1st January 1837
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A snapshot of pre-famine local history, as described by Samuel Lewis in the "Topographical Dictionary of Ireland" 1837.

KILCOLEMAN, a parish in the barony of Clanmorris, County of Mayo, and province of Connaught, on the road from Ballinrobe to Castlerea; containing with the market and post town of Clare, 8388 inhabitants.

  • A Carmelite friary was founded there in the 13th century by the Prendergast family, which at the dissolution was granted to Sir John King.

The parish comprises 22,886 statute acres, as applotted under the tithe act, and valued at £6,930 per annum; above one third is arable, one fourth is pasture, and the remainder waste and bog; limestone is plentiful.

  • Here is Claremount, the seat of J. Browne Esquire.

The living is a rectory in the diocese of Tuam, and in the gift of the Archbishop;

  • the tithes amount to £304.12s.3 3/4d .
  • The church is in Clare,
  • and there is a glebe house and glebe.

The Roman Catholic parish is co-extensive with that of the Established Church; there are chapels at Clare and Barnycarrol, and in the ancient abbey of Ballinasmale are a few monks, who perform divine service regularly.

There is a meeting house for Wesleyan Methodists in Clare.

About 200 children are educated in three public schools, to one of which Mrs. Browne contributes £10, and to another the Rev. M. Havern £4.4., annually; and about 350 are taught in nine private schools.


SOURCE: A Topographical Dictionary of Ireland by Samuel Lewis (pub 1837)

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