Local History




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Ancient East Carrickmacross 12000 BC

There is evidence for human settlement in the vicinity of Carrickmacross since the beginning of the Mesolithic period over 9,000 years ago. Flint arrowheads and broad flint flakes have been recovered from lakeshore deposits and fields in the nineteenth century and represent our earliest culture of hunter gatherers, the first settlers in Ireland. Some of these artifacts are now in the National Museum of Ireland.

Glyde Drainage Scheme - Samuel Ussher Roberts Letters, 1847

The Drainage Scheme had 2 objectives, one was to create additional land by reducing the level of rivers and lakes and the other was to create employment for the poor. In May 1844, Samuel Ussher Roberts was appointed district engineer for the Ardee, Glyde and Fane drainage districts in counties Monaghan, Louth and Meath where he was to have charge of extensive arterial drainage works. On week ending 30th January 1847, Roberts had 20,000 men, women and children in Farney digging drains in order to provide them with employment to sustain them. He wrote two letters which describe the starvation and poverty in Farney at this time.

Death, Starvation and Emigration in Farney

The Barony of Farney lost over 13,000 persons between 1847 and April 1851, through hunger, disease and emigration. The Census of Ireland show us that the population in the Barony of Farney was 44,107 in 1841 and 21,712 in 1881.

Farney and the Ulster Covenant

An introduction to the 1912 Ulster Covenant which was signed in opposition to Home Rule.  The article includes a table detailing those people who signed from the Barony of Farney.

Farney's Fallen in the 1st World War

Details of men from the Barony of Farney, Co. Monaghan, who were killed in France during the First World War, 1914 to 1918.