Old Letters from the Kelly family in Church Street Bunclody
Erected by Richard Kelly of
Newtownbarry in memory of his daughter MARYANNE KELLY who depd this
life Nov. 8th 1867 aged 7 years also the above
who died January 23rd 1905 aged 89 years and his wife
who died April 21st 1907 aged 87 years also his son JAMES KELLY died
March 2nd 1932 aged 74 years and his son RICHARD KELLY died April
30th aged .. years.
Below are copies of letters
sent from Richard and Catherine Kelly (nee Quail)
(their headstone inscription above) of Church Street
in the early 1880s to their daughter Julia in the USA. They are very
interesting because not only do they give some insight into life at
that period, but also give an insight into the happening and
evictions concerning the Land League in the area. My thanks to their
descendant Jim McGovern for these copies. By the
way, Jim is looking for a copy of an old photo of a band that used
to hang in the old church on Church Street (beside the FCJ convent).
This webpage contains transcribed letter and original below.