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The changing ruling class in Sixmilebridge and the impact they left on the community, 1650-1900 by Jayme Keogh


During my research for this thesis there has been many interesting topics that have arose which I could not look into at detail as I would have been greatly side tracked since many of these issues could have merited a thesis in their own right. Some of these topics included the school controversy involving Col. George Wyndham during the middle of the nineteenth century over the religion being thought in these schools as he was the patron of the schools he built during this period. The overall outcome of which is still very much debated and very hard to comment on without extensive research on the topic. Similar to this topic I also avoided getting into detail in the breakdown of the landlord estates around Sixmilebridge near the end of the nineteenth century and the turn of the twentieth as this involves a lot of concentrated work within the records of the Land Commission which is a large amount of work to undertake for just a chapter within this thesis when it could make the main body of a thesis on its own. Included in this appendix are multiple photographs that I have taken of some of the major places within Sixmilebridge which are mentioned throughout the thesis but it would have cluttered up the thesis too much by putting them into the main body of writing.

Original plaques erected in 1733Original plaques erected in 1733
These first two photos are from the the eastern side of the river and show the original plaques erected in 1733 with the new names given to the areas following the the building up of this side of the village by the Ievers family.

Front of the old market house built in the early seventeenth century
This photo is also from the same side of the village and it is the front of the old market house built in the early seventeenth century, the original arch entry is still seen today and this famous arch gave name to the old market house which was renovated and turned into a large dancehall during the twentieth century which was called the Arch Ballroom which held famous acts from around the country during the sixties and seventies.

Easterly facing side of the great Mount Ievers House
This photo is the easterly facing side of the great Mount Ievers House which was made from the distinctive red brick which was famously brought from Amsterdam by water to the Oil Mills in Ballintlea and then the photo below is of the western facing side of the same house but what is very striking about the house is that it had no back but two fronts. The western facing side was made from faced stone which really shows that there was no expense saved when the house was constructed.

The next two photographs are both seen in numerous places around the Mount Ievers House on different arches on the house itself and the out buildings the top picture which has the letters I then H, E underneath which is the name of Henry E. Ievers with the date of construction 1735 also while the other picture shows the image of a dog on a plaque which represents a symbol of the family crest which can be seen on some of the family graves as well as above the entrance door on the western facing side.

Plaque from Mt Ievers housePlaque from Mt Ievers house

Ievers vault in the graveyard of Sixmilebridge Protestant Church
This picture is of the Ievers vault in the graveyard of Sixmilebridge Protestant Church with the grave of the most recent member of the Ievers family to pass away, Norman who passed away during the 1990’s, and upon his gravestone to the left is the family crest which contains the image of a dog like at Mount Ievers Court.

Gravestone belonging to the D’Esterre family
The photo is also taken from the same graveyard and is of the best preserved gravestone belonging to the D’Esterre family which is marking the grave of Robert Kerr and his wife Lavinia Maria who both died in 1863 and 1875 respectively both of which are from Rossmanagher Sixmilebridge.

Entrance into the Protestant Church

Entrance into the Protestant Church
Both of these photos show both entrances into the Protestant Church the western entrance being the one closest to the church tower which was recently refurbished when the church was turned into a public library in the past twenty years.

Rossmanagher Bridge and Toll gates

Plaque on Rossmanagher bridge
These two photos are of Rossmanagher Bridge and Toll gates and the bottom is a picture of the plaque on the bridge which has an inscription saying ‘Built by Henry D’Esterre at his own expense in AD 1784. The inscription is hard to see in the photograph but is easily read when there.

D’Esterre’s Rossmanagher House
This photo is of the D’Esterre’s Rossmanagher House and out houses and yard which is currently under refurbishment by a local family which has owned the house but have not lived in it as it has been run down for many years.

Plaque showing typical L and the date

Typical example of a house constructed by the Baron of Leconfield on his many estates

Typical example of a house constructed by the Baron of Leconfield on his many estates
The three photos above are all of a typical example of a house constructed by the Baron of Leconfield on his many estates which is situated just two miles from the village of Sixmilebridge. The top photo shows the characteristic ‘L’ and the 1875 year of construction and the bottom photo shows the house and the relatively good condition of the house to this day with the roof well intact and I included the middle photo just as it shows a contrast in houses at the time. The house to the left in the middle photo was the famine time house built around the early nineteenth century some fifty years before the Leconfield house but the contrast in the conditions is remarkable and shows how much effort was actually put into the construction of these houses by the Baron of Leconfield. This house in particular has a great personal importance to me as it has been in family since its construction and my family have lived in the same yard since the late eighteenth century. The house pictured here was still being lived in until the late nineteen-fifties as my uncle was born in the house in 1954 and the family only moved from here months prior to my father’s birth in 1959.

Plaque on St. Finnachta’s Parish Church in Sixmilebridge as a tribute to Fr. Cornelius Clune
A plaque on St. Finnachta’s Parish Church in Sixmilebridge as a tribute to Fr. Cornelius Clune who had the original church built on this site in 1812.

‘The Miller Returns’
This final photo is taken from the river in the centre of Sixmilebridge and is a tribute to the glorious past of the village and the statue is named ‘The Miller Returns’ and was placed there by the parish council in the past ten years.

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