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As it is on the eastern bank of the River Suck, Tulrush is a part of County Roscommon. In the Barony of Moycarn it is a part of Creagh Parish centred in County Galway, it has been listed along with Galway townlands in such reckonings as the 1827 Tithe Applotment and Griffith's valuation of 1868.
Tulrush is bounded on one side by the River Suck, main tributary to the River Shannon which it joins approx 6 miles (9.7 km) further on at Shannonbridge. Two River Suck fords (one at Pollboy and the other named "Riley's") were regular crossing points. These fords also proved useful in 1691 for the large army of Marquis de St Ruth (General Charles Chalmont), the French Jacobite general, moving from the siege of Athlone, to Aughrim where he was defeated by Godert de Ginkell, the Williamite's Dutch general in the decisive battle of the Williamite War in Ireland.
In the 18th/19th centuries the river Suck ford between Tulrush and Pollboy was crossable for carts via a wooden bridge and widely used to access the large mill on the Pollboy side - demolished in the 1990s to facilitate the new N6 motorway and riverboat passage.
A large village/community of houses existed in the 19th century on the edge of Tulrush Bog and near Tulrush Hill. The last dwellers left there in the 1950s. Ownership and control of the vast majority of the land in Tulrush rested with a Landlord, the remnants of whose house are still visible overlooking the river Suck and facing towards Ballinasloe. Hamilton Barrett, the last landlord, died in the early 1940s and the rest of his family are understood to have moved to N. Ireland. All the lands (approx 250 acres (1.0 km2) of grazing, arable, callow) were taken over by the Land Commission in the early 1940s and under the guidance of a young local Auctioneer, Dermot Staunton, they divided it between four resident families: Stephen Cogavin; James Cogavin (brothers); Patrick Boland; Michael Kelly - all of whom, except James Cogavin, had homes in the townland of Tulrush.
The N6 road passes through Tulrush with an entry ramp, near this point.
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