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).

PULLAHER, a village, in the parish of CAMMA, barony of ATHLONE, county of ROSCOMMON, and province of CONNAUGHT, 6 miles (N. N. W.) from Athlone, on the road from Knockcroghery to Ballinasloe: the population is returned with the parish.

SOURCE: A Topographical Dictionary of Ireland by Samuel Lewis (pub 1837)

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  • Looking for Patrick Dolan known as Doolan in Australia.  Left Plymouth 1841 for Australia with wife Ellen ( Rainey) and son Robert William named after his mothers father( Possibly a Patrick died before they left.) He was assigned before he left to Captain Grant. Both he and ELlen could read and write and both were house servants or Patrick also a labourer.  His property at Bombay near Braidwood NSW Australia is  still known as Roscommon, He is buried on the hill overlooking his homestead . Descendants placed a headstone there which is on private property. in Australia, Not a cemetery  HIs father Patrick Dolan school master of Roscommon.  His mother Eleanor O'Connor. Shipping records show both Doolan and Dolan.  These Dolans were protestants.

    I think I have found a possible match first with the Unencumbered land titles of Pullelaher Athlone Roscommon 1860  Aug - Dec  1850-1885.  THere is Eleanor Dolan and others with matching ancestral names. .  Lease ( Lyster) dated 1798 with one of names Patrick Dolan. ( TIme of Protestant settlements?) Later James Dolan takes the lease in 1857 -Henry Matthew Smythe Esq _ New Park? Landlord

    GRiffiths  Pollalaher Townland Barony Athlone Parish Cam Co Roscommon, Nearby is a National School at Carrick and at Cam also has is Patrick Dolan with house.

      COuld a local person help with births deaths marriages  please.  As rents were paid by landlord Henry Matthew Smythe, would these records be held by the estate? I cant find anything on line. It would also be important to verify that the Eleanor Dolan is Eleanor O'Connor.  

    A few days ago I sent a message similiar to this to message board Roscommon but it seems to be lost 

    I hope someone can reply to me  Penny Ferguson Canberra Australia  bellbird2012@bigpond.com


    Friday 8th May 2020 10:49AM

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