MEMORIAL PLAQUE ON POYNTZ LANE IN KILKENNY – A SAD STORY
In 1934 a number of newspapers reported the following: “Two children were killed and six others were seriously injured on Saturday night when a derelict house in Guard Lane, off the main street of Kilkenny, fell on them. The two killed were Patrick and Christopher Canavan, aged six and eight respectively, the sons of a labourer. They were buried under the debris against a wall opposite the old house. The six children injured are:—Elisabeth Canavan, Garden Row, a cousin of the dead boys; Desmond and John King (brothers), Garden Row ; John Stanch eld, Stephen’s Street; Patrick Keating, Poynta Lane, and Joseph Burke, Stephen’s Street.”
I also came across the following in January 2021: “Horse-free zones expected to be formally approved at next month’s meeting of Kilkenny County Council don’t go far enough according to the Cathaoirleach Andrew McGuinness. Byelaws banning horses from a list of city centre streets will be put forward for approval by members.” A total of 26 streets, including Poyntz Lane” are on the list that was since created by Kilkenny County Council in consultation with Kilkenny Gardai. The new law will prohibit a person from having, keeping, riding or driving a horse in the listed areas at all times and declares the streets to be exclusion areas.
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