||57 & 58 Tullow Street -
Miss MT Kelly used to carry a Newspaper, Confectionery General
Stationers & Fancy Goods Warehouse business. This was started by her
grandparents in No’s 57 & 58, another of the oldest premises under the
one family name in the street. The premises was recently sold at auction
for a record price.
News Flash May 2005
old shop front in Tullow street (see above).
Following the death of Miss Kelly last year (R.I.P., it has been sold
for, I'm told, Euros 2.5 million to the Thomas family, owners of the
shopping centre and multi-storey car park and of Thompson's Engineering
which used to be Thomas Thompson & Sons Ltd. When Thompson's were in
Hanover works (now the Superquinn shopping centre) they had a portion of
the rear of Miss Kelly's garden known as Kelly's field. No doubt it will
all be converted to retail units and or apartments."
Source: Carlowman c2005
59-60-61 Tullow Street -
Cinema, Tullow Street, Carlow, now demolished.
was a Coal Yard situated at the rear of the houses.
The next shop to the
to the best of my memory
was Dooley's, beside
the 'pit' door, followed by Mick Ryan's, then Foley's Chemist and then
Foley's sweet shop (later they were switched around) and the Bridie
62 Tullow Street -
Fiona's Beauty Clinic Beautician now its The
Barber Co (Sept 2016).
66 Tullow Street -
The Medical Hall used to be John Foleys, he had a General Goods &
Haberdashery Store and a Confectionery. His son carried on
with a Pharmaceutical business.. Harry Mayer
had a Motor Hackney business. He was the husband of Bridie Hayden
who had a very successful General Supply Shop for many years. In the
1980's there was also
Dooleys High-Class Fruit, Sweets, Cigarettes and
Books. The shop is now closed up.
||67 Tullow Street -
Reddy's (Est. 1768),
In 1823 Reddy's was known as John Cullen's Hotel. Richard Paul
Malster carried on a malting business in a large store at the back of the
property. In 1853 Thomas Kelly became owner and the premises was called
"The Farmer's Inn." James Reddy took over the premises in 1870. In the
1901 census the head of the house was listed as Mary Reddy sharing with
her son James Reddy, also listed was Mary Coady - Servant and Aiden
Walshe, Veterinary Surgeon - lodger. Also of note in the 1901 census is
that listed among 13 out offices was included - 1 Coach house, 3 stables,
1 harness room, 1 potato house, 1 workshop and 2 stores. Up to the 1930's
Reddy's were also engaged in the undertaking business. In an Foras
Forbartha Architectural survey (1979) Reddy's is described as a
mid-nineteenth built dwelling in which the ground has been modernised in a
manner which respects the vertical lines of the upper storeys.
||69 & 70 Tullow Street
- The Hughes family home.
||70 Tullow Street -
The John Tyndall Restaurant,
once known as he Punch Bowl currently up for auction.
71 Tullow Street -
Having safely crossed the street we are now at No. 71 on the North
side of Tullow Street.
- DOYLE's of The Shamrock -
Until a few years ago there stood here a large early
eighteenth century house, which was built by the Hunt family in 1720
as their townhouse, it was at one time used as an officers quarters.
Brown Street was once named Hunt Street, called after Arthur Hunt. A
plaque on the gable wall of No. 15 Dublin Street, stated, “1776 Hunt
Street,” in 1800 the third generation of Hunts went bankrupt and all
their property was confiscated. Hunts house at the Shamrock became the
townhouse of the Fishbournes.
- Michael Ormonde and Sons had their corn stores at the back of
Fishbournes. Ormonde also sold flour, bran, potatoes and seeds. William
Byrne had a coal-market in another corner of what is now Doyle's yard. He
used to drive his car around the streets shouting ‘Buy my coal and I’ll
collect your ashes.” 1/- a bag, 2 bags and a penny for a florin. When he
retired he claimed “carrying the coal done me no harm it was carrying the
customers (on credit) that broke me”.
- The shop (now demolished) was built by Joseph Kinsella, who was
succeeded by Patrick Doyle, next came James Doyle who established a
coach-works and saw-mills as well as carrying on business in the public
house and grocery shop. The large house was then known as “The Shamrock
Hotel”. At the back of Doyle's was an area known as “The Paddock”: here
football and hurling matches were played, travelling shows and circuses
also used to set up here, after parading from the railway station through
the streets of Carlow. It was here under a tree known as “the Jobbers
tree”, that local women used to gather for hire as potato pickers and corn
- In 1900 James Doyle was registered as a hotel proprietor, the
following is a list of people who lived in the Doyle house in 1900: James
Doyle, Mary Doyle, Michael Doyle, engineer, and James grandson from
Australia - James Doyle. Workmen who lived on the premises were Michael
Noud, clerk; Dom Cryau, shop assistant; from Galway. Tom Maher, carpenter;
James Coogan, painter; Thomas Donnelly, baker from Leitrim; M. Kehoe, shop
assistant; Ellen Carr, family servant; Mary Griffin, general servant. At
this time Doyle's also had a bakery. Henry Corcoran and Barney Raftery
worked as bakers on the premises. Among the 14 out-offices listed were 3
workshops, 1 stable, 1 coach house; 1 harness room, 1 forge, 4 animal
houses and an ironmongery. The cast iron lettering over Nouds “A.
McElhoney” across the street was made in Doyles forge and is an example of
the excellent craftsmanship of the blacksmiths of that time.
- In 1908 James Doyle claimed that he had the most up-to-date
machinery for rubber-tyre wheels, he also had steam engines for hire.
- Doyles list of goods for sale in their hardware in 1908 read as
follows: bars, barbed wire, creels, carts and cars. stocks, spokes,
staples, spools, paling stakes, plain wire, nails, wire strainers, vans,
traps, wooden gates, wheels and all requisites for fencing.
- Services offered included: shoeing, felloes always on hand and wheel
repairing. 1992 Doyle's stocks and services are even more varied. The
goodwill they have accumulated from the public should guarantee them many
more successful years in business at the Shamrock.
- James Doyle’s great grandson Michael Doyle has carried out extensive
refurbishment and has expanded the business, making Doyles of the Shamrock
the oldest retail business in Tullow Street still in the same family. This
record may only be surpassed in the town of Carlow by Coleman's of Dublin
Doyle's Of The Shamrock Company Profile
- In 1884, James Doyle great-grandfather
of the present owner Michael Doyle opened Doyle's of the
Shamrock for business on 17th of March. This happened to be the
birthday of St. Patrick the patron Saint of Ireland as well as
the Irish National Holiday. He called the premises the Shamrock
in honor of St. Patrick.
- When Michael Doyle became Chairman and
CEO of the company, it employed 10 people and consisted of a
bar, grocery and a hardware store. He recognised that the retail
industry in Ireland was developing and chose to concentrate on
the hardware division to ensure future business success.
- The company has grown from a small
business into a major enterprise within Ireland, which now
employs 135 people across seven separate divisions.
exciting chapter of the company history was written in early
2004 with the development of an 11-acre site adjacent to the new
bypass road in Carlow. The hardware and hire operations moved to
a 5-acre portion on the site in Marc 2004, leaving Shamrock
Square for the first time since 1884. The remaining 6-acres are
being further developed as a Retail Park to complement the
- Doyle's of the Shamrock is proud to
say that they have won the national Builders Merchants of the
Year Award in 1986-87, 1996-97, and 1998-99, a feat not equaled
by any other firm in the country. The Builders Merchants Award
is judged on tidiness of the store, range of product lines,
support for Irish goods, health and safety staff training,
marketing, display, customer service, staff knowledge and
efficient management practices
72 Tullow Street -
At the turn of the century
Patrick Byrne was a Tea, Wine & Spirit Merchant. It was commonly known
as “The Bishop Byrnes”. He also sold Delicious Teas. Byrne shared with
his sister-in-law, Nora Conway, and his niece Mary O’Reilly. As well as
carrying on the licensed trade he was also an auctioneer, he supplied
hot dinners and luncheons and claimed he had stabling accommodation for
100 horses at the back of the Palace’. After Bishop Byrne the premises
was acquired by Jimmy Nolan, the Kinsellas, then Gormans, Donie Nolan,
Caulfield’s, Nicholas Finn. Martin Ryan T,V. and Electrical and was
previously Dowling’s butcher shop and forms part of the front of this
premises. M/s. Caulfield continued the license trade there. It also was
know as The Acorn / Shamrock Bar.
||73 Tullow Street -
This was the private dwelling of Annie Ellis and her servant Alice
Deegan. Sam Roche, solicitor, had his offices here for a while, it has now
reverted back to a private house.
- Caulfield's & Dowling's of Upper Tullow Street next door is
74 - 76 Tullow Street -
McDermotts licensed premises incorporates No’s 74, 75, and 76. No.
74 was Patrick Breens who later acquired No. 75 and established a bar and
grocery in 1890. The premise was registered as having 7 stables and 1
coach house to the rear. He was joined in 1900 by his sister Mrs.
Catherine McDermott and her family of 4 boys and 5 girls. One of the
McDermott sons later took over the business and in the 1920’s he bought
No. 76 which had originally belonged to Thomas Lawler who was registered
as an Irish speaker: It passed to Matthew and Sarah Kavanagh in 1907. It
was at that time known as ‘The Harp Bar’, Matthew Kavanagh was very
popular and carried on the business of bar and grocery until the 1920’s
when he sold to an American couple by the name of Quill. After
Quills, McDermott’s absorbed the premises. Elaine’s Bridal Boutique
occupied part of this premises, which was McDermotts grocery shop.
No.76 - McDermott's is the only public house to be occupied by the fourth
generation of the same family in the town of Carlow. During
the war of
Independence, publicans who had stables or out-houses would be required by
the British Army to provide accommodation for the soldiers and their
horses. The army’s enforced stay was not looked forward to because upon
their departure any items not locked away would disappear. It was during
one of those ‘stays’ that a British soldier fell to his death from one of
the top windows of No.76., marks found afterwards on the widow sill and
surrounding wall seemed to suggest foul play.
- In 1900 Michael Brophy - Journalist, lodged at No. 76. I could not
determine if this was the same Michael Brophy who wrote “Carlow Past and
Present”. The same premises are occupied today by Teach Dolmain. This
multi award winning pub in the centre of Carlow portrays the
Dolmen period of Carlow’s history and heritage in its pottery and
artifacts throughout the bar and restaurant.
77 & 78 Tullow Street -
Nannie Nolan's is next to McDermotts and has large
red enameled advertising sign outside the shop front. Before Nolan’s
were in No. 77 we had Feely’s Top Shop; they made and supplied spinning
tops to the youth of the town. A large notice in the window proclaimed
‘A Feely top will not stop’.
Before Nolan's we had Mikie Connors, dyer and cleaner; he
specialised in beaver and bowler hats, but if the dyed articles got wet
the dye would run off. Edwin Boake recalled that Mikie Connors had black
skin from years of constant work at dyes. When Mikie got ill and went to
the county infirmary, he was scrubbed clean and the story went that, “he
wasn’t able to bear the loss of his ‘dye’, so he “died”.
- Connors was replaced by Barth Meehan’s carpentry shop; his two sons,
Christy and Gerry, worked with him on the premises. Nolan's acquired No. 77
from Feely’s and started a sweet and stationery shop, later when they
acquired No. 78 from Meehans they established the Carlow Dairy. Nannie
worked in both shops from the time she could walk and in her 85 years of
life she served generations of Carlovians. Her brothers John, Patrick and
Edward helped run the business.
||78 Tullow Street -
This image was recently supplied by
Michael Purcell on his Facebook page and had to be restored.
Notes from Michael Purcell
- Edward Nolan joined the Royal Irish Fusiliers and fought in the Boer War.
Shortly before her death in August 1967 Nannie Nolan gave me Edwards’s
diary and box of letters that he and his companions (Mulhall and Byrne)
from Carlow wrote home while stationed in South Africa and India.
Nannie Nolan and her brother had started the collection of the
Carlow edition of The Nationalist and Leinster Times newspaper
cuttings in the early 1900s and the practice was continued by her
nephew, John Ledwidge.
I was told many years ago that it was Nannie's wishes that I would
inherit much of her family and shop archival collection.
Last Monday (19th Jan 09) I was requested to clear out
the contents of the shop.
I had only one hour to sort out the contents before the demolition
crew moved in. The shop had closed in 1964 and most of the contents
had remained undisturbed, it was like walking into a living museum.
I managed to retrieve several boxes of newspaper cuttings collected
over the 100 years. I also saved some nice photographs, all of which
between myself and Michael Brennan we will be adding to this website
in due course.
Unfortunately for me, due to a misunderstanding I lost a few
dozen old posters and signs that were in the shop, some of which
dated back to Victorian times, many of which are now highly prized
Nevertheless I am very pleased that I got the opportunity to go
through the premises before it was gutted.
This page is still awaiting more
|You will have noticed that a number
of photos of shop fronts are missing from these pages. If anyone
can provide a copy I would be most grateful.