castle Street".
Skinners Lane
at Corcorans Mineral Waters, under arch to River Barrow
Walsh Lane
from Chaff Street to River Barrow
Morrins Lane
from Church Street to Marlboro Street
High Street
off Sleaty Street near P and P Course
Vegetable Market
Marlboro Street - immediately over bridge
Bachelors Walk
from the bridge up west bank of River Barrow
Barrow Street
from Maryborough Street to River Barrow
Connacht Street
As above and further upstream
The Strand
Water Lane from Burrin Street to Coalmarket
          Water Lane            Today its known as Kennedy Street.
New Street
Green Road - adjoining Co. Council yard entrance.
Grave Lane
connecting Athy Road with old graves town park
Accommodation Rd
from Green Lane to Pollerton Road - parallel to railway line
Charlotte Street
from Tullow Street past the old Ritz Ballroom to Browns Street
Bridge Street
from Pollerton Road to Staplestown Road
Bridewell Lane
from Burrin Street to Potato Market -behind PO.
Paupish Lane
from Little Barrack Street
College Street
Chapel Lane
from Tullow Street past the Cathedral to Court Place
College Street
          Lawry's (Lowry's) Lane           Starts at 87 Tullow Street
The Workhouse
Slater’s Cinema
Moore's Garage
County Club
Tynan's Hotel
Military Barracks
Gas Works
Power Station
Canal Stores
Fever Hospital
County Infirmary
Yellow Lion Inn
Green Dragon
M & L Bank
National Bank
Provincial Bank
Kilkenny Road
Burrin Street
Burrin Street
Dublin Street
Tullow Street
Barrack Street
Montgomery St.
Ballymanus Tce.
Barrow Track
Green Lane
Dublin Road
Burrin Street
Kilkenny Road
Tullow Street
Dublin Street
Dublin Street
Burrin Street
Austin Waldron Regional Technical College
Post Office
Opposite above on Kennedy Ave.
St. Brigids Hospital
former Ritz Cinema
former Sacred Heart Home
Brennan’s Bacon Factory
Vacant lot
Rowing Club
Youth Centre
new Sacred Heart Home
Credit Union
Opposite Otter Holt
Allied Irish Bank
St. Anthony’s Chapel
I.C.S. Building Society office
Still there today



By Annie C  Byrne  (Carloviana 1995/1996)

CLOSH-CLAIS:- Located in the Askea area of Carlow; it means water-channel, hole or cutting. The stream that ran across the road to Askea Bridge, near Carlow Motors, is probably where the name came from.

CLOSH PUMP was on the corner of Browneshill Road and Tullow Road, where the people met every-day to get their water and have their "chats".

GRANGE HOUSE was across the road and was the home of the Reddy family. Nearby, a sandpit, owned by the Reddy's, was the main supplier of materials used to repair many a road around Carlow and Killeshin in years gone by. During the 1920's the military put a curfew on Carlow Town. One night, near Askea Bridge, a young man named Owen Rice, was returning to his home, minding his own business, when he was shot and fatally wounded by the Black and Tans. Why? Because he was out after curfew.

ROPE WALK where Peter Jones lived, was between Reddy's and  St. Killian's Crescent. At one time there was a Rope Factory in this area.

THE PLOTS were owned by people including Whelan's and  Nannie Nolan, Tullow street. They are now part of St. Killian’s Crescent.

THE MILKING FIELDS were used by people who owned cows and grazed them there. They paid a fee to the landowner, Major Browne Clayton. Part of St. Killian's Crescent, Springdale and New Oak Estate are built on these fields.

BALLYFULLARD, now called Pollerton, derived from the family named Pollard.

THE CUTTINGS & THE TWELVE HOUSES were on the left hand side under Pollerton Bridge. A handball alley, famous for its matches, and a dancing board gave great entertainment to the local people during the long summer days and nights. There were no T. V.'s or radios in those days but that didn't stop people enjoying themselves.

THE YELLOW LOCH was a pond formed by the Askea Stream and is now part of the grounds of the Presentation College, Askea.

TEMPLECRONEY is the site of the present Town Hall and Carlow County Museum. St. Crone, a 5th century recluse, daughter of Sedna MacErca, great grandson of Niall of the Nine Hostages, is believed to have lived in the area, where there was also a church or temple at one time. The name changed in 1914 to Haymarket.

BUTTERFIELD MARKET. The Town Hall car park, where a weekly market is now held every Monday.

COAL-MARKET & WATER LANE is now Kennedy Street.

POTATO MARKET still retains its own name.

Many old buildings, old streets, old names, are gone from Carlow Town and County. I hope the memories of these are never wiped from Carlow peoples minds. Encourage your children and grandchildren to listen to our stories and read as much as they can about our heritage. Let them visit our Museum and join the Old Carlow Society. Keep alive in the minds of the younger generation the old names and the old places because tomorrow "they" will belong to "the older".

The Paddock At the back of Doyle's was an area known as “The Paddock”: where football and hurling matches were played, travelling shows and circuses also used to set up here, after parading from the railway station through the streets of Carlow. It was here under a tree known as “The Jobbers tree”, that local women used to gather for hire as potato pickers and corn binders.

Hopefully, another day will come, when more memories of old Carlow that are gone but not forgotten, will come to be printed.

Special thanks to "Carloman"


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