Killappoge townland by Eoghan Creighton


Killappoge townland by Eoghan Creighton

Field Names in Your Townland



Caldra field, there is a church and graveyard in this field. Bones and skulls have been found in this field over the years. It is said church valuables were buried here during Viking times.

My own house is built in what was know as the horse field. There is a stray sod in that field which if you stand on it then you cannot get out of the field; the only way to get out of the field is to let the horse show you the way.


Names of local rivers, lakes and streams in your townland

There is a stream that separates Killapogue and Croghan village. A pound for horses was made alongside the stream.

There is a stream called Pollrue and it is said to be bottomless in parts.


Are there any blacksmith’s gates in the fields/farms of your townland? (take photos)

There is an old blacksmith’s gate at my shed and it is over 100 years old. There is also a blacksmith’s gate across the road from my house. The gates were made by Costelloes blacksmiths in Croghan village.

What old ruined houses are in your townland? Any stories related to them or the families who lived there previously?

Storm Charlie in 1962 destroyed our neighbours hay shed. There are now only holes in the ground where the shed stood. The roof was never found and it probably ended up in Lisdaly lake.


Is there any old farm machinery in the area or parked in fields? What was it used for?

There are two horse drawn fingerboard mowing machine at my granny’s house. We also had an old hay turner up in the ditch of one field. Our short turner was given to Matt Down and is on display in Tullyboy farm.

Are there any people in the townland who have a cure? Cure of the burn etc? How do they carry out this cure? How did they get the cure in the first place?


Any locations of historical significance in the townland? Battlefield? Ambush location? Any crossroads where dances took place?


Any old churches in or near your townland? Old graveyards? How far do they go back? Take photos of headstones.

Killapogue graveyard dates to the eighteen hundreds. The Protestant church is said to be haunted by the ghost of one of the evil landlords.

Fr. O’Connor is reputed to have cursed the bell at the Protestant Church because of interference with Catholic mass.

Where do people in your area get buried?

People in the parish get buried in Eastersnow graveyard or Killapogue graveyard.

My granddad’s family have their plot in Eastersnow because that is where they settled originally before coming to Killapogue.


How many people live in your townland now? How many people lived there in times gone by?

Roughly 18 people live here now and the 1841 census shows 37 people lived here before the famine.


Did people from the townland emigrate? Where did they go to? Why did they leave in the first place?



Cattle in the Caldra field

Killappoge townland

Townland adjacent to Croghan village. Contains a COI church and graveyard and a medieval church and graveyard called Caldra.