Beragh town in the 1830s

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

BEREGH (Beragh) or LOWRYSTOWN, a market-town, in the parish of CLOGHERNY, barony of OMAGH, county of TYRONE, and province of ULSTER, 7 miles (S.E.) from Omagh: the population is returned with the parish.

It is situated on the road from Omagh to Dungannon, and consists of one long wide street containing about 70 houses, most of which are well built, though rapidly falling into decay.

The former residence of the Belmore family, proprietors of the town, an elegant and spacious mansion, is now in ruins; and the town exhibits every appearance of neglect.

The inhabitants are principally employed in agriculture, with which they combine the weaving of linen cloth.

The patent for the market and fairs was granted under the name of Lowrystown; the market is on Wednesday, and fairs are held regularly on the first Monday of every month for cattle, sheep, and pigs.

A constabulary police force is stationed here, and petty sessions are held every alternate week.

One of the chapels for the Roman Catholic parish of Clogherny is situated in the town.

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