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January 29th, 1906, at Clonegal Church, by the Rev. Canon Ffrench, Edward Joseph Meadows Howlin, youngest son of A. J. Howlin, Carna House, Co. Wexford, to Emelie Elizabeth Corvan, youngest daughter of the late Revd. W. W. Corvan, Rector of Bannow.
(Free Press, January 27th, 1906, p. 1.)

WEBSTER – August 4th, 1914, at Ballykeenan, Myshall, Co. Carlow,
John Webster, J. P., aged 67 years.  Funeral to Clonegal on Thursday,
leaving Ballykeenan at two o’clock.  No flowers, by request.
(Enniscorthy Guardian, August 8th, 1914, p. 1.)



PORTER – June 9th, 1939, at his residence, Newry, Clonegal, Co. Carlow,

James Porter, at an advanced age.  “Peace, perfect peace”.  Interred on Sunday at Carnew.


(Enniscorthy Guardian, June 17th, 1939, p. 1.)




The death took place, rather suddenly, at his residence, Newry, Clonegal, on Friday last, of Mr. James Porter.  Deceased, who was a very

extensive and successful farmer, passed suddenly away when coming down the stairway in his home.  He had reached a fine old age,

and as he had been receiving medical attention, an inquest was not deemed necessary.


(Enniscorthy Guardian, June 17th, 1939, p. 12.)




DURDIN – February 12th, 1904, at Huntington Castle, Clonegal,

Melian Durdin, widow of the late Alexander Durdin, J. P.


(Wexford Independent, February 17th, 1904, p. 2.)




DURDIN – At King’s Lynn on January 16th, 1926,

Robert Charles Garde Durdin, M. D., L. R. C. P. I., L. R. C. S. I.,

son of the late Rev. Thomas Garde Durdin, B.A.,

formerly Rector of Oldcastle, Co. Meath.  Funeral at Clonegal.


(C. of I. Gazette, January 22nd, 1926, p. 40.)




DURDIN – The funeral of the late Dr. Robert Charles Garde Durdin, M. D., L. R. C. P. I., L. R. C. S. I., one of the few remaining survivors of the highly respected and old Irish Hugenot families, took place at Clonegal Church on Tuesday, January 26th, 1926.  The late doctor was the son of the Rev. Thomas Garde Durdin, B. A., formerly Rector of Oldcastle, County Meath.  His remains were laid to rest in the Family Vault in the Churchyard.  The Rev. A. Bradish, Rector of Clonegal, carried out the Service first in the Church and also at the interment. 


There were several family representatives at the graveside including Mr. Francis Durdin Cooke, M. A., Dublin; Rev. and Mrs. Talbot, Mr. Magnus Robertson, Huntington Castle; Capt. R. J. C. Crowden, M. C., King’s Lynn; Major W. H. Croker, Beaufield, Newtownbarry (now Bunclody).  The late doctor was a very well known English practitioner formerly of Great Bedwyn, Wiltshire, and retired a few years ago.  During his life he invented a very useful medical instrument and was a constant contributor to medical papers.  He died after a very short illness at King’s Lynn.  Floral tributes were numerous, including one from Mrs. Love bearing the inscription, “To my darling brother, from Addie”, others from Mrs. Cook, Mrs. Robertson and family, etc., etc.

 (Enniscorthy Guardian, January 30th, 1926, p. 8.)




SALMON and BRADDELL – October 17th, 1876, by special license, by the father of the bridegroom, assisted by the Rev. J. M. Ffrench, Rector of the Parish, Edward William Salmon, only surviving son of the Rev. George Salmon, D. D., Regis Professor of Divinity, T. C. D., married Henrietta Maria Braddell, daughter of Thomas Braddell, Esq., of Coolmelagh, Clonegal, County Wexford.

 (Irish Ecclesiastical Gazette, October 24th, 1876, p. 336.)





This journal has many local associations connected with the dioceses of Ferns and Leighlin.  It was founded by its Editor-in-Chief, Colonel Vigors, a well-known Churchman of the Diocese of Leighlin, who represents in that diocese the Right Rev. Bartholomew Vigors, who was Lord Bishop of Ferns and Leighlin in 1690 and until last year when Lord Walter Fitzgerald and E. R. McClintock Dix, Esq., joined the management he had as his only colleague and joint editor the Rev. Canon Ffrench, of Clonegal, Diocese of Ferns.  The journal, which is now in the eleventh year of its existence, has counted among its warmest friends the late Professor G. T. Stokes, and among its steady supporters the late Right Rev. Dr. Graves, Lord Bishop of Limerick, and the late Rev. Professor S. Haughton, S. F., T. C. D. 


Its present subscribers include the Lord Bishop of Meath, and Bishops Packenham Walsh and Day, the Lord Bishop of Cork, etc., etc.  The following testimony to its value, received a few days since by the senior editor from the learned historian and member for the University of Dublin, may interest your readers – “Dear Sir, – I must apologies for not having sent you this before, but I only found the journal on my return last night from the Continent.  You are doing an excellent work, and all who are interested in Irish history should be grateful to you, – Yours truly, W. E. H. Lecky, 38 Onslow Gardens, S. W., October, 1899.”

 (C. of I. Gazette, November 3rd, 1899, p. 877.)




After ministering to the needs of his flock for nearly thirty-four years, Rev. Canon J. H. Bradish, Clonegal, has now retired, and will shortly leave the Rectory, Clonegal, to take up permanent new abode in the Chase, Carrickduff, Bunclody.  Canon Bradish, during his long term in this pretty little Carlow village, endeared himself to a host of friends, who deeply regret his forthcoming departure from their midst, but unite in extending best wishes for his future happiness.  He first came to Clonegal in 1906, and after close on twenty-seven years’ faithful service was appointed Canon in 1933.  He gave wholehearted support to many local ventures.  Being a direct descendant of Bagenal Harvey, the famous ’98 Leader, he took a prominent part in last year’s ’98 Commemoration Celebrations, his eloquent address at the Clonegal Monster Meeting being a masterpiece of oratory.


(Enniscorthy Guardian, April 8th 1939, p. 12.)




BRADISH – With deep regret we announce the death of Rev. Canon John Harvey Bradish, M. A., which occurred after a brief illness on Tuesday.  The deceased gentleman was 76 years of age and was in his usual good health until Monday night when he was seized with a heart attack which he survived for only twenty-four hours.  The news of his death was received with sincere sorrow in Wexford town and among his numerous friends in the counties of Wexford and Carlow, particularly by the members of the laity and clergy of the Church of Ireland, with whom he was deservedly popular and highly esteemed.  The late Canon Bradish was a member of an old and respected Wexford family, being second son of James and Henrietta Bradish, of “Strandfield”.  He was educated at Trinity College, Dublin, where he obtained the M. A. degree. 


He spent some time on the teaching staff of a College in Worchester, England, and in 1888 was ordained by Right Rev. Dr. Day, Bishop of Cashel, for the curacy of Clonmel, Co. Tipperary.  After two years in Clonmel he was appointed curate of Killabbon, Co. Carlow, and in 1895 he became Rector of Hacketstown.  In 1907 he went to Clonegal as Rector and for the long period of thirty-two years until he retired in 1939 he fulfilled his duties with exemplary exactness and solicitude for the welfare of his parishioners.  He was made Canon of Ferns diocese in 1927 and Treasurer in 1936. 


His knowledge of Church affairs was highly appreciated by his fellow clergy and for many years he was an esteemed member of the Diocesan Council.  On the occasion of his retirement eulogistic references were made by the Bishop who presided at the annual Synod, to Canon Bradish’s splendid record of long and meritorious service in the Church. 


In his youth the late Canon Bradish was a noted athlete and while at Worchester College he had outstanding successes in the hurdles and short-distance flat racing.  For half a century past he was a keen fisherman, being an expert in angling for salmon and trout, a pastime which he actively engaged in until a few days before his death.  The late Canon Bradish was brother of Lieut.-Colonel F. L. Bradish, “Strandfield”; Captain Gilbert S. Bradish, Kildavin; Mr. Edward Bradish, who is a Bank Manager in Canada; Madame Formichi, England, and the Misses H. and A. S. Bradish, “Strandfield”.  His wife predeceased him, and he is survived by five daughters – Mrs. Gifford, Canada; Mrs. Barry Braddell, Coolmeelagh, Newtownbarry; Mrs. Fred Smith, Alberta Lodge, Newbridge, Co. Kildare; Miss Bradish, Dublin, and Miss Lily Bradish, Lady Superintendent of the Clergy’s Daughters’ School in Alexandra College, Dublin; and one son, Mr. James Bradish, Canada.  Deep sympathy is extended to his bereaved family and relatives.


(Free Press, June 28th, 1941, p. 6.)



 METGE – August 20th, 1891, at Ballyredmond House, Clonegal, the residence of her nephew, the Rev. J. F. M. Ffrench, Eleanor Metge, daughter of the Rev. James Metge, sometime of Dungarvan, Diocese of Ossory, and Chaplain of the Molyneux Asylum, Peter Street, and granddaughter of the Rev. Arthur Palmer, Chancellor of the Diocese of Ossory, and Mrs. Palmer, daughter of the Rev. Samuel Madden, Vicar General of the Diocese of Ossory.


(Irish Ecclesiastical Gazette, September 4th, 1891, p. 722.)



 St. Fiaac's


The Church of Clonegal, otherwise Moyacomb (“The Plain of the Two Hounds” – Joyce), or Moycon, is a modern structure, erected about the year 1819.  I find that in that year a sum of £1300 was borrowed from, I believe, the Board of First Fruits, for the purpose of erecting the present building.  There are four burial-grounds in the parish, three of which are used and one altogether disused, viz., there is the old parish burial-ground which surrounds the parish church, the “Yew-tree” burial ground, and the modern burial-ground, which surrounds the Roman Catholic Chapel; also the remains of a disused burial-ground surrounding the site of the old church of Ardbrittan.  None of these burial-grounds contain any monuments or memorials of the dead of very ancient date. 


In Ryan’s “Carlow” there is mention of a tombstone in Clonegal Churchyard, bearing the following inscription –


“Here lyeth inter’d the body of Mr. John Esmond,

who departed this life, June the 9, 1715.

Requescat on pace, Amen.”


This tombstone is not now to be found.  The Esmond family were the former owners and occupiers of Huntington Castle, Clonegal.  I remember a tomb to the memory of Mr. Joseph Cuff, the last member of the Cuff family (now Wheeler-Cuff), who lived in Ballyredmond House, Clonegal, but the inscription seems quite worn away, and I am not now able to find it on any of the tombs.  There is also a headstone with a quaint representation of a soldier in ancient uniform – knee-breeches and stockings, with a gun on his shoulder, and underneath the inscription –


“Here lieth the body of the spirited volunteer, Henry Browne,

departed, the 14th May, 1784, aged 26 years.”


This monument is suffering much from the weather.  And in the same churchyard there is a headstone to a member of the Ralph family, who were once very numerous in the parish, but who have now almost ceased to exist.  The headstone is inscribed with the following lines, said to have been written by Mrs. Tighe, the author of “Psyche”


“To the memory of William Ralph, of Kilcarry,

who died on the 21st of February, 1818, aged 71 years”.


“Guard of the wood, in settled low content,

Lived William Ralph, – a ramble paid his rent.

A boy, in sportive toil he climbed the trees;

A man, he loved them rustling in the breeze. 

As he grew old, his old companions spread

A broader, browner shadow o’er his head;

While those he planted shot on high, and made

For many a rook a hospitable shade.

With this one change, life gently crept away –

A placid stream it flowed from day to day.

His friends and children loved him, as the tear

Well spoke, profusely shed upon his bier!

If he had faults, thou also hast thy share, –

Strike thy own breast and feel what lurketh there!

He who sees all, shall judge both him and thee :

Repent! for as it falls so lies the tree”.


This William Ralph was wood-ranger to the Tighe family.


The other churchyards do not contain any monumental inscriptions worthy of special notice.  In the Clonegal churchyard there is a large square granite stone hollowed out, which was probably in ancient times the socket of a stone cross.  There is an old font; the one in use being a handsome modern one, given to the church by Alexander Durdin, Esq., of Huntington Castle, Clonegal, in memory of his mother.  The church plate consists of a Chalice, Flagon and Paten.  The Flagon is modern, but the Chalice and Paten are fine specimens of old silver plate.  The Chalice bears the inscription –


“Moyacomb Church, Ferns, 1716”.

The Chalice has no hall mark.  The Paten bears the inscription round the border of the plate –

“The Gift of ye Mr. Cha. Baldwin, A. M., Rector of Moyacon,

in ye Diocese of Ferns, for ye use of ye said Parish”.


The hall marks are – a circle with 10 in it, a shield with P in it, and a harp crowned.


(Irish Memorials of the Dead, Vol. I, 1888, pp. 35, 36.)

On an old tombstone in the Clonegall RC cemetery. The tombstone is hard to decipher in its present state but here is the full inscription as I (Roger Nowlan)  have it:  


Sacred to the memory of the Rev. MICHAEL NOWLAN son to Mr. JAMES NOWLAN of Clonegall who erected this monument.

He commenced and finished his ecclesiastical studies at the celebrated College of Evreux in France where he was beloved by his superiors & fellow students.

He was ordained Priest on the 11th of June 1844 by the R't Rev'd Claudius Hippolytus Clausel of Montals The Venerable Bishop of Bruges.

His constitution becoming impaired he returned to his father's where he yielded his spirit unto his maker on March 11th 1845 Aged 28 years


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Source: Roger Nowlan

Source: Cara

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