Ardmore townland

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Ard Mór (lit. big height)

17th CENTURY ARDMORE

At the time of the Down Survey, Ardmore was also known as "Ardmore, Rushin [Rusheen] and Castleulloe". In 1641, it was the property of William O’Mulloy of Uachtar Tíre, knight of the shire for Co. Roscommon. By 1659 the population of this townland was 11 persons, all Englishmen, and Ardmore was in the possession of Col. Thomas Lloyd (1657-1689) a predecessor of Guy Lloyd Esq. of Croghan House (1766-1842) who developed Croghan village in the 18th century.  There was some first quality land here. 

18th CENTURY ARDMORE

By the time of the Elphin Census in 1749, 6 families were residing here, all Catholic cottagers. The Regan surname here dates back to this time if not earlier. 

1749 Ardmore

DM Dyer Durr (RC) Cottier

RM Fallon (RC) Cottier

LA Gibbons (RC) Cottier

MM Mulkeran (RC) Cottier

OM Regan (RC) COttier

MC Regan (RC) COttier

19th CENTURY ARDMORE

By the time Catholic parish records began in Croghan, the following Ardmore couples  were baptising children'

1811 Pat Conry & Eliza Bolan (Ow Deveny & Mary Bolan)

1816 Michael Walker & Eleanor Gray 1835 [TA]

RIP Owen Reynolds of Ardmore (1781-1831)

In the 1830 Freeholders register Michael Walker (Catholic farmer) is registered.

1835 Households “Ardmore”

Pat Brannon

John Butler  [GV12a]

John Conry 

Pat Conry  & Bart Conroy [GV3a] {GV5}

Roger Corcoran

Bernard / Bryan Ford [GV10a]

Jim Moarne aka Moran {GV2b}

John Sharkett  (b. 1814)  Sharkey [GV4a,5]  +  Pat Sharkey [GV2a]

Mick Walker [GV]

In 1840, two houses of value are recorded at Ardmore, that of John Walker Esq. (1805-1865) at Ardmore House valued at £4 10s [FB] and that of Patrick Creighton valued at £3 18 s. There were a total of 21 houses recorded here in the 1841 census, with no change to that number following the Great Famine. The population had dropped minimally from 187 to 175. (Mass emigration would later take its toll here. By 1881 the number of inhabited homed had reduced to 14 and the population to 78). 

By the time of Griffith's Valuation, the following families had come in to the towland:

William Acheson [GV8]

Martin Dowd [GV11]

Cath Maurice Morris {GV6a}

John Oates [GV7a]

Thomas Priest [GV9a]

Sarah Mary Kirkwood [GV13] of Woodbrook, recorded as the immediate lessor, was not residing here.

20th CENTURY ARDMORE

In the 1930s the majority of the houses in Ardmore were thatched and a number of ruins were still to be seen from a time when the townland was more populated.  About ten families / sixty people were living in Ardmore, to include William Sharkey and James Sharkey who were living well into old age. They did not speak Irish but could share many an old story. 

Ardmore has two fairy forts around which lights were supposed to be seen in olden times. Music and dancing was heard there in the early hours of the morning and late at night. In Ardmore, a fairy was reported to have come out to a gate at the main road a few times every week. 

Estersnow Cemetry reveals headstones for a number of residents of Ardmore:

Regan, Isabelle, d. 21 Sep 1923, w/o James, Ardmore. 

Regan, James,d. 20 May 1972, h/o Isabelle, Ardmore SHARKEY  1808… + Glooria

Sharkey, James, d. 1951, h/o Bridget, Ardmore

Sharkey, James, d. Feb 1916, h/o Margaret, Ardmore, Sharkey, Margaret, d. 11 Jan 1951, w/o William, Ardmore Croghan

Sharkey, Margaret, d. Jul 1914, w/o James, 

Sharkey, Patrick, d. 16 Jun 1896, age: 32yr, s/o Bartley and Ellen, Ardmore Croghan, Sharkey, Patrick, d. 1972, s/o Bridget and James, Ardmore, Sharkey, Sarah, d. 20 Jan 1970, Ardmore, 

Sharkey, William, d. 11 Nov 1952, h/o Margaret, Ardmore Croghan, 

Sharkley, Bridget, d. 1928, w/o James, Ardmore.

 

[Research by Rua Mac Diarmada]

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Ardmore Tithe Records 1835 Ireland VIEW SOURCE
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Ardmore Households in 1857 (Griffith's) Ireland VIEW SOURCE
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ArdmoreLocal Folklore (Dúchas School's Collection) Ireland VIEW SOURCE

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