Notes on Bagenalstown (Muine Bheag), County Carlow

Notes on Bagenalstown (Muine Bheag), County Carlow

New Versailles   Walter Bagenal (1670–1745), the founder of Bagenalstown, already had an estate of some 32,000 acres when he married the wealthy Catholic heiress Eleanor Barnewall, the first of his three wives. He conjured the idea of Bagenalstown as a “New...
Rathvilly Railway Station

Rathvilly Railway Station

Rathvilly and Tullow Railway Stations opened in 1886, along with Baltinglass railway line extension to both places. The arrival of the railway opened Rathvilly to new horizons, connecting it with the wider world and ushering in an era of modernity. Become a member of...
Butler’s Grange, County Carlow

Butler’s Grange, County Carlow

Click here for other stories about County Carlow places such as Tobinstown, Killerrig and Clonmore.   *****   Butler’s Grange lies just to the north of Tullow, County Carlow. The 735-acre townland was called Vetus Grangia, or the old granary, in 1309 and was...
Sir Benjamin Baker (1840–1907)

Sir Benjamin Baker (1840–1907)

The son of a Carlow man, Baker designed the Forth Bridge in Scotland and the Barrow Bridge in Ireland. He was also the consulting engineer on the building of the Low Aswan Dam on the River Nile. Become a member of Turtle’s History Library to access all areas, €12/year...
Arthur Thomas Bruen (1873-1957)

Arthur Thomas Bruen (1873-1957)

Arthur Thomas Bruen, a younger brother of Lady Rathdonnell, was agent at Lisnavagh and served with the Royal Army Service Corps in the war. Become a member of Turtle’s History Library to access all areas, €12/year...