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

KILLENVOY, a parish, in the barony of ATHLONE, county of ROSCOMMON, and province of CONNAUGHT, 10 miles (N. N. W.) from Athlone, on the road from that place to Roscommon; containing 2250 inhabitants.

It comprises 5139 statute acres, and contains a small quantity of bog; there is an abundance of excellent limestone.

The principal seats are

  • Scregg, the residence of J. E. Kelly, Esq. ;
  • Kellybrook, of D. Kelly, Esq. ;
  • Churchboro, of E. Kelly, Esq. ; and
  • Mount Plunket, of G. Plunket, Esq., a handsome building, situated on Lough Ree.

The living is a vicarage, in the diocese of Elphin, episcopally united to the vicarages of Kilmean, Porterin, Ivernoon or St. John's, and Raharrow, and in the patronage of the Bishop: the rectory is impropriate in the Incorporated Society :

  • the tithes amount to £130, which is equally divided between the impropriators and the vicar; and the tithes of the benefice amount to £227. 2. 9.
  • The church, which is a neat edifice, was built by aid of a loan of #1000 from the late Board of First Fruits, in 1822; and the Ecclesiastical Commissioners have recently granted £133 for its repair.
  • There is a glebe-house, with a glebe of 11 acres.

In the R. C. divisions, this parish forms part of the union or district of' St. John's, and contains a chapel at Culleen.

About 50 children are educated in a public school, which is aided by an annual donation from the vicar; and 140 in two private schools; there is also a Sunday-school.

Numerous skeletons have been dug up in the parish.

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


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