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

KILMOLARA, a parish, in the barony of KILMAIN, county of MAYO, and province of CONNAUGHT, 2? miles (S.) from Ballinrobe, on the road to Cong; containing 1350 inhabitants.

It is situated on Lough Mask, and comprises about 2000 statute acres, principally in tillage; there are some fine limestone quarries.

  • Neale Park is the handsome house and demesne of Lord Kilmaine.

The living is a rectory and vicarage, in the diocese of Tnam, united to the rectories and vicarages of Ballincalla and Ross, and in the patronage of the Bishop:

  • the tithes amount to £200, and of the benefice to £945.
  • The glebe-house and glebe of the union are in Ballincalla.
  • The church, a neat plain building with a square tower, is situated in the parish of Cong, close to the boundary of this parish: it is the property of Lord Kilmaine, and has been recently repaired by a grant of £125 from the Ecclesiastical Commissioners.

In the R. C. divisions the parish is the head of a union or district, called the Neale, comprising also the parish of Ballincalla; the chapel is at the Neale.

There is a public school, in which about 80, and a private school in which about 100, children are educated.

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

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