A break?!??!? *shakes head* Ill have to deduce that from your pay :)
Aghyoule has approx 1500 acres of land with access to a lot of bog (needed to
cut turf for winter fuel) therefore could have supported a lot of people. It
is also the 6th largest townland in Fermanagh.
The GV lists about 92 people leasing land there.
If you check out the first 6 inch maps of the area (1830's) you can see the
number of little houses there used to be, each of which probably supported a
large family - http://maps.osi.ie/publicviewer/#V2,626522,824414,10,7
Sadly most of the houses marked on this map are long gone and probably no
trace on the landscape today.
On Thursday 25 Jun 2015 09:27:26 Valerie Ackroyd via wrote:
Vi would probably be the best person to respond but perhaps someone
My Gilleece family come from Aghyoule. There is also probably a Reilly
connection there too because even though my great grandparents moved to
Drumrush, Cavan and thence to Belturbet after they married, they married in
Knockninny; I figure they would have had to have met there somehow. And
there are several Reilly families living there. Maybe my great grandfather
went to work on a cousin or uncle’s farm and met my great grandmother who
was living on the next farm or something.
Anyway, when I went to Fermanagh a few years ago and went to Derrylin,
Aghyoule looked almost deserted in the distance. Certainly no central
location where I could look for Gilleece names or speak to anyone who would
know the history of the area. A few windmills and that was about it. Vi
drove me to the top of the hill where Aghyoule was “located" and although
the view was beautiful, right down to the small loughs in the distance,
there was no real sign of life. The RC “church” where my great grandparents
married was a small one located in Derrylin and the priest there didn’t
know any Gilleeces as he was fairly new to the district. Saw some Gilleece
headstones (sorry, Dave, I didn’t know about the photographing project back
then or I would have photographed as much as I could) but nothing older
than 1930. Without knowing my great grandparents’ siblings, nothing I could
So, given the sparsity of info on Aghyoule, I always thought that, back in
the 1850s, it must have been sparsely populated and one of the small town
lands. But as I am doing this project on population changes for Clive, I
was surprised to see that Aghyoule was actually one of the most populated
of the Kinawley town lands: 463 people in 1841 and 388 in 1851.
So here I sit, wondering how I could possibly connect with anybody who has
lived in Aghyoule long enough to know the history of the area. Because it
doesn’t seem like, online at least, anyone has written any history.
Val, taking a transcribing breather