Longford Genealogy Tours

Longford Genealogy Tours
St. Mel’s Cathedral, Longford

Finding the Correct Church

Having found the Townland we must now find not just the Civil Parish identified on your records but the correct Church. On your records you may see a Civil Parish this most likely is not the Church your Family used for Marriage/Baptisms and weekly use.

An Example

As an example take County Meath there are 146 Civil Parishes in County Meath. Your Families Church may be Culmullin it is bordered by 7 different Parishes but it is also in the Parish of Dunshaughlin. Your records may say Parish of Dunshaughlin but your Ancestors Parish and church they used for important events is actually 10 Miles away at Cullmullin. To Compound the issue there are 5 Baronies in Meath with the word Rath and 47 Townlands with the word Rath included. 

Finding the correct Graveyard

Finding the correct Graveyard for your family for the Townland. Again an example a Parish like Dunshaughlin may have 10 Graveyards in Fact the Parish of Cullmullin above which is in the Civil Parish off Dunshaughlin has 3 Graveyards alone one for 1700 one for 1800s and a Modern graveyard.

Again this is our responsibility to find the Correct Graveyard for your Church and your families Townland.

Finding Relatives and Neighbours of your Family

At My Ireland Heritage our Data Base allows us to find the exact Location of your Families house in the 1800s. Once we travel her on your Behalf we will know very quickly if the family are still in the vicinity. In fact even if they are not we have the knowledge to know if the neighbors who may be there for 200 years are also still in the Vicinity.

  • Longford has 6 Baronies
  • Longford has 26 Civil Parishes
  • Longford has 55 Electoral Divisions
  • Longford has 910 Townlands
  • Longford has 18 Sub Townlands

Longford has a population of 10,310 according to the 2016 census. The town is built on the banks of the River Camlin which is a tributary of the River Shannon. The name Longford is an Anglicisation of the Irish Longphort, from long (meaning “ship”) and port. This name was applied to many Irish settlements of Viking origin and eventually came to mean fort or camp in the Irish language

Rathcline takes its name from the townland and parish of Rathcline. It is located in southwest County Longford, to the east of Lough Ree and north of the River Inny. Rathcline barony was formed from the territories of The Callow, Lanesboro to Ballymahon) and the territory of Clanconnor .Rathcline Castle was built around the 9th Century by the Ó Cuinn (O’Quinn) clan. Later it was fought for and taken by the Uí Fhearghail (O’Farrell) clan and subsequently taken over by the Normans around the end of the 12th Century.

The Corlea Iron Age bog road which was built in 148 BC across the boglands in proximity to the River Shannon. The oak road is the largest of its kind to have been uncovered in Europe and can be seen at the Visitor Centre (Keenagh).

Family Dynasties 1500-1600 AD

•          Irish – O’Farrell, Quinn
•          Norman- Calvert, Mortimer, Tuite, Dalton
•          Scottish -None
•          Viking – None

County Limerick- Things to do and may be possible to include within your Ancestral Townland Experience Tour

·      St Mel’s Cathedral
·      Corlea Trackway Visitor Centre (Keenagh)
·      Irelands Ancient East
·      Ardagh Heritage and Creativity Centre (Longford)
·      Quaker Island, Lough Ree, Ireland
·      Casey’s Sculptures (Newtown Cashel)
·      The Mall (Longford)
·      Longford Castle