This opening in the wall was one of many entrances to the Drumilly Estate. There is no longer any physical evidence of the Copes at Drumilly. Part of the estate is now Loughgall Country Park and the Cope’s magnificent residence, Drumilly House, approximately a quarter of a mile from here, was demolished in 1966. The origins of this house date back to the 17th century. It must have been shortly after it was built that Oliver Plunkett was apparently given refuge by Walter Cope. It was Walter’s great grandson, another Walter Cope, who was said to have been known as ‘the proud curate’ due to his practice of driving out in a coach pulled by four black horses when he was curate at Loughgilly. He went on to become Bishop of Ferns, even though Archbishop Robinson was reported to have said that he would remain a curate as long as he, the good archbishop, remained in office. An interesting article found in old newspaper archives clearly shows how up until the late 19th century married women were their husband’s property. In the early 1840s, a former Miss Cope of Drumilly took her husband to court to challenge a decision by a lower court to reinstate his conjugal rights after she left him for ill treating her and apparently being a naughty boy with ‘ladies of the night’. A very detailed account of the proceedings is given, and unfortunately the court decided to affirm the decision of the lower court. What happened after that we will probably never know! One member of the Drumilly Copes who has generally been overlooked by historians of the family is Mary Edith, second wife of John Garland Cope, who was prominent in women’s suffrage circles in the early 20th century. As well as being the driving force in the Armagh Suffrage Society, she became a vice-president of the Irishwomen’s Suffrage Federation, an umbrella body representing suffrage societies throughout the island. Drumilly was used as a military base for British and/or American soldiers during both World Wars. Following WWII Diana (née Cope) and her husband ran a guest house. The following advert appeared in the Aberdeen Journal in July 1949. ‘Country Holiday, -Paying Guests, modernised large country house, grounds with lake, coarse fishing, bathing, tennis, lawn, golf, good food, h (heat) and e (electricity). From Renfrew by plane and train in about three hours, £4 return’ The property was passed to the State in lieu of death duties in the early 1960s at which time the family moved to Summerisland, the Cowdy family home. It was then passed to the Ministry of Agriculture who expanded their operations at Loughgall.