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

TAGHKEEN, or TAUGHEEN, a parish, in the barony of CLANMORRIS, county of MAYO, and province of CONNAUGHT, 2 miles (N. N. E.) from Hollymount, on the road to Claremorris, and on the river Robe; containing 2562 inhabitants.

The parish comprises 6716 statute acres, as applotted tinder the tithe act, and valued at #2313 per annum, besides large tracts of bog; it is mostly under tillage; agriculture has but little improved; the chief crops are oats and potatoes.

  • Hollybrook is the seat of A. C. Lynch, Esq., J. P.

It is a rectory and vicarage, in the diocese of Tuam, forming part of the union of Hollymount, or Kilcommon;

In the R. C. divisions, the parish is part of the union or district of Crossboyne: the chapel at Carramore is a thatched building.

There are two private schools, in which are about 130 children.

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

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