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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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  • Searching for John Sweeney father Patrick sweeney, john listed as being born Swinford approx 1839 


    Sunday 1st August 2021, 02:17AM
  • Hi Tara

    For Swinford, please join our KILCONDUFF community and post to our Local Volunteer Message Board there. 

    See also SWINFORD in the 1830s.

    The corresponding Catholic parish registers are Kilconduff & Meelick. They show no record for any Sweeney born in 1839 but a number of Patt Sweenys were baptizing children there at that time. The only John Sweeney on record was born in 1844 to Patt Sweeney & Brigid Maurice / Moriss of Ballyglas townland.   Could that possibly be him?

    Rua, IrelandXO Volunteer ☘︎

    Wednesday 11th August 2021, 11:11AM
  • Thank you Rua, 

    I will have a look at your suggestions, we don't have a positive age for John Sweeney only working out years from census ages, so possibly could be 1844, he married in Fermoy in 1874, in 1875 his first child was born in Cork who he named Bridget so could be after his mother. Bridget Sweeney Birth Date:26 Feb 1875 Birth Place:Cork, Ireland Father:John SweeneyMother:Mary DonovanFHL Film Number:255925


    Thursday 12th August 2021, 04:20AM
  • Having looked at his army papers he states he was born in Swainsford Mayo joining the army in Liverpool on the 15th November 1857 at 18 years of age, his departure papers are 3rd June 1878 at Netley at eh age of 38years and six monnths, so this would make his birth date Dec 1839 or January 1840 Thanks Lynn 


    Thursday 12th August 2021, 04:47AM
  • Hello! I am looking for more information on my great-great grandfather Anthony Carty (April 1829- 29 Sept 1902) and his wife Mary Cawley (1852-1925), both from the area of or around Bohola, Mayo. 

    According to relatives, Anthony was born in Bohola but on his Army documents, he lists his birthplace as Sligo (no town). Since they were married in Ireland and had a child there, I am hoping to find supporting documents from either Sligo or Mayo.

    Anthony came to the US about 1840-1842 to help dig the Erie canal, then joined the US Army and served in various posts throughout the country. I have extensive information from his time in America, due to the Army records. He served with General Ulysses S. Grant when he was a young lieutenant and later served with him as General Grant's first sergeant and eventually retired as a Sargent Major from Fort Hamilton about 1880. After the Civil War about 1870-75, he had returned to his old home in County Mayo and married a hometown girl, Mary Cawley, who was about 20 years of age (15-20 years his junior). The eldest daughter, Catherine, was born in Ireland. They returned to his Army post at Fort Hamilton and went onto have 6 more children. 

    I have checked the Kilconduff community and Local Volunteer Message Boards for both of their surnames, but nothing has come up. Ideally, I'd like to find birth records, marriage records, and parents’ names. Any help is appreciated; thanks in advance!



    Tuesday 12th April 2022, 02:37AM

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