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Pat Purcell Papers

Source:  Mr Michael Purcell


1854 Poster in the PPP.



An Old Carlow Industry in the Town of Carlow
To be let, the old established Brewery Concern in Centaur Street in the town of Carlow, which are admirably calculated as a brewery, or any mercantile trade requiring extensive accommodation. There is a malt-house and comfortable dwelling on the premises which, together with the entire Concerns, are in most perfect repair. There is a decided opening in Carlow for the establishment of a brewery, and to a person of moderate capital a safe speculation for investment now presents itself. At a trifling outlay the Concerns could be refitted as a brewery.
Application to Mr. Robert Farrell.
Athy Street,
February 1854
 [Note added by Mick Purcell 2010.
The Brewery was situated where the present day Town Hall stands. Robert Farrell was granduncle to Frank Slater who in turn was granduncle to me.]

From: Michael Purcell <>

1854, Clowry & Bunbury.

The Carlow Sentinel.

January 28th 1854.

Carlow Petty Sessions.

Michael Clowry summoned Mr James Smith, steward to Colonel Bunbury of Moyle, for the recovery of 14 shillings for work done by him in his capacity of stonemason on the lands of Moyle.

Mr Mulhall appeared on behalf of Clowry.

Michael Clowry on being sworn stated that he built 26 perches of mason work, at 1/6pence per perch, he was paid 25 shillings but there is still a balance of 14 shillings due.

Clowry stated he was employed the entire summer at Moyle, he had a man named Sheean working with him and had a man named Tallon to measure the work.

[note added 2013, after much debate the case was dismissed but Clowry was allowed 2 shillings and 6 pence for his attendance at court. Mr Mulhall told the court he would appeal.].


From: Michael Purcell <>

Clowry & Holmes 1854.

Carlow Sentinel.

March 1854.

Fowl Stealing.

Anne Holmes was brought to court charged by Martin Clowry with having fowl in her possession which he suspected her to have stolen. He met her coming from Church Lane at Staplestown with four hens under her cloak, he thought they might be stolen and took her to McQuaides, where there was a great number of hens, the girl at McQuaides counted the hens and found that five had been taken away but those in the possession of Ann Holmes did not belong to McQuaide.

On being asked by the judge where she got the four hens, she replied they were now hers and she had detailed the facts to Mr Tuckey, she knew he would tell the judges but that she was ashamed to tell the circumstances under which she got them as she could not bring herself to speak out while so many people were in court, some of them peasantry who knew nothing, and others of another class whose heads were full of knowledge (the court fell into laughter).

She was remanded in custody for a week until the person from whom she said she received the fowl should be written to.


Clowry & Crawford on suspicion 1854.

[noted added 2013, recently met some people in Carlow Library researching Constable George Crawford, I hope they spot this].

Carlow Sentinel.

Feb 1854.

Sub-Constable George Crawford arrested John Clowry on suspicion of robbery of a gun, a powder horn and shot pouch, together with several articles of wearing apparel from a farmer named Nicholas Blanchfield who resides at Coonogue, in the Barony of Lower St Mullins, Carlow.

Clowry was brought to a farmer named Smith at Grangeford where a portion of the clothes were recovered, on the following day at a place called Crush, in the Parish of Myshall the gun was recovered at the house of a man named Maher and since then the horn and pouch was recovered.

Much credit is due to Sub-Constable George Crawford for the zeal and activity displayed not only on this, but several other occasions.


Robert McDowell 1854.

Carlow Sentinel.

Died - February 15th 1854 at Hanover near Carlow, after a short illness Robert McDowell, aged 46 years, leaving an afflicted wife and eleven young children. [a daughter was born 3 months later on 29th April 1854]. He died in perfect peace, trusting alone in the merits of his Saviour.

The deceased was Governor of Carlow Gaol during the period of 24 years, and we learn with regret, that his family are unprovided for.

The family of the late Mr. McDowell.

[abbreviated extract from appeal].

We beg to call the earnest attention of our readers in reference to the widow and numerous young family of the late Robert McDowell.

We feel that in so doing , we have only to recommend to the benevolent and humane of Carlow, the utterly helpless and painfully destitute condition of a widowed mother and eleven children without the slightest means of support.

We need not remind our readers that the late Mr McDowell has been for 24 years a public officer of this county.

We express a hope that a few kind friends will form a committee for the purpose of taking the matter into consideration etc. etc.


Transcribed by M. Purcell c2008.
Document provided by kind permission of Michael Purcell - Sept 2008.-2013


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