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Carlow in 1906

From: Michael Purcell <>

1906 Mangan

Nationalist and Leinster Times.

January 1906.

Mr Patrick Mangan.

It is with much regret we record the death after a brief illness, of Mr. Patrick Mangan, Coal Market House, Carlow, which sad event occurred at Coal Market House in the early morning of the first day of the New Year.

Deceased was the second surviving son of the late Mr Martin Mangan, who built up an extensive and prosperous business as corn buyer and maltster, and whose enterprise and probity during a long and active life, reflected credit on the town.

The subject of our obituary inherited the commercial instincts which made his father's name so well known throughout the province.

He was a genial and well-informed citizen, an affectionate husband and father, and a good friend.

Nine priests celebrated High Mass and Office in the Cathedral.

The chief mourners were -- James Mangan (brother), Masters Martin and Patrick Mangan, (sons), Misses Josephine, Bride, Bess, Cathleen (daughters), Bride Kearney, (niece).

Wreaths were sent by the following:- "In loving remembrance of dearest papa" from "Joe". "In fond remembrance from his sorrowing family". "With Ciss Scully's deepest sympathy" "With heartfelt sympathy from T.J. Schummacher"

[note added 2013 - Josephine was engaged to T. J. Schummacher, he was manager of Boake's Drapery shop in Burrin Street,  (he was held responsible for Boakes fire 1st October 1906) Josephine later married Dr. Blakney from Roscommon.]


From: Michael Purcell <>

Robert Clayton Browne 1836 - 1906.

Carlow Sentinel.

December 1906.

Death of Robert Clayton Browne, Esquire.

With deep regret we announce the death of Mr Robert Clayton Browne, which occurred on Friday 14th December 1906, at his temporary residence, Green Ville, near this town.

The deceased gentleman, who was unmarried, was born 3rd May, 1838, and was the third and youngest son of the late Robert Clayton Browne, Esquire, D.L., of Browne's Hill, Carlow, by Harriette-Agusta, third daughter of the late Hans Hamilton, Esquire, Lord of the Manor of Carlow, and for many years Member of Parliament for County Dublin.

Owing to delicate health Robert did not at any time take an active part in the public affairs of his native county, but was a zealous and earnest friend of every philanthropic and charitable movement, and a generous supporter of the Church of Ireland at and after its disestablishment.

Kind hearted and generous in disposition he enjoyed the love and esteem of a large circle of relatives and friends by whom, as well as by the general community, his death, which occurred after a long illness, borne with patient resignation, is deeply deplored.

On Tuesday the interment took place in the family burial ground in Killeshin. The remains were enclosed in a suite of lead-lined coffins, were brought into Carlow Church, where the first portion of the solemn burial service was read by the Very Rev. Dean Finlay and the Ven. Archdeacon Hatchell.

After the special Lesson, the Hymn "Lead Gently Light" was sung, and as the coffin was borne out of the church, the Dead March was played.

The chief mourners were Mr William Browne-Clayton, D.L., brother; Major Browne-Clayton, Mr D.R. Pack-Beresford, D.L., Mr Reynell Pack-Beresford and Mr Hugh Pack-Beresford, nephews.

From: Michael Purcell <>

Garryhill School, Kelly, Ryan, Bessborough & Ponsonby

Carlow Sentinel.

October 1906.

Treat to the Garryhill School Children.

The Dowager Countess of Bessborough, gave a treat to the children of the Garryhill Schools on Friday of last week.

Among those present were the Earl of Bessborough, and Lady Kathleen Skinner Ponsonby with her daughters.

Lord Bessborough took advantage of the occasion to address a few words to the assembled children.

He pointed out to them the great importance of attending regularly and attentively to their religious and secular duties, striving to improve themselves in every way whilst they had the chance. He said he was convinced they could not receive a better education than they did in the Garryhill School from Mr Ryan and Miss Kelly.

Lord Bessborough alluded to his personal acquaintance with Mr Ryan for 25 years and also with his father before him, and he considered it a unique experience that father and son had taught in the same school for upwards of 50 years.

Miss Kelly, too, Lord Bessborough said, he had known for many years, and it was a pleasure to him to be able to testify from personal knowledge of the excellent work done in Garryhill school, not forgetting the scholarships won there.

Lord Bessbourgh urged the children to emulate their teachers, of whom he thought so highly, to be obedient to them, striving to become useful men and women, never allowing their names to be placed amongst those commonly termed "wasters".

From: Michael Purcell <>

Boer War, Bruen, Bunbury & Rathdonnell.

Carlow Sentinel.

November 1906.

[note added by Michael Purcell , 2013 - the South African Graves Fund was established in 1903 to raise funds for the maintenance of the British War Graves of the soldiers who died in the Anglo-Boer War.

In Carlow town Ned Nolan of Tullow Street was appointed collector, it is recorded in his "Graves' Book" that he collected 212 in two years. (Ned was a brother to Nannie Nolan, the shop, he served along with many Carlow men in the British Army during the conflict.)

Here is a letter from Katherine Anne Bunbury, formerly Katherine Bruen of Oak Park, in 1874 she married Thomas Kane McClintock Bunbury, he succeeded to the title Lord Rathdonnell in 1879, hence Katherine signs herself,  K. A. Rathdonnell.]

To the Editor of the Carlow Sentinel.

Lisnavagh, Rathvilly, County Carlow.

26th November 1906.

Sir -- As I am one of those appointed to receive contributions to the "South African Graves' Fund," may I ask you to be so good as to publish in your paper the accompanying letter from Her Royal Highness Princess Christian and the other members of the Committee ~~

Yours faithfully, K.A. Rathdonnell.

Our Graves In South Africia.

An Appeal.

To the Editor of the Carlow Sentinel.

Sir -  The times has come when the Guild of Loyal Women of South Africa - the Association which laid upon itself the duty of caring for the graves of those who fell in the late war - is no longer able to carry out and complete this work without more assistance from home. etc etc

[the letter concludes by requesting readers to send contributions to Lady Rathdonnell at Lisnavagh.]

The following items were found in The Intermountain Catholic. (Salt Lake City [Utah] ;) 1899-1920 newspaper.

October 27, 1906

Mrs Margaret Doyle wife of Mr Richard Doyle, daughter of Mary and late Wm Byrne and sister of the Rev Philip Byrne of the Sacred Hearth Church San Francisco Cal, died at Leighlin Bridge P.O, on Sept 24th.

November 03, 1906

The extensive Carlow drapery establishment of Mr Boake Carlow was destroyed by fire on Oct 1st Four people who slept in the building narrowly escaped being burnt to death.

November 10, 1906

At the meeting of the Carlow Urban council on October 9 the chairman Mr M Molloy J P who presided said that through the instrumentality of the Bishop the Rt Rev Dr Foley Mr Andrew Carnegie with whom the bishop was in correspondence had decided to modify his original offer in connection with the provision of a public library for Carlow The original offer was shortly to give 1,250 on consideration that u sum of 500, would be raised locally and a maintenance rate of one penny in the struck under the Libraries Act It was considered that the raising of half a thousand pounds by subscription I would l be attended with some difficulty  and that it would be constitute a somewhat too onerous call on the people of the district Mr Carnegie has now according to the bishops representation  and kind offers agreed to give 950 and to forego the condition that 500 should be raised locally The council are providing a free site and they will not it appears suffer as far as I Mr Carnegies contribution is concerned by reason of being able to do so.

November 24, 1906

On October 24 at St Josephs church Terenure county Dublin by the Rev Dr Foley bishop of Kildare and Leighlin assisted by the Very Rev Canon Anderson P P Terenure and the Rev P Gorry Adm Carlow,  Michael John Governey Carlow was married to Madeline only daughter of the late Lieutenant Colonel James F Brodie RAMC and Mrs Brodie Rathgar.

Mr P F Collier head of the great New York publishing house who is a native of county Carlow has sent to the Rev James Coyle rector of Leighlinbridge for his parochial library 600 Volumes of choicest literary works.

December 29, 1906

Mrs Catherine Tooele of Tynock died on Nov 24 aged 79.

Mr Patrick Tracey a venerable and respected resident of Tullow died at his late residence Craans house on Dec 1st aged 80.

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

November 03, 1906

Fire destroyed the Boake drapery establishment at Carlow and the fancy establishment of the Misses Bailey adjoining.


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