Killukin Boyle (Roscommon)

Share This:
Ard Mór (lit. big height)
Ard Mór (lit. big height)


At the time of the Down Survey, Ardmore was also known as "Ardmore, Rushin [Rusheen] and Castleulloe". In 1641, it was the property of William O’Mulloy of Uachtar Tíre, knight of the shire for Co. Roscommon. By 1659 the population of this townland was 11 persons, all Englishmen, and Ardmore was in the possession of Col. Thomas Lloyd (1657-1689) a predecessor of Guy Lloyd Esq. of Croghan House (1766-1842) who developed Croghan village in the 18th century.  There was some first quality land here. 


By the time of the Elphin Census in 1749, 6 families were residing here, all Catholic cottagers. The Regan surname here dates back to this time if not earlier. 

1749 Ardmore

DM Dyer Durr (RC) Cottier

RM Fallon (RC) Cottier

LA Gibbons (RC) Cottier

MM Mulkeran (RC) Cottier

OM Regan (RC) COttier

MC Regan (RC) COttier


By the time Catholic parish records began in Croghan, the following Ardmore couples  were baptising children'

1811 Pat Conry & Eliza Bolan (Ow Deveny & Mary Bolan)

1816 Michael Walker & Eleanor Gray 1835 [TA]

RIP Owen Reynolds of Ardmore (1781-1831)

In the 1830 Freeholders register Michael Walker (Catholic farmer) is registered.

1835 Households “Ardmore”

Pat Brannon

John Butler  [GV12a]

John Conry 

Pat Conry  & Bart Conroy [GV3a] {GV5}

Roger Corcoran

Bernard / Bryan Ford [GV10a]

Jim Moarne aka Moran {GV2b}

John Sharkett  (b. 1814)  Sharkey [GV4a,5]  +  Pat Sharkey [GV2a]

Mick Walker [GV]

In 1840, two houses of value are recorded at Ardmore, that of John Walker Esq. (1805-1865) at Ardmore House valued at £4 10s [FB] and that of Patrick Creighton valued at £3 18 s. There were a total of 21 houses recorded here in the 1841 census, with no change to that number following the Great Famine. The population had dropped minimally from 187 to 175. (Mass emigration would later take its toll here. By 1881 the number of inhabited homed had reduced to 14 and the population to 78). 

By the time of Griffith's Valuation, the following families had come in to the towland:

William Acheson [GV8]

Martin Dowd [GV11]

Cath Maurice Morris {GV6a}

John Oates [GV7a]

Thomas Priest [GV9a]

Sarah Mary Kirkwood [GV13] of Woodbrook, recorded as the immediate lessor, was not residing here.


In the 1930s the majority of the houses in Ardmore were thatched and a number of ruins were still to be seen from a time when the townland was more populated.  About ten families / sixty people were living in Ardmore, to include William Sharkey and James Sharkey who were living well into old age. They did not speak Irish but could share many an old story. 

Ardmore has two fairy forts around which lights were supposed to be seen in olden times. Music and dancing was heard there in the early hours of the morning and late at night. In Ardmore, a fairy was reported to have come out to a gate at the main road a few times every week. 

Estersnow Cemetry reveals headstones for a number of residents of Ardmore:

Regan, Isabelle, d. 21 Sep 1923, w/o James, Ardmore. 

Regan, James,d. 20 May 1972, h/o Isabelle, Ardmore SHARKEY  1808… + Glooria

Sharkey, James, d. 1951, h/o Bridget, Ardmore

Sharkey, James, d. Feb 1916, h/o Margaret, Ardmore, Sharkey, Margaret, d. 11 Jan 1951, w/o William, Ardmore Croghan

Sharkey, Margaret, d. Jul 1914, w/o James, 

Sharkey, Patrick, d. 16 Jun 1896, age: 32yr, s/o Bartley and Ellen, Ardmore Croghan, Sharkey, Patrick, d. 1972, s/o Bridget and James, Ardmore, Sharkey, Sarah, d. 20 Jan 1970, Ardmore, 

Sharkey, William, d. 11 Nov 1952, h/o Margaret, Ardmore Croghan, 

Sharkley, Bridget, d. 1928, w/o James, Ardmore.


[Research by Rua Mac Diarmada]

Ancestors from Ardmore?  If YES ... post your connection below ~


Ardmore PLACENAME variations Ireland VIEW SOURCE
Ardmore Tithe Records 1835 Ireland VIEW SOURCE
Ardmore Houses 1839 Ireland VIEW SOURCE
Ardmore Households in 1857 (Griffith's) Ireland VIEW SOURCE
Ardmore Households 1901 Ireland VIEW SOURCE
Ardmore Households 1911 Ireland VIEW SOURCE
ArdmoreLocal Folklore (Dúchas School's Collection) Ireland VIEW SOURCE

Type of Building:



  • My great-great-grandmother, Mary (Conroy) Donlan (c 1806-1891), was from Ardmore. She had brothers Patrick, John, Luke, Bartholomew, and Bernard Conroy. Mary was married about 1831 to Brian Donlan who I think was from Ryefield, Elphin. Brian died about 1848 and Mary and her six daughters emigrated to America where her older brother, John Conroy (c 1796-1880), had earlier settled. Her death certificate showed her parents' names as Luke Conroy and Mary Sharkey. The marriage certificate of her brother, John, in 1859 showed his parents as Luke Conroy and Bridget (no maiden name given). The 1835 Tithe books showed Conroys and Sharkeys living in Ardmore and jointly occupying land there. Mary's brother, Bartholomew Conroy (c 1799-1882), was listed in Griffiths in 1858 occupying land in Ardmore and a number of Sharkeys were listed there. Mary's brothers Luke and Bernard emigrated to Canada and Bernard eventually went to America. Brothers Patrick and Bartholomew remained in Ardmore. Bartholomew Conroy (above) was the last of the name to live in Ardmore. Would be happy to share information with any descendants of the Conroy or Sharkey families of Ardmore. Paul Doherty (


    Friday 6th January 2023 07:48PM
  • Hi Paul Thanks for connecting. I also have ancestors from Ryefield aka Runnateggal, Elphin. And I can see a Bryan Donlan recorded there in 1824 tithe applotment books. I did a study on Ryefield House a while ago which may explain why no Donlans remained on record there after the Famine. SEE Creeve parish OR…

    Rua, IrelandXO Volunteer ☘︎

    Saturday 7th January 2023 06:26AM
  • Thanks very much for your posting. The article about Ryefield House gives some interesting background to the time period my Donlans lived in Ryefield. As you wrote, Brian ["Bryan"] Donlan was in the tithe of 1824 in Ryefield and he was listed in four Irish Poverty Relief loans from 1839 to 1842 as a guarantor and once as a recipient. Other Donlans listed with him were Patrick, Bridget, and Ellen. Patrick Costello of Ryefield was a guarantor for the 1841 loan. Brian Donlan's brother, Patrick Donlon (c 1812-1868) appears ["Donnellan"] in the 1858 Griffith's Valuation for Carrowreagh, just to the east of Ryefield. I calculate my Brian Donlan died around 1848 and his widow, Mary (Conroy) Donlan, and their six daughters (Ellen, Winifred, Catherine, Margaret, Bridget, and Maria), born between about 1832 and 1848, emigrated to America probably not long after. There is one mystery about these daughters, however. They do not appear in any baptismal records in Roscommon, including in the parishes of Aughrim, Croghan, and Elphin, where one would expect to find them as they lived in Ryefield, kind of in the middle of these parishes, although closest to Aughrim. I have recently learned that there was a small Roman Catholic chapel in Ryefield erected in 1827 and closed around 1890 and in ruins by the turn of the century. I wonder if maybe my Donlan sisters were baptized in the Ryefield chapel and there was either no register kept or, if there was one, it was lost. What do you think? Feel free to write me at


    Sunday 8th January 2023 12:17AM

Some communities associated with this building