St. Patrick's Church, Shercock
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Shercock is located at the intersection of the R162 and R178 regional roads. The town is located on the shores of three lakes - Lough Sillan, Steepleton's Lake and Muddy Lake. Lough Sillan is the largest of the three covering approximately 162 hectares.
The town was founded in the early 17th century as a plantation village to accommodate mainly Presbyterian British settlers who colonised this part of County Cavan.[verification needed] Usually these new settlers gave their towns English or Scottish names - near neighbours are Kingscourt, Cootehill, and Bailieborough - but the existing Irish names were maintained in Shercock. The modern Irish language name is Searcoig or Searcog.
The local townlands almost all retain their Gaelic names. For example, the townland of Lecks, on the Kingscourt road on the outskirts of Shercock, has been so named for a thousand years because of the flat-slabbed rocky landscape (leac is the Irish word for a flagstone).
By the mid-19th century the village and immediate area had a population of about 5,000. However, the great famines and subsequent emigration affected the county of Cavan, reducing the population by 50% between 1841 and 1891.
The area is "Drumlin Country", being a landscape of small hills and lakes formed at the end of the last ice age. County Cavan borders County Fermanagh and County Monaghan. Together, they form the colloquially named, "Drumlin County". Shercock lies on the border between County Cavan and County Monaghan.
The Shercock area's main industry for nearly 300 years was the growing of flax for linen-making. One townland just outside Shercock is named Miltown, after the flax mill which lies ruined at its center. The industry gradually died away with the decline of the linen industry in northern Ireland.
Nowadays the town has some light industry and a small number of tourists based mainly on water sports and angling. Lough Sillan, on the edge of the town, is a noted coarse fishing lake. Annaghieran lake is also 1 mile from town, and populated with Roach and Bream.
One of the industries which brings employment to the town is Manor Farms and Carton Brothers Chicken factory, which employs over 800 people and sources chicken from 160 local chicken farms.
Sillan Tours Limited provides daily bus connections from Shercock to Kingscourt, Navan and Dublin. Bus Éireann route 166 links Shercock to Cavan, Carrickmacross and Dundalk on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays only.
The annual Shercock Drama Festival celebrated its 25th year in 2012, and usually takes place in March each year with drama groups from around the country participating in the event. It takes place in St Patrick's Hall.
- The family of playwright Richard Brinsley Sheridan (The School for Scandal) had an estate in Shercock
- Patrick Kavanagh's 1948 novel Tarry Flynn is nominally set in the countryside around Shercock; although based on characters from his native Inniskeen.
- The great-grandfather of U.S. Rep. John Murtha, also named John Murtha, was born in Shercock c. 1858, moving to the United States in 1882. [better source needed]
- Brendan McCahey - Voice of Ireland singer
- "Searcóg / Shercock". Logainm.ie. Placenames Commission. Retrieved 17 September 2017.
- "Census 2016 Sapmap Area: Settlement Shercock". Census 2016. Central Statistics Office. Retrieved 17 September 2017.
- "Annagheran Lodge - Surrounding Area". Annaghierinlodge.ie. Annagheran Lodge. Retrieved 17 September 2017.
- "Bus Timetables". Sillan.ie. Sillan Tours. Retrieved 17 September 2017.
- "Schedule : Dundalk − Carrickmacross − Cavan" (PDF). Bus Éireann. Archived from the original (PDF) on 16 May 2011.
- Lewis' Topographical Dictionary of Ireland cites Shercock as Sheridan's birthplace, though most sources say Dublin.
- "John and Mary Ann Murtha". Jim's Irish Genealogy Pages. Archived from the original on 6 January 2006.