1st January 1837
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A snapshot of pre-famine local history, as described in the "Topographical Dictionary of Ireland" by Samuel Lewis, 1837.

BALLYFARNON, a village, in the parish of KILRONAN, barony of BOYLE, county of ROSCOMMON, and the province of CONNAUGHT, 3 miles (N. W.) from Keadue; containing 150 inhabitants.

This is an improving place and promises to increase in importance from the contemplated new mail coach road from Carrick-on-Shannon to Sligo, which is intended to pass through the village.

A customary weekly market has been established; and fairs are held on Feb. 9th, April 16th, May 19th, July 6th, Aug. 20th, Sept. 21st, Oct. 21st and Dec. 17th.

A constabulary police force and a revenue station have been established here; there is a school of about 90 boys and 40 girls.


  • My ancestor James Staunton b c1806 came to Sydney NSW on the Agnes Ewing with his family from Ballyfarnon Roscommon in 1842. His wife Honora maiden name was Gaffney.


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