Ennybegs

Ennybegs Titanic Monument

Location
Ennybegs village is one of two small villages located in the parish of Killoe, North of Longford town en route to Ballinalee and Granard.

Name
Ennybegs in the Irish version is Eanaigh Bheaga which translates as ‘small marsh’.

History & Info
Ennybegs is a rural village centred around the local Roman Catholic church of St Mary, which, along with a community centre, shops and a public house serve the thriving community of Killoe parish. The village is home to the beautifully crafted Titanic Memorial and Garden, erected in 2012 as a dedication to James Farrell, a hero of The Titanic, and a native of the parish of Killoe. The earliest mention of the parish of Killoe in history, was when St Patrick passed through on his way from Granard to Magh Sleacht , an historic plain in Co Cavan. The area is also reputed to have had associations with Queen Maeve of Connaught after whom the local archery club is named.

Cairn Hill known affectionately by locals as Corn Hill, is the highest point in the county and it stands on the northern side of Ennybegs. The starting point for the walk to its summit is located a short distance from the village. Lovely views of the surrounding countryside can be enjoyed from its slopes with lakes and rivers stretching over many neighbouring counties to be seen from the summit. There are several accounts of cairns, and passage graves on the hill, the most interesting of which is that Furbaide Ferbend, the nephew and slayer of Queen Maeve of Connaught is buried there. The possible passage graves on the hill are considered to be some of the oldest in Ireland.

Things to See & Do
The parish has an active drama group who perform annually in the village community centre, and whos’ plays are always greatly anticipated, drawing crowds from around the county. The local pub provides weekly entertainment and is a hub for the villagers who congregate to chat, play a game of pool, buy their groceries and perhaps have a pint of Guinness. Those who wish to while away an hour or two fishing can do so along the river Camlin which flows through the parish of Killoe on its way to the Shannon.

Heritage sites of interest in the area include Carriglass Manor Estate, originally built in the 1600’s, and once owned by Lord Chief Justice of Ireland, Thomas Lefroy. The character of Mr Darcy in Jane Austins Pride and Prejudice is said to have been inspired by Thomas Lefroy with whom she is reputed to have had a dalliance. Of great architectural interest are the stables, two courtyards and the gate lodge which were designed by famed architect James Gandon, who also designed the Custom House and The Four Courts in Dublin. The buildings at Carriglass are the only surviving example of Gandons agricultural architecture. The estate is currently inaccessible to the public.

Information on the heritage sites of Ennybegs/Killoe is available on the Explore Longford app available to download here:

 

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