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The Breifne Historical

Cumann Seanchais Bhreifne,
the Breifne Historical Society, deals with the local history of Counties Cavan and North Leitrim.

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Our site currently has twelve pages dealing with various aspects of local and parish history, from early times to 1901.

Much of this material is based on the work of the late Peter Clancy NT,

as published by his daughter Maura, in her book entitled..

"Ballinaglera and Inishmagrath:
The History and Traditions of two Leitrim Parishes.

We are grateful to Maura for her kind permission to make use of this material.

Early History:  Deals with the origins of the parish and with St Hugh.

Local Families:  Over the centuries the two prominent local families were the Forde clan and the O’Rourke clan.

The Friars:  The story of the friars from Creevelea Abbey.

The French 1798:  General Humbert’s march through Drumkeeran.

Lough Allen Tragedy:  In 1831 fourteen local people were lost on Lough Allen.

The 1800’s:  Life in the parish before the outbreak of the Famine

Priests:  Priests who worked in the parish and priests who were natives of the parish.

Religious Sisters:  Some of the women from the parish who entered religious orders.

Fr Myles McPartlan:  The priest who built Kilbride Church c. 1735.

Fr Tom Maguire:  A famous preacher and debater, Fr Tom came to the parish in 1825.

Other Priests:  Notes on a some other priests who served in the parish.

Old Churches:  Notes on Tarmon Abbey, Kilbride Church and the Bog Chapel

Drumkeeran 1901:  A an analysis of the 1901 census of Drumkeeran town.

Other interesting histories referencing Inishmagrath and the area around Lough Allen brought to our attention:

www.allen.ie/hill-walking/history will take you to a third party website with interesting information on how the island of Inishmagrath probably got it’s name.

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