Clogherney 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.

CLOGHERNY, or CLOUGHENRY, a parish, in the barony of OMAGH, county of TYRONE, and province of ULSTER, 6 miles (S. E.) from Omagh; containing 6,785 inhabitants.

This parish, anciently Donaghaneigh, is situated on the road from Dungannon to Omagh, and contains, according to the Ordnance survey, 17,791½ statute acres (including a detached portion of 2368½ acres), about 8,000 of which are arable, mostly under a good system of cultivation.

There is a market at Beregh (Beragh) on Wednesday, and a fair on the first Monday in every month; and fairs are also held at Seskinore, on the second Monday in every month, for livestock.

The principal seats are:

  • Gortmore, the residence of J. Galbraith, Esq.;
  • Mullaghmore, of R. Burges, Esq.;
  • Seskinore, of Mrs. Perry; and Somerset, of the Rev. J. Lowry.

The living is a rectory, in the diocese of Armagh, and in the patronage of the Provost and Fellows of Trinity College, Dublin, who purchased the advowson in 1830: the tithes amount to £692.

  • The church is a large and handsome edifice, built about 1746, and enlarged and much improved in 1773. The glebe-house was built in 1774, about which time the parish was disunited from Termon: it is large and handsome, and is on a glebe of 154 acres;
  • there is also a glebe at Upper Clogherny, comprising 422 acres, and another called Mullaghollin, in the parish of Termon, comprising 508 acres, making a total of 1,084 acres of arable land, besides about 850 acres of mountain and bog.

The R. C. parish is co-extensive with that of the Established Church, and is called Beragh; there are chapels at Beregh, Liskmore, and Brackey.

At Dervethroy is a meeting-house for Presbyterians in connection with the Synod of Ulster, of the third class; and at Seskinore is one in connection with the Associate Synod.

The parochial school, situated near the church, is a large and handsome edifice, built by the inhabitants, at a cost of £800, and is supported by the rector; and there are 11 other schools in the parish, also four Sunday schools.

About a mile from the church are the ruins of the old church of Donaghaneigh, in a large townland, which is extra-parochial and belongs to the Bishop of Clogher.

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