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Bun Riabhach
Bun Riabhach

Bun Riabhach aka Bunreagh (lit. 'grey bottom') is a townland just south-east of the village of Croghan, adjacent to the site of the medieval Church of Dromyn. Hence, the alias Drumone (Drummin) was sometimes used for Bunreagh. [Before placename spelling was standardised, it also appears as Bonreagh / Burrevagh / Bunrewagh].


Curiously, while most of Co. Roscommon remained Catholic-owned prior to the outbreak of the 1641 Irish Rebellion, a pocket of townlands surrounding (and including) Bunreagh had been Protestant-owned since the Tudor Confiscations of 1540 (awarded to John Crofton, an Elizabethan settler). ​



In 1641, Josias Lambert (by marriage to Crofton’s daughter) had come to own Canbo Castle, and a number of surrounding townlands including Bunreagh. Although Lambert retained his lands following Cromwell’s transplantation, by 1870 Bunreagh 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. 



In 1749, the Elphin Census gives us a clear account of who was living in each townland. Bunreagh was home to 13 families (all substantial farmers).

1749 Census Bunreagh

Dennis & Ellen Balteny (RC) Farmer

Charles & Jane Beirne (RC) Farmer; Paul & Mary Beirne (RC) Farmer; John & Catherine Beirne (RC) Farmer;

John & Eliza Connellan Conlon (RC) Farmer; Peter & Eliza Connellan Conlon (RC) Farmer;

Thady & Brigid Ford (RC) Farmer

James & Sara Gihily (RC) Farmer

Ed & Cath Glynn (RC) Farmer

Thomas & Ellen Golrick (RC) Farmer

Mick & Brigid Mullaney (RC) Farmer

Thomas & Ellen  Nelson (RC) Farmer

Connor & Winny Taughran (RC) Farmer


By 1800, a William Fox Sr (grazier) seems to have had a large holding here.  HOUSES 1839 [FB] Thos Cox Jr.

Croghan RC Baptism records in 1815 and 1816 give Bunreagh as an address for:

James McGarry & Brigid Cummins (1815)

John Feely & Eliza /Brigid McCabe  (1816) see [GV2a];

Ed Beirne & Celia Taughran(1816)

Pat Carty & Mary Gallagher (1816)

Pat Feely & Mary Renney (1816)

Michael Morris & Sara Owens (1816)

By 1842, Bunreagh had become a congested townland, with a population of 115. Not all families resident appear on the Tithe Applotment record:

Thomas Cox Jr.  was teh middelman with a holding of 48 acres and a house at  [GV13a]

Edward Burne/ Beirne

John Carroll Sr. and sons Mark Carroll and John Carroll Jr sharing 11 acres at [GV9a]

Michael & Mary Dolan 10 acres [GV7a]

Peter Donnelly & son Owen Donnelly [GV4a]

John Dowd   31 acres [GV5a]  - In 1845, he won a drainage prize at Boyle Fair. 

John Feely  12 acres [GV2a]; William Feely & son Michael Feely 13 acres [GV6a] 

Hugh Fox & son William Fox {GV1b};  Pat Fox & son Thady Fox [GV11a]

John Golrick /Gaubrick

Michael Lloyd

James Mullaney

James McGarry

Dan and Michael Tighe /Tague; son Michael Jr Tague {GV1a}

By 1857, some new surnames had settled in Bunreagh after the famine:

William Sadler [GV8]

Owen / Eugene Drury [GV10a]

John Naughten [GV12a]

Luke Kavanagh [GV12b]



By 1901, only the following households remained in Bunreagh:

John Carroll & Brigid Feely (both of Bunreagh) m. 1875

Andrew Dolan (1833-1915) & Anne Tansey (res. Enagh 1860-71; Bunreagh from 1872);  

Pat Dolan (1837-1919) bachelor/ farm laborer (brother of Andrew Dolan)

Catherine née Golrick (b.1820)  widow of John Feely 

Catherine née Healy widow of William Feely (1827-1897) m.1860

Mary née McGreevy (1833-1909) widow of Martin Feely (1827-1878) m.abt.1853  son Thomas Feely

Pat Glancy (of Dacklin) & Catherine Fox (dau. of Thady Fox, Bunreagh) m. 1869

Eliza (nee Harrington of Co Fermanagh) widow of Martin Mitchell (res. Lisdaly 1880)

Pat Nerney & Emma Reid (previously of Lugnashammer 1885 > Croghan 1887-90 > Lisdaly 1893)

Thomas Priest & Brigid Dowd m.1879 (both of Ardmore)

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Bunreagh TL Geography Ireland VIEW SOURCE
Bunreagh (Croghan) Placename archive Ireland VIEW SOURCE
Bunreagh Tithe Applotment Records 1842 Ireland VIEW SOURCE
Bunreagh House Valuation Books 1839 Ireland VIEW SOURCE
Bunreagh Landholders 1858 [Griffith's Valuation] Ireland VIEW SOURCE
Bunreagh Households 1901 Ireland VIEW SOURCE
Bunreagh Households 1911 Ireland VIEW SOURCE

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  • Bunreagh was the only townland in this parish to be covered by Boyle Poor Law Union. Distressed households from this townland would have gone to Boyle Workhouse

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