1st January 1837
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A snapshot of pre-famine local history, as described in the "Topographical Dictionary of Ireland" by Samuel Lewis, 1837. (The information collected here was submitted by members of the local gentry and clergy of the time).

Clooncraff then CLOONAFF or CLONCRAFF, a parish in the barony and county of ROSCOMMON, and province of CONNAUGHT, 5 miles (N.N.E.) from Strokestown, on the shore of Lough Baffin; containing 2524 inhabitants, and comprising 9471 statute acres, as applotted under the tithe act.

The lands are principally under tillage, producing good crops, and there is a proportionate quantity of bog, affording a sufficient supply of fuel.

  • Moss Hill, the seat of Captain Conry is pleasantly situated; and there are three lakes in the parish.

The rectory and vicarage form part of the union of Aughrim, in the diocese of Elphin: the tithes amount to £100.

The ancient parish church was part of a monastery said to have been founded by St. Patrick, and which was in existence in the 12th century.

The Roman Catholic parish is co-extensive with that of the Established Church; there are two chapels, one in the townland of Cloonaff (now Clooncraff) and one in that of Drummamullan (now Drummullin).

There is a school of about 120 children aided by £2. 2s. per annum from Mrs. Conry.

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