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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.