|Poor Law Union||Donaghmore|
a market and post-town, in the parish of Aghaboe, barony of Upper Ossory,
Queen's county, and province of Leinster, 13 miles (S. W. by W.) from
Maryborough, and 53 miles (S. W. by W.) from Dublin; containing 770
inhabitants. This place was formerly of some importance; being
bounded on the north by the river Nore, and encompassed on every other
side by bogs, it formed the great pass to Munster; and for its defence the
Fitzpatricks, proprietors of the district, at an early period built a
castle, of which, as appears by his will, Sir Barnaby Fitzpatrick, second
baron of Upper Ossory, was in possession in 1582. In 1600, Queen
Elizabeth granted this place, among other possessions, to Florence
Fitzpatrick and his son, which grant was confirmed by Jas. I in 1611.
The castle was, in 1641, besieged by Florence; and the garrison,
consisting of Protestants of Upper Ossory, though enduring the greatest
sufferings from want of provisions, refused to surrender, and kept
possession of it till they were relieved by Sir C. Coote. In 1642,
Bryan, the sixth baron, accompanied the insurgents to besiege this castle,
which was subsequently granted to the Duke of Ormonde, and, with the
townland of Burros, comprising 600 acres, is now part of the estate of the
Duke of Buckingham. The town is situated on the mail coach road from
Dublin to Limerick, and consists of one long street containing about 180
houses. It has a market; and fairs are held on Jan. 25th, March
21st, May 31st, June 24th, Aug. 15th, Oct. 11th, Nov. 21st, and Dec. 20th.
A constabulary police force is stationed in the town; and the quarter
sessions for the country are held in April and October, and petty sessions
irregularly. Here is also a dispensary. Near the town, on the
estate of the Earl of Mountrath, are some remains of the old castle of
Ballaghmore, built by the Fitzpatricks, which, in 1647, was attacked by
Capt. Hedges and the garrison of Burros, to whom it surrendered, and was
partly dismantled; the captain, on his return, was intercepted, and before
he reached his quarters lost several of his men. On Kyle hill, about
two miles from the twon, is a rude stone chair, called by the peasantry
the 'Fairy Chair," which was probably in former times a seat of judgment
of the Brehons.
Catholic Records at NLI
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LSD=Family History Library film
|Baptisms||1795-1880 (with large gaps)||Pos #5012
|Marriages||1794-1846 (with gaps)
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LDS Film Numbers
|Film Title||Film number(s)|
|Tithe Applotments, 1823-38||#256560|
|Griffith's Valuation, 1850||#101757|
|1901 Ireland Census||films start with #850457+|
|1911 Ireland Census||films start with #2193072+|
|Aghaboe RC registers, baptisms, 1796-1880; marriages, 1794-1880||#979700|
|Parochial registers of Borris-in-Ossory, 1840-1888||#926188|
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|Griffith's Valuation Index, Aghaboe Civil Parish, John Hayes' website|
|Aghaboe RC Parish, church records, ConnorsGenealogy website|
|1911 Ireland Census, Aghaboe Civil parish partial name index, From-Ireland website|
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