Lusmagh Fields so Green

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Medieval History of Lusmagh

Though situated to the east (i.e., Offaly side) of the Shannon River, Lusmagh formed part of the kingdom of the O'Maddens of East Galway.
When King John of England divided Ireland into counties, Lusmagh was included, accordingly, in County Galway.

The claim of the O'Maddens to Lusmagh was contested by the MacCoughlans of Offaly, and was eventually detached from County Galway and joined to County Offaly.

The O'Maddens of Lusmagh were reduced from being chieftains to mere tenants in the time of Cromwell. Like other tenants they became freeholders of small holdings under the Land Purchase Acts at the beginning of this century. The last surviving male O'Madden of Lusmagh died in July 1999.

The Battle of Banagher

I have today added an account of the Battle of Banagher (1814) to the blog.


Tuesday, 10 June 2014

The Parish and district of Lusmagh lies to the south of Banagher in the county of Offaly.

It is bounded on three sides by rivers, (Shannon, Little Brosna and Lusmagh, or Rapemills, River), so it is almost an island.

Across the Shannon from here is County Galway, and Lusmagh was once part of County Galway. In church organisation it continues to be part of the Diocese of Clonfert, a Galway diocese.

An ancient name: The word "Lusmagh" means "Herb (lus) Plain (magh)," and is very ancient. It is said that the name was given to the area by the ancient Dana People (Tuatha Dé Danaan).