This parish is situated on the river Suck, which is here 116 feet above the level of the sea, and on the road from Athlone to Galway; it comprises 4775 statute acres, as applotted under the tithe act; the agriculture is greatly improving, limestone abounds, and there is a considerable portion of bog.
The principal seats are
- Fort-William, the residence of T. Lancaster, Esq.;
- Ardcarn, of Capt. J. Bell ;
- Lancaster Park, of J. Lynch, Esq. ;
- Castle Park, of W. D. Kelly, Esq.;
- Birchgrove, of J. O'Shaughnessy, Esq.; and
- Woodmount, of Hugh Kelly, Esq.
The living is a vicarage, in the diocese of Clonfert, united episcopally, with a portion of the rectory, about 1739, of Taghmaconnell and the rectory and vicarage of Kilcloony, together forming the union of Creagh, in the patronage of the Bishop; the other portion of the rectory is partly appropriate to the see, and partly to the deanery, of Clonfert. The tithes amount to £135 and of the union to £279. 19s. 0.50d : there is no glebe-house, but there are two glebes, containing 6a. 2r. 6p.
The church is in Ballinasloe, a neat cruciform edifice with a small spire, and was built by aid of a loan of £962, in 1818, from the late Board of First Fruits.
In the Roman Catholic divisions the parish forms the head of the union or district of Kilcloony or Ballinasloe, and contains a chapel.
About 50 boys and 20 girls are taught in the parochial free school, under the London Hibernian Societies, aided by donations from Lady Clancarty and the incumbent; and about 170 boys and 70 girls are educated in five private schools. The burial-ground is attached to the ruins of the old parish church
In the grounds of Thomas Lancaster, Esq., is a mineral spring, not at present resorted to.