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A snapshot of pre-famine local history, as described in the "Topographical Dictionary of Ireland" by Samuel Lewis, 1837. (The information collected here was submitted by members of the local gentry and clergy of the time).

ATTYMASS, a parish, in the barony of GALLEN, county of MAYO, and province of CONNAUGHT, 3.50 miles (N.) from Foxford; containing 8276 inhabitants.

This parish is bounded on the south by the river Moy, and on the east by the Ox mountains.

  • The lands are chiefly under tillage, but the system of agriculture is not in a very improved state; there are large tracts of wasteland, which are chiefly irreclaimable bog and mountain.
  • Freestone abounds, but limestone is rather scarce, being found only in some parts of the parish.
  • The surface is interspersed with several lakes, which being surrounded with mountains have a beautifully picturesque appearance.

Fairs are held at Bonnefinglass on May 24th, July 7th, Nov. 15th, and Dec.15th.

The living is a vicarage, in the diocese of Killala, and forms part of the union of Ardagh ; the rectory is impropriate in Sir W. H. Palmer, Bart.

  • The tithes amount to £180.7s. 6d., which is equally divided between the impropriator and the vicar.

The Roman Catholic parish is co-extensive with that of the Established Church; the chapel is a neat slated building.

There are three hedge schools, in which are about 150 boys and 100 girls.

On the edge of a lake at Kildermot is a picturesque ruin of an ancient convent.

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  • My mother told of my Great Grandfather James Michael Hughes as a "Hedge Scholar" in Attymass. Attymass East, I believe. To see the hedge schools enumerated here is thrilling and horrifying at the same time. 


    Wednesday 15th July 2020, 04:46PM
  • We'd love if you added him to our Ancestors roll-call for #Attymass. Here's how... https://irelandxo.com/ireland-xo/news/ancestors-masterclass


    Wednesday 15th July 2020, 09:49PM

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