Loughglinn House was the main residence of the Dillon family, built circa 1715, extended in the 1820s and altered again in the early 20th century. It is recorded in 1814, 1837 and in Griffith’s Valuation as the seat of Viscount Dillon. The Dillons were absentee landlords for much of the nineteenth century and their agent, Charles Strickland (town planner),lived in the house.
Ned Duffy of Loughglinn (born 22 August 1840) was a Fenian organiser of the 19th century. He died in Millbank Prison 17 January 1868. Jeremiah O’Donovan Rossa was in Millbank when he died and penned a famous lament some of the lines include “In the dead house you are lying, and I’d “wake” you if I could, but they’ll wake you in Loughglin, ‘Ned, in that cottage by the wood” There is a monument to Ned Duffy near the old school which was unveiled by Minister for Justice Brian Lenihan TD in the 1960s.
On 19 April 1921 four Irish Republican Army men were staying in a house near Loughglinn wood. When they learned that the Black and Tans were combing the wood, under a Captain McKay of the Leicestershire Regiment. The four men attempted to escape. Two were wounded Joe Satchwell and Thomas (Toby) Scally. Following a drumhead court-martial the others, John Bergin and Stephen McDermott were shot on the spot. There is a monument to all from the locality who gave their lives during the War of Independence across from the church known as Mother Éireann.
On July 7, 1980 two Gardai John Morley and Henry Byrne were murdered at Shannon’s Cross Loughglinn following an armed robbery on the Bank of Ireland Ballaghaderreen. Two other Gardai Sgt Mick O Malley and Garda Derek O Kelly survived the shoot out.