Michael O'Neill of Croaghrim (1810-1850) - Land Steward, Agriculturist, and Master of Gort Workhouse
We have no idea as to how old Michael O’Neill may have been, or where he was born. It should be noted however that it is very possible he may have been from Beagh. In 1826, it should be noted that a John O’Neil held 13 acres 2 roods in Croaghrinee (sic Croaghrim) [6 acres of which were 1st class quality, 5 acres 2nd class, 2 acres 3rd class]. As Michael too later resided in Croaghrim, could this be an indication of who Michael’s father may have been? It should also be noted that a John O’Neil also held land 10 acres of 2nd class quality land in Peak Roe (which I believe relates to present day Reek Hill, which is contained within Knockanagrough sub-townland [Laughil], bordering Croaghrim). A third reference was made to a John O’Neil who held 1 acre in Rendifin Hill. Similarly, Arthur O’Neil in Drumguane Village, who held just 1 acre. Given the geography, it appears more likely that Michael was the son of John O’Neil of Croaghrim.
Lough Cutra was the ninth Loretto Convent established in Ireland, and the first Loretto Convent established outside of Leinster. By the end of 1852, Lough Cutra was one of only 9 in the country, with Rathfarnham as the Parent House. Seven of the nine convents were under the immediate direction of Rev. Mother Teresa Ball. These seven convents contained 126 nuns, and 193 boarders.
My name is Eamon Healy and I work as a professional genealogist. I enjoy researching all things local history, and have a particular interest in Beagh, primarily because I can trace my family history to the parish back to the late 1780s. I hope to share my findings here in my blog posts