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

TOUAGHTY aka TOWAGHTY, a parish, in the barony of CARRA, county of MAYO, and province of CONNAUGHT, on the road from Castlebar to Hollymount; containing, with the post-town of Ballyglass (which see), 1258 inhabitants, and comprising 3200 statute acres of good land, with but very little bog.

Petty sessions are held at Ballyglass, which is also a constabulary police station.

Within the parish is Tower-Hill, the beautiful seat of Major Blake, situated in a noble demesne; the house stands on an eminence commanding fine views of the surrounding country and the adjacent mountains of Partree.

The living is a rectory, in the diocese of Tuam, entirely appropriate to the vicars choral of St. Patrick's, Dublin; the tithes amount to £60. The duties are performed by the curate of Balla, in the church of Drum.

In the R. C. divisions it forms part of the union or district of Ballintobber.

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

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