Longford Genealogy Tours

St. Mel’s Cathedral, Longford

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