- Gamekeepers house.
1841 OSi map of area.
- Internal shot of the house.
Quinagh, Co Carlow
Today we are staying with my cousin, Kay Stanley
and her husband, Alan. We woke up to sunshine
through the shutters of their house in Quinagh, just
outside Carlow town, an hour’s drive southwest of
Dublin. My mother was born in Carlow in 1917, and
Kay is the oldest child of mom’s brother, Michael
In Elizabethan times, Carlow had the
distinction of being the southern edge of The Pale,
the area around Dublin under English control. (Thus
the phrase, “beyond the pale” means outside the
bounds of acceptable behavior, i.e., where the wild
Irish were.) Kay and Alan’s house isn’t quite that
old, but Alan estimates it was built between 1780
and 1800 and might have been the house of the
gamekeeper to the landlord and member of the local
gentry, named Henry Bruen, who in the 1700s owned
vast tracts of land in the area.
OSi Maps and