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Glasdrummonaghy is a small townland of 191 acres 2 roods and 28 perches which straddles the N53 (Concession Road from Castleblaney to Dundalk) just south of Cullaville and close to the Co Monaghan border. It is bounded on the north by Cullaville and Creevekeeran, on the east by Cappagh and Clonalig and on the south and east by Annaghgad. In the Tithe Applotment Books of 1828 the total area is given as 97 acres 2 roods and 13 perches (Plantation Irish measure).

Name of townland

Glas-Dromon Eochaidh,"Haughey's green ridge" (1).

There is no other townland in Ireland with this name.

Ordnanace Survey Name Books: Creggan Parish (2)

GLASSDRUMMANAGHY (OSNB ii 33): A considerable portion of this td. is bog & uncultivated ground. The road from Cullaghville to Dundalk runs straight E. & N. thro' it. Adjoining the village of Cullaghville. The land is a good soil, partly tilled and in grazing. There is a large fort in its S.E. corner.
It contains 191..2..28 of which 36..3..19 is uncultivated and Bog.

Griffiths Valuation (1864) records the owner of the land as the representatives of John Reid.

Census of Ireland 1901

The Census enumerated 66 people in 18 households; a ratio of 3.7 people per household. The households occupied a total of 44 rooms; a ratio of 2.4 rooms per household and 1.5 people per room. Two of the households had 4 rooms, five had 3 rooms, ten had 2 rooms and one occupied a single room.

Native Irish Speakers

Of the households enumerated in the Census, two contained native Irish speakers. Since theirs was the last generation to have been born into a predominently Irish speaking environment, their names, occupations and ages are recorded here. All were born in Co. Armagh.

  • Susan Maginn, farmer, widow, 58
  • Patrick Morris, farmer,53
    and his wife Rose, 51

Population Decline

The following table sets out the number of houses and population enumerated in the townland in each of the 11 Censuses held between 1841 and 1951.

  1841 1851 1861 1871 1881 1891 1901 1911 1926 1937 1951
Houses 27 26 26 25 22 21 19 21 18 19 16
People 134 137 119 118 95 90 77 82 78 73 62
People per house 5.0 5.3 4.6 4.7 4.3 4.3 4.1 3.9 4.3 3.8 3.9

In the period of 110 years, the number of households declined by 40% but the population dropped by 54% - more than half. The largest drop (43%) was in the 60 years before 1901, reflecting the continuing effects of the Great Famine and lack of rural employment opportunities.

Family Connections

Devlins are recorded in this town land from the 1820's onward. At present I am not aware of any close connection with my grandfather (Owen Devlin's) family, although, so far, I have found the Devlin name only here, in Cregganduff (1837), in Tullydonnell (Nixon)-now Tullydonnell (O'Callaghan), Drumbally and Moybane. I recently (2004) discovered that my elder brother (Owen), who was born in December 1937 and lived only eight days, was born in this townland. In the 1935 Valuation records there were no living Devlins in the townland although land was still registered in the names respectively of Francis Devlin and Mary Devlin. My parents had been living briefly in the nearby townland of Drumboat in 1936 where my sister Anna was born in June 1936 in a house belonging to my McKenna ancestors. It is therefore possible that they may have been living in one of the Devlin houses in late 1937. Although far from conclusive it is possible that this brief residence may be family linked.

Names of House and Land Holders

The 1864 and 1935 Valuations distinguishes between those with houses in the townland and those living elsewhere while leasing or owning land there. The 1901 Census enumerated the houses in the townland. The following table reflects this.

Although the data is not strictly comparable since the information was gathered for different purposes and used varying criteria, the details provide a comparison of the names of house and land holders who were listed in the Townland at the different periods. While we can not discern the direct lines of descent it is clear that many are from the same families.

Hearth Money Roll Census of Creggan Tithe Applotment Books Griffiths Valuation Census of Ireland First NI Revaluation Second Revaluation
1664 1766 1828 1864 1901 1935 1957 1969
(Glasdromaghy) (Glassdrumonaghy) (Glassdrumaghy) (Glassdrummanaghy) (Glassdrummonaghy) (Glassdrummanaghy) (Glassdrummanaghy) (Glassdrummanaghy)
Households/Land Households Households Households Households Households
Donagh O Canalte Patrick Boyle John Callaghan Patrick Brady Michael Boyle Owen Boyle James Boyle James Boyle
Bryan O Donnelly Edmund Callaghan Patt Devlin Owen Callaghan Thomas Braidy Peter Brady James Boyle James Boyle
Edward Callaghan James Finegan Patrick Callahgan Thomas Callaghan Neil Callaghan (Neil) Peter Brady Peter Brady
Michael Callaghan Patt Kelly Owen Collins Ann Callan Thomas Callaghan P. Callaghan (Ned) Patrick Callaghan
Thomas Callaghan Peter Kerley Catherine Cunningham Terence Callan Anne Collins Patrick Callan Edward Finnegan
Widow Callaghan James McGuire Bridget Devlin Francis Devlin James Finnegan Edward Finnegan Henry Maguire
Widow McGuire Patrick Devlin Mary Devlin Henry Maguire Henry Maguire  
Owen McKenna Peter Devlin James Finnegan John Maguire Patrick Henry Maguire Patrick Maguire Jun.
Arthur McMahon Terence Fee Stephen Kernan Patrick and Catherine Maguire Patrick Maguire Jun. Peter Maguire
Edward O'Callaghan Bryan Finegan Susan Magin Patrick Maguire Peter Maguire Redmond Maguire
Hugh O'Callaghan Owen Garvey Edward Maguire Peter Maguire Redmond Maguire Mary A. McCreesh
Peter O'Callaghan James Grimes Michael Maguire Owen Martin Mary A. McCreesh Bridget McGarrell
Thomas O'Callaghan Edward Keenan Owen Maguire Patrick Morgan Bridget McGarrell M. Mooney
Henry Water Peter Kerley Owen McCoye Michael Morris M. Mooney Mary Morgan
James Waters Stephen Kieran Michael McCreesh Mary Ann McCreesh Mary Morgan Mary Traynor
Owen McCoy Catherine McKenna John McKenna Michael Morris Robert Wilson
Edward McGuire Patrick Morris Mary J. Wilson Robert Wilson Thomas McNulty
Raymond McGuire John Wilson Robert Wilson Thomas McNulty  
John McKenna      
Patrick McKenna Land Land Land
Peter Morris Thomas Byrne Thomas Byrne Thomas Byrne
Henry Watters Francis Devlin Thomas Callaghan Rose Feeney
James Wilson Mary Devlin Peter Garvey Peter Garvey
  Peter Garvey Patrick Maguire Thomas Hughes
Land Stephen Kieran Patrick McGuire Michael Maguire
Eliza Morgan Redmond Maguire Arthur Morgan Michael Morgan
      Michael Morris   Arthur Morgan William Reed William Reed
      Patrick Morris   Owen McCoy    
          William Reed    

1. Hugh Macauley, "Creggan", Journal of Creggan Local History Society, No.6 1992 p.37
2. G. Jarvis (up to 1835) as compiled by A.J. Hughes in Seanchas Ard Mhacha Vol 15 No 1 1992 pp 97 - 112.
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Last Updated on 10 October 2004
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