About Carlow - town and county
Development plans are to make this page into an index to a series of
pages about Carlow. Planned topics are famous people with local
connections, history, commercial
information, tourism and leisure activities, archeology and news/current
events. If there is any demand, we will try to include genealogical
data. There is some Carlow genealogical information in TCD's Genealogical Guide
Carlow County Heritage Society has lots of data but lacks
resources to answer many queries.
If you have any suggestions, let me know.
There are pages on:
We also have this map of carlow and the
Carlow Castle for
the full picture! There is a better one on the
Carlow Town page.
is a picture of Carlow in the 1890's from the
Lawrence collection. Note the electric street light - Carlow was
the first town in the British Isles to be lit by electricity.
It was generated at Milford, 4 miles downriver, where the old generating
station, with new plant, is now supplying electricity for a local studfarm
with the suplus going to the national grid.
The low building in front of the old mill houses the generators.
The old gaol in Carlow is at the corner of Barrack Street and Kennedy
Avenue. For many years it was home to Thompson's Hanover Engineering
Works, but has recently been completely redeveloped as a shopping
centre. One of the original features of the gaol which has been
retained is the governor's residence, now in the middle of the roofed-
in shopping centre.
The residence, a three storey building of limestone ashlar with granite
dressings has recently become a Bewley's Cafe. The main entrance
to the cafe is through the original
of the old building.
Here is a poem entitled Christmas in Carlow
was found in the 1954 edition of Carloviana.