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

KILLASSER, a parish, in the barony of GALLEN, county of MAYO, and province of CONNAUGHT, 6 miles (E. N. E.) from Foxford, on the river Moy and the road to Swinford; containing 6581 inhabitants.

This parish was the scene of a sanguinary battle between the native septs of the Jordans and the Rowans, at a spot since called Lugnafulla, or " the valley of blood."

It comprises 10,000 statute acres, of which about 6000 are arable and the remainder principally bog and mountain; the land is of indifferent quality and is in many places covered with rocks of great size; some of the eastern portion is more productive, but agriculture is in a very backward state; there is a large tract of irreclaimable bog.

It is a vicarage, in the diocese of Achonry, forming part of the union of Templemore; the rectory is impropriate in the representatives of the late Roger Palmer, Esq.

  • The tithes amount to #512. 0. 4., which is equally divided between the impropriator and the vmcar.

In the R. C. divisions it forms a separate benefice; there are two chapels, situated respectively at Calla and Boullabee, both well built and roofed with slate.

About 90 children are taught in a public school; and there are five private schools, in which are about 450 children.

There are several Danish forts in the western portion of the parish;

  • at Calla is a small lake, in which is an island presenting appearances of fortifications, said to have been inhabited by the sept of the Rowans;
  • at Erbull are the ruins of an old castle;
  • and there are ancient burial-places at Killasser, Blackpatch, and Calla.

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

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