The Hermitage CROGHAN
Eirmeatáiste Chruacháin aka The Hermitage, Croghan is a fine example of a Georgian residence to have survived in this parish. Little has changed on this site over the centuries, to include its winding driveway, extensive manor courtyard, and rolling grazing land.
The three-storey Georgian house, comprising 3,500 square feet, still retains many of its Georgian features, such as ornate cornicing, panelled doors, high ceilings, original woodwork, Georgian windows and central staircase. The manor courtyard incorporates an extensive range of outbuildings, featuring beautiful stone faces and cut stone arches from this period.
Nearer the the road, the Hermitage had a gate lodge [GV1c] and beautiful gardens, no longer extant.
It was one of the principal properties of the Lloyds of Croghan, who held a large estate here and in Co. Leitrim. Sadly, Lloyd's own manor house, Croghan House, is no longer extant. So, the Hermitage plays an important role in giving us a glimpse at Croghan's history.
In 1816, it was the seat of Thomas Kirkwood Esq. [Mason] an in-law of the Lloyds. In 1857, the Kirkwood family still had an interest in the house; Sarah Mary Kirkwood was recorded as the immediate lessor of the Hermitage (from James McFadden) albeit she was residing at Carrick-on-Shannon's Woodbrook House.
In 1837, Lewis records The Hermitage as the seat of Owen Thomas Lloyd Esq. who on the magistrate list for Croghan Petty Sessions in 1847 [DA] and 1862 [Thoms]. Possibly in error, his address is given as "Fair View, Croghan" in Tithe records of this time [TA1835].
In the 1839 Primary Valuation, the Hermitage, valued at £16 18s, was home to James Kirkwood.
The address "Hermitage, Croghan, Boyle, Co Roscommon" was used by other interesting residents on the grounds of the property. This included the Catholic clergy of of Croghan RC parish, namely Rev. Fr. Peter O'Connor PP and his curate Rev. Fr. Thomas O'Beirne C.C. At the time of Griffith's Valuation, Fr. O'Connor was residing at 1b The Hermitage in "part of a house" valued at £2 (combined with 1a, a "herds house" also valued at £2, in the name of Sarah Mary Kirkwood). O'Connor was vocally opposed to Guy Lloyd during and after the Great Famine. Yet, the O'Connor family endured here right up until the 1980s.