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The Killian Homeplace


The Killian Homeplace Family History Centre was launched on the 19th of March 2023, exactly 25 years to the day after buying the first half of the farm at auction in Longford.  The mission of this initiative is to give the opportunity to the global diaspora, particularly those connected to the University of Notre Dame, to find their own place of origin through genealogical research and local County Longford resources.  The Killian Homeplace will serve as a gathering place where family stories can be recorded and preserved for future generations.   The Killian Homeplace is a sustainable  tribute to the memory of all who have gone before us, restored in honour of Anne Furey Killian, who against all odds, purchased the farm from the Land Commission in 1893.  She was 82 years old and had been widowed for over 30 years.

The Killian Homeplace cottage was where Joan's great-great grandfather, Luke Killian, was born in 1799.  Joan first saw the long abandoned and derelict property in 1977. Later she had an opportunity to purchase the three cottages and 60 acres of farmland.  She spent 13 years painstakingly restoring the cottages, an act of love and a tribute to the legacy of the Killian family.

The 2023 Longford Rose Grace Kemple is a descendant of the Killians in Fermoyle, near Lanesborough in County Longford. An Irish-American, Joan Killian Gallagher has refurbished the old homestead and is establishing a genealogy centre there (  It is on the banks of the Shannon and a beautiful spot on a Summers day.  With the Roses coming to Longford it might offer a nice international dimension for any interested in their Irish Ancestry. 

The Killian Homeplace Family History Centre is proud to announce that it has been officially designated as the new home of the Irish Family History Foundation in County. The Longford Roots databases include church records of baptisms, marriages, deaths, many civil records, census returns and gravestone inscriptions. New records are being added every month as digitization of our archives continues.


A comprehensive range of services enables people from any part of the world to trace their County Longford roots.  Each enquiry is individually assessed by one of our team of experienced researchers, who have in-depth knowledge of the county and the sources for each parish. The members of our research team are dedicated to ensuring that individuals searching for their Longford roots will fill in their family tree and find their way home to County Longford.

The Killian Homeplace is open on Fridays and Saturdays  from 10am to 3pm, and  by appointment.  Email enquiries can be sent to, or mailed to TKH, Fermoyle, Lanesborough, County Longford, Ireland N39 RY93.

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This project was assisted by Longford Local Community Development Committee, Longford Community Resources Clg. and Longford County Council through the Rural Development Programme (LEADER) 2014-2020 which is part-financed by the EU, "The European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development: Europe investing in rural areas" and the Department of Rural & Community Development.       The European Commission.

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