House No 8 The field to the side of the Furlong/ Power /Wallace House next to the Colfer/ Barrys pub is where in the nineteen thirties Tom Walsh built his house. Originally from the Tullycanna/ Woodgraigue area Tom was carpenter by trade. Tom married in 1935. Sadly his wife the former Lucy Doyle died five years later at a young age. Tom brought up his two young sons Bob and Toddy in this house.
The neighbouring Byrne family from house no 11 greatly assisted Tom to care for his two young sons in Carrig . Polly Byrne in particular played a major part in that role.
Tom Walsh regularly hosted evenings at his house where cards, rings and darts were played. Local men attended these evenings from time to time. Tom, Lucy and Bob Walsh are buried in Ballymitty. Toddy is buried in London. There is a memorial over the Walsh graves in Ballymitty (Toddy’s name is inscribed there also).
Left to right: In background Malt House, House 9 and 10. Ruined house later Byrnes, thatched on right shoemakers workshop (view from early 20th century).
House no 9, the pub next door to the Walsh house is where we are now .John and Teasie Murphy are our hosts. Originally thatched, this pub was in 1885 occupied by John and Mary Evoy-Barry. John Barry in 1869 gave his marriage address as Carrig on Bannow. John and Mrs. Barry both died just prior to 1901 census. Mrs Barry hailed from Tintern. Their son John succeeded to the business. John died in 1941 and his wife Mary Theresa Corry (native of Kerry ) in 1938. The family relocated from Carrig in the 1930’s. Their son Nicholas was born in 1904. The Barry’s are buried in Carrig graveyard.
Succeeding the Barry Family were the Colfer family who also operated a pub and shop. The household consisted of the elderly Mrs Annie Colfer and four of her children. Sons Phil and Marky ran the shop and pub. Of the two daughters Maggie was a reserved person who visited the church at least once every day. Bridget had a pleasant manner, an understated elegance. Bridget’s interests included walking. In particular she enjoyed walking around the Ballymadder road. Mrs Colfer died aged 90 in 1959. She is buried in Bannow. her four children mentioned above are buried in Carrig . The Colfer family had originally lived in Ballymadder. Other family members lived elsewhere.
House no 10, was the William Murphy Post office and shop. This house while in the Murphy name is well documented. Schoolteachers, high ranking Garda Officer etc.
From 1912-1943 this house was occupied by members of the Whyte-French family of Cliff Cottage, Cullenstown. Mentioned on different documents in connection with running the post office were the four Whyte sisters, Anne-Eva, Mary, Margaret, and Elizabeth.
In reverse order Elizabeth relocated to and died in Canada in1964, Margaret became Mrs Philip Ffrench and was matriarch of a large family based in Cullenstown. (She was mother of Frank Ffrench (house no 1).
Mrs Whyte- Ffrench died in 1943).
Mary married Ambrose Murphy. Mary Whyte Murphy (Post Mistress) lived at house no 10 until she died in 1942.
Both the sisters Mary and Margaret are buried in the Whyte -Ffrench plot in Carrig on Bannow.
Older sister Anne -Eva Whyte was born in 1883 and died in 1919. Mary –Minnie Hayes (my aunt) who was born in 1884 and Eva White were firm friends. In 1915 Anne- Eva married Patrick Devereux of Danescastle. They had four children two of whom both named Andrew died in infancy.
Last year while visiting Ballymitty graveyard I came across the grave of Anna Eva and her children. It was poignant that when I saw this memorial it was around the one hundred anniversary of her death.
After the death in 1943 of Mary Whyte -Murphy the house evolved through a daughter of Anne Eva Whyte-Devereux to a cousin Sheila Sinnott- Kenny and her husband Mogue. Sheila Kenny’s mother was a Devereux. Mrs Kenny ran a post office, drapery and stationary shop in Carrig for over thirty years.
This house is now occupied by the Harper family, and the Red Door restaurant.
House no 11 next to the post office was the ruined house in 1900-1910 which when restored was the home of the Byrne family. Jim and Johanna Byrne (Kinsella) who married in 1896. They lived in Killtra until at least 1915, they then removed to Carrig. They had seven in family.
Jim Byrne who died in 1947 aged 70 years and his son Paddy had a shoemaking business. Paddy also had a hackney car for hire
Daughter Polly-Mary Agnes 1915-1978 was a kind and caring woman. Polly was involved in tending to the church and school. Her role included reciting prayers for public occasions. Polly rang the church bell for all occasions. That iconic bell lasted beyond 1954.But not for very long after that!!. The Byrne family are buried in Kilcavan.
Josie a younger Byrne daughter married one Joseph Griffin. Joseph from Kerry was a fluent Irish speaker. The Byrne /Griffin headstone in Carrig on Bannow graveyard is totally inscribed in Irish. Mrs Mackey, Ballygow, and Mrs Kelly, Coolishal were daughters of this family.
House no 12 was also a White- Ffrench house It was not always used as a dwelling house. It was later occupied for a short time by a Neville family. From the early forties until 1952 it was occupied by Guard Arthur Lennon, (1906-1981) his wife Bridie (1915-1984) and their family. Four of the six Lennon children were born at Carrig. Guard Lennon and Mrs Lennon transferred to Co Meath and later to Dublin Guard Lennon, originally from Dublin and Mrs Lennon originally from Co Kilkenny are buried in Glasnevin.
Later John Furlong and his wife Elizabeth lived in this house. It is now the home of the O’Brien sisters.
No 13 house is a Colfer house. The Colfer’s are a long established family who also lived in Graigeen. I remember Pat and May Colfer. Both always made time for a friendly greeting. I remember Pat’s parents John Colfer and Mrs Bess Chambers –Colfer. I also remember Pat’s grandmother Mrs. Catherine Colfer she was also formally a Colfer (of Kiltra) and was wife of Patrick Colfer. Catherine Colfer was in her 90th year when she died in 1955. Mrs Colfer in old age spent some of her time in Dublin with family. As a young child I remember meeting this venerable lady. The Colfer burial ground is Carrig on Bannow.
The second water pump of the village was located near here.
Houses 14 and 15: (thatched houses)
Houses 14and 15 were thatched and are long demolished. In 1901 one of the houses was lived in by the 3 McElroy sisters. This is where Miss Redmond N.T. lodged (census 1901/1911). Two of the McElroy sisters died in 1915 and 1925. The second house was the home for a period of the Broaders family. The Broaders family relocated to Graigeen/ Danescastle.
Next is the Hall now usually known as the community centre. The hall was built in the nineteen thirties. Until the early 1960’s a cinema operated there. Dan Curran and others were responsible for activating the building of the hall. A voluntary committee oversaw the running of the hall. Whist drives and stage plays also took place there.
House no 16 situated down a long laneway after the village hall. Until March 1911, this was the home of a Colfer family. This is one of the few houses listed in the 1901 census as a first grade house recorded for the area.
The first Colfer child Stephen died in infancy in 1865. The other five children in the family lived to adult life. Patrick Colfer was alive in 1870. The widowed Mrs Alice Hore-Colfer died aged 74 In1908. Shortly before the census of 1911 the daughters Annie and Alice relocated to the United States. (Ellis Island records). They were joining their sister Margaret. The sister’s ages were 39 and 37. There is no Colfer census return for house no 14 on the 1911 census. The two sons John and Stephen had emigrated before 1910. (U.S. Census 1910).
The house evolved to the Cowman /O’ Dwyer family of Ballygow. This house was later occupied by two ladies named Gleeson and Sinnott. This house is now the house of O’Dwyer family member’s.
The next houses were at the cross of Carrig. No 17 the first house part of a semi detached pair was that of the Andrew Walsh and Johanna White-Walsh and family. Andrew was born in 1855. From house no 31 Andrew married Johanna White in 1881 he died in 1926. He was a shoemaker. The family included his wife, one son and many daughters. See census 1901/ 1911.
I remember their daughter Mary Walsh who died on 21th December 1958. Mary spent time in the United States. I understand Miss Walsh had booked a passage on the ill fated Luisitania (Detail from Molly Dunphy-French). Fortunately she was unable to travel at that time. She later returned from the United States and for the remainder of her life lived in Carrig. The burial place of the Walsh family is towards the front of the graveyard in Carrig on the school side. The grave does not have a memorial. Members of the family emigrated to the United States including some to the state of California.
Tom and Mrs Dunphy (formally Murphy) and family shared the Mary Walsh house for many years before their new house was built close by.
Tom and Mrs Dunphy had five children of whom daughter Molly now Mrs French lives in Carrig.
The former Walsh House