- William Shannon c.1920's
Notes from Terry Curran: -
William Shannon and his wife Anne McEvoy (above) are my Great Great
Grandparents. William was born 1836, died 16 Nov 1926. Anne was born
and died in 1909 apart from the two girls listed, Ann and Teresa,
there were 5 more: Bridget b. 14th March1864 Bridget b. 25th March
1867 Ellen b. 17th July 1871 Elizabeth b. 10th July 1874 William b.
3rd Oct 1875.
No. 95: Michael Curran from Potato Market married Mary Connolly from
Barrack St. Michael was in the British Army during the 1914-18 War,
on returning he joined the Irish Free State Army, he commenced work
in the Sugar Factory in 1926. Michael and Mary had three sons. Tony
married Maisie Carroll from Clifdon. Tony worked on The Docks in
London for many years, he later returned to live in Carlow. Michael
(Jnr.) was a reporter for the Nationalist before going to England
where he worked for the Daily Telegraph; he is married to Marline
Genner. Richard (Dick) worked in Stathams before going to England.
He is married and living in America where he works for an
Little Barrack Street
No. 5 & 6 - were occupied by the Curran brothers, Michael (b.1878 -
d.1950) (at No. 5) and James (at No. 6). Michael worked as Tailor in
Michael Molloy’s for many years. Molloy’s which will be remembered
by many readers, was a fashionable department store in Tullow Street
where Tullow Street House now stands. James was also a Tailor in his
later years. The Brothers carried on a Tailoring business from their
Birth Certificate for William Curran 10th April
1900 at New Street, Carlow.
Father: William Curran of New Street. Mother:
Margaret Curran (nee Lynch). Fathers Profession
listed as Tailor. Mary Moore of Pollerton Road
present at Birth,
This branch of the Curran’s lived on Granby Row
from 1912 to 1940
Certificate (Copy) was issued from the Workhouse on 4th
day of August 1916
Family note added by Terence
Curran James Great Grandson: - James had in fact been a Tailor
all of his working life, as was another brother William who lived in
Burrin Street. The three brothers were carrying on a family
tradition within the trade as their father who was also called
William and was a Tailor as was his Father Patt Curran. Their Mother
Frances Curran (nee Kenna) also came from a long line of Tailors.
Her father James Kenna worked from a shop in Barrack Street Tullow
in the 1860,s.
No. 11 - The three Curran sisters,
Margaret, Fran and Mary lived here with their brother James. James
"Rookie" as he was known was a bachelor. He worked with Paddy Kelly (No.
1) in the Sugar Company for a while, but most of his working life was
spent as a boiler man in the Sacred Heart Home. Margaret married James
Family note by Terence Curran -
their Great Nephew - Their parents lived at No. 6 and an uncle at No5.
See above. Frances Curran who married Paddy Naish, have two daughters
one still living in the street, this gives them over 120 years of a
family connection to the street.).
Curran and his wife and children taken about
1915. Note they are all well dressed
expected from a Tailor, maybe no food but a
good suit was always at hand.
From far left is Joe Curran sitting in the
foreground directly behind him John (Jack)
Curran (my Granddad). Mother Margaret Curran
(nee) Treacy on her lap is Frances Curran.
Next to mother semi standing is William
Curran. Fully standing is James Curran
(son). Father James Curran on Lap is Mary
Curran little boy is Thomas Curran. The two
boys far right are Patrick Curran and
Michael (Rookie) Curran front.
James Curran, Terry Curran's Great grandfather one
of the famous Tailors of Little Barrack Street, died
in 1948 after a fall and hitting his head on a kerb
James Curran was the son of William Curran and
Julia Curran Standing with her mother
Frances Curran (nee Kenna) Frances is Terry
Curran Great Grandmother.
Mary Flemming, was married to
James Treacy and they lived in Little Barrack Street from about 1880
until the 1920s. Their Daughter Margaret married James Curran (a
tailor of Little Barrack Street). Her parents were Thomas Fleming
and Margaret Butler from Tomard, Leighlinbridge. Co Carlow.
Family note by Terence Curran their Great Nephew: -
Their parents lived at No. 6 and an uncle at No 5. See above. Margaret
Frances Curran who married Paddy Naish have two daughters one still
living in the street, this gives them over 120 years of a family
connection to the street.)
Margaret Curran Nee Treacy in her garden of Little
Barrack St with her daughter Margaret. c.1944
Great Aunt Frances Curran c.1938
Married Paddy Naish
- Great Aunt
Frances Curran c.1938
- Margaret Curran
(left) with Mary Curran (right) with her husband
Gerry Byrne c.1937
Michael Curran known as 'Rookie' in his Garden in Little
Barrack St c.1942
Curran and his wife Dolly, and Olive Joe was one of the
Little Barrack Street Gang. c.1944
33 Bridewell lane a photo of John (Jakes)
Curran aged 18 photo taken 1923.
Married Anne Shannon Grange.
- 3 Curran sisters from
left Frances, Margaret & Mary plus Edward and
James Nolan sons of Margaret and Lars Nolan 1940/42.
Ellen Curran (the elder)
last person to leave Bridge Street.
was the daughter of Richard Curran and Elizabeth
Connors, she married Bernard Deere.
Michael Curran in the uniform of the Irish Army c.1924,
he had served the British Army during WWI.
Michael was the son of Richard Curran and Elizabeth
- Richard Curran playing the
Banjo in Brooklyn, NY.
- He played with the Shamrocks
while in Carlow he also spent a few years in New
York. He is mention on the Bridge Street Page
along with other members of his family
Ellen Curran (the younger) mothers wedding day.
Also At Bridge St. Ellen Curran is
She is an aunt of these Curran's as two generations
lived on the street. There is another Ellen sister of
Michael Richard and Paddy (photo above on her wedding
day with her mother Margaret Curran (nee Butler).
Oliver Curran became a priest and is now one
rank below Cardinal based in the US.
Family note by Terence Curran their Great Nephew: -
James died in 1948 aged 75 his wife Margaret Curran Nee Treacy
out lived him by 10 years, Margaret was no stranger to Little
Barrack Street as her parents James Treacy and his wife Mary
live at number 7 in 1901. Margaret’s marriage produced 10
children with James Curran, boy’s William born in 1900 died
1937, James (known as Rookie) Pat, (Worked at Thompsons) John
who married Annie Shannon moved to Bridewell lane and then on to
JKL Avenue. , Michael Joseph and Thomas born 1912 died 1934.
Girls were Margaret Frances and Mary, the three girl’s live at
No 11 Little Barrack Street. (See below)
Family note added by Terence Curran James Treacy Gr Great
Grandson: - From 1895 to 1920 Nº 7 was occupied by James
Treacy and his wife Mary (nee Fleming) With Children Margaret
Rosanna and Patrick. Margaret married James Curran of Burrin
Street a Tailor and first moved into number 2, then 12 and
finally number 6 Little barrack Street.
- Aunt (Peg)
Margaret Curran 1957
- Uncle Jim
(Liam) Curran (my Dad) 1954
and Liam (Dad ) Curran with Pat Kavanagh 1956
No. 33. - John Curran, Little Barrack Street, married Annie Shannon from
Grange, Tullow. They had nine children, the family moved to J.K.L.
Avenue in 1954. Children are - Margaret, who is married and living in
Switzerland. James worked in the Sugar Factory, he married Betty
Haughney and they live in England. Liam who worked in the Texaco Oil
Company. Michael in the Cannery and Thomas in the Oil Company are all in
England. Maureen is married and living in America. Francis worked in
both the Boot Factory and Thompson's. She married Tom Donegan and is
living in Navan. Ann, who married Paddy Brennan now resides at St.
Fiacc's Terrace and John (J.C. Video) married Catherine Kelly from
Family note by Terence Curran: - John and Annie Grandson via their son
Liam) Liam married Catherine O’Sullivan from Waterford and moved to
England, along with his brother Michael and Thomas and live within miles
of each other.
Martin Curran, born 1950,
working in the Coliseum Cinema c.1993
My dad’s cousin, Martin Curran, was the Projectionist for a number
of years in the Coliseum Cinema. Martin is an Identical Twin, one of
a few sets in my family, his brother is called Patrick. Their other
brother Oliver is a Priest based in Arizona US. They are the sons of
Paddy Curran (my granddads brother).
These pictures which are extremely rare were sent in
by Terry Curran 2009.
Note from Michael Purcell:
They are very good pictures...the picture of the seated interior
area was taken after the Cinema had been refurbished. The long
wooden seats have been removed from "The Pit". It began at the point
where the steps stop. There was a low wooden barrier to separate it
from the "posh-seats". The projection room picture is another good
shot. A similar shot of the exterior was reproduced on the
Nationalist when the Cinema closed.
Fr. Oliver Curran.
15th October 1976.
The parishioners of Graiguecullen and
Killeshin are holding a farewell social in Killeshin hall this
Friday for Fr. Oliver Curran of Ballymanus Terrace, Carlow.
Fr. Curran who was ordained recently, is
leaving next week for the diocese of Gallup, New Mexico.
[Note added Oct. 2011 by M. Purcell].
Fr. Oliver was on holiday in Carlow this
week, he has now returned as Pastor to his new parish in the United
States, Our Lady of Tahoe Church, Zephyr Cove, Nevada.
His parents were the late Paddy and
Margaret Curran (nee Fennell), his grandfather's sister, Minnie
Fennell, was married to Frank Slater (Carlow People, IGP Obit.).