Ballyhaunis in the 1830s

1837
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A snapshot of pre-famine local history, as described in the "Topographical Dictionary of Ireland" by Samuel Lewis, 1837.

BALLYHAUNIS, a market-town, in the parish of ANNAGH, barony of COSTELLO, county of Mayo, and province of CONNAUGHT, 9 miles (w.by N.) from Castlerea, and 971/2 miles (W.by N.) from Dublin, on the road from Castlerea to Castlebar; the population is returned with the parish.

  • A monastery was founded here for friars of the order of St. Augustine, and largely endowed by the Nangle family, who afterwards took the name of Costello: it subsided till the reign of James I and at the commencement of the insurrection of 1641 was restored by some friars of the same order.
  • The remains of the ancient buildings consist only of the walls of a church, with two small wings connected with it by arches; on the site of the conventual buildings, a modern house has been erected, which is at present occupied by Augustinian friars.

The market is on Tuesday; and fairs are held on June 1st, July 2nd, September 22nd, and October 29th, chiefly for horses and cattle.

The town contains a constabulary police station and has a penny post to Clare and Frenchpark.

– SEE ANNAGH PARISH

SOURCE: A Topographical Dictionary of Ireland by Samuel Lewis (pub 1837)

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