AGHAVOWER or AGHAMORE, a parish, in the barony of COSTELLO, county of MAYO, and province of CONNAUGHT, 4 1/2 miles (N.) from Ballyhaunis, on the road from that place to Swinford; containing 7062 inhabitants.
St. Patrick is said to have erected a monastery here, for his disciple St. Loarn. The surface of the parish is varied with several small lakes; the lands are chiefly under tillage; there is a considerable quantity of bog, also a quarry of black marble.
The gentlemen's seats are
- Cooge, the residence of James Dillon, Esq.;
- Annach, of Thomas Tyrrell, Esq.; and
- Oahil, of James McDonnell, Esq.
Fairs are held at Ballinacostello on June 3rd, Aug, 8th, Oct. 19th, and Dec.18th.
The parish is in the diocese of Tuam, and is a rectory and vicarage, forming part of the union of Kiltullagh : the tithes amount to £158: 4:10. The ancient church is in ruins, but the cemetery is still used.
In the Roman Catholic divisions it is part of the district of Knock ; the chapel is an old thatched building.
There are seven pay schools, in which are about 550 children.
At Cloonfallagh there is a mineral spring.