By Lucy Wall-Murphy

The Streams of Bunclody

Fairdays in Bunclody


The Moss-House
and the Bridge Meadow

The Island Hunt and
 Golf Links

The Sawdust Stoves

The Corpus Christi Procession

The Beauties of Bunclody

The Pathway around by Carrhill

Trades and occupations in
Irish Street

The Well in the Wood

Changes in Irish Street

Trades and occupations in Irish Street

The remarkable variety of trades and occupations practised by residents in Irish Street has often been commented on.
The Census of 1901 shows that this was evident at the beginning of the twentieth century. Edward Wall and Michael Wall were described as shoemakers, as also were Walter Thorpe and his two sons, William and Robert; Thomas Ralph and three of his family, Thomas, Joseph and James, and Sylvester Cinch.
Michael Bond was a harness-maker, while his father, William, and brother Anthony were bakers.
James Shore was a basket-maker. Martin Quigley was a slater. John and Denis Whelan were carpenters. George Bums, staying at Martin Bymes’s, was described as a printer.
Catherine Murphy was a laundress. Denis Sullivan and Patrick McDonald were gardeners. James Sinnott was a carman, and Thomas Caulfield a car driver. James Nolan was a butcher. John Donnelly was a cattle-dealer.
Among the shopkeepers were Anne O’Neill, a publican; Anne Kehoe sold groceries and spirits; James Nolan, the butcher, also sold provisions, and other shopkeepers were Annie O’Rourke and Anne Murphy.

In Chapel Lane, off Irish Street, Michael Fenlon was a tailor; Martin Breen was a shoemaker; John Foley, a baker; William Browne, a car driver; James Parkinson and John Barlow were clogmakers, and Stephen Roche a harness-maker. John Walsh was a postman and James Kenny a post office messenger, while Bessie Kenny, his mother, was a cook. Kate Byrne was a green grocer.

In other streets of the town some of these trades and crafts were practised. In Church Street there were bakers, tinsmiths, stone-cutters, masons, millers, fruit and vegetable dealers. In Dormer’s terrace, off Main Street, there were bakers, a dressmaker, a whitesmith, a sawyer and a shoemaker.

Half a century later many of the same occupations were still practised in Irish Street and its by-ways of Chapel Lane and Foundry Lane, the name of the latter being evidence of another trade. Nolan’s (later Jordan’s) slaughter-house was situated in Chapel Lane

On the east side of the street were harness-makers Bill Bond, Bob Moorhead and Mike Wall, and baker John Wall. A woman known as ‘Mother’ Roberts used to make a soft drink popular with young people. On the west side were Martin Nolan, blacksmith; Laurence Doyle’s ‘Monumental Works’; Johnny Harris, basket-maker; two dressmakers, Becky Thorpe and Annie Cahill (Née Sheridan); Ned Wall, cobbler, Mrs Jim Breen, ice-cream maker; Nolan, butcher (victualler).

Stephen Nolan had a forge in The Foundry Lane where his father, Martin, had a small foundry in the nineteenth century.