Rebellion and the Battle of the Boyne

The Irish army of King James II, after leaving Dundalk, made Ardee their headquarters for a time in 1689, the artillery bastion may have been constructed in anticipation of an ...

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Town Boundaries and Gates of Ardee

The earliest detailed depiction of the town is Richardson’s map of 1677 and the sense of enclosure is particularly strong in this image. It indicates that the town had ...

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1766 ‘Census’ of the United Parishes of Ardee, Shanlish, Smarmore, Stickillen and Kildemock.

The original list was compiled in 1766 by the Vicar of Ardee, William Lill, most likely from the Parochial Tythes Book. Tythes were another form of taxation and constituted a ...

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The Ruxtons of Ardee

A fascinating mystery involves the Ruxton/Fitzherbert intermarriage which is even more confusing than I had outlined above as William Ruxton, the Surgeon General in 1754 purchased Blackcastle (Registry of deeds ...

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Rebellion and Massacres in Ardee and Braganstown (Part 2)

With the dawn of the fourteenth century the people of Ardee awakened to a period of increase lawlessness in Ireland in general and in the areas north of Ardee in ...

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Norman-French to Royal-English Ardee (Part 1)

Taken from Ardee Facebook page by Kevin McKenny. The coming of the Pippards opens a new chapter in the history of Ardee because it was them who, as Lords ...

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Carmelite Order in Ardee – 13th Century

Whereas the Carmelites, who first appear leading an eremitical life on Mount Carmel in the Holy Land, began to move across Western Europe from the first half of the 13th ...

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Joe Dolan (1872 – 1930)

Joe Dolan was a leading Ardee figure of his time. He knew many of the leading figures of the 1916 rebellion including Paidraig Pearce and Douglas Hyde, the first president. ...

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75 women who left Ardee for America in 1855

Taken from Ardee Facebook page - courtesy of Kevin McKenny. On Tuesday 3 September 1861 the people of Ardee and the surrounding countryside assembled in the Market Square of the ...

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History of John Street, Part 2

History of John Street, Part 2 taken from Ardee Facebook page - by Kevin McKenny. The rebuilding of this church constituted one of the first acts of the Catholic faithful ...

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History of John Street, Part 1

John Street's history, Part 1, taken from Ardee's Facebook page, by Kevin McKenny. "The ground upon which the monastery was built and on which, as the years passed, the ...

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