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Visiting County Longford 2020

Hello, My name is Diane Dunleavy. My husband and I will be making our third trip over to Ireland this coming April. We will be spending a couple of days in Longford County to visit the townlands and cemeteries of my husband's family. His grandfather's last home was in Ballinalee, we have been so fortunate to have visited the townland on our last two trips. We were so excited to have found the tombstone of his maternal great great grandparents, The Flynns located in St. James's Roman Catholic Church/ Clonbroney Church, Drummeel. We are interested in visiting other churchyards and graveyards in the area. His ancestors resided in Lislea, Killasona, Ballinalee. We have visited Granard graveyard, and also the Old Clonbroney graveyard that was so overgrown we were unfortunately unable to read or see many tombstones. Through my research, I know we would like to visit the Cathedral of Saint Mel in Ardagh. I found through my research, ancestors are buried there under the name of Ultagh. Does anyone know if the Cathedral has a map of the churchyard? Who can we contact if necessary prior to our trip. Also if anyone could give me some other churchyard, graveyards we would be able to visit in any of the townlands I have mentioned would be appreciated. Any information regarding the surnames Flynn, Mcmanus, Ultagh, Dunleavy would be appreciated. Any suggestions as to where in the above mentioned townlands we can eat and grab a pint would also be welcome. I would just like to say last year while visiting Ballinalee, the townspeople could not have been any nicer. So many tried to help us to figure out where my husband's grandfather resided according to the 1911 Census. We had another gentleman who we asked directions to Clonbroney Parish and he drove ahead while we followed him directly to the Parish. My husband says he feels such a connection while visiting and we are both looking forward to our trip this coming April. 

Go Raibh Maith Agat






Sunday 12th January 2020, 10:15PM

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  • Dear Diane:  

    Many thanks for your post with information.  I have forwarded this to our Longford volunteers who will be able to answer some of your questions about the graveyards in the various locations as well as further local historical and genealogical information that may be available to you during your visit.  

    Please do not hesitate to contact me with any further questions.  


    Have a wonderful trip!


    All the best,



    Jane Halloran Ryan

    Monday 13th January 2020, 11:47AM
  • johncfarrell

    Wednesday 22nd January 2020, 10:07PM
  • Diane, The graveyards at Ardagh have been fully documented in a book by Luke Baxter. I live in Longford and can supply you with a copy when you visit


    Wednesday 22nd January 2020, 10:16PM
  • Hello John,  My husband and I appreciate your reply and would be interested in a copy of the book. Is it "Our Roots in Stone"?.  Are there "Ultagh's" and/or "Dunleavy's" listed?  We will be in the area of Granard, is that very far from Longford? We will just need to coordinate a place and time. Also, do you know if the Longford genealogy society would have information we may be interested in viewing from our townlands? Do you know if the book is available to purchase online? It may be nice to be familiar with the graveyard prior to visiting. Again, Thank you and I look forward to hearing from you.







    Thursday 23rd January 2020, 07:43PM