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

KILVINE, a parish, in the barony of CLANMORRIS, county of MAYO, and province of CONNAUGHT, 4½ miles (N. W.) from Dunmore, on the road to Ballinrobe; containing 1925 inhabitants.

It comprises 5670 statute acres, principally under tillage, and contains a great quantity of bog and some wasteland.

The principal seats are:

  • Cartown, the residence of J. Sheridan, Esq.;
  • Killan, of F. French, Esq.;
  • Rockfort, of T. Sheridan, Esq.; and
  • Oldtown Cottage, of W. Bourke, Esq.

The living is a rectory and vicarage, in the diocese of Tuam, and in the patronage of the Archbishop; the tithes amount to £116. 6. 1¾.

In the R. C. divisions, the parish forms part of the union or district of Ballindangan.

About 110 children are educated in a private school.

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

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