My blog this week is different to the norm. Firstly it’s a long form article, almost three times the length of my usual stories. I had toyed with the idea of breaking it up, but decided to let it run. Secondly I have had a significant amount of help with the story and two men in particular have favored me with their time, resources and assistance; John Flynn and Paul Grant.
What the papers say
20th Century and closure
I have a regular crew of helpers who come to my aid with links, contacts, books, opinions and advice and on this trip Frank Murphy, Jim Doherty and Michael Farrell were to the fore. But as I could find little in my usual resources on this topic I did something unusual, I put it out on social media in the hope of other leads. I had an overwhelming response, and too many to thank individually. But John Flynn not alone gave freely of his time, he also trusted me with his books and other materials which I am deeply grateful for. Paul Grant, likewise, could not have done enough to help me both in terms of time and resources and I am indebted to him for many of the images that I have used. Joe Malone was also very generous with both his time and his knowledge. I also would like to expressly thank Brian Forristal and Martha Bolger for information which is contained within the piece. I also received some worthwhile links and information from the local research section of Kilkenny Co Library. My thanks there especially to Nuala.
Lastly can I just say that I hope I have neither offended or misrepresented anyone’s information in the article. Any errors, omissions or inaccuracies are mine and mine alone and are based on my mis-judgement or mishearing/reading of material supplied. Happy to correct or amend as required. Please leave me a comment below or contact me at email@example.com
- If you liked this story,I’ve blogged on Ferry services before for example
- Waterford City Ferry
- A childhood memory of the Passge East/Ballyhack ferry
 William Marshall and Ireland. John Bradley, Cóilin Ó Drisceoil & Michael Potterton, editors. 2016 Four Courts Press, Dublin (From a chapter by Billy Colfer, William Marshalls Settlement Startegy in Wexford (pp 260-261) via John Flynn
 Hore.P.H History of the Town & County of Wexford. Dunbrody Abbey, The Great Island, Ballyhack etc. 1901 London. (I’m indebted to John Flynn for the loan of his copy)
 Ibid p 198 & see also A Topographical Dictionary of Ireland Vol II), Samuel Lewis (1837):
 Irish for weir according to Hore p 205
 Ibid p 205
 I mention this here because in discussing the position of a ferry crossing to Cheekpoint the south side had three fishing weirs of note, one at Kents Point, the other at Culletons and a third at what we call the White Stone. This appears to be at variance with Hore’s later opinions on the Cheekpoint weir, but I mention it as i think there might be some merit in at least highlighting it.
 Hore.P.H History of the Town & County of Wexford. Dunbrody Abbey, The Great Island, Ballyhack etc. 1901 London pp 205-213
 Ibid p 205
 Ibid p 213
 Ibid p 219
 Ibid p 210
 New Ross Rosponte Ros Mhic Treoin An Anthology Celebrating 800 years. Tom Dunne Ed., 2007. Wexford County Council Public Library Service p 216
 Hore.P.H History of the Town & County of Wexford. Dunbrody Abbey, The Great Island, Ballyhack etc. 1901 London pp 205-213p 223
 New Ross Rosponte Ros Mhic Treoin An Anthology Celebrating 800 years. Tom Dunne Ed., 2007. Wexford County Council Public Library Service. p 216
 Quote from Jogging my Memory, The Monks School New Ross in the 1880’s. Mark Canon O’Byrne. From The Past: The organ of the Uí Cinsealaigh Historical Society. No 18 (1992) pp 55-74
 Quoted from “The Post-chaise Companion: Or, Travellers’ Directory Through Ireland”. William Wilson 1786 Dublin and accessed as a free ebook via Google Books
 Waterford News and Star Friday, July 03, 1863 Page: 1
Hampshire Chronicle – Saturday 21 April 1798 page 2
 Waterford Chronicle – Saturday 20 February 1830 page 1
 Wexford People – Saturday 21 July 1894 page 4
 Wexford People – Saturday 07 October 1893 page 5
 Wexford Conservative – Wednesday 05 December 1838 page 3
 Email communication received over Christmas from Yvonne Uí Chuanacháin
 Sliabh Rua: a history of its people and places / compiled by Jim Walsh.
[Publication- Ireland: The Jubilee and Bi-Centenary sub-committee of Slieverue Parish Pastoral Council, 2011]
 As said earlier in the piece, I am unclear about the ownership/charter employing the ferry throughout much of its history. From a conversation with my cousin James Doherty who is employed in Kilkenny Castle, it seems that the Butlers may have held this. How they came to have it, or when requires further investigation.
 O’Sullivan TF. Goodly Barrow, A Voyage on an Irish River. 2001. Lilliput Press. Dublin
*Paul Grant first mentioned the name of the ferry to me as Camnock, from the Irish suggesting the steep road of the knock, giving a very accurate geographic description of Ballinlaw even today. Jim Walsh records that in 1407 the ferry was leased for the sum total of 20 pence . In 1427 it is leased to a Richard Fitz John by the Earl of Ormond The Earl was reputed to have built Ballinlaw Castle as a defensive structure for the protection of the ferry Suggesting an important investment, and tallying with a similar investment at Grannagh.
**Poll Gaul was a lady, who ran the pub at Ballinlaw with her husband a man named Lyons. It was later taken over by the Halligan family, and later still (and to this day although no longer a pub) the Malones when Aggie Halligan married a Malone. Via Paul Grant