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. (The information collected here was submitted by members of the local gentry and clergy of the time).

LISSONUFFY, a parish, in the barony and county of ROSCOMMON, and province of CONNAUGHT, 3? miles (S. E.) from Strokestown, on the road to Lanesborough; containing 4599 inhabitants.

It comprises 5022 statute acres, as applotted under the tithe act, and valued at £5025. 10. per annum ; the land is chiefly in tillage and is tolerably well cultivated.

The village of Erra is situated on the river Shannon (by which the parish is bounded on the east), and is nearly surrounded by an extensive tract of bog. Stone is found in this parish, peculiarly adapted for millstones, of which a considerable number are made for supplying the adjoining counties ; and specimens of coal and iron-ore are found on the surface of the mountain of Slievebawn, on the western side of the parish, but no attempt has been made to discover any veins.

  • Mount Dillon, the seat of Theobald Dillon, Esq., situated on an isolated hill, forms a conspicuous object in the surrounding scenery.

It is in the diocese of Elphin; the rectory forms part of the corps of the prebend of Kilgoghlin in the cathedral of Elphin, and the vicarage part of the union of Bumlin: the tithes amount to £258. 9. 2?., of which £107. 1. 6. is payable to the rector, and the remainder to the vicar.

In the R. C. divisions it is the head of a union or district, called Carraghroe, which comprises the parishes of Lissonuffy and Clonfinlogh, and part of Bumlin; and contains two chapels, one at Carraghroe, in this parish, the other at Caranaskagh in Clonfinlogh; that of Carraghroe is a very neat edifice of recent erection.

About 450 children are educated in six private schools. There are some remains of the old church, the burial-ground attached to which is still used; and there are also the ruins of an ancient abbey containing a beautiful pointed window and doorway, and some handsome monuments to the O'Conor family.


  • I am looking for information on four brothers who were drowned in the river Shannon between Lanesboro and Tarmonbarry somewhere near Erra.  I do not know when this tragedy happened whether in the early 1900s or the 1800s.  They were from  ? Curraghroe  ? Mount Dillion and went swimming in the Shannon.  My uncle Tom Casey often told me about it when I was a little girl in the 50s but I was too young to remember.  The field near where it happened is known today as The Four Brothers and there were 4 trees planted there in memory of them. but the flood from the Shannon had destroyed 3 of them when I was young.  Any information would be greatfully appreciated.


    Monday 17th August 2020 09:34AM
  • I am looking for the Diffley family 1830-1855. 

    Francis Diffley (sp. variations) b. 1829 Roscommon, in 1853 left to emigrate to Ontario, Canada.  She married in 1854 to Patrick Regan who was an emigrant with the Peter Robinson settlers from Cork to Ontario in 1823. She died in Pakenham, Ontario 1905.

    My challenge is the name spelling and unable to find/confirm any of her family details.  I did locate a census search 1841-51 which listed a family from Lissonuffy, Roscommon.  Family members include James Diffley, wife Mary Farrell; children - Bridget, Patrick, Ellen, Catharine, Timothy, Michael, Maria, Martin & Francis.

    I've also found info in Griffin's Valuation of 1851 for Derrycashel and Derryhanee, which lists several family names:  Luke Farrell, James & Patrick Duffley.

    Owen & Patrick Farnell; Patrick Duffley and Caterine Duffley.

    Any suggestions would be appreciated for next steps.  I wonder how/why Francis left Roscommon in 1853 (did she go via Liverpool?) and directly to Ontario.  Perhaps she had some family/firends connection from Ontario.  Since she left at the end of the famine; who was left behind?

    Thanks so much, Linda Ballantyne


    Monday 7th June 2021 05:58PM
  • Hi Linda

    Did Frances' death cert leave any clues to the names of her parents? (There is no baptismal record for her in Co Roscommon). Do you have any names of siblings or others who emigrated with her. There7s a good chance she left from the port of Sligo for Ontario. Although, she may also have departed from Dublin via Liverpool. 

    Here is the background to James Diffly & Mary Farrell. They married in 1840, but its not out of the realm of possibility that he was a sibling. 



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