The Parish of Drummully is closely connected with the Parish of Galloon. Here’s what
Barbara Chapman’s “A History of Newtownbutler” has to say in the chapter entitled ‘Parish
“The patron saint of the parish of Drummully is St Coman....
[The parish] consisted of Ballindrumloan, Ballleturereyne, Ballinchulin and three
quarters of Comyna, lying on the half-barony of Cuynanar and also Ballyrenville,
Balllinchirrin, Tonaghboy and the quarter of Carrowgarcragh lying in Clandelly.
... In 1622, an Ecclesiastical Report stated that the church [of Drummully] was in
ruins and that no glebe house existed.
The church is marked in the Baronial Maps of 1609-1610 as if was then intact. We can
only speculate as to what happened to the church in the intervening ten years. The parish
church was not rebuilt on its original site but in 1629 another church was built and a
churchyard laid out in Newtownbutler, within the parish boundaries and was already in use.
It was decided in that year that this church should become the parish church of Drummully
and so it and its remained until 1823. When Drumkrin was formed as a parish in 1773,
Drummully actually lost the site of its ancient parish church. However, in 1804, when
Drumkrin was dissolved, the ancient church site returned to Drummully. Drummully did,
however, lose the north western part of the parish to Galloon, which included its parish
church in Newtowbutler. In the Dioceasn reorganisation of parish boundaries, Drummully
did gain that part of Drumkrin which contained the parish church of St Mary’s Drumkrin.
For a period of time up to 1844, when the present church of Drummully was built, the
church of Drumkrin was used as the parish church. The new Church was named St Mary’s, it
would seem after St Mary’s Drumkrim and the original St Coman was dropped as patron
So with a parish church historically in Newtownbutler, Drummully was legitimately listed
in Fermanagh on IGP.
The maps photocopied from a textbook that I have, showing the relationship of the parishes
in the 19th century has both Drummully and Galloon straddling the Fermanagh-Monaghan
This demonstrates that researchers looking for their ancestors should also be aware of the
history of the local institutions (e.g. the church) in the locality where their ancestors
lived, as this affects the records in which their ancestors are recorded.
Happy New Year
From: Christina Hunt
Sent: Thursday, January 03, 2019 5:22 AM
Subject: FERMANAGH-GOLD -Drummully moved
I have moved Drummully to Monaghan and added a link from the Fermanagh
I added links to the photos from the text file so it got a bit of
Are you aware that Drummully Church of Ireland is actually in County
Monaghan, but is listed in County Fermanagh on IGP?
Here is it's location on Google Maps - https://goo.gl/maps/9KFBMUeWLf52
Is it possible to list is correctly under Co Monaghan, but maybe put a
link to it from the Fermanagh list?
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