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‘There was scarcely a house in which only one died, but commonly man and wife with their children and family crossing to death’ – John Clyn, Kilkenny, 1349

Historian and podcaster Fin Dwyer has just released his second book ‘1348: A Medieval Apocalypse – The Black Death in Ireland’. His CHAS lecture will have a particular focus on Carlow and the Black Death. Fin will immerse listeners in a fascinating and forgotten world. Late medieval Ireland was a land ravaged by invasion, famine and disease where history proves stranger than fiction.

This much anticipated lecture will take place in the Seven Oaks Hotel on Wednesday 18th May at 8 pm. All are invited and admission is free.




Old Lanes and Streets of Carlow

Dun st lanes 1873


A small subcommittee of the Carlow Historical and Archaeological Society has for some time now been conducting research into the locations of the many old lanes of Carlow which have long since disappeared.
Their research involved consulting a range of maps and historical records as well as discussions with the members of the society and anybody they felt had information which could help them. They have succeeded in identifying the locations of thirty two of these old lanes but there are another twenty five whose locations are unknown.
They are now asking for the public’s help in identifying the location of these uncharted lanes in the hope that someone somewhere has information not yet discovered.
These unidentified lanes fall into two categories:

Lanes whose existence has been confirmed from historical records(14):

Hanlon’s Lane                Quarries
Kenny’s Lane                  Rutland Place
McDonnel’s Lane           Scragg’s Alley
McGennis Lane              Scuttler’s Lane/Alley
McQuaid’s Lane             Stable Lane
Meat Market                   Wall Lane
Pill Row                           White Walls

Lanes where only the names are available(11):

Brick Lane                     Garrett’s Lane
Carter’s Lane                Gurley’s/Curley’s Lane
Castle Lane                   Hunt’s Lane
Church Lane                 Winter’s Lane
Durkan’s Lane              Winnett’s Lane
Fish Alley Lane

The members of the subcommittee would be delighted to receive any information which might pinpoint the location of these lanes and would particularly appreciate receipt of any documentation which would identify the locations. They can be contacted at any of the following email addresses:

Dan Carbery         dancarbery39@gmail.com
Paul Lyons            paulmlyons@gmail.com
Pat O’Neill            oneillaccts@eircom.net

Information may also be submitted to them at Carlow Historical & Archaeological Society, P. O. Box
162, Carlow.

When all the information that is available has been acquired the subcommittee will finalise the project by preparing a map of the town on which the long forgotten lanes will be marked.


History Project Competition (Primary Schools) for 2016 now open

This competition is now open to all Fifth and Sixth Class pupils who live or attend school in County Carlow. Entries should be the history of a person, an event or a place in County Carlow

Full details on our Schools History Prize webpage