Knockroe townland, Rushfield, by Niamh Carty


Knockroe townland, Rushfield, by Niamh Carty

Field Names in Your Townland

There is a field behind my house called Cuttles field. There is a small lane which leads to Cuttle’s field and this is known as Cuttles boreen. The Cuttle family lived here in the 1790s.

Names of local rivers, lakes and streams in your townland

There is a stream dividing Knockroe from the townland of Ardkeena. The stream runs into Clogher lake. The stream is said to have a cure because it divides two town lands. There is also a well in my dad’s field and local people use the well as a source of fresh drinking water.


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

Yes there are old blacksmith’s gates left in the area. I do not know the names of the blacksmith’s who made them.

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

There was an old house behind my grandparent’s house. The first man lived in ti was Pat Henry. Pat henry was killed in Boyle for his £40 he had.

The last person who lived there was McMenamin. After he emigrated the Land Commission took the land, his house was knocked recently.


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

Yes, there is a plough.

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?

There still remains part of an old road (where my neighbours live) in Knockroe, which led to Eastersnow and Ardcarne. Built in 1314 the road continued to Sligo. Conan Clifford traveled this road as he went to battle on the Curlews where he lost his life.

There was also a bonfire held in the townland and people who carry home a lit coal from the bonfire and throw it in their crop and the crop wouldn’t fail.


Where do people in your area get buried?

People of Knockroe are buried in Eastersnow, Croghan and Killapogue graveyards.

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

There are ten families here now and about thirty two families lived here in years gone by.

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

Knockroe people mostly went to the USA, Newfoundland and Canada to join the army.



Knockroe is divided into two parishes, Croghan and Ballinameen. The landscape of Knockroe has changed since 2015 due to the realignment of the N61 road.

Knockroe mean red hill.

Mr Jamie Cox who was born on 14th April 1926 is the oldest resident in Knockroe.