Historical References – About Ireland and Ballaghaderreen Area
Annals of the Four Masters
The Annals are a chronicle of Irish history from A.M. 2242 to A.D. 1616 and contain records, both ecclesiastical and lay, along with accounts of battles, plagues, etc. The compilation during 1632 and 1636 was largely derived from older manuscripts, many of which have not survived.
An English translation, in seven volumes, may be downloaded at
www.askaboutireland.ie/reading-room/. These are large PDF files. Interspercing of English, Gaelic and footnotes makes for difficult reading
Ireland Chronological History
This is a dated synopsis of Ireland’s historical events and may be viewed at Ireland Chronological Digest. This document serves as a handy reference for persons wishing to quickly grasp a knowledge of Ireland history and the events impacting our Irish heritage. More information about each specific event is obtainable upon performing Internet searches.
Ballaghaderreen Area Townlands and Population1841 and 1851 townlands, population, number of houses and area acres may be viewed at Population Ballaghaderreen Area.
In Their Own Words The Famine in North Connacht 1845-1849
By Liam Swords
First Published 1999 by The Columba Press ISBN 1856072479
Some commentary, but primarily transcripts of reports and correspondence by local officials and residents of Achonry Diocese and vicinity descriptive of the famine.
A Hidden Church: The Diocese of Achonry 1689-1818
Liam Swords, Blackrock, Co. Dublin: Columba Press, 1997.
This describes the early history of Achonry Diocese, whose see is located in Ballaghaderreen.
Historical Atlas of the Celtic World
By Dr. Ian Barnes (2009)
Articles with 134 maps of Celtic history predominantly in Ireland, but also Britain,Scotland and Europe, inclusive of Irish emigration to U.S., Canada, South America, Australia and New Zealand ISBN 13 978-0-7858-2749-8
Gathering the Memories, The Story of Brusna
Published by Brusna Book Committee, 2010, Brusna, Ballaghaderreen, Co. Roscommon
Personal articles and photos from local residents, including Toweys plus Brusna School class registers
Mid-Connacht – The Ancient Territory of Sliabh Lugha
Maire McDonnell-Garvey, Drumlin Publications, Nure, Manorhamilton, Co. Leitrim, Ireland, 1995. (Paperback) ISBN 1873437129
An interesting local history, with some useful appendices about Toweys who were Dillon & Costello tenants.
Letters Containing Information Relative to Antiquities of the County Mayo
“Ordnance Survey Letters”
Collected During the Progress of the Ordnance Survey in 1838
Vols I, II, Reproduced Under the Direction of Rev. Michael O’Flanagan (Typescript), Bray, 1927.
Available at National Library of Ireland & British Library, Has brief discussion of each parish and townland name, description of types of soils, principal crops, sometimes names of residents, sometimes anecdotes.
James Dillon, A Biography
Authored by Maurice Manning, published 2000 bu Wolfhound Press Ltd, Dublin, Ireland, ISBN 0-86327-823-X.
This book deals with James Dillon whose ancestors founded the large building at The Square, Ballaghaderreen to become known as Monica Duff & Co., Ltd. James Dillon became a foremost politician and a member of the Ireland Dáil.
Above history list is from Mike Towey, Dublin, Ireland, who may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information