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 Tullow Street


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Source: 1. "Up Tullow Street" an article in The Advertiser by Michael Purcell c 1992. Carlow in Old Pictures & Carlow in Old Pictures Vol 2 by Michael Purcell & The Official Guide to Carlow 1985-86.
2. Tullow Street by Michael Purcell - The Nationalist Aug 25 2006
Additional edits & images by M. Brennan, J. J. Woods, Anna Nolan Gough & Dermott O'Brien.

21 Tullow Street - Lloyds Pharmacy used to be Quinn’s house - Thomas and Janie, Mary Patrick, James, Margaret, Jane, Rosaima, Josephine, John Carpenter, (1911 Census)

22 - 25 Tullow Street - Tullow Street House was in 1942 shared by three other businesses -William O’Brien, ironmongers, George Anderson, tallow chandler and Hannah Plunkett, provisions, - afterwards owned by a Quaker lady Miss Pew. This later formed part of Molloys Ceatharloch Hosiery Factory, acquired by the Five Star chain in the 60’s, who also operated the Barrow Lounge overhead. Until recently these premises were occupied by two businesses a branch office of the Irish Permanent which then transferred across the street and Rainbow Records; Gobstoppers shop took their position.

Where we now have the entrance to the Tullow Street House was Daniel Muldowney’s, tallow chandler, it later became the “Old Scotch House”, owned by John Henderson, who employed such a large staff that they were able to form their own brass band.

Dinn Ri Hotel (above) was owned by John Henderson then it became the Molloys Ceatharloch Hosiery Factory.

Tullow Street House arcade comprises of a variety of thriving shops including Coffee Break, Star Save, Son’s and Daughters children’s boutique. Carlow Florists Ltd., Tommy Alcock Shoes, Blakes Hairdressing Salon, part of O’Dwyers Pharmacy, Graham’s Frames, and Hotline Ladies Fashions.

Michael Molloy Note pad heading Source Michael Purcell. This premises was also acquired by Michael Molloy M.P. who died in 1926. It was later passed to his nephew Thomas Nolan and then Woolworths of “everything under sixpence" fame. Henderson originally shared No. 25 with Margaret Coulson, - milliner, until O’Connor’s newsagents traded here before moving across the street. The premise is currently The Orchard fruit and vegetable shop.

26 Tullow Street.

28 Tullow Street
26 - 28 Tullow Street - was occupied by Patrick Byrne, butcher, passed to Mr. Oliver, butcher, predecessors of Olivers Wool Stores and fellmongers, Haymarket. This building was knocked down and rebuilt by local money-maker Frank Slater; it afterwards became Meighans fish shop.
Frank Slater was grandson of the legendary Valentine Farrell and brother of John Slater, Mayor of Kilkenny. He had numerous business concerns in Carlow including the Palace Cinema, Burrin Street. Frank Slater who died in 1937 aged 54 was a granduncle of the writer (Michael Purcell)  of this article.
Cornelius Sheahan carried on a licensed trade in what later became Bridget Lawlors, then Michael Kings, grocer and spirit merchant. Present day Carlovians will remember this as Jimmy Kings, then Fogarty’s bar and lounge, currently occupied by the U.D.T. Bank and overhead John Harmon Auctioneer and The Mortgage shop.
Adjoining U.D.T. Bank was Patrick McGuinness, grocers. This Later became James Doyles, then Michael Meaneys and, in more recent times, Miss Hoeys stationery shop and A. O'Brien Watchmaker & Jewellers shop. These premises are now occupied by the Jolly Butchers, with the J.B. Restaurant upstairs.
Meighans shop in Tullow Street c1929

29 Tullow Street - The Meighan family took over Slater's Fish and Poultry shop at 29 Tullow Street and continued in the business up until the late 1970's.  On a Friday one could expect to see the whole Meighan family, Tommy, Judy Molly and Martin, serving behind the counter. At the time Roman Catholics were not allowed to eat meat on Friday. With the relaxation of the Second Vatican Council many fish shops in Ireland went out of business. It now houses Leisure Amusements, Shoes for Kids and Casablanca.

Note from Anna Nolan Gough - I knew them very well. They lived in Marlborough St. and I was often in their house. Tom played the piano and used to be delighted when my sister Dympna would come and accompany him on the piano. He loved to hear her singing and they were the kindest people to have any business in Carlow.Their father was a policeman in the R.I.C around the corner at St. Clare's church. they were always amazed with my mother -'how does she manage' they would ask us.


No 30 Tullow Street - Jones' Boot & Shoe Shop was originally two shops. No. 29 was owned by Monica Murphy.  No. 30 was owned by the Maher Brothers. This was acquired by Smyths in 1865, after Smyths came Poyntons who sold to the present owner James Jones who sold Boots and Shoes.  It was also owned at some time by the Maher Brothers. It now houses the residence of Karlo’s Shoe Heaven.

Note from Anna Nolan Gough:-Mr. Jones used to renew his staff by advertising a 'staff wanted' in his window, .but...he would add 'no Catholics need apply' at the bottom of his advert!!!

31 Tullow Street - In 1852 Finegans lounge and bar was leased from John Hamilton by the governors of the Carlow Public Day School. Sometime later it passed to Joseph Jackson auctioneer and grocer. His son William obtained a spirit license and also had a travel agency there. Older Carlovians will remember the colourful billboards outside the premises advertising cheap rates to the U.S.A. (£10)  and Australia (£20).
Picture required No 32 Tullow Street -The Barracks was formerly the Garda Siochán. The vacant Garda Station replaced Joseph Tynan’s seedsman and grocery shop, who shared with James Fenlon painter and contractor. Carlow’s first R.I.C. barracks was established in Burrin Street in 1940, (formerly the Yellow Lion Inn). Another Police barracks was situated at Forge Cross Graiguecullen. They moved to the barracks in Tullow Street in 1870. The R.I.C., departed in February 1922. The last District Inspector was Michael Townsend and the last Head Constable was James McGlinchey. The Civic Guards took possession on September 28th 1922, three sergeants and twenty-eight Garda. One of those Garda was the late Denis Flynn who lived in Burrin Street. The first superintendent was Superintendent Murphy.
I was told, year's ago, that Dinny (Denis) Flynn had the distinction of being the only Garda who served out his full career in the one station, Carlow, he was never transferred. Can anyone substantiate this?
Source:  PP.
33 - 35 Tullow Street - Formally DARCY’S FURNITURE STORE, it used to be Barbara O’Farrells bakery. O’Farrells owned the two shops, and were taken over by Cullens, drapers. Later one of the shops was acquired by Nicholas Roche the “cheapest house in Leinster for motor cars, lorries and motor cycles and all makes of gramophones”; he was a member of the Urban Council and was a noted cyclist. Mrs. Roche had a drapery shop in Dublin Street, now ‘The Golden Grill’. Roche’s Garage extended out to Hanover. Darcy’s later established a drapery shop in this premises, this has now been absorbed by the furniture department. The second shop belonging to Darcy’s was the Carleton Tea Rooms.
Picture required Note: 33 - Tullow Street - I have a newspaper cutting from 1883 that puts James C. Fenelon "House painter & Ecclesiastical Decorator, Contractor to the Royal Engineers" at 33 Tullow St Carlow.  Edward was James' brother and my great grandfather.
Source: Angela Lawson.
The Tullow Gate

The Tullow Gate forming part of the Carlow Wall was situated around this area, and as the Allied Irish Banks property is the last property in Tullow Street which originally belonged to the Manor of the Earl of Thormonde and the walls were meant to protect the tenants and territories of the "Lord of the Manor” it would seem that the Tullow Gate would almost certainly have been along here and not down at the Garda Barracks. Here are frequent references in old Deeds to the town gates of which there were evidently four.  Carlow gate stood near the present St. Brigids Hospital.  Dublin gate was on the Dublin Road near the Convent of Mercy.  Tullow Gate was in Tullow Street around the presently vacant Garda Barracks and the Castle gate stood near where Castle Street and Dublin Street meet. The course of the Town Walls cannot be traced with any certainty; there is little doubt however that one of the walls ran down the Western side of Dublin Street.  In making room for the Provincial Bank (now Thomas Keogh Auctioneer and Valuers), a portion of the wall was was found incorporated with one of the old houses. Part of this wall was also discovered in Potato market when improvements were being made in the neighborhood of Thompson’s Works. Having been looked on as of little use for the purpose of defence they were neglected and allowed to fall into decay”. In 1361 Lionel, Duke of Clarence spent £500 on improvements to the walls. In 1577 Sir Henry Sydney recorded that the Walls of Carlow were "in ruins and down in many places”. They have only lived on as traditional landmarks in deeds and legal documents.

The Munster & Leinster Bank in Tullow Street.

By kind permission of Michael Purcell

What is now the Allied Irish Bank was originally Michael Crotty’s bakery and grocery shop. It was established as Bolgers Hotel by John Bolger, whose son was Fr. Bolger, Chaplain in the British Army during the First World War and later P.P. Graiguecullen. Bolgers passed to Patrick Lawlor who had a bacon curing business and also a wine and spirit license. Lawlors moved up to “The Plough”. In the 1920’s the property then passed to the Munster and Leinster Bank. It was demolished in the early 1970’s and was replaced by the present modern building.

Bolgers Hotel / The Munster & Leinster Bank (This building was later owned by Patrick Lawler who operated a Bacon-Curing business and a Wine & Spirit shop in 1911) The building was demolished in 1973 to make way for another Irish Bank.


Tony’s barbers was until recently Frances O’Malley’s hairdressing salon; Frances has now moved up to Barrack Street. This premises has now been acquired by the Kenny family, Strawhall. This was George O’Briens coach and car builders. later Hugh Kelly’s tea and grocery dealer and also an Iron and steel merchant. The premises then passed to James McDonald and then to Terence Byrne, horse dealer Terence entertained the Duke of Clarence when he came over to play Polo in the county grounds at Tiny Park.

Picture required 36-37 Tullow Street - Joan Walshe. AIB Bank Business Centre
Picture required 38 Tullow Street - Creative Images. Hairdressers
Upper Tullow Street c 1967

39 Tullow Street - Michael Whites Chemist Shop but before that it was Miss McDarby’s sweet and ‘top-shop’; it passed to Dick Byrne who was a motor and cycle agent, he was a licensed haulers, who he was also employed by Bishop Foley as a driver.

In 1931 Richard Byrne occupied number 39 & 80 Tullow st. Motor Engineers & Garages

This section of Tullow Street dealt with in this article presents a problem because of a mix-up in house numbers. There are people we can't place but who lived in the area and are covered in this article are: (note the unusual names) - Frances Cosker - fruiters (also of Dublin Street), Humphrey Desberry - Wood turner, Joseph Spear - Boot and Shoe maker, and William Lord - Veterinary Surgeon.

I would appreciate any help in housing” these people, also any general comments on this Tullow Street article.

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40 Tullow Street - Beside Whites Chemist Shop is ‘The Graduate bar’ which was James Muldowney’s provision stores. It passed to ‘The Dacent Man’, Tom Nolan, publican, a story is told of a customer who went into the Dacent Man’s and called for a pint. The customer placed a handful of farthings and halfpennies on the counter and drank down the pint while Nolan counted out the price of the pint – “you are two pence short”, replied the customer rushing out the door.
After Nolans came Tom and Mary Kirwan who continued on the licensed trade. Kirwans were Gaelic League supporters and always advertised in Irish. Kirwans were replaced by Hickey’s, then Paddy Kealy and after him the Carlow Bakery Co., had a confectionery shop in the front of the premises, while continuing the bar trade at the back. After the Confectionery shop closed it was converted back into a lounge bar.
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41 Tullow Street - Edward Hopkins & Co. coach builders &c. according to the Slaters Directory of 1884.

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42 & 43 Tullow Street -  Where The Nationalist Stationery shop was located there was a shop called Peter Doyle’s, saddlers; this became Michael Hayden’s Sweetshop, they also sold chipped potatoes on certain nights. These premises were occupied by Lennon’s before passing eventually to Gwynne Thomas. The building where The Nationalist and Leinster Times office used to be situated before moving to Kennedy Avenue was once shared by Jane Atkinson, dyer and Samuel Coalbeck, tailor; it then became Mrs Taites, coaching establishment, before passing to Edward Hopkins, coach builder In 1900 it was the residence of Mrs Conlon, proprietor of The Nationalist.

Note:-  HAYDEN's Family history

New information which has recently come from Carol Bampton in Sept 2014:
44 to 47 Tullow Street - This was White's Pharmacy and before that No.44 was rented  by the late Paddy Deere’s boot and shoe repairs shop from the Dunne family. It belonged to the Dunne family who also owned No. 45. In the census of 1901 we have at No. 44 and 45 Edward Cuddy and Sons; Edward, James and Patrick were all tailors and Mary Anne and Lizzie Cuddy were dressmakers. During the '30's/40's Mr. Evans ran a gunsmith shop from No.45. Other tenants at No. 44 included John Mericer china, glass and earthenware dealer in 1842. The building belonged to James Roger’s saddler, in 1870. In the 1920’s these premises were used as a headquarters for Éamon de Valera, new Fianna Fáil Party. It is recorded that in those early years “The Chief” himself visited  No. 44 and 45. Presently owned by Michael and Corrie Quinn newsagents and gift shop It was previously owned by Howard Stanly.
Picture required 46 Tullow Street - Daniel Glynns, a whip maker, used to occupy these premises before it passed to James McDarby Booksellers & Stationers. according to the 1881 Slaters Directory for Carlow.  From 1924, Hyland's rented part of the property from the McDarby's. On their passing, Michael Hyland occupied the whole house with his family till his death in  1977 passing then to his son, Patrick Hyland who later sold the property to The Nationalist Newspaper company, they in turn, developed it to provide new shops and dwellings.
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47 Tullow Street - Where the gate into the ‘Nationalist and Leinster Times' works now stands was not numbered from the 1930's- but known as (Reddy's Yard). End of Carol Bampton's information

48 Tullow Street - Daniel Glynns, a whip maker, used to occupy these premises before it passed to McDarbys and later Hylands.  Where the gate into the ‘Nationalist and Leinster Times' works now stands, Thoma McQuaide had his smith shop. Beside this was William Abben, who was replaced by Thompson, watchmaker. Hardings were the last family who occupied this house. This premises is now occupied by Abbey Murphy (A.P. Murphy Auctioneers).
49 Tullow Street - Adjoining Abbey Murphy Insurances where the Insurance Corporation of Ireland once had branch office is the Health Food Shop with X-Changes overhead Until recently this was ‘Browneshill Press, and before that the office Photocopiers International. This once belonged to John Whyte carpenter, then McKennas, bakers.


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50 Tullow Street - Eugene Dooley’s bacon shop was Terence Molloy’s drapery shop. It passed to Morans, shoemaker then Cuddy, outfitters, then Tommy Lennon shoemaker, before passing to Tom Seeley who had hair-dressing salon there. Eugene Dooley converted the salon into bacon shop and it was late acquired by Anthony Cannon.
Tom Seeley was a staunch republican and in the early ‘20's was Interned in Mountjoy prison and several British mainland prisons. Tom was elected a member of the Urban Council and at the time of his death was President of the O’Hanrahan’s G.F.C., having been a firm supporter of the “Blues” for many years.

51 Tullow Street -The Café Roma - was originally owned by Thomas McGuiness bootmaker. The next tenants were Donohoes, then Mary Kirwans eating-house. Later Tom Doyle built a ball alley at the back where many famous matches were played. Tom Doyle boasted that he stood on the cross of St. Anne’s Church; true it was, but at the time the cross was lying on the ground before being erected on top of the Church. Travers, dressmakers were also here before Dorans who had a restaurant. The Automobile Association man, at one time a familiar figure on the streets of Carlow, also lived here. Borzo’s Fish and Chip shop was next, it now belongs to the Bove family.

This was the first 'Fish and Chip' shop in Carlow and was always busy - you could sit in there to eat also. Source: Anna Nolan Gough 12/2012

52 Tullow Street - The Music Factory and Mrs Brown’s bar has an interesting history. Originally John Gaffney’s Blacksmiths house it became James Scully’s grocery shop, then Reynolds, later it passed to Wexford born J J Dunphy and was known as the “Wexford House” Dunphy had a billboard outside the premise which read “Halt, who comes there”. He was a building contractor with “sanitary work a specialty”, and was a noted Gaelic League supporter. After Dunphy came Brennans, then Nolans chemist shop (now moved to Market Cross), then Mick Gorman, who sold to Kealys, then it passed to Archibolds, who owned ‘El Ruedo’ and today has become a popular rendezvous for many people.
c.1989, Unveiling of Plaque in memory of two Carlow men; Michael Farrell, author of "Thy Tears Might Cease" and Michael Brophy, author of "Carlow Past and Present". The Plaque was unveiled by Monk Gibbon on Archbold's premises on Tullow Street. Michael Farrell, a native of Tullow Street was an officer in the Irish Republican Army during the War of Independence. Michael Brophy an ex-R.I.C. officer was also a native of Tullow Street. - Source: Michael Purcell c.2013

When it was owned by Archbolds - U2 played there when they were starting out and we ran them out of it as they were so bad....ha ha...what did we know. A lot of bands would come down from Dublin to 'try out' - it was a great place to be in the 70s. -  Source: Anna Nolan Gough 12/2012.


Potato Market'

Before we cross the street, we should ponder for a moment In Potato Market where Fridays gone-by you would find all types of entertainment was provided. Caravans lit up with oil lamps would display Punch and Judy shows, Waxworks and Menagerles.  Sylvester Bros., and Purcell's Theatre etc.

 Edwin Boake recalled a story of a travelling American Dentist’, named Sequoi, who set up business in a beautifully decorated caravan. He would have music playing so the customers would not hear the cries of his patients. He extracted teeth free of charge, but each customer had to buy a packet of Prairie flower and oil mixture which was good for "the pains". Pat Kerrigan. a dentist living in Montgomery Street did not like this kind of opposition and ran Sequoi out of town with a pea-gun.

Potato Market was also the scene of many Political meetings. We ore very fortunate to have a well preserved movie film of John Dillon M.P. addressing a Home Rule rally in 1913. Others who spoke here down through the years include W.T. Cosgrave, big Jim Larkin, Sean Lemass, and ‘Dev’. it is recalled that for Dev’s meeting the crowd filled Potato Market and extended up as far as Lennons Corner. Potato Market was also where Thomas Little Lived - Bandmaster, founder organiser, chairman secretary and member of various clubs and organisations too numerous to mention.


53-54 Tullow Street. Carlow
53 Tullow Street - The home of Michael Hughes according to the 1901 census of Carlow
Picture required 54 Tullow Street - John P. Clowry was a grocer & spirit according to the Slaters Directory of 1884.
55 & 56 Tullow Street - In c.1931 Willie O’Neill & Sons had a large garage at No’s 55 & 56. He was an agent for leading makes of Bicycles and Motor Cars. Several shops occupy the space now including a Dry Cleaners and the Permanent TSB now occupies one of the lots formally known as the Trustee Savings Bank.
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