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Derry Shanogue, Longford County

Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
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Derry Shanogue, Longford County

Hello, I am planning a trip to Ireland in September and very much wish to visit the spot where my family resided but am having no luck finding it. Any information on Derry Shanogue, Longford County, Ireland would be quite welcome!

Saginaw, Michigan
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1. Re: Derry Shanogue, Longford County

I found mention of Derryshanogue in the 'Longford Leader', the local newspaper. It's written as one word Derryshanogue under the Newtowncashel Local Notes:


On a google map I searched for Lanesborough (more often written Lanesboro, I think) and you will see Derryshannogue (on the R392) (this time with double n in the middle), south east of Lanesborough:


Or: http://tinyurl.com/37kw64

Derry is derived from Doire 'a wood' or 'oak wood' and is a common place name or part of place names in Ireland. I'd normally hazard a guess that 'shan' and 'ogue' are derived from the Irish 'sean' and 'og', meaning old and new. I'll pass on this one, as I'm not entirely obvious how it can be both!! At least not simultaneously. Someone better placed with local knowledge can help out with that.

Saginaw, Michigan
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2. Re: Derry Shanogue, Longford County



Newtowncashel is shown on a map here:


Longford Historical and Heritage Attractions:


The Longford Museum and Heritage Centre:


Info on Churches in Longford including Lanesboro:



Tourism Web Site:


There's a Genealogy Section here:



With contact details here for potential help in tracing ancestors:

"For more information regarding your family ancestry you can contact:

Longford Roots Research Centre, 17 Dublin Street, Longford, Co. Longford, Ireland.

Phone (from US) 011 + 353 43 41235 or Email: longroot@iol.ie

Longford County Library also holds many genealogy records".

Further information on Co Longford here:


And, a book that might help with finding family ancestors in Co Longford:


Finally, a link to the local newspaper. A subscription is required to access the whole newspaper:


But, you can read the latest Local Notes for Newtowncashel area here:


Saginaw, Michigan
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3. Re: Derry Shanogue, Longford County

A slight variation in spelling allowed me to find the townland of Derryshannoge on the web site below. Fill in the name exactly as spelled here and choose Longford for the county and you will find some historical details which may help in your research:


Follow up on the term 'townland' here if you are interested:


Longford, Ireland
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4. Re: Derry Shanogue, Longford County

Hi Jennifer,

You may have found Derryshanogue by now, but if you haven't it is easy to find. You go to Lanesborough; take the road to Ballymahon. About 3 miles on , there is a road into the right and that takes you to Derryshanogue.

Two families of Donlon and a Smyth family live there. If you pass a small estate on the right you with a sign for Newtowncashel you have gone too far . Turn back. There is a tiny bridge at the road where you turn. Good luck.


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