ROBEEN, a parish, in the barony of KILMAINE, county of MAYO, and province of CONNAUGHT, 2 miles (W.) from Hollymount, on the road to Castlebar; containing 3193 inhabitants.
The parish, situated on the river Robe, from which it takes its name, comprises 4605 statute acres, as applotted under the tithe act: the land is of medium quality, and is chiefly under tillage, with some extensive tracts of pasture; the system of agriculture is improved, and there is little or no wasteland.
The principal seats are:
- Newbrook, the property of Lord Clanmorris, a handsome mansion, situated in an extensive and well-wooded demesne;
- Bloomfield, of the Rev. Francis Rutledge;
- Beechgrove, of W. Brunach, Esq.;
- Brownestown, of Lieutenant Browne; and
- Togher, of G. Rutledge, Esq.
It is a rectory and vicarage, in the diocese of Tuam, forming part of the union of Hollymount, or Kilcommon: the tithes amount to £147. 13. 10 ¼. The church, which is that of the union, was enlarged in 1818 at an expense of £923. 1. 6 ½., a gift from the late Board of First Fruits.
About 160 children are taught in two public schools.
There are some remains of ancient castles in the village of Robeen and at Togher.
SOURCE: A Topographical Dictionary of Ireland by Samuel Lewis (pub 1837)
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