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.

MOUNT-TALBOT, a post-town, in the parish of TESSARAGH (Tisrara), barony of ATHLONE, county of ROSCOMMON, and province of CONNAUGHT, 6 miles (S. S. W.) from Roscommon, and 81 (W. by N.) from Dublin: the population is returned with the parish.

It derives its name from the contiguous mansion of Mount Talbot, the seat of William Talbot, Esq., which, some years since was enlarged and castellated, and now presents a fine front, having massive square towers, and an arcade extending from one side: it is situated amidst rich woods on an elevated bank above the River Suck.

The village extends down the neighbouring slope to a bridge of twelve arches, across a waterway of about 80 yards, and on the opposite side are some houses of a better description.

It is a station of the constabulary police; and has a sub-post-office to Roscommon.

Fairs are held on May 8th, June 14th, Nov. 1st, and Dec. 21st.; and petty sessions are also held here.

An equitable loan fund was established here, in 1834, with a capital of £400, for the benefit of the industrious poor.

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


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