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Carlow in 1901

The following items were found in Kentucky Irish American. (Louisville, Ky.) 1898-1968, newspaper.

May 18, 1901

A tragic death took place during the races at Ballybar County Carlow. Owen Cummins of Tinryland an old man of seventy five years while in a state of great excitement took suddenly ill and expired in a few moments.

Father John Cullen presided at a great demonstration at Carlow recently and as a result a branch of the United Irish league was established at an influential meeting held later. Among those present were Father George Byrne, Rev John Corbett and John Hammond M P.

August 03, 1901

On Sunday last a very successful meeting was held at Hacketstown on the confines of Carlow and Wicklow to establish a branch of the United Irish League The attendance which was large and representative was drawn from both counties and constitutes a striking evidence of the revival of political enthusiasm and of the quickening of the national spirit which in many districts of Leinster has manifested all too few signs of healthy activity during the past few years.

August 17, 1901

Miss Madge Donohue who belongs to a very popular County Carlow family who had been staying at the Bays Hotel Kingstown for some time past met with a serious accident Saturday. The young lady went for a bicycle ride and while returning by Dalkey she lost control of her wheel on the steep incline of Victoria road and at the foot of the incline was thrown violently against the wall of Elsinore House. She was found lying in a semiconscious condition suffering from severe shock the right side of her head and face being injured.

Carlow Sentinel, 2nd January 1901

St Stephen’s Day December 1900

In the early years Carlow was one of the few non Dublin based teams in the province of Leinster. Here is an account of a match between Carlow and Kingstown (Dun Laoighre, Dublin) on December 26th, St Stephen’s Day (Boxing Day) 1900 complete with a team photo, possibly one of their first club photos.

“On St Stephen’s Day the Kingstown Football Club paid their second annual visit to Carlow, and were more strongly represented than last year when Carlow ran out rather easy victors. The match took place at Granby Row before a very large crowd of spectators and in ideal football weather. It may be remembered that last year the gate money, amounting to over £6.00 was sent as a contribution from the Club to the Irish Regiments Soldiers Widows and Orphan Fund. Preparatory to the preliminaries the Carlow Team were photographed by Mr. Lloyd, Carlow.

Directly after Jameson started the game, by kicking off towards the rectory goal, the ball was returned to Rowan who found touch in the visitors twenty five. From the throw in Kingstown made a good combined rush to the home territory, the Carlow team, contrary to their general play so far this season seemed to lack the spirit at the commencement of the game as they played in very desultory fashion, the result being that the visitors had much the best of the opening play and scored a try far out. They had very hard lines in not securing the major point, the ball hitting the upright from a splendid shot at goal from a difficult angle. On resuming the home side evidently saw they had their work cut out, as they “bucked” up wonderfully and brought the ball to their opponents ground pinning them on their line for some time, several attempts to get over being nipped in the nick of time.

 The home side made strenuous efforts to break through their opponents line and eventually succeeded, amidst much excitement, per Hearns who scored at the corner, the same player kicked a magnificent goal, thus putting his side leading by 2 points. Shortly after half time was called.

On restarting for some time Kingstown held Carlow on their line and the play raged fast and furious, till Jameson made a good dribble to near half way, the advantage being further improved on by Rowan, who again was only brought down just outside the line, from the ensuing scrum, Langran obtaining possession, passed to Hearns who had very bad luck in being “nailed” on the line…. without further score, leaving Carlow winners of a pleasant and hard fought game by 1 goal (5 points) to 1 try (3 points).

 Mr Davis, an ex-international player and a County Carlow man acted as referee.

Carlow Team:


Full Back:


Three Quarters:

Doyle, Bourke, Hearns, Rowen


G Tynan, R Lanagran


Jameson, Brady, Orr, Bolger, Belton, West, Watson, E Boake & Kepple.

After the match the visitors were entertained at the inaugural annual dinner of the Carlow Football Club, which was held at the Royal Arms Hotel. In the absence of the president of the club (M. Governey Esq) and the captain (Rev. G Jameson), Mr CS Tynan, Vice Captain presided at the table at which forty four were seated.

The committee have every reason to congratulate themselves on the success of their first club dinner and “smoker” which followed. The excellent manner in which the dinner was served reflects much credit on the management of the Royal Arms Hotel.

Reproduced from the Carlow Sentinel, 2nd January 1901.


(Thanks to Terry Curran for providing this material)

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