Philip Rowe, Ballygorey


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From the various genealogy records we can determine the following facts about Philip:

Philip was the son of Thomas Rowe, Ballygorey and Anastasia Henebry of Cloncunny and was baptised 7th Apr 1853 (Godparents Michael Cahil and Ally Walsh)

He was the grandson of Edmund Roe, who according to Griffith’s Valuation leased 28 acres, 3 roots and 10 perches from Hugh Power Esq. in 1850.

He married Margaret Walsh, Kilcraggen on 26th Feb 1884

He was the father of 2 sons, Thomas and John

He is listed at No 4 Ballygorey Town in the 1901 Census

He is listed at No 22 Ballygorey Village in the 1911 Census

He died 22nd Dec 1936, age 83 and is buried in Carrigeen graveyard.

Rowe Ballygorey (2)

While these facts put some context around Philip’s life, there is much more to his story.

Between 1937 & 39 the Irish Folklore Commission collected information on folklore and local tradition from the pupils of Irish primary schools, including 6 schools from Mooncoin parish; Carrigeen, Clonmore, Cloggah and 3 in Mooncoin.

In the stories from Carrigeen, Pages 110-120, we find that Philip was a local poet who wrote songs about local events; the Creamery at Ballinlough, the Grotto at Carrigeen Church and the Mooncoin Hurlers.