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.

KILDECAMOGUE, a parish, partly in the barony of CARRA, but chiefly in that of GALLEN, county of MAYO, and province of CONNAUGHT, 5 miles (E. by N.) from Castlebar, on the road from Ballinrobe to Foxford; containing 3642 inhabitants.

The surface is mountainous; the lands are almost exclusively under tillage, and there is a moderate proportion, of bog.

The only residence of importance is Ballyvay House (Bellavary House), that of C. Goodwin, Esq.

A customary market is held on Wednesday, during the winter only; a fair is held at Keelogues on Sept. 6th, and fairs are held in the village of Ballyvay on May 29th, Aug. 17th, and Nov. 14th.

The parish is in the diocese of Tuam, and is a rectory and vicarage, forming part of the union of Castlebar, and also of the perpetual curacy of Turlough: the tithes amount to £129. 4. 7 ½.

In the R. C. divisions, it is part of the union or district of Turlough, and has a chapel at Keelogues.

There are two private schools in the parish.

On the banks of a small river which flows from Lough Lanach into Lough Culleen, at Currawn, are the remains of an ancient fortress, and at Danganmore are the ruins of another.

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

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