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Middlesex Genealogical Society

Joan Killian Gallagher Family

Killian Homeplace, Fermoyle, County Longford, Ireland

"In March 1998, I was the successful, mystery bidder at a packed land auction in the town of Longford, Ireland. The building boom had not yet hit, and it was the first sale of a family-held farmland in three years. My purchase included 24 lush acres of magnificent rolling hills and a derelict farmhouse that had been uninhabited for more than six decades. But, I had found my dream.

"The magic for me flowed from the fact that it was a Killian farmhouse, the other half of the ancestral Killian Homeplace where my great-grandfather, Laurence Killian, was raised, the eldest of the nine children of Luke and Anne Furey Killian."

      - From Going Home: An Ancestral HomePlace in Ireland.

In 2013, the Irish Tourist Board sponsored The Gathering to encourage those with irish ancestry to return to Ireland to be part of specially organised local gatherings and events during the year. The Navy v Notre Dame game helped launch The Gathering. The Killian homeplaceJ hosted Notre Dame students and professors for volunteering and reflection.

In 2015 a group of American students spent a weekend in Fermoyle under Notre Dame’s Irish Internship Program. Students work in Dublin alongside Irish employees and gain valuable pragmatic experience. But the program also immerses the students in Irish culture, including the Killian homeplace. See: Reflective Weekend in Longford, by intern Emily Fortner.

Killian Home
Where Joan's great, great grandfather Luke Killian was born in 1799. KILLIAN is chiseled in stone to the left of the door.
Killian Home
Part of The Killian Homeplace in Longford, Ireland, as it looks today after restoration.
Killian Home
Part of The Killian Homeplace in Longford, Ireland, as it looks today after restoration.