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Longford Harbour

Good Afternoon,

The search for my 2*GF (Dennis McCormick) seems to be narrowing down to Ardagh and Moydow where he may have been Baptised in 1816. His father (I think an incorrect Christian name [Charles] was used on Dennis' death certificate in scotland in 1871) was noted on the death certificate as a "Harbour Master". Dennis' mother (noted as Mary McDonald on the death certificate) I think was actually called Mary Donnell.

I am following the notion that Dennis' father was actually Thomas McCormick and he was (for a time at least) a harbour master at Longford. 

Can anyone please advise where I can see any images of the harbour in the early 19th century and where I might be able to ascertain whether or not Thomas McCormick was the sometime harbourmaster at Longford Harbour.

Bill Smyth

Bill Smyth

Friday 14th February 2020, 02:18PM

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  • Longford Harbour was an end point on a spur of the Royal Canal which was added to link Longford town to the canal network. Richmond Harbour at Clondra had been the main point until the spur was added c 1815. When Longford was connected to Dublin by rail, the canal went into rapid decline, and was eventually closed.  The harbour was filled in and for many years it held the town swimming pool. Today it is a car park but there are still plans to re install the harbour, ... in the current economic climate this may have to wait.

    Contact Martin Morris, County Archivist, Longford County Library,  - he may be able to help with your enquiry regarding harbour masters & photos of the harbour.

    The old harbour master's house is still in existence





    Wednesday 9th September 2020, 10:54PM
  • Thank you Mr Farrell for the information. I will pursue the points you have noted.

    Bill Smyth

    Bill Smyth

    Thursday 10th September 2020, 12:17PM