Baltinglass - A New Communication Network

The General Post Office, Dublin
Baltinglass Heritage Centre

An efficient postal service connected Baltinglass to Dublin, Kilkenny and Cork and from there to the rest of the world. The Post Office, run by William Condell, received and sent deliveries more frequently than the Post Office today.

This ability to communicate with anywhere in the world, combined with the rise in literacy, connected the ordinary people in Ireland with the growing Irish emigrant communities in England, North and South America and even in Australia. It became increasingly common for a man to make his way in the world and then send for his family. This network of information was to be vital in the dark days ahead.



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  • By Deirdre Burns (01/12/2021)
  • Is it possible to get a postal address or an e mail address for Edward Hanbidge who lives between Kiltegan and Baltinglass? He raises cattle, sheep, and hemp on his farm.

    Quite a number of years ago we visited him at Englishtown as that was the place my great great grandfather lived for a time. He and his sister were so gracious in showing us around and visiting with us, and I would like to get in contact with him.

    By Joan K. Eitrheim (30/11/2021)
  • Hi Ina, thanks for getting in touch. We are always happy to publish queries and messages on this community heritage website, and there is always a chance that one of our audience may be able to assist you. Besides that you may be interested in the ‘how to’ articles on carrying out genealogical research also available on this site.


    By Deirdre Burns (OWH Editor) (07/01/2019)
  • My mother’s maiden name was Frances Condell. She was born in Rampere, Baltinglass in 1900 and I wonder if she was related to the William Condell in the Post Office as her father’s name was William James which suggests William was a family name. Her father William James Condell was born in 1875 in Rampere,Baltinglass, the only child of Thomas Condell and his wife  the former Deborah Tutty. I look forward to hearing further  from you. Ina Hanbidge Lillis, Graig, Shanballymore, Mallow, Co.Cork


    By Ina Hanbidge Lillis (29/12/2018)

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