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Graiguecullen 1837
Queens County / Leix & Co. Carlow

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Graigue as described in the Topographical Dictionary of Ireland,
by Samuel Lewis in 1837
GRAIGUE, a suburb of the town of CARLOW, in the parish of KILLESHIN, QUEEN'S county, and province of LEINSTER; containing 1976 inhabitants. It is situated on the right bank of the river Barrow, over which there is a bridge into the town of Carlow, but is entirely exempt from the jurisdiction of the sovereign of that borough, although included within its limits for electoral purposes by the act of the 2nd and 3rd of William IV., cap. 89. It comprises 114 acres, and includes 234 houses, a large flour-mill, two tanyards, and a distillery which manufactures more than 36,000 gallons of whiskey annually. It is a constabulary police station, and has fairs on Jan. 6th, Feb. 18th, April 1st, and Oct. 6th. The parochial church (a handsome new building with a curious arched roof of stone), the R. C. chapel, and the parochial and national schools, are in the village; near which about 600 of the men who were killed in the attack upon Carlow, in 1798, were buried.--See KILLESHIN.

Graigue (Graiguecullen / Graigue-Cullen)

Graigue is a suburb of Carlow Town situated on the west side of the River Barrow; it was developed as a satellite village to Carlow town - gráig is a village - and its history is that of its prosperous parent.  Graigue was once part of County of Laois for the purposes of local government and civil administration.  The town of Graigue is essentially one long street extending for about one kilometre running parallel with the west bank of the Barrow. It had already attained a considerable size by the mid seventeen century, when it had a population of 106 families; the Borough of Carlow had 560 families, 271 of them were English, at this time.  Before the famine Graigue had a population of almost two thousand people, which declined steadily thereafter until the present century.

Graigue belongs to the old Civil Parish of Sletty, and its correct full name was Slettygraigue.  The present name of Graigue-cullen dates to the nineteen-twenties, when it was renamed in memory of Father Hugh Cullen, a much loved local priest who died in 1917.

Source: Laois An Environmental History by John Feehan

Gaelic League Graiguecullen Branch


I hereby declare that from this day henceforth I will use the name Graiguecullen both in speaking and writing whenever I am referring to that place or Bridge of that name. I undertake to do this and have it done as a tribute of respect to the memory of our late patriotic Parish Priest, and I hereby subscribe myself on behalf of all this household in Keelogue Killeshin who number six in all.

(signed) John Purcell, Bridget Purcell, Mary Purcell, Anne Purcell, Pat Purcell, Mike Purcell.
Keelogue, Killeshin in the Barony of Ballickmoyler, Queen’s County.

Graigue (Carlow) Fair 1885

This fair, held on Monday was considered good, and all sorts of stock sold well.
Prime beef brought 56s. per cwt; Mutton, 6d. to 6½d. per lb.; Springers, £14 10s. to £18; Two-and-a-half year old Heifers, £9 to £11: Heifer calves, £4 to £5; Bullock ditto, £2. 15s. to £3 5s. The pig fair was well supplied, and large purchases were made; at from 42s. to 50s. per cwt.
Source: The Nationalist Centenary Supplement 1883-1983
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