The Gillespie Family of Stonebridge

The village of Stonebridge, Co. Monaghan, Ireland is very close to the border with Co. Fermanagh, Northern Ireland. The nearest towns are Rosslea, about 4 miles north and Clones about 5 miles west along the N54. The county town of Monaghan is some 7 miles east along the same road.

Stonebridge consists of a small church, a school, a mill house, a few houses and, of course, a stone bridge across the River Finn. The surrounding countryside is rich and fertile. The gently undulating hills are split into small fields of crops and pasture land.


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Stonebridge Presbyterian Church on the main road
The old mill house on the river Finn originally made spades, ploughs and other agricultural equipment. It changed to a sawmill about 1900. It is noted as having an internal water wheel.
The road passing the mill leads to Henry’s house and Clogh Church - 4 miles
This is all that remains of the Gillespie homesteads at Garran. The cottage was occupied by the current landowners up until the 1980s. Here is a larger panorama »
Last Gillespie cottage