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Guinness and the Carbury Connection

Today marks the 292th anniversary of the birth of Arthur Guinness (1725-1803). Born in Leixlip , Guinness established his first brewery there before signing a 9,000 year lease in 1759 for what is now St James Gate, Dublin. But a little known fact is that Arthur Guinness’ mother in law, Mary Whitmore (nee Grattan) was born and reared in Clonmeen, Carbury! She was the daughter of John Grattan & Martha Mason. So the next time you raise a glass of the black stuff- remember the Carbury connection!!




The Civil War in Edenderry, 1922

An interesting document in the Bureau of Military History compiled during the Irish Civil War, 1922-23, lists the names of the Free State Troops who were present in the Edenderry Barracks (the former workhouse) on the night of 12-13 November 1922. In the first few months of the Civil War, from the end of June until the beginning of September 1922, the Edenderry workhouse was attacked six times by the Anti-Treaty IRA. Ciarán Reilly writes that of the 120 stationed in Edenderry barracks during the Civil War, thirty-three were from Edenderry. He has identified his great-grandfather, William McEvoy as one of them. Can you identify any of your own ancestors?

An Edenderry man in Australia

With the hundreds of people from the Edenderry area who have now made Australia their home over the last few years I wonder has any of them ever heard of Arthur Murray or indeed have they ventured to Cunnamulla near Brisbane? Below is a newspaper clipping from the The Queenslander, newspaper on18 May 1933 which announced the death of Edenderry native Murray.




Passing of the Pioneer Dr. A. H. Murray: The news of the death of Dr. Arthur Hill Murray, of Nulbear, Cunnamulla which occurred at a private hospital in Brisbane on May 4, was received with regret by a wide circle of friends and business acquaintances in Brisbane and the South-western districts of Queensland. The late Dr. Murray was born at Edenderry, King's County (Ireland) about 74 years ago. He arrived In Sydney in 1880, and four years later was appointed medical officer of the Cunnamulla District Hospital.



The late Dr. Murray rendered 35 years of valuable service in that position before retiring in 1919 to follow pastoral …

Edenderry place names

Edenderry means Eádon Doire – the brow of the oak wood, but do you know what other townland names in the area mean?All around us here in Edenderry are place names which have long been anglicised, the result of which we no longer know the meaning of the name. The following is a list of local place names which the late Mairead Evans put together some years ago:

Ardbash: Ard bais- the flat hill Ballinakill: Baile na cille – the place of the church

Ballynanum: Baile an eanaigh – townland of the swamp


Esker: Eiscir- sand hills

Glann: Gleann – glen or lowland between two heights
Killane: Cill Anna – the church or cell or cemetery of Ann or Cill Eanaigh- the church of the swampy land
Kinnefad : Cinn Atha Fada – the head of the long ford (across the Boyne)Kishevanna : Ceis an Bhainne – the wicker bridge of the milk
Leitrim – Liath druim- the grey ridge
Rangles: Rahen ne nangell- (raithin: a clamp or built up sods) Aingeal: fire or lighted sod or coal [this is an area of bogland near Codd
Shean: Sid…

Edenderry in 1894

In his book The King’s County- epitome of its history and topography etc (Birr, 1883), JST George Joycedescribed Edenderry as “ a neat market town in the parish of Monasteroris”. He also noted that Edenderry was well circumstanced with shops and business premises. Just over a decade later, in 1894 the town of Edenderry had:
15 spirit dealers, 13 grocers, 1 draper, 1 baker, 4 butchers, 4 car owners, 2 coachbuilders, 2 blacksmiths, 2 tailors, 2 watchmakers, 2 insurance agents,  2 banks, 3 boot makers, one being a leather seller as well.