The house, was constructed in the mid-1800s and has been the home of the
Hughes family through several generations.
In the 1950s, Noel Hughes and his wife Nancy farmed the land for almost
50 years and at one time had 15 employees labouring on the land. After
Noel’s retirement his son, Edward, and wife, Betty, the present owners, took
over the duties but with the onset of mechanisation and the changes visited
upon farming in rural areas, the need for workers became almost non-existent
and the number of employees fell from 15 to just two by the 1980s.
A well-known and respected family in the Ballinabranna area, the Hughes
were involved in all aspects of village life. The land on which the present
school is built was supplied free of charge by the family and the grounds
for the Ballinbranna GAA club were made available for purchase by the
Hugheses as well.
Extract from the Nationalist by Brendan
Lawrence April 2008
Further evidence of the residences of Ballinabranna House.
My great grand-mother was Elizabeth Hughes from
Ballinabranna house. She married my great grandfather, James Dowling of
Linkardstown in May, 1851. Her father was Edward Hughes 1778-1836 and he
married Mary Conor 1796-1879. We don't know his father's name. Edward and
Mary had seven daughters and one son.
Their children were as follows: Tim who married Mary
Byrne, Alicia who married Pierce McGrath of Bagenalstown. The McGraths left
a lot of money to Bagenalstown and the Memorial Hall and football field etc.
Anne married John Browne of Bagenalstown, Julie married Laurence Hosey,
Margaret married John Ryan, Brigid married A McKeever? And one daughter went
to California and married a man called Shale or Hal, we don't know anything
about her. If anybody has anything else on this family I am interested! The
house is lovely. It is situated on the hill and the countryside around it is
- Source: Ronnie Shorten
- Source of images & text from
- Carloviana 1979/1989/90 provided by M. Purcell
- Myles Kavanagh Ballinabranna (Baile na
mBrannach) "A Centenary Celebration 1890-1990 p.23, 24, 25 & 27
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