Baltinglass - A New Communication Network
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.