THE 268 ACRE TOWNSHIPOF
LAKENSTOWN

SCENES, PLACES, AND HISTORY FROMTHE LIVES OF OUR
WESTMEATH
ANCESTORS


 
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EMPERCHAPEL ~ St. Matthews

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Emper Chapel (St. Matthews) was built in 1829;and, almost certainly, the Drew family was involved with its construction. In this 1971 photo, John Michael Drew stands outside the stone wall thatsurrounded Emper Chapel for more than 100 years.


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29 years later, in September, 2000, the stonewall had been removed.  John Michael Drew poses before the churchwhere his great great great grandfather, John Drew was married and attendedchurch with his family.

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Saint Matthews  MILLTOWN
 

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IRISHTOWN SCHOOL
 

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TUITE FAMILY  GRAVEYARD
 

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THE RUINS  AT  LAKENSTOWN

Marilyn Drew poses amidst the old stone foundations in 1971.  Inher hand is a sample of the beautiful roses that grow up wild among theruins.


THE ROUND CORNER

This configuration of stone work, part of the Lakenstown ruins, plays anintegral part of the tradition that the Drew families of that time wereexcellent stonemasons.  Paddy Drew, living on the property in 1971,asserted with certainty that all the stonework in those ruins was the workof Drews... including this "round corner" which Paddy said was famous throughoutseveral counties.

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THE ROYAL  CANAL

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Dan Drew and Watson Mills at the lock in Ballynacarrigy,Septempber 2001.  Ballynacarrigy was once a significant harbor wheremany barges could be docked, loaded and unloaded. In addition to the lockthere are several bridges in the Ballynacarrigy area.

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John M. Drew at the Gate of the BallynacarrigyLock, Septermber, 2001. The small building in the background was once aware house used for freight along the canal.  This photo shows thestonework that is prevalent along the entire route of the canal.  
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ABBEYSHRULE

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John Drew poses here with our guide, Watson Millswith the famous 11th century Abbey of Abbeyshrule in the background. The abbey is located just a few miles west of Lakenstown in Longford County.We took many photos of this awesome and venerable place and also broghtback some of the wild roses growing in its ruins.  Both are availableupon request.  The place inspires one from both archetictural as wellas historical perspectives.

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The town of Abbeyshrule (which means "the rivercrossing at the Abbey" is noted by "canal buffs" as one of the most awesomeengineering feats of the Royal Canal builders.  For it is here thatthe canal passes VERY HIGH OVER the River Inny (a Shanon tributary) byway of an imposing stone bridge or "aquaduct."  In the photo above,John poses atop the aquaduct with the canal itself visible below the whiterailing and the river below visible over his shoulder.


PEAT BOGGS

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LOUGH (Lake) OWEL


MULTIFARNAMABBEY

 

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Copyright 2001: Daniel C. Drew