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

BOHOLA or BUCHOLLA, a parish, in the barony of GALLEN, county of MAYO, and province of CONNAUGHT, 6 miles (S.by E.) from Foxford; containing 3658 inhabitants.

It is situated on the river Gustien, and on the road from Swinford to Castlebar, and is principally under tillage; the mountain of Slieve Conn, which is within its limits, is cultivated to the very summit; there is some bog.

The principal seats are

  • Barley Hill, the residence of Bernard McManus, Esq.;
  • Carragawn, of E. Deane, Esq.; and
  • Rosslevin Castle, of H. Jordan, Esq.

It is a vicarage, in the diocese of Achonry, and is part of the union of Templemore; the rectory is impropriate in the representatives of the late Roger Palmer, Esq.

  • The tithes amount to £374.17.8, of which one-half is payable to the impropriators, and the other to the vicar.
  • The church is in ruins.

The R.C. parish is co-extensive with that of the Established Church, and contains a chapel.

There are two hedge schools, in which about 190 boys and 80 girls are educated.

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

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