Walking Tour of Carlow Town
2 St. Patrick's College. Built before the French Revolution, Carlow College is one of Ireland's oldest educational institutions. The college first opened its doors to students five years before the Irish rebellion of 1798. Originally founded as a lay college, Carlow functioned as a college of the humanities and a seminary from 1793 to 1892. From 1892 until 1989 it was principally a seminary for the education of priests. During its 200 year old history Carlow College has educated generations of politicians, priests, poets and leaders in the public life of their day. Distinguished among its past students were James Fintan Lalor, the Fenian John O' Leary, pioneering priests in Australia and America John Therry and John England, the poet Richard D'Alton Williams and the impressionist artist Frank O' Meara.