My friend Molly Fawcett nee Humphries, of Riverside Farm B&B was born in
Aghyoule [pronounced Aghy-owl ] her mother was Patterson and the Patterson
family lived there for generations. I do know that a lot of people emigrated
from around that area of fermanagh in the late 1840's including some of the
Pattersons and Willis families.
Molly and her family went to church in Swanlinbar just over the border.
There are 93 occupiers listed and shown for Aghyoule in the Griffith's
Valuation pages www.askaboutireland.ie
which was published in c1862.
So that will give everyone an idea of the size of that townland.
I really enjoyed our drive into the hill tops that day, then down the back
road to Kinawley Old graveyard behind the RC Chapel. and our wandering
around the Headstones there. Those stones have been transcribed and are on
Ulster Ancestry website.
Hope that helps
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
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