Drumatemple then DRIMTEMPLE, a parish, partly in the half-barony of Ballymoe, county of GALWAY, and partly in the other half-barony of Ballymoe, county of ROSCOMMON, and province of CONNAUGHT, 4 miles (S. E. by S.) from Castlerea, on the road to Roscommon town; containing 2383 inhabitants.
It is surrounded by bog, and consists principally of pasture, although there is a considerable quantity of arable land.
The seats are
- Dundermott, the residence of R. Blakeney, Esq. ;
- Laragh aka Laragh & Ross of Martin Connor, Esq. ;
- Leabeg, of H. Browne, Esq. ;
- Tenny Park aka Tinny Park of T. T. Byrne, Esq. ;
- Currisdoona aka Corrastoona More House of F. T. Byrne, Esq. ; and
- Bopeep Lodge, of H. French, Esq.
In the village of Ballymoe are two mills, worked by Mr Hurley, one grinding 100 tons of oatmeal; and the other 2000 barrels of wheat into flour annually. Petty sessions every Friday, and a fair on Feb, 1st, are held there.
It is a vicarage, in the diocese of Elphin, forming part of the union of Oran; the rectory is impropriate in the Earl of Essex. The tithes amount to £133. 6s. 8d., of which £100 is payable to the impropriator and £33. 6s. 8d. to the vicar. The church for the union is at Ballymoe, and was built in 1832 by aid of a gift of £900 from the late Board of First Fruits.
In the Roman Catholic divisions, it forms part of the union or district of Ballintobber, and has a chapel at Ballymoe, a good slated building which cost £500.
There are two public schools, in which about 60, and four private schools, in wilich about 170, children are educated.
At Cloonadera are a fine Danish fort and a chalybeate spa.