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Hacketstown 1837

Co Carlow

Images supplied by Jane Coop   c2005

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The image above is of St. Brigidís Church in Hacketstown
The church is dated from around 1803 and is of Barn Style.
The building Pastor was Fr John Blanchfield PP.

Hacketstown (Recently Baile Haiceid; Older Baile an Droichid), a reference to the bridge crossing the river Derreen, a tributary of the Slaney river
A castle, contemporary with that of Clonmore, once stood at Hacketstown. Its site was later occupied by a barracks which, in turn, became the site of the present parish church.
Clonmore castle was built c. 1180, and was the possession of the Hackett family. On 25,h June, 1798, over 10,000 rebels engaged in the Battle of Hacketstown. The stone-walled barracks proved impenetrable.
The present church is constructed of granite and has a gallery at its rear. The Steeple of cut granite was added by Fr. Patrick Morrin PP, (1836-1855). Mounted in the church is a stone bearing a rough impression of the crucifixion. It dated to 1610 and belonged to the original Catholic church on the Carlow the thatched chapel on the Green.

Topographical Dictionary of Ireland by Samuel Lewis 1837

HACKETSTOWN, a market-town and parish, partly in the barony of BALLYNACOR, county of WICKLOW, but chiefly in that of RATHVILLY, county of CARLOW, and province of LEINSTER, 6 3/4 miles (S. E.) from Baltinglass, on the road from Wicklow to Carlow; containing 4434 inhabitants. In 1798 it sustained two attacks from the insurgent forces, one on the 25th of May, which was successfully repulsed by the yeomanry and a detachment of the Antrim militia; the other on the 25th of June, when a body of insurgents, amounting to several thousands, advanced against it at five in the morning. The garrison, consisting of 170, mostly yeomen, marched out to meet them, but, after a few volleys, were obliged to retreat, the cavalry by the road to Clonmore, and the infantry, 120 in number, into the barrack, where they maintained their position throughout the day behind a breastwork in the rear of it.

The town was fired in several places by the rebels, who, after various ineffectual attempts to force an entrance to the barrack and a garrisoned house by which it was flanked, retreated, and in the night the garrison retired on Tullow. The town, which consists of 131 houses, is situated on a rising ground, below which flows a branch of the Slaney, and commands fine views. It is a constabulary police station, and has a penny post to Baltinglass, and a dispensary. A patent was granted in 1635, by Chas. I., to the Earl of Ormonde for a market on Wednesday and fairs on the Tuesday after Nov. 1st, and the Thursday after Trinity Sunday. The market is now held on Thursday, but only during the summer months from March to August, for the sale of meal and potatoes; and the fairs are on Jan. 13th, the first Thursday in Feb., March 12th, April 13th, May 4th, June 2nd, July 13th, Aug. 21st, Sept. 18th, Oct. 17th, the third Thursday in November, and Dec. 21st.

The parish comprises 31,570 statute acres, of which 11,954 are applotted under the tithe act: about one-sixth of the land is arable, nearly one-half pasture, and the remainder bog and waste; the latter is chiefly situated in the eastern part of the parish, and large blocks of granite are dispersed throughout. The principal seats are Woodside, the residence of S. Jones, Esq.; Ballyhelane, of J. Brownrigg, Esq.; and Ballasallagh House, of J. Hogier, Esq. The living is a rectory, in the diocese of Leighlin, episcopally united in 1693 to the vicarage of Haroldstown, and in the patronage of the Bishop: the tithes amount to £553. 16. 11., and of the benefice to £619. 15. 11.

The glebe-house was erected in 1819, by a gift of £300 and a loan of £500 from the late Board of First Fruits; the glebe comprises 8 1/2 acres. The church is a neat building, with a square embattled tower surmounted with pinnacles, which was erected and the church roofed anew, in 1820, by a gift of £600 and a loan of £500 from the late Board of First Fruits; it has recently been repaired by a grant of £559 from the Ecclesiastical Commissioners. In the churchyard is a monument to the memory of Capt. Hardy, who was killed in 1798 while defending the town. In the R. C. divisions it is the head of a union or district, comprising the parishes of Hacketstown and Moyne, and parts of Haroldstown, Clonmore, and Kiltegan; and containing chapels at Hacketstown, Killamote, and Knockanana. Near the church is a very neat place of worship for Wesleyan Methodists, recently erected. The parochial school is supported by the rector and a small payment from the scholars; and there is a national school in the R. C. chapel-yard.


Images of Hacketstown

Joe Lyons Pub in Penny Hill Hacketstown c.1915
Mrs. Macks pub & Fruit. Hacketstown c.1968. Photo by P.M.O'Byrne.
Bennetts Cottage
Cullen's 1931
Hacketstown Fair Day 1932
Fair Day 1934. United Ireland party meeting on Kealys steps. Hacketstown
Hacketstown 1948 the town brass band with flag bearer Jim Hill
McCall's. Newsagent. Bridge Street, Hacketstown 2009.
Source: Google Maps.
Market Day in Hacketstown c.1940
Water Street, Hacketstown
The Mill, Hacketstown c.1925
Moffet Street during the great snow of 1931
Smithers, Bridge Lane. c. 1940's. Hacketstown.
The Mill at Hacketstown
St John the Baptist
Main Street Hacketstown
Main Street, Hacketstown 2009.
Source: Google Maps.

Bob Proctor, farmer, vegetable salesman sells his wares outside the Golden Palace in 1982. Pub now called The Hynds.
Lyons Pub

Tom Boland 1982

Except for the images obtained from Google Maps all the others are sourced from Facebook & eBay sellers.

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