This extract, kindly shown to us by writer and historian Turtle Bunbury, offers a fascinating window on Ballin Temple of yore:
I also inspected four cottages in picturesque Ballintemple. These cottages seem to have been erected by the predecessors of the present Sir Thomas Butler. In a word, they were clean and creditable in every department. The beds and furniture were good and plentiful, the rooms in general tastefully ornamented with several pictures, all necessary requisites in the kitchens, and several little cupboards bending with weight of china, delft, and glass, and clocks were alsopretty general. The occupants also told me they have frequent visits from Sir Thomas and his good mother, Lady Butler, both of whom are always prepared not to think, but toknow the cottagers have everything to make them happy. Everything was so arranged that Mr Campion and I were much puzzled to form our distinctions. On my return from these cottages. I met a fine, respectable-looking old man, with whom I had a conversation. Amongst other things, he told me he was upwards of forty-eight years steward tothe Butler family, and when retiring was allowed a very handsome annual remuneration for past service, which he ispunctually paid, and also well paid for any daily services he is now capable of rendering the property. These kind acts, as well as those to the cottagers, give convincing proofs, that the indulgent hand of Sir Thomas is extended to his honest and trustworthy people; and it is to be hoped that Sir Thomas and Lady Butler may long survive to nourish that good feeling which at present exists, and for which these good people give every expression of gratitude in return. Such a state of things is very satisfactory, and ifsuch was made generally practicable, the country would, in a short time, be seen in a state of domestic happiness.
Philip Nolan. Assistant-Inspector." Carlow Post - Saturday 24 September 1870